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Dave Doogan

Scottish National Party - Angus

Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence Procurement)

(since January 2022)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Agriculture and Rural Affairs)
7th Jan 2020 - 5th Jan 2022
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Manufacturing)
16th Oct 2020 - 5th Jan 2022
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 5th Jan 2022


Department Event
Tuesday 6th September 2022
09:25
Ministry of Defence
Third Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
6 Sep 2022, 9:25 a.m.
The draft Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2022
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Division Votes
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Speeches
Thursday 21st July 2022
Oral Answers to Questions
7. What steps she is taking to help increase exports from the devolved nations to the EU.
Written Answers
Friday 15th July 2022
Civil Servants: Workplace Pensions
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people receiving the Civil Service Pension who had a reduction …
Early Day Motions
Monday 16th May 2022
Hunting on Ministry of Defence land
That this House notes with concern that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) continues to grant licences for trail and drag …
Bills
None available
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 8th August 2022
1. Employment and earnings
6 September 2021, received £120. Hours: 1 hr 30 mins. (Registered 13 July 2022)
EDM signed
Monday 18th July 2022
John Stevenson of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Service
That this House congratulates John Stevenson after a remarkable 41 years of service with Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team; recognises the …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 6th July 2022
Miscarriage Leave Bill 2022-23
A Bill to make provision for paid leave for people who have experienced miscarriage.

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Dave Doogan has voted in 359 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Minister of State (Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency)
(21 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(15 debate interactions)
Dominic Raab (Conservative)
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
(14 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Ministry of Defence
(30 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(20 debate contributions)
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Angus Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

The Government should repeal breed specific provisions in dangerous dogs legislation. We believe these provisions are a flawed approach to public safety and an ethical failing with regards to animal welfare.

Leading veterinary and welfare bodies are concerned by the alarming rise in ear-cropped dogs in the UK. Ear cropping is illegal in the UK and an unnecessary, painful mutilation with no welfare benefit. The practice involves cutting off part of the ear flap, often without anaesthesia or pain relief.

Plenty of dogs from UK breeders & rescues need homes. Transporting young pups long distances is often stressful, before being sold for ridiculous prices to unsuspecting dog-lovers. Government must adjust current laws, ban this unethical activity on welfare grounds & protect these poor animals ASAP.

Now that we have left the EU, the UK has the ability to finally stop the importation of Shark Fins. They had previously stated that 'Whilst in the EU, it is not possible to unilaterally ban the import of shark fins into the UK.'

The SNP government appears solely intent on getting independence at any cost.


Latest EDMs signed by Dave Doogan

15th July 2022
Dave Doogan signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 18th July 2022

John Stevenson of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Service

Tabled by: Ian Blackford (Scottish National Party - Ross, Skye and Lochaber)
That this House congratulates John Stevenson after a remarkable 41 years of service with Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team; recognises the level of affection that John is held in by his colleagues, the wider community and the many people that he has rescued during his service; acknowledges that, having spent 12 …
14 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Jul 2022)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 11
Independent: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
Labour: 1
15th July 2022
Dave Doogan signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 18th July 2022

Scotland’s Seas

Tabled by: Douglas Chapman (Scottish National Party - Dunfermline and West Fife)
That this House supports the celebration of Scotland’s sea area which accounts for 55 per cent of the total sea area of the UK; recognises the importance and value of our coastal communities in terms of fish, aquaculture, tourism, shipbuilding, energy and maritime sectors; and further supports the call that …
9 signatures
(Most recent: 21 Jul 2022)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 8
Independent: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Dave Doogan, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Dave Doogan has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Dave Doogan has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Dave Doogan has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

1 Bill co-sponsored by Dave Doogan

Miscarriage Leave Bill 2022-23
Sponsor - Angela Crawley (SNP)


179 Written Questions in the current parliament

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11th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many people receiving the Civil Service Pension who had a reduction in their pension then received (a) an increased pension and (b) a lump sum payment following a further adjustment to their Guaranteed Minimum Pension since 2016.

The requested information is not available. The outcome of the Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) exercise was a single adjustment to a member’s pension. In a small number of cases a member’s pension may have been adjusted for other reasons and then subsequently changed again as a result of the GMP exercise.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
8th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the Guaranteed Minimum Pension review in 2016, whether (a) notional or (b) payable additional State Pension was compared to Guaranteed Minimum Pension before the adjustments were made to civil service pensions.

The Cabinet Office is not responsible for the pension arrangements of Equiniti. 26,715 of around 700,000 pensioner members of the Civil Service Pension Scheme were affected following the Civil Service Pension Scheme Guaranteed Minimum Pension reconciliation and rectification exercise.

Civil Service Pension Scheme members were provided with detailed information about the change to their pension, along with any lump sum underpayment due to the member. In cases where pensions had been overpaid the overpayment was written-off and future pension payments adjusted to the correct level. Members requesting a complete breakdown of the calculations supporting these figures, following receipt of the detailed information about the change to their pension, were provided with the complete breakdown.

The reconciliation exercise compares member data held by the scheme with records held by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Where there is a discrepancy between the data sources the reason is investigated in order to reconcile the scheme data with the HMRC data which may result in changes to pensions in payment. Consideration of notional or payable Additional State Pension is not relevant to the reconciliation exercise.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
8th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has provided Civil Service Pensions with all the necessary information relating to Guaranteed Minimum Pension for all pension holders.

The Cabinet Office is not responsible for the pension arrangements of Equiniti. 26,715 of around 700,000 pensioner members of the Civil Service Pension Scheme were affected following the Civil Service Pension Scheme Guaranteed Minimum Pension reconciliation and rectification exercise.

Civil Service Pension Scheme members were provided with detailed information about the change to their pension, along with any lump sum underpayment due to the member. In cases where pensions had been overpaid the overpayment was written-off and future pension payments adjusted to the correct level. Members requesting a complete breakdown of the calculations supporting these figures, following receipt of the detailed information about the change to their pension, were provided with the complete breakdown.

The reconciliation exercise compares member data held by the scheme with records held by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Where there is a discrepancy between the data sources the reason is investigated in order to reconcile the scheme data with the HMRC data which may result in changes to pensions in payment. Consideration of notional or payable Additional State Pension is not relevant to the reconciliation exercise.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
8th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many pensioners with (a) Civil Service Pension and (b) Equiniti had their pensions reduced following the Guaranteed Minimum Pension reconciliation exercise undertaken between 2016 and 2019.

The Cabinet Office is not responsible for the pension arrangements of Equiniti. 26,715 of around 700,000 pensioner members of the Civil Service Pension Scheme were affected following the Civil Service Pension Scheme Guaranteed Minimum Pension reconciliation and rectification exercise.

Civil Service Pension Scheme members were provided with detailed information about the change to their pension, along with any lump sum underpayment due to the member. In cases where pensions had been overpaid the overpayment was written-off and future pension payments adjusted to the correct level. Members requesting a complete breakdown of the calculations supporting these figures, following receipt of the detailed information about the change to their pension, were provided with the complete breakdown.

The reconciliation exercise compares member data held by the scheme with records held by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Where there is a discrepancy between the data sources the reason is investigated in order to reconcile the scheme data with the HMRC data which may result in changes to pensions in payment. Consideration of notional or payable Additional State Pension is not relevant to the reconciliation exercise.

Heather Wheeler
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment has the Prime Minister made of the adequacy of the standards of probity in public life.

Her Majesty’s Government is committed to maintaining high standards of conduct and probity, whilst making improvements where necessary to policies and processes which help support this.

There are a range of mechanisms in place to maintain and drive up standards, including Codes of Conduct (such as the Ministerial Code, Civil Service Code, Special Adviser Code), policies and guidance (such as Managing Public Money), and bodies and offices charged with overseeing aspects of government activity (for example the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments and the Civil Service Commission). The Committee on Standards in Public Life also issues regular reports with ideas and recommendations for the Government and other public bodies to consider.

I also refer the Hon. Member to the written ministerial statement of 16 December 2021, Official Report, HCWS500, on the Government's anti-corruption strategy work.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
17th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether CF Fertilisers UK Ltd is in receipt of subsidies for maintaining production of CO2 for use in the food and drink industry.

No, CF Fertilisers UK Ltd is not currently in receipt of a Government subsidy to maintain production of CO2. A market-led agreement to supply CO2 is in place.

24th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the installation of smart meters is mandatory in private residences.

Smart meters are replacing traditional gas and electricity meters in Great Britain as part of an essential infrastructure upgrade to make the energy system more efficient and flexible, enabling the cost-effective delivery of net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Smart meters also provide households with accurate, near-real time information about energy consumption in pounds and pence via an In-Home Display, so consumers can easily understand how to use less and save money on their bills.

Energy suppliers are required by licence conditions to take all reasonable steps to install smart meters in homes and small businesses. This obligation expires at the end of June 2021 and will be replaced with a new four-year policy framework from 1 July 2021 with fixed annual installation targets for energy suppliers to drive the consistent, long-term investment needed to ensure that everyone can benefit from smart meters.

Smart meters are not mandatory for energy consumers, but the Government wants all homes and small businesses to be able to benefit from the financial savings and greater convenience of digital energy services, and as such smart meters will become the default metering technology used in Great Britain.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
15th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to support the higher education sector in England during the covid-19 outbreak; and what consequential effect that support has on the Scottish higher education sector.

On 4 May 2020, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, announced a package of measures to protect students and higher education providers in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This package was designed to stabilise university finances, including tuition fee income resulting from admissions, and to support our world-class higher education system to continue to deliver for all students and the wider economy. Details of the package can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-support-package-for-universities-and-students.

Furthermore, building on the stabilisation package and access to business support schemes, the government has also announced a further package of support to research within universities, including universities across Scotland. This includes £280 million of government funding as well as a package of low-interest loans with long pay-back periods, supplemented by a small amount of government grants. In sharing responsibility for the future of science and research with our world-leading university system, the government will cover up to 80% of a university’s income losses from international students for the academic year 2020/21, up to the value of their non-publicly funded research activity.

On 16 July, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education, announced the higher education restructuring regime, of which details can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-restructuring-regime.

This will be deployed as a last resort, if a decision has been made to support a provider in England facing severe financial difficulties related to the COVID-19 outbreak, when other steps to preserve a provider’s viability and mitigate the risks of provider failure have not proved sufficient.

The UK government has invited ministers in the the Scottish government, the Welsh government and the Northern Ireland Executive to opt into the regime on behalf of higher education providers in their respective territories. Throughout the development of the higher education stabilisation package, we have shared our approach and thinking with the devolved administrations through regular engagement at a ministerial and official level.

There are several elements to the higher education stabilisation package which are applicable in Scotland, including temporary student number controls which apply to English-domiciled students studying at higher education providers in all devolved administrations; Clearing Plus, which applies to all UK higher education providers using UCAS; the International Education Strategy, including communications to prospective international students; and the Ministerial Taskforce on university research sustainability, which includes representation from the Scottish government. This is in addition to the UK-wide government support schemes such as the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CIBLS) and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

Education in the United Kingdom is a devolved matter, so England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland each have their own education system. The UK government is responsible for England, whilst the Scottish government, the Welsh government and the Northern Ireland Executive are responsible for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, respectively.

16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the rise in the cost of living on food producers.

The turbulence of the market in light of the invasion of Ukraine, and the global spike in oil and gas prices, has brought into focus again the importance of a resilient global supply chain and the importance to our national resilience of having strong domestic food production.

Farmers are facing increased input costs including for fertiliser, feed and fuel. We continue to keep the market situation under review through the UK Agriculture Market Monitoring Group, which monitors UK agricultural markets including price, supply, inputs, trade and recent developments. We have also increased our engagement with industry to supplement our analysis with real time intelligence. We have recognised that increasing input costs, particularly fertiliser, feed, fuel and energy, are creating short term pressures on cash flow for farmers.

The Government has taken a number of actions to support farmers. These include changes to statutory guidance to the Environment Agency on how they should implement the "Farming Rules for Water" to provide clarity to farmers on how they can use slurry and other manures during autumn and winter to meet agronomic needs; increased grants funding to help farmers and growers boost research and development; and a delay to changes to the use of urea by at least a year. When the urea restrictions are introduced, they will be related to the use of ammonia inhibitors rather than a complete ban. The Government has also announced that Direct Payments in England will be paid in two instalments each year for the remainder of the agricultural transition period, to help farmers with their cashflow.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
9th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken with Cabinet colleagues to expedite a resumption of pork exports from UK pig processing plants, whose export licenses to China were voluntarily surrendered due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Defra is working closely with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) at every level to utilise opportunities to press the General Administration of Customs China (GACC) for the re-listing of the three affected UK pork processing plants. As part of this Defra has taken a number of steps, including those summarised below.

Defra, in collaboration with DIT and FCDO, continues to monitor the situation and to do all it can to resolve this issue. However, re-listing these establishments is ultimately in the gift of the GACC.

  • The Defra Secretary of State wrote to GACC Minister Ni in March 2021 and again in May 2021 to raise this issue and request a meeting. GACC have not responded.
  • Defra has fulfilled all of China’s technical requests to enable the re-listing of these UK establishments. This includes the submission to GACC of extensive COVID-19 dossiers, countersigned by the relevant Food Safety Competent Authorities and Public Health Authorities, as well as completing virtual video inspections chaired and facilitated by Defra with GACC Officials, where requested.
  • A letter from the UK Chief Veterinary Officer was sent to GACC to highlight the latest UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s guidance that was published in August 2021 on the risks COVID-19 transmission via food or food packaging.
  • Beyond direct engagement with GACC, Defra continues to engage with FCDO and DIT colleagues at different levels on a regular basis to ensure a consistent, joined up approach to UK Government pressing GACC for the re-listing of UK pork establishments.
  • Additionally, the UK raised concerns regarding these trade restrictive measures at the World Trade Organisation Sanitary Phytosanitary (WTO SPS) Committee in November 2020, March 2021, July 2021 and in bilateral discussions with China.
Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Government's legislative proposals to ban the import and export of shark fins will include a ban on the import and export of shark fin products.

As set out in the recently published Action Plan for Animal Welfare we will be bringing in legislation to ban the import and export of detached shark fins.

We are making good progress with developing this legislation including consideration of the scope needed to ensure our measures are as effective as possible at delivering shark conservation benefits globally. These measures will demonstrate our continuing leadership on shark conservation issues and signal our strong opposition to any ongoing finning practices.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to review the restrictions placed on pigeon racing implemented by his Department due to the perceived transmission risk of bird flu by racing pigeons.

From 21 April 2021, low risk pigeon racing can take place from locations not on mainland Europe, provided organisers notify the Animal and Plant Health Agency at least seven days before the event and that they meet the requirements of the General Licence. For a full list of what is permitted see the guidance for bird gatherings on gov.uk. Definitive requirements are set out in the published General Licence for the relevant administration (England, Wales and Scotland)

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the (a) selection criteria and (b) scoring mechanism for that criteria used by his Department when selecting which operators to licence to supply seasonal agricultural labour from abroad as part of the seasonal agricultural workers scheme.

Selecting the additional operators for the extended Seasonal Workers Pilot is a two-stage process. Defra conducted the first stage, which was the Request for Information (RFI) exercise inviting responses by 29 January 2021. Information on the selection criteria and scoring mechanisms is published online here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/seasonal-workers-pilot-request-for-information/seasonal-workers-pilot-request-for-information .

Defra has now completed the RFI exercise and in doing so proposed two additional operators to the Home Office, who are now conducting the second-stage of approval and licensing.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
17th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness of the process and (b) adequacy of support available for obtaining model EHCs for exports of animal by-products to third countries; and what steps he plans to take to speed up the process for opening up new trading routes for those products.

Since leaving the EU, we are an independent trading nation and we will use our voice to champion free trade and lower barriers to trade.

In line with these ambitions, I am pleased to confirm that there is an established process for obtaining model Export Health Certificates (EHCs) for exports of animal by-products. Agreed EHCs for all commodities can be obtained from GOV.UK. Applicants can use the website to search, view and apply for the relevant Export Health Certificate to facilitate trade in their commodity.

In addition to this, some Export Health Certificates are even more accessible, and can be applied for via the EHC online system which reduces some of the manual procedures previously in place. This process is under iterative review in order to ensure improvements can be made for the future.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to his Department's response to the consultation on ending live animal exports for slaughter, what assessment his Department has made of the requirements and needs of agri-food businesses whose export times necessarily exceed 24 hours.

The public consultation ended on 25 February and we are currently analysing all the responses we received; we will be publishing the Government response in due course.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) France, (b) the Netherlands and (c) the EU to develop mutual understanding on the checks required on agri-food goods moving between the UK and the EU.

There is a constant engagement between Defra officials and our counterparts in the EU to discuss issues regarding agri-food goods at the borders as they are reported. Through these channels, and through our regular meetings with industry representatives, we’re closely monitoring live issues and working to resolve them. Officials also hold regular technical meetings with experts from the UK and Member States to ensure that border issues are quickly resolved, including multiple engagements between the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer and their counterparts in EU Member States to further develop mutual understanding on controls and checks that are necessary at borders. The Secretary of State will also continue to engage directly with his counterparts in the EU and beyond.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11 March to Question 164621 on Potatoes: UK Trade with EU, for what reasons a maximum residue level applies to EU imports but not to potatoes produced in England.

At the end of the EU Exit Transition Period, all extant EU maximum residue levels (MRLs) were carried over into the pesticides regulatory regime in place in Great Britain. These have not changed since and there is currently no difference between the EU and GB MRL for potatoes for 1,4-dimethylnaphthalene (1,4-DMN). The 1,4-DMN MRL therefore applies to both domestic produce and produce imported from the EU. The key difference is in which pesticides are authorised for use in each country.

As of 1 January 2021, there is an autonomous pesticides regime in Great Britain. This means that the UK Government and the devolved administrations take our own decisions about which pesticides to authorise for use, based on scientific assessment of the risks. We may therefore sometimes take different decisions to countries in the EU or elsewhere. Last year, our regulator, the Health and Safety Executive, passed concerns arising from their risk assessment for 1,4-DMN to the EU for them to take into account.

In the meantime, emergency authorisations have been granted by all four UK administrations allowing limited and controlled use of a 1,4-DMN product.

We aim to establish a formal MRL review programme in the next few years and we are able to review MRLs when necessary, for example, to protect public health.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
8th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on domestic potato producers of banning the anti-sprouting component DMN while allowing EU potato producers using that component to import potatoes to the UK.

Before a pesticide can be used, its active substance must be approved and the pesticide itself must be authorised. Decisions on approval and authorisation are based on an assessment of the risks posed to people and to the environment. Such decisions are devolved and so are taken by the relevant government or by the Health and Safety Executive on its behalf. Decisions on the authorisation of pesticides for use in Scotland are not, therefore, taken by the UK Government.

The active substance 1,4-dimethylnaphthalene (1,4-DMN) is approved but at present there is no authorised product. All four UK governments have granted an emergency authorisation allowing the limited and controlled use until 31 May of a 1,4-DMN product to prevent sprouting of harvested potatoes. This emergency authorisation is granted in recognition of the need for sprout suppression and the lack, in certain circumstances, of alternative means of control.

Potatoes treated with 1,4-DMN are only permitted to be imported from the EU or elsewhere if the level of the chemical is below a statutory Maximum Residue Level of 15 mg/kg.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 January 2021 to Question 143107, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Angus of 3 December 2020 on the potential revocation of Vydate for treatment of potato crops, reference DD526.

I apologise for the further delay in responding. A reply was issued to the hon. Member for Angus on 23 February 2021.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the EU is allowed to export potato seed into Great Britain.

Defra ministers agreed a policy proposed by Defra officials and cleared with Devolved Administration (DA) colleagues to accept EU seed potatoes for 6 months beyond the end of the transition period, until 30 June. This policy was a change from an original policy to block EU seed potatoes entirely, to protect Scotland's specialist industry. The policy options regarding the import of seed potatoes from the EU were discussed between officials of all four administrations and industry organisations. In the absence of a reciprocal agreement with the EU, the original preference was to block EU seed potatoes immediately after the transition period. However, the coordinated request from three organisations representing interests across the potato industry, and the UK Government’s concern that entirely blocking EU potatoes, could prove detrimental to a reciprocal agreement in the longer term, led us to revisit the policy. The industry organisations expressed concerns that although the UK is broadly self-sufficient in the total quantity of seed potato production, it does not currently produce the range of varieties required by the UK market. They also explained that the transitional provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement for goods on the market were unhelpful for seed potatoes because of the need for specialist storage. To address both issues, their request was to allow EU seed potatoes to be imported for planting in spring 2021 to provide a further period of adaptation. This led to the final proposal to accept EU seed potatoes in England and Wales until June 2021, supporting the industry as it adapts.

Defra officials and the DAs re-visited the policy following a joint letter from industry organisations representing both seed and ware potato growers. They proposed a compromise policy to accept EU seed potatoes for a limited time to ensure supply for the Spring growing season. This policy was discussed and agreed with the DAs and a sixth month period of grace was proposed, in line with other 'standstill' policies.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Angus of 3 December 2020 on the potential revocation of Vydate for treatment of potato crops, reference DD526.

I apologise for the delay in responding. Defra is currently dealing with high volumes of correspondence due to Covid-19. A reply to the hon. Member is being prepared and will be issued very shortly.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18 January 2021 to Question 137309 on Animal Products: UK Trade with EU, what new markets the Government has opened for processed animal proteins; what the barriers to access to those markets were prior to the end of the transition period; and what the estimated gross value is of those new markets.

Over the past two years, Defra has put in place new veterinary export health certificates to facilitate the export of processed animal proteins from terrestrial animals to Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nigeria and Pakistan. We do not currently know the value of these new markets but the gross value of the annual trade to all non-EU markets is approximately £40million. There are now 23 veterinary export health certificates available to support this trade to countries outside the EU.

Defra is aware that UK renderers wish to export even further afield and that many of the authorities in those destination countries require consignments to be accompanied by a veterinary export health certificate and meet stringent import conditions. Defra continues to work with UK rendering companies to maintain and expand its range of veterinary export health certificates supporting the export of processed animal protein to their priority destination countries.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
13th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has received representations and information on businesses needing clarification of whether they require an EHC for exports to Northern Ireland and the EU which contain processed animal protein including milk products, gelatine, hydrolysed proteins, eggs, dicalcium phosphate and collagen; and whether he is taking steps to support those businesses.

Defra is in regular discussions with businesses on the Export Health Certificate (EHC) requirements for products sent to Northern Ireland and the EU which contain processed animal protein (PAP).

Mammalian PAP must have been processed in a region which is, under the international rules, in the negligible risk category for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). It must have been processed by pressure sterilisation (known as ‘Method 1’). This means mammalian PAP products from Great Britain cannot be certified for export to Northern Ireland or the EU.

This issue was raised in our discussions with the EU last year and we continue to look at options to negotiate a position on trade.

We continue to hold discussions regularly with the rendering industry. We have worked with other countries to obtain additional export health certificates for PAP, meaning we were able to open markets for these products elsewhere.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the additional cost to Scottish seafood and agricultural exporters per year of (a) customs documentation and (b) other non-tariff barriers to trade with the EU under the EU-UK trade and co-operation agreement.

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement delivers on the Government's promise to take the UK out of the EU's customs territory and to regain control of our borders. We have always been clear that this means there will be new customs processes on goods being moved from GB into the EU and vice versa. The Agreement will help to manage the burden of non-tariff barriers for businesses by supporting efficient customs arrangements covering all trade in goods, while ensuring that we will be free to regulate our own market as we see fit. In addition, the agreement enables both sides to further reduce costs in the longer term. For example, we have agreed to explore the possibility of sharing import and export declaration data, including by setting up pilot programmes, where appropriate, with a view to reducing administrative burdens on business.

Importantly, this Agreement ensures there will be zero tariffs or quotas on trade between the UK and the EU, where goods meet the relevant rules of origin, and includes provisions to facilitate trade and address non-tariff barriers for UK exports to the EU and vice versa. It will therefore provide Scottish businesses with exceptional access to the EU's market and help them continue to trade smoothly: it is the first time the EU has ever agreed a zero tariff, zero quota deal.

We have already struck deals with more than 58 countries around the world, worth £198 billion a year - including with Canada, Japan and Singapore, with many more to come. This will benefit Scottish businesses, and create new markets for Scotland's exporters. It allows us to continue to have a close relationship with our European friends and neighbours, while we take our place in the world with an independent trade policy, acting as a global force for good.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will (a) hold discussions with industry (i) bodies and (ii) leaders on the proportion of seasonal agricultural workers that were from the UK workforce and (b) use the results of those discussions when presenting proposals for the future of seasonal agricultural work to the Home Secretary.

Defra works closely with industry bodies and leaders, regularly speaking with recruiters, growers, unions and associations, and making use of all available information and evidence to understand the labour supply picture for the agri-food supply chain.

Industry reports that supply of seasonal labour has been sufficient across the main horticultural sectors so far this year. Through the ‘Pick for Britain’ campaign, Defra has collaborated with industry to raise the profile of seasonal work on farms. The Pick for Britain website has received nearly 2 million unique page views since its launch but Defra does not hold any information about specific vacancies, interviews or people in jobs as that information is held by individual companies.

The horticultural sector will continue to be able to rely on EU nationals living in the UK with settled or pre-settled status. Around 3.7 million EU citizens and their families have been granted settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme and the application deadline is not until 30 June 2021. EU nationals who have settled status can continue to travel to the UK to do seasonal work in 2021.

On 19 February, the Government announced that the annual quota for this second year of the?Seasonal Workers Pilot scheme would increase from 2,500 to 10,000 places. The Pilot has provided thousands of non-EU workers to farms across the UK this year to undertake seasonal employment in the edible horticulture sector.

Defra will continue to work closely with the Home Office on seasonal agricultural workers and the needs of the sector.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
9th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Angus dated 11 June 2020 on the future of the fishing industry.

A reply to the hon. Member’s correspondence is being prepared and will be sent out very shortly.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
4th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Angus dated 28 April 2020 on the potato industry.

I apologise for the delay in responding to the hon Member. Defra is currently dealing with unprecedented volumes of correspondence due to COVID-19. A reply to the hon. Member’s correspondence is being prepared and will be sent out very shortly.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
15th Jul 2020
What discussions she has had with (a) her international counterparts and (b) international development non-governmental organisations on the planned merger of her Department with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

As with any government change like this, the announcement came first to Parliament. Baroness Sugg meets British Development Civil Society Organisations regularly. Strong consultation with a wide range of partners will continue to be a key component of our work to create the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
9th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she has taken with Cabinet colleagues to expedite a resumption of pork exports from UK pig processing plants, whose export licenses to China were voluntarily surrendered due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Ministers have raised this issue with their Chinese counterparts. The Department continues to press the Chinese authorities for a swift resolution and is working closely with affected UK pork processing plants.

Graham Stuart
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the value of UK cod sales to Norway was in the most recent period for which that information is available; and what tariff will be imposed on future such sales under the terms of the new free trade agreement recently agreed between the UK and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein provide a preferential rate of 0% for cod imports from Britain. In 2020, we exported approximately £1 million (382 tons) of cod to Norway. British exporters of cod will not face tariff barriers in future trade with any of these countries.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what terms have been agreed in the free trade agreement between the UK and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein on UK sales of cod to Norway.

Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein provide a preferential rate of 0% for cod imports from Britain. In 2020, we exported approximately £1 million (382 tons) of cod to Norway. British exporters of cod will not face tariff barriers in future trade with any of these countries.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
18th Jun 2020
What recent progress she has made on negotiating free trade agreements with (a) the US and (b) Japan.

We have launched negotiations with both the US and Japan and we want to secure ambitious trade deals that benefit every part of the UK. Scotland is expected to be a particularly strong beneficiary from both deals.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many practical driving test were carried out per week on average in Arbroath (a) in 2019 and (b) between 1 January and 1 May 2022.

As of 13 May 2022:

  • 135 people had a practical car driving test booked in Angus.
  • 119,865 people had a practical car driving test booked in the UK.
  • 60 people had a practical car driving test booked at Arbroath test centre.

The waiting time for a practical car test at Arbroath is five weeks.

In 2019, 11 practical car driving tests were carried out, on average, per week, at Arbroath. 12 practical driving tests were carried out, on average, per week, at Arbroath between 1 January and 1 May 2022.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Angus and (b) the UK awaiting a practical driving test; and of those how many are awaiting those tests at the Abroath remote testing centre.

As of 13 May 2022:

  • 135 people had a practical car driving test booked in Angus.
  • 119,865 people had a practical car driving test booked in the UK.
  • 60 people had a practical car driving test booked at Arbroath test centre.

The waiting time for a practical car test at Arbroath is five weeks.

In 2019, 11 practical car driving tests were carried out, on average, per week, at Arbroath. 12 practical driving tests were carried out, on average, per week, at Arbroath between 1 January and 1 May 2022.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of delays at Dover on Scottish hauliers who transport high value, perishable goods long distances and for whom those delays can cause loss of earnings.

Defra, who hold responsibility for the food sector, has well established ways of working with the food industry to monitor issues with the potential to cause disruption to food supply chains. Our focus has been to work with our Kent Resilience Forum partners to solve the disruption in Kent as quickly as possible to support all hauliers, recognising the work they have done alongside Port of Dover, Eurotunnel and operators to get people moving as quickly as possible under difficult circumstances.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the DVLA plans to substantively respond to the ongoing case of the constituent of the hon. Member for Angus, reference DD4418.

A reply to the correspondence referred to was sent by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on 21 October. The reply included an apology for the delay in responding.

Trudy Harrison
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential economic development achievable by investing in maritime decarbonisation in the UK’s coastal communities; and what steps the Government will take to ensure that development is achieved equitably between all nations of the UK.

The Department has made no assessment of the level of economic development achievable by investing in maritime decarbonisation in the UK’s coastal communities. However, in 2019, alongside the Clean Maritime Plan, the Department published an assessment which identified that low and zero emissions shipping could result in potential economic benefits to the UK of around £360-£510 million per year by the middle of the century.

Maritime UK has published its views that investment in maritime decarbonisation could in future create jobs in all four nations of the United Kingdom, particularly in coastal communities with a tradition of maritime economic activity, including shipbuilding.

Industry research estimates that in 2017 the UK maritime sector as a whole directly supported more than 220,000 jobs for UK employees.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff are employed by (a) the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and (b) HM Coastguard in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Northern Ireland and (iv) Wales.

As of 31 March 2021, the employees of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are broken down as follows, this includes permanent and fixed term employees:

England - 926

Scotland -161

Northern Ireland - 41

Wales – 108

Her Majesty’s Coastguard is a Directorate within the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and therefore is included in the figures above. Disaggregating Her Majesty’s Coastguard figures from above, permanent and fixed term employees within Her Majesty’s Coastguard Directorate as of 31 March 2021 are:

England - 334

Scotland -114

Northern Ireland - 28

Wales – 57

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what types of (a) helicopter and (b) ships HM Coastguard has access to; and where those vehicles are stationed.

Her Majesty’s Coastguard has on contract two types of search and rescue helicopter. These are the Sikorsky S 92 and the AgustaWestland (Leonardo) AW189.

The dedicated search and rescue helicopters operate from the following locations:

Sikorsky S92 AgustaWestland 189

Sumburgh Inverness

Stornoway Prestwick

Humberside St Athan

Caernarfon Lydd

Newquay Lee on the Solent

Her Majesty’s Coastguard has on contract one Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) – which is an Anchor Handling Tug. The ETV is permanently stationed off the northern coasts of Scotland.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what role the Maritime and Coastguard Agency performs apart from coastguard.

In summary, as well as the services of Her Majesty's Coastguard, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency manages the UK Ship Register and carries out its ship survey and inspection roles as both as a Flag and a Port State. Through its survey and inspection regime, it enforces standards for ship safety, security, pollution prevention and seafarer health and safety.

It also provides seafarer examinations and certification services and provides regulatory and policy advice on matters including fishing vessel safety, civil hydrography, navigation safety and future technologies. The Maritime & Coastguard Agency promotes maritime standards and encourages economic growth.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the budget for HM Coastguard was in each of the last five years.

The budget for Her Majesty’s Coastguard for each of the last five years is as follows:

Financial Year Budget (£)

2016-17 242,355,780

2017-18 260,745,074

2018-19 248,005,106

2019-20 259,397,741

2020-21 271,058,746

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
4th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has made of the potential merits of prioritising people who require a specific type of driving licence for employment for bookings for practical driving tests when they resume as covid-19 restrictions are eased; and if he will make a statement.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is now planning to resume driver training and testing in line with the Prime Minister’s road map announcement. In England, this will be no earlier than 12 April 2021, providing the data shows it is safe to move on to this next step.

Dates for Scotland and Wales remain subject to agreement with the devolved administrations.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) does not hold data on a candidate’s occupation, or reason for taking a test, when they apply for a routine theory or practical test. The DVSA will be making tests available in all licence categories when it is safe to do so.

4th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Covid-19 Response, Spring 2021 roadmap, published in February 2021, CP 398, when (a) bookings for driving theory tests and (b) driving theory test centres will be permitted to reopen.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is now planning to resume driver training and testing in line with the Prime Minister’s road map announcement. In England, this will be no earlier than 12 April 2021, providing the data shows it is safe to move on to this next step.

Dates for Scotland and Wales remain subject to agreement with the devolved administrations.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) does not hold data on a candidate’s occupation, or reason for taking a test, when they apply for a routine theory or practical test. The DVSA will be making tests available in all licence categories when it is safe to do so.

12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of a modifying ​the Child Maintenance Service variation process in relation to mileage to ensure that the paying parent is able to claim mileage and travel costs without specifying distance to avoid the risk of the receiving parent becoming aware, through disputed mileage claim distances, of the area the paying parent resides in.

In order for a Paying Parent to claim mileage and travel costs through a variation, they must provide the Child Maintenance Service with the total distance in order for the Service to calculate the costs correctly. This ensures the calculation is a fair reflection of the additional costs incurred by the Paying Parent and meets the requirements set out in legislation. This also ensures transparency in decision making so that both parents are able challenge any decision that affects the child maintenance liability.

The safety of all customers is a priority for the Service and it will never share sensitive personal details that could reveal the location of either parent.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will work with (a) Australian, (b) Canadian and (c) other relevant overseas governments to establish a reciprocal social security agreement in order to end frozen pension policy.

The UK has no plans to change its longstanding policy position.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will extend personal independence payment claims by six months in line with the extension granted for the universal credit uplift.

Throughout the Covid-19 outbreak, we have been committed to making sure people can access financial support through Personal Independence Payment in a timely manner. To ensure continuity of payments to our customers, in the early stage of the pandemic we extended existing awards with a review date 9 months to ensure that a review could take place before the end of the award. Reviews are an integral part of PIP to ensure that our customers are receiving the correct level of award.

24th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Angus of 14 December 2020, 28 January 2021 and 18 February 2021 on the Child Maintenance Service.

The Department responded by email to Dave Doogan MP, Scottish National Partly Angus, on 26 March 2021.

Guy Opperman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to improve the processing time of applications to the Kickstart scheme.

We have recently streamlined and improved the assessment process, to take a more nuanced view of applications while maintaining a high standard for Kickstart jobs. These changes mean that more applications are likely to be successful. We have also continued to improve and expand our guidance to help employers understand what we are looking for when assessing applications.

We aim to process all applications within four weeks, we recognise this may not always have been possible. We have reprioritised staff resources to deliver the DWP’s Kickstart Scheme to meet the demand from the large number of supportive employers.

28th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to work with organisations such as Gateway to agree a maximum time between submission and approval of applications for the Kickstart scheme.

The department has worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including gateway organisations since the scheme was announced and will continue to do so.

We have recently improved the assessment process to allow us to consider an application in full to make a decision. We have also continued to improve and expand our guidance to make sure employers know what we are looking for when assessing applications. Whilst maintaining a high standard for Kickstart jobs, these changes will mean that more applications are likely to be successful.

We aim to make a decision on an application within four weeks of receiving it, although this can take longer if more information needs to be gathered. Approved Gateways can get in touch with their local or national Kickstart scheme contact for information about how to add job placements or employers to their existing grant agreements.

18th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance she has issued for people who cannot (a) access a face to face assessment due to covid-19 restrictions and (b) conduct a phone consultation due to the nature of their disability.

The health and safety of our claimants and staff is our key priority. As a result, all face to face assessments for sickness and disability benefits have remained suspended since March 2020.

We are assessing as many people as we are able to on paper evidence or via telephone assessments. Individuals invited for a telephone assessment are encouraged to inform their assessment provider of any additional requirements they may have, and the provider will endeavour to meet any reasonable requests. This is explained to the individual in the initial invitation letter for all telephone assessments. For example, companions are able to join a telephone assessment, as they could for a face to face assessment.

There will be some claimants for whom unfortunately there is insufficient evidence to make a decision on paper and who are unable to undertake a telephone assessment because of their health condition. We continue to develop and implement ways in which we can safely assess these individuals. For example, we are currently testing ways of supporting claimants with speech and hearing difficulties to safely participate in telephone assessments and continue to test video assessments. Claimants who we are unable to assess by telephone or video because of their health condition, in particular those not entitled to UC, will be prioritised when we are able to safely resume face to face assessments.

18th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to support people with a recently diagnosed condition who as a result of their condition cannot undertake a telephone consultation.

The health and safety of our claimants and staff is our key priority. As a result, all face to face assessments for sickness and disability benefits have remained suspended since March 2020.

We are assessing as many people as we are able to on paper evidence or via telephone assessments. Individuals invited for a telephone assessment are encouraged to inform their assessment provider of any additional requirements they may have, and the provider will endeavour to meet any reasonable requests. This is explained to the individual in the initial invitation letter for all telephone assessments. For example, companions are able to join a telephone assessment, as they could for a face to face assessment.

There will be some claimants for whom unfortunately there is insufficient evidence to make a decision on paper and who are unable to undertake a telephone assessment because of their health condition. We continue to develop and implement ways in which we can safely assess these individuals. For example, we are currently testing ways of supporting claimants with speech and hearing difficulties to safely participate in telephone assessments and continue to test video assessments. Claimants who we are unable to assess by telephone or video because of their health condition, in particular those not entitled to UC, will be prioritised when we are able to safely resume face to face assessments.

9th Jul 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether any applicant in receipt of universal credit who was previously in receipt of legacy benefits has successfully reapplied for universal credit.

Yes - claimants who were previously in receipt of legacy benefits who migrated to and were awarded Universal Credit can re-apply for Universal Credit if that award has ended. Universal Credit will then be re-awarded if they meet the conditions of entitlement.

Will Quince
Minister of State (Education)
25th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of universal credit who were previously in receipt of legacy benefits have successfully reapplied for universal credit in the last (a) six months, (b) 12 months and (c) 24 months.

The information requested is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Will Quince
Minister of State (Education)
20th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans respond to correspondence from the hon. Member for Angus of 23 February 2021, followed up on 25 March 2021 and 9 April 2021 on the covid-19 vaccine concerns, case reference DD3069 and DD3079.

We replied to the hon. Member on 23 April.

10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) support and (b) treatment is available to veterans for service-related PTSD in (i) prisons and (ii) the criminal justice system.

All patients in custody in England, including veterans, receive a range of services, including healthcare screening within 24 hours of reception and a follow up seven days later, as well as primary care, mental health, substance use, public health and secondary care services and support during the sentence or remand period.

In conjunction with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and armed forces charities, NHS England and NHS Improvement also commissions services for veterans in prisons, which includes the Veterans Regroup pathfinder service for veterans in the criminal justice system in the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire areas.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support his Department provides to children of armed forces personnel that have experienced PTSD.

In England, children of armed forces personnel are supported by mainstream National Health Service mental health services.

They also have access to support via the veterans mental health Transition Intervention and Liaison Service and Complex Treatment Services, who offer health assessments and signposting to local services.

To improve this offer, NHS England and NHS Improvement are currently preparing an England wide engagement to seek the views of armed forces families to help inform care and support for this group.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what processes his Department uses to monitory the adequacy of the provision of (a) support and (b) treatment for veterans.

In England the National Health Service continuously reviews the services it provides. Veterans are able to access all mainstream NHS services as well as the dedicated veteran specific services NHS England and NHS Improvement have set up. The assurance and quality of all NHS services is undertaken by the Care Quality Commission.

As a result of this ongoing review and feedback from veterans, their families and Service Charities, NHS England and NHS Improvement established two dedicated veteran’s mental health services, Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service and the Complex Treatment Service. NHS England and NHS Improvement are also in the process of developing a High Intense Service to help those individuals nearing crisis.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
9th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on a resumption of pork exports from UK pig processing plants whose licenses were voluntarily surrendered due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The UK Government is committed to supporting the UK agricultural industry and restoring all exports of pork products to China. In July I [Minister Adams] met representatives from the relevant UK companies, and we understand that a number of companies, from a range of countries, share similar concerns. Foreign Secretary raises trade issues whenever he speaks to State Councillor Wang Yi, including most recently on 19 August. I [Minister Adams] made representations to the Chinese Ambassador on 8 September. In addition, the Secretary of State for International Trade and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have each written to their Chinese counterparts. Finally, Her Majesty's Ambassador to China and officials in the British Embassy in Beijing have lobbied repeatedly on this issue.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
8th Jul 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, under what circumstances the (a) Department for Work and Pensions or (b) HMRC may change an individual’s Guaranteed Minimum Payment information.

An individual’s National Insurance record is a living entity that can be updated at any time through routine ‘business as usual’ reviews or if additional information is received from Pension Scheme Administrators and/or employers. Any of these updates to the National Insurance record could result in a change to the Guaranteed Minimum Pension value held on HMRC records.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
24th May 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Scottish Government has received in Barnett consequentials as a direct result of the London Crossrail Project; whether that project has been treated as an exceptional; and to what extent the calculation of Crossrail-related Barnett has differed from the calculation of standard transport-related funding as laid out in the Statement of Funding Policy.

The Barnett formula has been applied to spending on Crossrail as set out in the Statement of Funding Policy. Crossrail is classified as local transport, which is devolved in Scotland, so spending on Crossrail feeds through into Barnett-based funding for the Scottish Government.

The Barnett formula determines changes in the Scottish Government’s funding, not the overall funding, and is applied at departmental level at Spending Reviews. Barnett consequentials don’t therefore reflect the funding provided to the Scottish Government in relation to specific programmes or projects.

The Block Grant Transparency publication sets out the breakdown of Barnett consequentials for the Scottish Government.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
17th May 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a comparative assessment of how much potash was imported into the UK in the last six months and during the same period in the last three years.

HMRC is responsible for the collection and publication of data on imports and exports of goods to and from the UK. HMRC releases this information monthly, as a National Statistic called the Overseas Trade in Goods Statistics (OTS), which is available via their dedicated website: www.uktradeinfo.com. From this website, it is also possible to build your own data tables based upon bespoke search criteria: https://www.uktradeinfo.com/trade-data/ots-custom-table.

Potash falls within commodity code chapter heading 281520: ‘Sodium hydroxide “caustic soda”, potassium hydroxide “caustic potash”; peroxides of sodium or potassium’. Forms of potash are also used in fertilisers and fall within commodity code chapter heading 3104. The full commodity code would depend on the specific compounds of the potash.

A data table showing the volumes of potash and fertilisers containing potash that were imported into the UK in the last six months compared to the last three years is provided separately.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department can take to inform or resolve a dispute between an employee and their employer or former employer on payments made through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme where the payments from the employer to the employee or former employee are subject to dispute.

Since 25 February 2021, employees can check if their employer made a CJRS claim on their behalf for periods from December 2020 onwards through their online Personal Tax Account (PTA). Details of CJRS claims are updated monthly in PTAs.

If an employee thinks their employer is incorrectly claiming for them, they should talk to their employer about this in the first instance to rectify this if they feel comfortable doing so.

Anyone who suspects a fraudulent claim has been made can report it to HMRC’s Fraud Hotline. HMRC operates a Fraud Hotline service which allows members of the public to submit allegations of fraud relating to all of its COVID-19 schemes, including CJRS. The public can access this reporting service by searching 'report tax fraud' on GOV.UK or, for urgent and time critical matters, by telephone on 0800 788 887, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. HMRC encourages the public to use its online form wherever possible as it remains the most efficient way of informing HMRC of potential wrongdoing.

HMRC will check claims made through the scheme. Payments may be withheld or need to be repaid in full to HMRC if the claim is based on dishonest or inaccurate information or found to be fraudulent.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assistance is available to exporters in the UK who are struggling to ship goods to individual customers in Northern Ireland due to (a) an increase in shipping costs, (b) customers not having an EORI number and (c) not being registered with the TSS.

The Northern Ireland Protocol entails some new administrative processes for traders, notably new digital import declaration requirements and digital safety and security information for goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK. Processes are fully digital and eligible to be facilitated by the Trader Support Service (TSS). There are no export or exit declarations needed for goods leaving Great Britain for Northern Ireland.

The TSS is a free, optional service which supports all businesses affected by the Protocol. It can complete declarations on behalf of traders so that they do not need to engage directly with new digital customs systems or processes and in most cases traders will not need their own XI EORI number. Traders can register by going to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/trader-support-service.

As well as the TSS, the Government has provided a range of support for traders affected by the Protocol, including:

  • Publishing a suite of new guidance to support Great Britain and Northern Ireland businesses engaging in new processes under the Protocol.
  • Creating the Movement Assistance Scheme, which provides support to traders moving agri-food commodities and equines from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
  • Creating a £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund to support small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) adjust to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules.
  • Implementing a range of other support schemes, including the General Export Facility guarantee scheme aimed at SMEs, which means the Government can provide an 80% guarantee on financial support from lenders to help with general exporting costs, up to the value of £25 million.
  • Implementing the UK Trader Scheme, which ensures that authorised traders do not pay tariffs on the movement of goods into Northern Ireland from Great Britain, where those goods can be shown to remain in the UK customs territory.
  • Permitting waivers for duty on goods that traders bring into Northern Ireland from Great Britain that would normally be charged ‘at risk’ tariffs, up to a maximum allowance of €200,000 over three tax years.
  • A temporary extension of the period in which traders who do not have a fixed place of business in Northern Ireland can be authorised to declare their goods “not at risk” until 1 November 2021, providing they meet all other UK Trader Scheme eligibility requirements.
  • Establishing a specific taskforce working with businesses across Northern Ireland and Great Britain on issues related to the Protocol.
30th Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of businesses are prepared for the completion of customs paperwork for export to the EU.

For over a year, the Government has been working to help businesses to understand and prepare for their new obligations, including customs paperwork for export to the EU. The Government will continue to assess carefully how traders are adapting to the new customs arrangements over the next few weeks and months.

The Government undertook significant readiness activity prior to 1 January, identifying key customer groups and delivering a high volume of targeted communications and engagement, including sending over 11 million letters and emails and hosting 50 webinars with over 30,000 attendees to date, preparing businesses for the new rules.

Through the cross-Government campaign since August the Government has reached 41m adults (15+) and 16m business decision makers through radio, and 18m adults (15+) and 3.5m business decision makers through print and digital articles, promoting key readiness messaging for importers and exporters.

The Government will continue to run this comprehensive engagement campaign with regular (and increasingly directive) letters to VAT registered traders, targeted phone calls and emails, events, webinars and video tutorials. Regular engagement with business representative organisations and devolved governments continues, with emphasis on trader readiness.

As well as providing extensive communications and guidance helping traders, the Government has made available grants of up to £1,000 per organisation for any importer and or exporter who is new to customs to support the cost of customs training. The grants have in particular helped small businesses to understand customs processes and to provide accurate information to intermediaries; for example, for entries into declarants’ records.

Recognising the impact of coronavirus on businesses’ ability to prepare, the Government has taken the pragmatic and flexible decision to introduce new border controls in three stages up until 1 July 2021, giving industry extra time to adjust to the new procedures. The priority from 1 January is reminding traders and the border industry about staged controls for imports and other temporary contingency milestones and supporting them to embed the new processes.

The Government will continue to provide support for the rest of this year.

3rd Dec 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will (a) meet representatives of the private coach industry to discuss the financial effect of the covid-19 outbreak on and (b) provide additional financial support to that industry.

The Government recognises the challenging times facing the coach sector as a result of Covid-19, and firms experiencing difficulties are able to draw upon the unprecedented package of cross-economy measures the government has put in place, including Time to Pay flexibilities with tax bills, financial support for employees and tax deferrals. These measures have been designed to ensure that firms of any size receive the help they need to get through this difficult time.

As part of my regular engagement with industry leaders, I recently met with representatives of the coach sector to better understand their situation. I encourage the sector to continue to engage with the Department of Transport on the matters discussed.

9th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HMRC plans to respond to the letters of (a) 29 June 2020, (b) 29 July 2020, (c) 7 September 2020 and (d) 30 September 2020 from the hon. Member for Angus on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

HMRC have been in contact with Mr Doogan’s office in relation to these letters and are now working on their response as a priority. There has been a delay caused by the letters being sent to an incorrect email address.

9th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the letters of (a) 31 July 2020, (b) 31 August 2020 and (c) 29 September 2020 from the hon. Member for Angus on financial support for dental laboratories.

The Treasury responded to the member’s letter on 9 October 2020.

15th Sep 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HMRC plans to respond to the letters dated 18 May 2020 and 10 July 2020 from the hon Member for Angus on the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.

The HMRC Director responsible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, Paul Riley, duly replied to the Honourable Member’s letter on 18 September 2020. HMRC apologise for the delay in responding.

8th Jul 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reduce VAT on energy saving products after the end of the transition period.

VAT is a broad based tax on consumption and the twenty per cent standard rate applies to most goods and services.

Relief from the standard rate is already available on the sale and installation of certain energy-saving materials such as insulation, draught stripping and solar panels if certain conditions are met.

Although there are no plans to extend the scope of the relief already in place, the Government keeps all taxes under review.

22nd Jun 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making items of personal protective equipment exempt from VAT (a) in the short term to support businesses in protecting staff and customers as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased and (b) permanently to support health spending over the longer term.

A temporary zero-rate of VAT applies to sales of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for protection from infection from 1 May 2020 until 31 July 2020. The temporary relief has been introduced as an urgent response to the coronavirus emergency. Its main objective is to relieve businesses, particularly in the healthcare and residential care sectors, of the burden of tax on essential infection protection equipment needed to deal with the emergency.

All taxes are kept under review and Government will reassess the situation in the future.

19th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the 20 April 2020 correspondence on furlough from the hon. Member for Angus.

HM Treasury has received unprecedented amounts of correspondence since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, and apologises for the delay in responding to the Honourable Member. The Honourable Member’s correspondence is receiving attention and will be replied to as soon as possible.

29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contractual obligations will apply to people who have made a successful application under the Ukraine Extension Scheme and who were previously in the UK on the seasonal worker visa in relation to any contract previously negotiated by a labour provider.

Customers granted leave under the Ukraine Extension Scheme are normally granted for a period of 36 months and are able to access work, study and public funds. They are not restricted in the work they can undertake from an immigration point of view.

Employment contracts between an employee and employer are not something the Home Office would be involved in under the Ukraine Extension Scheme.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to facilitate access to foreign seasonal labour for the hospitality sector.

Issues with recruitment in the Hospitality sector are not unique to the UK, with reports of similar issues in the USA, the Republic of Ireland and Spain. This indicates factors other than immigration policy need to be considered to resolve these issues.

Several roles in the hospitality sector (including chefs and managerial roles) are eligible for the Skilled Worker route in the Points Based System. Modelling by the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) suggest the new, lower salary and expanded skills thresholds, strike a reasonable balance between controlling immigration and business access to labour.

Other roles will need to be filled from the resident workforce and those with full work rights, including the 6.5 million applicants under our EU Settlement Scheme, dependants of work visa holders, and those coming to the UK under our new Ukraine Schemes, the British National (Overseas) route, the Graduate route and Youth Mobility Schemes.

Further advice from the MAC has been against the creation of sector specific visa routes.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of foreign seasonal labour in the hospitality sector in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK.

Issues with recruitment in the Hospitality sector are not unique to the UK, with reports of similar issues in the USA, the Republic of Ireland and Spain. This indicates factors other than immigration policy need to be considered to resolve these issues.

Several roles in the hospitality sector (including chefs and managerial roles) are eligible for the Skilled Worker route in the Points Based System. Modelling by the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) suggest the new, lower salary and expanded skills thresholds, strike a reasonable balance between controlling immigration and business access to labour.

Other roles will need to be filled from the resident workforce and those with full work rights, including the 6.5 million applicants under our EU Settlement Scheme, dependants of work visa holders, and those coming to the UK under our new Ukraine Schemes, the British National (Overseas) route, the Graduate route and Youth Mobility Schemes.

Further advice from the MAC has been against the creation of sector specific visa routes.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
14th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which air charter company is being used for deportation flights to Rwanda.

Our priority will always be to keep our communities safe, and we make no apology for seeking to remove those with no right to remain in the UK.

For commercial reasons, we are unable to disclose the name of our contractor for this operation. Charter flight operations are an important means to remove individuals with no right to remain in the UK where there are limited scheduled routes. We manage the charter programme flexibly, balancing it with use of scheduled flights to best respond to operational needs. Costs for individual flights will vary based on a number of different factors and are regularly reviewed to ensure that best value for money is balanced against the need to remove those individuals with no right to remain in the UK.

The endless merry go round of late legal claims – which are often unfounded or without merit – can result in people being removed from flights at the last minute. However, our New Plan for Immigration will stop the abuse of the system and expedite the removal of those who have no right to be here.

Tom Pursglove
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications to the Homes for Ukraine scheme by unaccompanied 15 to 18-year-olds have been successful; and how many applicants have been directly informed by her Department that their application has been unsuccessful.

Unaccompanied minors are only eligible under the Homes for Ukraine scheme if they are reuniting with a parent or legal guardian in the UK – this is outlined in the Immigration Rules.

Data on the number of people issued under Homes for Ukraine can be found on the GOV.UK webpage: Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine) visa data - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential economic impact of mandating increased wages for seasonal workers on (a) fruit farmers and (b) consumer fruit costs.

As part of extending the Seasonal Worker visa route until the end of 2024, we have followed through on the recommendation made by the Migration Advisory Committee in their report of September 2018, which stated:

‘If a seasonal agriculture worker scheme was introduced we recommend that employers pay a higher minimum wage in return for the privileged access to labour this scheme would give the sector in order to encourage increases in productivity.’

The Government has introduced a minimum hourly rate of pay for the Seasonal Worker route as part of a wider package of work being jointly delivered with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, seeking to ensure the welfare of participating migrant workers, and in particular to reduce the risks of debt bondage.

The Government published a review of the seasonal worker route on 24 December 2021, that clearly set out the types of migrant welfare issues we have identified within this route. The Director of Labour Market Enforcement has also flagged the agriculture sector, and specifically seasonal workers, as presenting a high risk for labour marker exploitation.

It is not the purpose of the UK immigration system to provide UK growers with a guaranteed source of cheap labour, or to perpetuate conditions which would not be acceptable to resident workers. The increase in the wage required from National Minimum Wage to £10.10 per hour is reasonable and necessary in order to ensure these vulnerable workers are receiving fair remuneration for their work.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason a rate of pay in excess of the national living wage has been mandated for seasonal workers by her Department.

As part of extending the Seasonal Worker visa route until the end of 2024, we have followed through on the recommendation made by the Migration Advisory Committee in their report of September 2018, which stated:

‘If a seasonal agriculture worker scheme was introduced we recommend that employers pay a higher minimum wage in return for the privileged access to labour this scheme would give the sector in order to encourage increases in productivity.’

The Government has introduced a minimum hourly rate of pay for the Seasonal Worker route as part of a wider package of work being jointly delivered with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, seeking to ensure the welfare of participating migrant workers, and in particular to reduce the risks of debt bondage.

The Government published a review of the seasonal worker route on 24 December 2021, that clearly set out the types of migrant welfare issues we have identified within this route. The Director of Labour Market Enforcement has also flagged the agriculture sector, and specifically seasonal workers, as presenting a high risk for labour marker exploitation.

It is not the purpose of the UK immigration system to provide UK growers with a guaranteed source of cheap labour, or to perpetuate conditions which would not be acceptable to resident workers. The increase in the wage required from National Minimum Wage to £10.10 per hour is reasonable and necessary in order to ensure these vulnerable workers are receiving fair remuneration for their work.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2022 to Question 154539 on Homes for Ukraine Scheme, how many and what proportion of applications to the Homes for Ukraine scheme have been lost as of 21 April 2022.

The Home Office is not aware any applications to the Homes for Ukraine scheme have been lost.

We have received thousands of applications for the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine Scheme and in just five weeks, over 71,000 visas have now been issued so people can rebuild their lives in the UK through the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2022 to Question 154538 on Homes for Ukraine Scheme, whether any applications to the Homes for Ukraine scheme made on 18 and 19 March 2022 have been lost.

The Home Office is not aware any applications to the Homes for Ukraine scheme have been lost.

We have received thousands of applications for the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine Scheme and in just five weeks, over 71,000 visas have now been issued so people can rebuild their lives in the UK through the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason a rate of pay in excess of the national living wage has been mandated by her Department for seasonal workers.

The Home Office does not provide accomodation to migrants to the UK.

The Home Office does though have a statutory obligation to provide accommodation and other support to asylum seekers who would otherwise be destitute while their application for asylum is being considered.

The total expenditure on asylum is published in the Home Office Annual Report and Accounts, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ho-annual-reports-and-accounts.

We do not publish a breakdown of costs of our accommodation & support contracts by location or property type as such detail is considered commercially sensitive.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
25th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visas the Government had issued to Ukrainian refugees under the Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme (Homes for Ukraine) as of 24 March 2022.

The Homes for Ukraine scheme was launched on 14 March 2022 by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. Information on the scheme can be found at:

Homes for Ukraine: guidance for councils - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Angus of 26 August 2021 regarding support for individuals in Afghanistan and the Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme, reference DD4417LC.

Given the very difficult circumstances in Afghanistan, we cannot pursue cases concerning Afghan people in country in the usual ways. The Home Office logged all the cases but will not be providing individual replies.

Instead, please signpost individuals to gov.uk to check for the latest information about Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy: further information on eligibility criteria and offer details - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) and the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) (Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)).

17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason HMRC officers continue to seize imports of hemp product containing less than 0.2 per cent THC at UK airports and which comply with UK regulation and World Health Organisation and United Nation guidance on controlled substances; and what urgent steps he will take to ensure HMRC officers understand the law in this area to prevent ongoing delay and cost to UK hemp businesses.

Hemp products containing controlled cannabinoids are unlawful unless accompanied by the requisite Home Office licence and Border Force may seize and destroy them.

The only hemp items which can be imported without a licence are those which are not controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act and derived from the fibre and seed of low THC EU approved seed varieties.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish details of the remaining two licenced operators for the seasonal agricultural workers scheme; and what steps she has taken to transfer allocations between licensed suppliers where any one supplier cannot fulfil their allocation of workers.

The Home Office does not provide ongoing updates regarding the consideration of specific sponsor licence applications. Any organisation applying for a sponsor licence will be notified of the outcome once their application has been fully considered.

The Home Office has established processes for managing the quotas granted to scheme operators.

We will continue to closely monitor uptake as the year progresses

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Angus of 21 October 2020 and 25 November 2020 on deportation.

I am sorry for the delay in responding. All correspondence related to the case of Mr Osime Brown is presently on hold awaiting medical reports. A response to your enquiry will be made once enquiries are complete.

28th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Angus of 7 August 2020 on biometric assessments.

A response was sent to the Hon. Member on 28 September 2020.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national's visa applications have taken longer than one year to complete since 2015.

Information on our immigration routes with service standards and whether they have been processed against these standards is available as part of our transparency data, at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/migration-transparency-data#uk-visas-and-immigration

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
19th Dec 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will review the seasonal agricultural workers scheme before the 2020 harvest; and if she will ensure that the parameters of any limit on the number of migrant workers employed under that scheme are based on (a) quantified and (b) evidenced priorities of the (i) farming and (ii) processing sectors.

The Government has committed to continue the Seasonal Workers Pilot and in our election manifesto we set out plans to increase the scheme to 10,000 places following the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Details will be set out in due course.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
8th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's most recent estimate is of the average yearly running costs of Type 31 Frigates.

The in-service support solution for the Type 31 frigates is still in development, therefore we are currently unable to supply the average yearly running costs.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how his Department calculates fatigue index for Typhoon aircraft; and at what accumulation of fatigue index are aircraft rendered unserviceable.

The Fatigue Index (FI) for the Royal Air Force's Typhoon aircraft is calculated using strain gauges fixed to 16 common locations on every airframe. It is correlated against a static test airframe to which loads have been applied to represent expected design usage. The total amount of fatigue damage applied to the test airframe is classed as 100 FI.

The values of fatigue for each of the monitored locations on the airframe are calculated by the aircraft software using proven and validated algorithms for each flight and expressed as a percentage of 100FI. A cumulative record is kept for each aircraft and flight. Individual aircraft will become unserviceable as they approach the safe-life (earliest FI value at which failure is predicted) proven by test for each location. Aircraft serviceability is continually monitored to ensure the capability of the fleet.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish a table, taking into account any remaining penalty factors, identifying (a) the tail numbers of all tranche one, two and three Typhoon aircraft, (b) their flight hours used and (c) their flight hours remaining.

Tail numbers for Tranche One, Tranche Two and Tranche Three aircraft in the Typhoon fleet are given in the following/attached table:

Tranche 1

ZJ910

ZJ911

ZJ912

ZJ913

ZJ914

ZJ915

ZJ916

ZJ917

ZJ918

ZJ919

ZJ920

ZJ921

ZJ923

ZJ924

ZJ925

ZJ926

ZJ927

ZJ928

ZJ929

ZJ930

ZJ931

ZJ932

ZJ933

ZJ934

ZJ935

ZJ936

ZJ937

ZJ939

ZJ941

ZJ942

Tranche2

ZJ944

ZJ945

ZJ946

ZJ947

ZJ948

ZJ949

ZJ950

ZK300

ZK301

ZK302

ZK303

ZK304

ZK305

ZK306

ZK307

ZK308

ZK309

ZK310

ZK311

ZK312

ZK313

ZK314

ZK315

ZK316

ZK317

ZK318

ZK319

ZK320

ZK321

ZK322

ZK323

ZK324

ZK325

ZK326

ZK327

ZK328

ZK329

ZK330

ZK331

ZK332

ZK333

ZK334

ZK335

ZK336

ZK337

ZK338

ZK339

ZK340

ZK341

ZK342

ZK343

ZK344

ZK345

ZK346

ZK347

ZK348

ZK349

ZK350

ZK351

ZK352

ZK353

ZK354

ZK379

ZK380

ZK381

ZK382

ZK383

Tranche 3

ZK355

ZK356

ZK357

ZK358

ZK359

ZK360

ZK361

ZK362

ZK363

ZK364

ZK365

ZK366

ZK367

ZK368

ZK369

ZK370

ZK371

ZK372

ZK373

ZK374

ZK375

ZK376

ZK377

ZK378

ZK424

ZK425

ZK426

ZK427

ZK428

ZK429

ZK430

ZK431

ZK432

ZK433

ZK434

ZK435

ZK436

ZK437

ZK438

ZK439

However, I am withholding details of flying hours used and remaining for individual aircraft as its disclosure would or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Typhoon aircraft in (a) service and (b) storage in the Royal Air Force's fleet, what is the (a) tail number, (b) remaining airframe fatigue life in hours and (c) expected maximum airframe fatigue life of each aircraft.

The Current Fatigue Index (FI) value and Flying Hour clearances, and those expected at Out of Service Date are as follows.

Tranche 1 & 2 Flying Hours - current 4,000 hours, expected to rise to 6,000 hours

Tranche 1 & 2 Fatigue Index - current 66, expected to rise to 100

Tranche 3 Flying Hours - current 3,000 hours, expected to rise to 6,000 hours

Tranche 3 Fatigue Index - current 50, expected to rise to 100

The average FI value across the full Typhoon fleet is currently 23.07.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Typhoon aircraft are in (a) service and (b) storage by tranche as on 16 June 2022; and what are the planned end-of-service dates for each tranche.

There are currently 137 Typhoons either in service or storage with the RAF, the breakdown by tranche is as follows:

Tranche 1- 30 (20 in service / 10 in storage)

Tranche 2- 67 (all in service)

Tranche 3- 40 (all in service)

Although Typhoon's final out of service date (OSD) remains under consideration, the assumed OSD by each tranche is as follows:

Tranche 1- 31 December 2024

Tranche 2- 31 March 2040

Tranche 3- 31 March 2040

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
17th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving armed forces personnel have been (a) disciplined for sexual offences and (b) acquitted of alleged sexual offenses.

The requested information is not held in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
17th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department holds information on the number and proportion of sexual assault cases in military courts that included testimony about the defendant's military conduct or service record in each of the last five years.

This information is not held in the format requested.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
17th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of defence spending has gone towards the (a) procurement, (b) maintenance, (c) infrastructure, including (i) maintenance of factories and (ii) storage of nuclear waste and decommissioned submarines and (d) other costs associated with nuclear weapons and submarines.

During Financial Year 2020-21, the Nuclear Enterprise's spend was around 13% of the £42 billion total defence spend.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 26 April 2022 to Question 154397 on Armed Forces: Offences against Children, what new measures are being put in place to protect young recruits from sexual assault in the Army Foundation College.

The Ministry of Defence and the Army have a Zero Tolerance attitude towards sexual offending in the training environment. In March 2022 The Secretary of Sate for Defence announced that Sexual offences and sexual relationships between instructors and trainees have no place in Defence, or wider society, and a zero-tolerance approach will ensure our commitment to providing a better working environment for our serving personnel is met. We are sending a clear message that the women and men of the Armed Forces must uphold our values and standards

The Army Foundation College has comprehensive measures in place to ensure a safe working environment. This is represented by Junior Soldiers' ability to raise issues or concerns in any of three ways (1) to the Military Chain of Command, (2) in person to the Independent Advisory Panel or (3) via an anonymous reporting tool to the Independent Advisory Panel. All Recruits are well briefed on the multiple methods of raising concerns; all issues raised are taken seriously and are investigated by the appropriate agency be that Civilian Police, Service Police, or the Chain of Command. Junior Soldiers are also surveyed on their experiences during their time at the AFC through the Recruit Training Survey.

AFC maintains a Supervisory Care and Safeguarding Directive which is updated on an annual basis. This Directive ensures we have immediate safeguarding mechanisms in place such as appropriate supervision, impartial assurance mechanisms, and easily accessible welfare outlets.

AFC(H) was marked as Outstanding in 2021 by Ofsted. Ofsted found that "The chief instructor, as the designated safeguarding lead, has a very good understanding of safeguarding. He is a member of the North Yorkshire Children's Safeguarding Partnership. He uses his extensive links with partner agencies to make sure that the few safeguarding incidents that are reported are investigated thoroughly and the recruits involved get the help, support and guidance they need."

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 26 April 2022 to Question 154397 on Armed Forces: Offences against Children, how many of the 22 investigations into sexual offences against recruits at the Army Foundation College in 2021 concerned suspects who were (a) fellow recruits and (b) members of AFC staff.

In 2021 there were nine sexual offence investigations at AFC(AH) involving 22 victims who were recruits. The suspects in eight of these investigations were fellow recruits. In one investigation the suspects were three members of AFC(A) staff.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the report entitled Climate Change UK Nuclear Military, published by Dr Paul Dorfman, Nuclear Consulting Group in September 2021, what assessment he has made of the risk of the nuclear submarine base at HMNB Devonport being regularly underwater due to rising sea levels by 2050.

We closely monitor and track potential risks to our infrastructure, including from flooding, both now and in the future.

We are aware of the content of this report, which is based on a worst-case scenario. The Ministry of Defence invests significant resources to regularly assure protection against all possible threats and we have absolute confidence in our robust measures to keep our submarines safe and secure.

In terms of future proofing, HM Naval Base Devonport has an extant Climate Infrastructure Risk Assessment that has modelled the potential impact of climate change on sea defences and site infrastructure. This has been independently validated by Ministry of Defence specialists and the Assessment concludes that HMNB Devonport's Sea Defences are adequate to meet potential sea level changes.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that HMNB Clyde is protected from flooding; and how much do those measures cost.

We closely monitor and track potential risks to our infrastructure, including flooding both now and into the future.

HM Naval Base Clyde has an extant Climate Infrastructure Risk Assessment that has modelled the potential impact of Climate Change on Sea Defences and Site Infrastructure. This has been independently validated by Ministry of Defence specialists and the Assessment concludes that HMNB Clyde's Sea Defences are adequate to meet potential sea level changes.

The risk of flooding has been integrated within new build project work at the Base, including increased provision of surface drainage and risk mitigating landscape features.

Specific funding for flood prevention is incorporated within Maintenance work and new build projects and is not separately identified.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when remaining nuclear submarines that require defueling will undergo that process; and how much funding his Department has allocated to that process.

There are currently 21 decommissioned submarines in afloat storage; seven at Rosyth Dockyard and 14 at Devonport Dockyard. The seven submarines at Rosyth Dockyard have already been defueled and of the 14 decommissioned submarines in Devonport, four have been defueled and 10 remain fuelled and await completion of the new defueling facilities at Devonport.

As set out in the United Kingdom's future nuclear deterrent: the 2021 update to Parliament, we continue to develop the submarine dismantling techniques necessary to meet all safety and sustainability standards and establish the long-term solution that provides best value for the taxpayer. Our commitment to the safe, secure, environmentally sound and cost-effective defueling and dismantling of all our decommissioned nuclear submarines as soon as practicably possible remains undiminished.

Construction of the new facilities to defuel decommissioned submarines is continuing at Her Majesty's Naval Base Devonport. It is not MOD policy to pre-announce the funding of its projects for reasons of protecting commercial interests.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total serviceable UK stock is of Harpoon missiles of any mark.

Disclosure detailing the serviceability and readiness states of Harpoon missiles would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability and effectiveness of the Armed Forces and compromise operational security. I am therefore withholding the information requested.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) strategic framework or (b) other protocol his Department has developed for the comprehensive replenishment of arms and material stocks following the Government's provision of support to Ukraine; and what his Department's timeframe for that replenishment is.

Defence keeps weapons stockpile levels and requirements under constant review. These considerations have also informed the numbers of munitions granted in kind to the armed forces of Ukraine.

Delivery schedules for platforms and weapons are under continual review and subject to adjustment in accordance with evolving Defence requirements. We are unable to release any details of current holdings or stockpile requirements for any types of munition for reasons of safeguarding operational security.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has (a) undertaken or (b) plans to undertake an urgent assessment of the Challenger 3 upgrade programme in the context of the role played by heavy armour in recent months in Ukraine.

The Department constantly reviews threats and threat innovations from ongoing conflicts to ensure our strategic approach remains threat-led. Any findings are cascaded through the appropriate channels to ensure our procurement activity remains relevant.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent (a) on its overseas permanent bases and (b) in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in 2021.

The data to answer this question is being drawn from across multiple areas of Defence and will take longer to review and collate. I will write to the hon. Member with a full answer as soon as the information is available.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Merlin AW101 Helicopters have been (a) purchased by his Department and (b) are currently in service; and what plans he has to increase the helicopter fleet to help meet the operational requirements of the new Carrier Strike, Type 31 and Type 45 ships.

The Ministry of Defence have purchased a total of 72 Merlin Helicopters, of these, 55 Merlin remain in service.

The 2021 Integrated Review approved an extension to the out of service date for the Merlin from 2029-30 to 2040 and there are ongoing plans to modernise the overcall helicopter fleet available to HM Armed Forces, but there are no current plans to increase its size.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Sexual Offences in the Service Justice System statistics for 2021 published on 31 March 2022, how many of the 47 victims of sexual offences cases aged under 18 were based at the Army Foundation College at the time of the offence.

Of the 47 victims in those statistics, 37 were female and of those cases one has been proven, four are ongoing, and 11 have been transferred to the civilian police. 22 were based at the Army Foundation College at the time of the offence.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Sexual Offences in the Service Justice System statistics for 2021 published on 31 March 2022, how many of (a) the 47 victims of sexual offences cases aged under 18 were female and (b) how many of those cases were proven following investigation.

Of the 47 victims in those statistics, 37 were female and of those cases one has been proven, four are ongoing, and 11 have been transferred to the civilian police. 22 were based at the Army Foundation College at the time of the offence.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the planned out of service date for HMS Montrose.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 28 January 2022, to Question 110589.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much UK manufactured steel is being used in the production of Type 31 frigates expressed as a percentage of gross tonnage of each vessel.

Steel for the Type 31 frigates has been sourced by Babcock, the prime contractor, from Kloeckner Metals, an Exeter based steel stockist. Thin plate with the required combination of thickness, size and flatness specifications required for Type 31 is not manufactured in the UK. This type of steel comprises the majority of the steel required to construct the Type 31 Class.

Steel is procured in accordance with Cabinet Office guidelines and steel for our major defence programmes is generally sourced by our prime contractors from a range of UK and international suppliers. Many defence programmes require specialised steels that are not currently manufactured in the UK; nevertheless, we encourage the sourcing of UK steel wherever it is technically and commercially feasible.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much UK manufactured steel is being used in the production of Type 26 frigates.

For the Batch 1 Type 26 frigates, almost 50% by value of the steel is UK sourced. This is equivalent to about 35% by tonnage, or 1,400 tonnes per ship.

Steel is procured in accordance with Cabinet Office guidelines and steel for our major defence programmes is generally sourced by our prime contractors from a range of UK and international suppliers. Many defence programmes require specialised steels that are not currently manufactured in the UK; nevertheless, we encourage the sourcing of UK steel wherever it is technically and commercially feasible.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what technical criterion prevents his Department from replacing real bearskin with synthetic material on the ceremonial Queen's Guard caps.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for York Central (Rachel Maskell) to Question 121828 on 21 February 2022.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans for the UK to provide (a) defensive electronic warfare capabilities, (b) anti-aircraft missiles together with associated components, (c) defensive naval weapons, (d) modern artillery and (e) reconnaissance systems to the government of Ukraine.

The UK remains committed to supporting Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. We have already provided defensive equipment such as light, anti-armour weapons systems and, body armour.

In light of the increasing threat from Russia, the UK will soon provide a further package of defence support to Ukraine. This package is being designed to enhance existing Ukrainian defence capabilities and complement those being provided by our allies and partners.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the gross inventory of serviceable SA80 rifles of A2 and A3 variants is in his Department.

For operational security reasons we do not break down numbers of serviceable weapons, however there is a total inventory of 134,912 SA80 A2 variants and 17,900 SA80 A3 variants held across defence.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the gross inventory of serviceable Glock 17 pistols and holsters is within his Department.

For operational security reasons we do not break down numbers of serviceable weapons, however there is a total inventory of 27,977 Glock 17 pistols across defence and currently 22,445 holsters.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date HMS Montrose will be decommissioned.

As reported to the House of Commons Defence Committee, HMS MONTROSE's out of service date is 2023.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the replacement value is of EH101 transmission spares stored at RNAS Yeovilton and held on Mod Form 731 as unserviceable not for disposal.

The replacement value of Merlin (EH101) transmission spares at RNAS Yeovilton and held on MOD Form 731 as unserviceable not for disposal is £4.59 million. These spares will be held with a view to repair and reuse.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has met its target of stationing 12,500 personnel in Scotland by 2020; and how many of his Department's personnel are stationed in Scotland as at January 2022.

As of the last publication of data in October 2021, there were 19,380 Defence people based in Scotland. This is comprised of 10,430 Regular Armed Forces personnel (Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force), 5,320 Reserve personnel and 3,630 civilian personnel (Civil Servants).

The Integrated Review and Defence Command Paper make clear that we must focus on Defence capability rather than personnel numbers in response to changing threats and priorities and maintaining technological advantage is a defining feature of our national strategy and prosperity. However, Armed Forces numbers in Scotland will remain overall consistent in Scotland at around 13,000. As platforms and equipment increase in sophistication, we will require a different type of suitably qualified military, civilian, and industrial workforce to operate and service them, which presents opportunities for new skills, investment, and training.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at what stage plans are at to relocate a regiment of the Royal Engineers from Kinloss to England; and what consultation has taken place with stakeholders in Scotland on those plans.

There are no plans to relocate 39 Engineer Regiment from Kinloss in Scotland to any other base.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers of 14 and 9 September 2021 to Questions 45921 and 37376 on Ajax Vehicles: Procurement, what (a) mechanisms are in place and (b) information is available to enable hon. Members and members of the public to establish how the financial costs of delays to the Ajax armoured fighter vehicle contract are shared between General Dynamics and his Department.

The Ministry of Defence has a firm price contract with General Dynamics Land Systems for equipment Demonstration and Manufacture, and extended initial in-service support solution for Ajax. General Dynamics are (inter alia) required to deliver 589 vehicles that meet the contractual specifications for £5.552 billion.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) financial penalties or (b) liquidated damages General Dynamics are liable for as a result of the delays in the Ajax contract.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 9 September 2021 to question 37376 to the right hon. Member for Rayleigh & Wickford (Mr Francois).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of Price Waterhouse Cooper's assessment that project Tempest will add £1 billion to the economy of the East of England; and what estimate he has made of the contribution to the Scottish economy of that project.

The Tempest programme is expected to generate long-term high value employment which can make a significant contribution to the UK Government's levelling up priorities and the wider economy.

An independent report commissioned by industry and produced by professional services firm, PWC, provides an assessment of gross value added and employment contribution of the Tempest region, based on direct and first-tier supplier spending only through 2021 - 2050. It does not make an assessment of the additional GVA and employment contribution below the direct first-tier level.

In Scotland the PwC report outlines a contribution of at least £828 million gross value added with at least 15,000 job years. This will create high value jobs and skills for decades.

The Combat Air sector generates £6 billion a year and employs thousands of workers across the UK. Tempest will exploit our industrial base to create a next generation combat air enterprise centred in the UK. The early preparatory work of the FCAS Technology Initiative and Team Tempest expected to secure employment for 1,800 people directly supporting the programme. Industry now estimate that figure has been exceeded, with over 2,000 people now engaged in Tempest enterprise activities alone across 300 different companies. More than 90% of these people are highly skilled scientists and engineers.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
24th May 2021
What steps he is taking to promote economic development in the UK through his Department's operations.

Our spending review settlement will increase the defence budget by over £24 billion over the next four years. This includes at least £6.6 billion spent in research and development. These investments will modernise our Armed Forces and support jobs across the UK.

Defence spending benefits every part of the UK. In Scotland, shipbuilding jobs have increased significantly since 2018/19, Thales Glasgow is contributing to the Boxer programme, and Leonardo Edinburgh is supporting UK radar capability.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what tank training operations take place in Scotland.

There is no tank training planned to routinely take place in Scotland. However, some development trials for the new Challenger 3 Main Battle Tank are planned to take place at Kirkcudbright and West Freugh.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the new Challenger 3 tanks will be based.

The new fleet of Challenger 3 Main Battle Tanks will be predominantly based with the armoured regiments in Tidworth. Some of the fleet will be held in other Defence sites to support training.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
26th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of officers of the rank of Colonel and above in the British Army are stationed in Scotland.

Trade Trained Regular Army Strength and UK proportion of Paid Rank Colonel and above stationed in Scotland as at 1 January 2021

1 January 2021

Number

13

UK Proportion

2.1%

Source: Analysis (Army)

Notes/Caveats:

  1. The figures are for the Trade Trained Regular Army only and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service, Mobilised Reserves, Army Reserve and all other Reserves, but includes those personnel that have transferred from GURTAM to UKTAP.
  2. The proportion refers to Colonels and above stationed in Scotland as a percentage of all Colonels and above in the UK. The percentage calculation excludes Colonels and above stationed overseas.
  3. The information is based on an individual’s stationed location. Where personnel are deployed on operations to an area away from their stationed location, the information above reflects their stationed location prior to this deployment. The same applies to those personnel who are administered by APC as a part of the Resilience Margin, but are not physically located in Scotland.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of paid Colonels in the British Army are stationed in Scotland.

Regular Trade Trained Strength of Paid Rank of Colonel stationed in Scotland as at 1 January 2021

1 January 2021

Number of Colonels in the British Army stationed in Scotland

9

Proportion of Colonels in the British Army stationed in Scotland

1.7%

Source: Analysis (Army)

Notes/Caveats:

  1. The figures are for the Trade Trained Regular Army only and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service, Mobilised Reserves, Army Reserve and all other Reserves, but includes those personnel that have transferred from GURTAM to UKTAP.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officers of Paid Rank Colonel and above there are in the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

As at 1 January 2021 there were no officers of Paid Rank Colonel and above in the Royal Regiment of Scotland, as those serving in the General Staff are no longer counted towards their previous Regiments. However, those whose previous Regiment was the Royal Regiment of Scotland total 30.

Notes/Caveats:

  • Figures provided by Defence Statistics (Army).
  • Figures have been rounded to 10 for presentational purposes.
  • Figures are for Trade Trained Regulars only.
  • Those serving in the General Staff are no longer counted towards their previous Regiments, however, data shows those personnel in the General Staff whose previous Regiment was the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the tail numbers and corresponding airframe hours of each of the UK's C130 transport aircraft.

The tail numbers and corresponding airframe hours accrued for the UK's C-130 Hercules fleet are given in the table below:

Tail Number

Airframe Hours1

ZH865

13,860

ZH866

10,070

ZH867

13,980

ZH868

12,950

ZH869

13,860

ZH870

13,690

ZH871

9,240

ZH872

13,910

ZH874

14,240

ZH875

13,740

ZH877

13,740

ZH878

12,830

ZH879

13,140

ZH889

11,270

  1. Rounded to the nearest 10
Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
25th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel there were in the Royal Regiment of Scotland on 1 January 2020.

As at 1 January 2020, there were 1,970 Army personnel in the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Notes/Caveats:

  1. Figures provided by Defence Statistics (Army).
  2. Figures are for Trade Trained Regulars only.
  3. The above figures are for Infantry only.
  4. The above figures include all members within the Regiment regardless of whether they are serving at Regimental Duty.
  5. All Officers of Paid Rank Colonel and above are included in Staff regardless of late Arm/Corps and therefore have been excluded from the figures.
  6. Figures have been rounded to 10 for presentational purposes.
James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel there are in the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

As at 1 January 2021, there were 2,060 Army personnel in the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Notes/Caveats:

  • Figures provided by Defence Statistics (Army).
  • Figures have been rounded to 10 for presentational purposes.
  • Figures are for Trade Trained Regulars only.
  • The above figures are for Infantry only.
  • The above figures include all members within the Regiment regardless of whether they are serving at Regimental Duty.
  • All Officers of Paid Rank Colonel and above are included in Staff regardless of late Arm/Corps and therefore have been excluded from the figures.
James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the nature is of Boeing's operations at RAF Lossiemouth in support of the Poseidon P8 aircraft; what the mix of civilian and military personnel employed at the Boeing facility is; and how much the funding the Government provided to support the creation of that Boeing facility.

Boeing provides aircraft maintenance and support services for the Royal Air Force P-8A Poseidon fleet under an Interim Aircraft Support contract. The P-8A Strategic Facility at RAF Lossiemouth is owned and operated by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), and currently there are some 385 staff working from the building, of which around 80% are military personnel. While the final cost for the construction of the facility is still to be determined, the cost to the MOD is likely to be in the region of £100 million (ex-VAT).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Airbus H135 helicopters operate within the Armed Forces.

The Ministry of Defence currently operates 29 Airbus H135 helicopters (in service as the Juno HT Mk1) for Rotary Wing training.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the UK's fleet of 60 Chinooks Helicopters, how many are there of each mark; and what is the average airframe hours of each mark.

The following table provides details of the numbers of each mark of the Chinook Helicopter fleet and their average airframe hours:

Mark

Mk6A

Mk5

Mk6

Total aircraft:

38

8

14

Average hours:

10,111

3,086

1,472

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Gazelle helicopters his Department has; what their role is; and when their out of service date is scheduled for.

The Gazelle helicopter fleet consists of 23 aircraft in a multi-purpose, lightweight utility role and operates in both the UK and Canada. The scheduled out of service date is 31 March 2025.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the gross value is of the work to manufacture the different components on the Typhoon Aircraft in Scotland as a percentage of the gross aircraft manufacturing cost.

The complexity of the international supply chain means that it is not possible to account for all the components used in the Typhoon aircraft that are manufactured in Scotland or to assess their overall value. However, the Leonardo MW facility in Edinburgh is the lead radar equipment supplier for Royal Air Force Typhoons.

In July 2020, the Ministry of Defence awarded a two-year contract worth £317 million to continue development of an electronically scanned Radar, known as the European Common Radar System (ECRS) Mk 2. This contract placed £140 million of work into Leonardo MW based in Edinburgh and represents the latest commitment to a development project which was first initiated in 2010.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the different components excluding weapons and weapon systems on the Typhoon Aircraft are manufactured in Scotland; and what the gross value of that work is to date in monetary terms.

The complexity of the international supply chain means that it is not possible to account for all the components used in the Typhoon aircraft that are manufactured in Scotland or to assess their overall value. However, the Leonardo MW facility in Edinburgh is the lead radar equipment supplier for Royal Air Force Typhoons.

In July 2020, the Ministry of Defence awarded a two-year contract worth £317 million to continue development of an electronically scanned Radar, known as the European Common Radar System (ECRS) Mk 2. This contract placed £140 million of work into Leonardo MW based in Edinburgh and represents the latest commitment to a development project which was first initiated in 2010.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
25th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25 February 2021 to Question 156559 on European Fighter Aircraft, whose commercial interests would be compromised if an answer to the Question was provided.

If details of costs per flying hour were to be released it could prejudice the commercial interests of the Ministry of Defence when dealing with manufacturers that may wish to use its military aircraft, for example for training purposes or as part of sales demonstrators.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Army bases and establishments in Scotland which are in use.

The hon. Member can find a list of the Army bases and establishments in Scotland listed in the tables below. This list does not include sites that are specifically for Cadet activities.

List of Army Bases and Establishments in Scotland, as at 26 February 2021.

Regular Army Bases and Establishments in Scotland

Kentigern House, Glasgow

Craigiehall (vacated but still Army owned)

Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh

Fort George

Forthside, Stirling

Glencorse Barracks, Penicuik

Inchdrewer House, Edinburgh

Kinloss Barracks

Leuchars Station

Redford Cavalry Barracks, Edinburgh

Redford Infantry Barracks, Edinburgh

Victoria Barracks, Ballater (used for Summer season only)

Joint Service Mountain Training Centre, Ballachulish

Reserve Army Bases and Establishments in Scotland

Area / Estate

Establishment / Army Reserve Centre (ARC)

Borders Volunteer Estate

Galashiels ARC

Central Scotland Volunteer Estate

Grangemouth ARC

Meadowforth ARC

Whiteston Rifle Range

Dumfries & Galloway Volunteer Estate

Dumfries ARC

Fife Volunteer Estate

Bothwell House ARC

Bruce House ARC

Cupar ARC

Glenrothes ARC

Kirkcaldy ARC

St Andrews ARC

Grampian Volunteer Estate

Aberdeen UOTC

Elgin ARC

Gordon Bks ARC

Keith ARC

Keith ARC Rifle Range

Peterhead ARC

Highlands & Islands Volunteer Estate

Dingwall TA Bungalow

Fort Charlotte ARC

Gordonville Rd ARC

Halkirk Indoor Range

Kirkwall ARC

Stornoway ARC

Wick ARC ACF Garage

Lothian Volunteer Estate

Alnwickhill Road ARC

Bathgate ARC

Beveridge Square ARC

Claverhouse ARC

Colinton Rd ARC

East Claremont St ARC

Lanark Rd ARC

Mcdonald Rd ARC

Southern Highlands Volunteer Estate

Cumbernauld ARC

Dumbarton ARC

Dunoon ARC

Strathclyde Volunteer Estate

Barnsford Bridge ARC

Chalmers Road ARC

Clydesmill Drive ARC

Corsehill Mount Road ARC

Crow Road ARC

Dechmont Rifle Range

Govan ARC

Glasgow and Strathclyde UOTC

Hatton House ARC

Hawkhead Road ARC

Houldsworth St ARC

Jardine St ARC

Motherwell ARC

Seaforth Road ARC

Walcheren Bks ARC

Whitemoss ARC

Tayside Volunteer Estate

Arbroath ARC

Forfar ARC

Invergowrie ARC

Newman Hse ARC

Oliver Bks ARC

Park Wynd ARC

Queens Barracks ARC

Red Lion Garage ARC

RFCA HQ Seathwood

Strathmore Avenue ARC

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Royal Navy shore-based establishments in Scotland which are in use.

The Royal Navy shore-based establishments currently in use are listed below:

Establishment

Notes

HM Naval Base Clyde

Includes HMS NEPTUNE and Royal Naval Armament Depot Coulport

RM Condor, Arbroath

HMS Dalriada, Glasgow

Royal Naval Reserve (RNR)

HMS Scotia

RNR based within MOD Caledonia (Rosyth)

RMR Scotland

Based within MOD Caledonia

Garelochhead Oil Fuel Depot (OFD)

Administered by Oil and Pipelines Agency (OPA)

Campbeltown OFD

Administered by OPA

Loch Striven OFD

Administered by OPA

Loch Ewe OFD

Administered by OPA

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
24th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Royal Air Force bases and establishments in Scotland which are in use.

The hon. Member can find a list of the Royal Air Force bases and establishments in Scotland in the attached document. This list does not include sites that are specifically for Cadet activities.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is per flying hour of operating the Typhoon aircraft.

I am withholding the information requested as its release would prejudice commercial interests.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what databases are kept on the location of his Department's UK base closures; and whether those databases are publicly available.

All publicly announced planned disposals are extracted from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation internal management system and can be found on the Defence Disposals Database which is publicly available at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disposal-database-house-of-commons-report

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list his Department's operational establishments in Scotland.

Of the 110 establishments previously given in Question 134567, 83 are operational establishments, defined as having personnel permanently and routinely stationed at the establishment providing military capability.

These are listed in the attachment.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Typhoon aircraft are stationed at (a) RAF Conningsby, (b) RAF Akrotiri and (c) the detachment permanently deployed to the Falkland Islands at British Forces South Atlantic Islands, Mount Pleasant.

As at 1 February 2021 RAF Coningsby had 47 aircraft in the forward fleet, RAF Akrotiri had seven whilst British Forces South Atlantic Islands, Mount Pleasant had four.

The number of Typhoon aircraft in the forward fleet at any base can vary over time.

The forward fleet comprises serviceable and short-term unserviceable aircraft. Typically, short-term unserviceable aircraft are undergoing minor works, forward maintenance or any other unforeseen rectification or technical inspection that can arise on a day to day basis.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much and what proportion of his Department's annual budget is allocated to operating and supporting the Typhoon Aircraft in 2020-21.

The operating and support costs for Typhoon aircraft are spread over a number of business areas within the Department and therefore the information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much and what proportion of his Department's annual budget was allocated to operating and supporting the Typhoon Aircraft in 2019-20.

The operating and support costs for Typhoon aircraft are spread over a number of business areas within the Department and therefore the information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much and what proportion of his Department's annual budget was allocated to operating and supporting the Typhoon Aircraft in 2018-19.

The operating and support costs for Typhoon aircraft are spread over a number of business areas within the Department and therefore the information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what bases his Department plans to close in Scotland.

Defence is committed to making best use of its estate to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces. Much of this work is being delivered by the Defence Estate Optimisation Portfolio, which is a 25-year portfolio announced in November 2016 of construction activity, unit and personnel moves, and site disposals that will deliver a better structured, more economical and modern estate that more effectively supports military capability.

As part of the optimisation process, defence will dispose of sites it no longer requires. These sites create opportunities for alternative use, resulting in regeneration, housing or business growth and job creation within the local area. Full details of the sites identified for disposal, subject to assessment, can be found on the regularly updated Defence Disposals Database:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disposal-database-house-of-commons-report

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many bases his Department has open in Scotland as of February 2021.

Whilst the time required to search legacy systems prevents this question being answered in full the hon. Member will be aware of the following major disposals in Scotland in the last 20 years:

RAF Pitreavie Castle

RAF Edzell

RAF Stornoway

RAF Machrihanish

Ministry of Defence present and future disposals can be found on the Defence Disposals Database at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disposal-database-house-of-commons-report

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many bases his Department had open in Scotland in 2010.

Whilst the time required to search legacy systems prevents this question being answered in full the hon. Member will be aware of the following major disposals in Scotland in the last 20 years:

RAF Pitreavie Castle

RAF Edzell

RAF Stornoway

RAF Machrihanish

Ministry of Defence present and future disposals can be found on the Defence Disposals Database at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disposal-database-house-of-commons-report

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many bases his Department had open in Scotland in 2000.

Whilst the time required to search legacy systems prevents this question being answered in full the hon. Member will be aware of the following major disposals in Scotland in the last 20 years:

RAF Pitreavie Castle

RAF Edzell

RAF Stornoway

RAF Machrihanish

Ministry of Defence present and future disposals can be found on the Defence Disposals Database at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disposal-database-house-of-commons-report

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many bases his Department had open in Scotland in 1990.

Whilst the time required to search legacy systems prevents this question being answered in full the hon. Member will be aware of the following major disposals in Scotland in the last 20 years:

RAF Pitreavie Castle

RAF Edzell

RAF Stornoway

RAF Machrihanish

Ministry of Defence present and future disposals can be found on the Defence Disposals Database at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/disposal-database-house-of-commons-report

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Typhoon aircraft operate out of RAF Lossiemouth.

As at 1 February 2021 RAF Lossiemouth had 41 aircraft in the forward fleet. This comprised serviceable and short-term unserviceable aircraft.

Typically, short-term unserviceable aircraft are undergoing minor works, forward maintenance or any other unforeseen rectification or technical inspection that can arise on a day to day basis.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civilian and (b) service personnel are based at RAF Lossiemouth.

The current number of Civil Servants based at RAF Lossiemouth is 255 and the number of Service personnel is 2,115.

*In accordance with the Data Protection Act and our obligations in relation to the protection of confidentiality when handling personal data, the data has been rounded to the nearest 5.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what RAF bases operate the Typhoon aircraft aside from RAF Lossiemouth.

RAF Typhoon aircraft are based at RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby in the UK with a detachment permanently deployed to the Falkland Islands at British Forces South Atlantic Islands, Mount Pleasant.

Additionally, a detachment of Typhoons are currently operationally deployed to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus. Detachments also routinely deploy in support of NATO Air Policing in the Baltic and Black Sea regions.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) service and (b) civilian personnel operate and support the Typhoon aircraft platform.

The current strength of service personnel who operate and provide support to Typhoon aircraft across a range of roles and functions is approximately 1,670 and the number of Civil Servants is approximately 215.

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Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual cost to the RAF is of operating the Typhoon aircraft.

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many establishments his Department operated in Scotland in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000, (d) 2005, (e) 2010, (f) 2015 and (g) 2020.

At the end of 2020 the Ministry of Defence operated 110 establishments in Scotland.

Historic information on the number of establishments operated could be provided only at disproportionate cost. This is because individual ‘establishments’ can range from small individual structures to large bases and past data records would require individual searches.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian and uniform personnel his Department employed in establishments in Scotland in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000, (d) 2005, (e) 2010, (f) 2015 and (g) 2020.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has produced personnel statistics by region since 2010 but not by individual establishments. UK Service Personnel and MOD Civilians stationed in Scotland for 2015 and 2020 can be found in Table 5.1a of the MS Excel Annual Location Statistics publication published 1 April 2020 at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/location-of-uk-regular-service-and-civilian-personnel-annual-statistics-2020

UK Service Personnel and MOD Civilians stationed in Scotland for 2010 can be found in Table 5.1a of the MS Excel Annual Location Statistics index, at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/location-of-all-uk-regular-service-and-civilian-personnel-quarterly-statistics-index

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the gross amount was of expenditure by his Department in Scotland in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000, (d) 2005, (e) 2010, (f) 2015 and (g) 2020.

The Ministry of Defence publishes annually the regional expenditure with UK industry and supported employment publication, available at

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mod-regional-expenditure-with-uk-industry-and-supported-employment-index

In the 2014-15 financial year £1,505 million[1] was spent with Scottish industry The figures for 2019-20 are due to be published on 21 January 2021.

The Ministry of Defence previously provided estimates on both regional expenditure and employment within the UK Defence Statistics (UKDS) publication. However, within the UKDS bulletins, the inclusion of the regional breakdowns were not given in every year's release. Where they are present, due to differing methodologies used before and now, historic figures are also not directly comparable to more recent published figures.

In addition, Scotland is home for the Royal Navy’s entire submarine service, a significant RAF presence including the P8 maritime patrol aircraft at Lossiemouth where in due course they will be joined by our incoming E7 fleet. Half of the UK’s Typhoon’s are based in Scotland. A strong Army presence contributes to around 10,000 regular personnel based in Scotland.

[1] This figure is in constant 2018-19 prices and has been adjusted for inflation using GDP deflators from HM Treasury (September 2019).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the gross amount is of expenditure by his Department in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000, (d) 2005, (e) 2010, (f) 2015 and (g) 2020.

The information requested is provided in the following table:

Financial Year

Expenditure (£billion)[1]

1989-1990

£20,755

1994-1995

£22,519

1999-2000

£22,572

2004-2005

£29,524

2009-2010

£37,425

2014-2015

£35,850

2019-2020

£41,024

The Net Cash Requirement (NCR) has been provided to give a consistent time series. Due to accounting processes changing overtime, the NCR is the most accurate way to give these figures allowing for comparison over time.

[1] These figures are in current prices and have not been adjusted for inflation.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the gross figure was for his Department's expenditure on maintenance and support for the UK’s at sea nuclear deterrent at HMNB Clyde in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c) 2000 and (d) 2020.

The gross expenditure figure relating to the maintenance and support of the UK’s nuclear deterrent at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde for the years in question are not held in the format requested and could only be provided at disproportionate cost, as they are made up of many components covered by different contracts from funding across several business units, and not held centrally.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
28th Aug 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian employees with a permanent duty station recorded in Scotland were employed by his Department as at 31 December 1989.

The data for civilian employees with a permanent duty station within Scotland as at 31 December 1989 is not held.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) screening, (b) support and (c) treatment services are provided to armed forces personnel in relation to the effects of trauma.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) worked closely with King's College London on a study (funded by the US Department of Defense) into the use of a screening tool for mental health issues. The results of the study were published in 'The Lancet' in 2017[1] and found that screening was not effective in reducing symptoms of mental health disorders or encouraging personnel to seek help, compared to the general mental health advice which is the standard of care in the UK military.

The single Services have long standing welfare structures in place for supporting personnel. Personnel can use, and Commanders can call on, this wide range of resources as and when required. These resources are diverse and for example include welfare officers, padres and support provided by charities such as SSAFA. Both SSAFA and MOD's Veterans UK have general helplines, however, when required they will signpost individuals to the Combat Stress 24hour mental health helpline.

For those personnel requiring medical intervention, MOD has its own well-established mental health service. Our mental health services are configured to provide community-based mental health care in line with national best practice. We do this primarily through our 11 military Departments of Community Mental Health across the UK, which provide out-patient mental healthcare. A wide range of psychiatric and psychological treatments are available, including medication, evidence-based talking therapies, and environmental adjustment where appropria

[1] Rona, R et al (2017) Post-deployment screening for mental health disorders and tailored advice about help-seeking in the UK military: a cluster randomised controlled trial

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of domestic abuse within armed forces families were reported in each year since 2000; and how many of those cases resulted in criminal proceedings.

Domestic abuse is a very important issue and we treat allegations of domestic abuse very seriously. In July 2018, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) launched its first strategy to tackle domestic abuse within the Armed Forces and defence civilian communities. The strategy builds on existing work by the Armed Forces in this area, such as providing specialist training to welfare staff, and included the launch of a campaign to raise awareness of the issue. The MOD is a member of the cross-Government Violence against Women and Girls working group.

In the UK, the Service Justice System does not normally have jurisdiction for investigating, or prosecuting cases of domestic abuse, as that is normally the responsibility of the domestic Criminal Justice System, and as such the data held by the MOD is limited. Additionally, the MOD does not hold centralised records of reported cases of domestic abuse which did not result in a prosecution or which may involve minor violence in a domestic setting which were dealt with at a Summary Hearing.

The following table provides details of the number of Service personnel prosecuted for domestic abuse by the Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA) at a Court Martial:

Year

Cases directed for Court martial

2005

7

2006

3

2007

5

2008

4

2009

5

2010

9

2011

22

2012

11

2013

22

2014

36

2015

20

2016

19

2017

16

2018

11

2019

9

Notes:

Information before 2005 is not held.

2005 to 2008 – these years were prior to the creation of the SPA and the data held on the SPA’s case database was derived from the unique case management systems of the Army, Navy and RAF Prosecuting Authorities. These systems held varying levels of data and detail on the individual cases. Therefore, these figures should be regarded as estimated.

2007 – one case has yet to go to Court Martial – accused Absent Without Official Leave.

2009 – This was the year that the SPA came into being and was also the year that a new cases management system entitled “AXXIA DNA” was trialled in SPA. This new system wasn’t compatible with the UK “AXXIA” system and data has been lost as a result. Figures should, therefore, be regarded as an estimate.

2018 – one case has yet to go to Court Martial.

2019 – five cases have yet to go to Court Martial.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel have died in combat since 2000.

In the period 1 January 2000 to 11 March 2020, 545 UK Armed Forces personnel have died as a result of hostile action.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel have died from suicide (i) in service and (ii) after leaving the armed forces.

The Government takes the welfare of Service personnel and veterans very seriously. As in society as a whole, the Armed Forces will never be able to eradicate the incidence of suicide, however we are not complacent; any suicide is one too many and a tragedy for the individual.

Defence Statistics (Health) produce an annual National Statistic on suicide in the UK Armed Forces which is released at the end of March every year and is available at the following website: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/uk-armed-forces-suicide-and-open-verdict-deaths-index. Between 1999 and 2018 there have been 310 suicides among UK Regular Armed Forces personnel: 292 among males, and 18 among females. There were five coroner-confirmed suicides in 2018 with an additional 16 awaiting verdicts that may result in a suicide verdict once coroner inquests are held.

Suicide data for all veterans of the UK Armed Forces is not captured by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). However, the MOD has commissioned a new study to investigate causes of death, including suicide, among all those who served in the UK Armed Forces from 2001, including those that deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. The study will include personnel who are still in service and veterans, including recent Service leavers, and will be updated on an ongoing basis and will compare findings with the general population during the same period: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-study-into-iraq-and-afghanistan-veterans-launched

The MOD also publishes studies on the causes of death, including suicide, of veterans from the 1982 Falklands Campaign (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/causes-of-deaths-among-the-uk-armed-forces-veterans-of-the-1982-falklands-campaign) and from the 1990/91 Gulf Conflict (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/causes-of-deaths-that-occurred-among-the-uk-veterans-of-the-199091-gulf-conflict). To date, both studies show that the suicide rates among veterans were lower than comparative rates in the general population when matched for age and gender.

Johnny Mercer
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how many and what proportion of applications to the Homes for Ukraine scheme have been lost as of 19 April 2022.

All visa applications for the Homes for Ukraine Scheme are managed by the Home Office.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether any applications to the Homes for Ukraine scheme made on 18 and 19 March 2022 have been lost.

All visa applications for the Homes for Ukraine Scheme are managed by the Home Office.

Eddie Hughes
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
10th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many veterans are (a) in prison and (b) in the criminal justice system, as a result of violent crimes.

The Ministry of Justice publishes a yearly snapshot which estimates the number of former service personnel in the prison population. The second of these was published in October 2019, with the next estimate due in October 2020. Further details can be found at the following link -https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/842613/Ex-service_personnel_in_the_prison_population_Q2_2019.pdf

Our analysis of the prison population showed that as at 30 June 2019, 2,105 prisoners had declared as ‘ex-service personnel’ when they were first received into custody between January 2015 and June 2019. Of these, 448 have an offence of violence against a person. We do not hold the information requested in the criminal justice system for former service personnel.

We remain committed to ensuring that those who have served in the Armed Forces and who find themselves in the criminal justice system are able to access support, whether they are serving their sentence in custody or in the community. Through the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund, we have committed to support programmes worth £4.6 million targeted at former service personnel in the criminal justice system, and recently awarded an additional £1.1 million to continue supporting this cohort.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)