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Written Question
Nuclear Submarines: Safety
Thursday 20th April 2023

Asked by: Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party - Edinburgh North and Leith)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many nuclear site events there were at (a) Coulport and (b) Faslane in the last 12 months.

Answered by Alex Chalk - Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The table below provides the number of Nuclear Site Event Reports (NSERs) at Coulport and Faslane recorded between January 2022 to March 2023. These are shown according to their categorisation using criteria agreed locally in 2015.

Nuclear Site Events- 2022

Category A

Category B

Category C

Category D

Below Scale

Coulport

0

2

7

15

40

Faslane

0

0

20

73

47

Nuclear Site Events- 2023

Category A

Category B

Category C

Category D

Below Scale

Coulport

0

0

2

6

7

Faslane

0

1

6

26

10

In line with Industry Good Practice and in common with other defence and civil nuclear sites, His Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde has a well-established system for raising NSERs.

NSERs are raised to foster a robust safety culture that learns from experience, whether that is equipment failures, human error, procedural failings, documentation shortcoming or near-misses.

The safety significance of all reported events remains low and are below Level 1, the lowest of the seven-point Internal Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES).

None of the events caused harm to the health of any member of staff on the Naval Base or to any member of the public or have resulted in any radiological impact to the environment.


Written Question
Navy: Scotland
Wednesday 28th September 2022

Asked by: Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party - Edinburgh North and Leith)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2022 to Question 154058 on Clyde Naval Base and RNAD Coulport: Navy, and with reference to the Answer of 27 April 2021 to Question 184494 on Navy: Scotland, for what reason providing the information requested would incur disproportionate cost.

Answered by Alec Shelbrooke

In preparation for the answer of 21 April 2022 to Question 154058 the Department understood that a manual trawl through personnel files would be required to answer the question, which resulted in a disproportionate cost response. A different methodology was used for the answer in April 2021 and using that same approach I am now able to provide the following information in answer to the hon. Member's Questions 154058, 154059 and 154060 of 14 April 2022.

At 1 April 2022, a total of 3,751 uniformed Royal Navy Service Personnel were stationed at locations in Argyll and Bute, which comprise the Faslane and Coulport sites. Of these, 1,367 personnel were Scottish taxpayers, which translates to 36% of the total.

At 1 April 2022, 534 uniformed contractors were employed at Faslane. Of these, 478 were Scottish taxpayers, which translates to 90% of the total.

At 1 April 2022, 409 uniformed contractors were employed at Coulport. Of these, 364 were Scottish taxpayers, which translates to 89% of the total.

These figures reflect Ministry of Defence Police and Ministry of Defence Guard Service employees, who are Ministry of Defence civilian employees. The term 'uniformed contractor' has been translated to mean those employees who are neither civilian contractor, non-uniform civilian, or Service Personnel.

At 1 April 2022, 1,026 civilian employees who are not contractors were employed at Faslane. Of these, 942 were Scottish taxpayers, which translates to 92% of the total.

At 1 April 2022, 479 civilian employees who are not contractors were employed at Coulport. Of these, 434 were Scottish taxpayers, which translates to 91% of the total.


Written Question
Ministry of Defence: Scotland
Tuesday 26th April 2022

Asked by: Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party - Edinburgh North and Leith)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many financial mitigation payments have been made to staff in his Department based in Scotland in respect of the Scottish rate of income tax; and at what salary level those payments began.

Answered by Leo Docherty - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

It will take some time to collate the data required to answer the hon. Member's question. I will write with the requested information in due course.


Written Question
Clyde Naval Base and RNAD Coulport: Radioactive Materials
Tuesday 26th April 2022

Asked by: Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party - Edinburgh North and Leith)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many nuclear safety events there have been at (a) Coulport and (b) Faslane in each of the last three years.

Answered by Jeremy Quin

The safety significance of all reported events remains low and are below Level 1, the lowest of the seven-point International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES).

None of the events caused harm to the health of any member of staff on the Naval Base or to any member of the public or have resulted in any radiological impact to the environment.

The table below provides the number of Nuclear Site Event Reports (NSERs) at Coulport and Faslane recorded for 2019, 2020 and 2021. These are shown according to their categorisation using criteria agreed locally in 2015.

Nuclear Site Events - 2019

Category A

Category B

Category C

Category D

Below Scale

Coulport

0

0

1

4

13

Faslane

0

1

5

46

88

Nuclear Site Events - 2020

Category A

Category B

Category C

Category D

Below Scale

Coulport

0

0

0

0

26

Faslane

0

0

1

26

96

Nuclear Site Events - 2021

Category A

Category B

Category C

Category D

Below Scale

Coulport

0

1

0

8

32

Faslane

0

2

10

33

67


Written Question
Radioactive Materials: Safety
Monday 25th April 2022

Asked by: Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party - Edinburgh North and Leith)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many safety improvement notices have been issued by the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator in each year since 2010.

Answered by Jeremy Quin

The table below provides the number of Improvement Notices issued by the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator since 2010.

2010

2

2011

-

2012

-

2013

-

2014

-

2015

-

2016

2

2017

1

2018

2

2019

2

2020

1

2021

1

2022

-


Written Question
Leidos: Contracts
Monday 25th April 2022

Asked by: Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party - Edinburgh North and Leith)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has paid to Leidos for the operation of the Logistics, Commodities and Services Transformation Programme in each year since 2015.

Answered by Jeremy Quin

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 27 April 2021 to Question 185922.

https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-04-22/185922

Updated figures are shown below which indicate payments the Ministry of Defence has made to Leidos to operate the Logistics, Commodities and Services Transformation programme from 2020-21 to 2022-23 to date.

Year

£million (ex-VAT)

2020-21

355

2021-22

416

2022-23

16

The cost for 2021-22 has yet to be finalised and fully paid. The figure for 2022-23 covers the period 1 April 2022 to 19 April 2022.


Written Question
AWE: Contracts
Monday 25th April 2022

Asked by: Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party - Edinburgh North and Leith)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has paid to AWE Management Ltd under the Atomic Weapons Establishment management and operation contract in each year since 2000.

Answered by Jeremy Quin

The following table shows the costs of AWE ML under the Management and Operations contract for each financial year since 2000-01, at outturn prices.

Financial Year

£ million

2000-01

275

2001-02

264

2002-03

258

2003-04

286

2004-05

354

2005-06

493

2006-07

687

2007-08

894

2008-09

800

2009-10

870

2010-11

944

2011-12

941

2012-13

830

2013-14

901

2014-15

921

2015-16

887

2016-17

815

2017-18

867

2018-19

901

2019-20

994

2020-21

984

2021-22

266*

*On 1 July 2021 the contract between AWE ML and MOD ended as AWE ML reverted to direct Government ownership, becoming a Non-Departmental Public Body wholly owned by the MOD.


Written Question
Clyde Naval Base and RNAD Coulport: Contracts
Thursday 21st April 2022

Asked by: Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party - Edinburgh North and Leith)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of uniformed contractors based at (a) Faslane and (b) Coulport are Scottish taxpayers.

Answered by Leo Docherty - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The requested figures cannot easily be disaggregated due to the format the data is held in and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. However, it will be the case that anyone who works at these locations and has a Scottish address will pay tax in Scotland. It is estimated that c.90% of staff working at these sites will be Scottish taxpayers.


Written Question
Clyde Naval Base and RNAD Coulport: Staff
Thursday 21st April 2022

Asked by: Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party - Edinburgh North and Leith)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of civilian employees who are not contractors based at (a) Faslane and (b) Coulport are Scottish taxpayers.

Answered by Leo Docherty - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The requested figures cannot easily be disaggregated due to the format the data is held in and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. However, it will be the case that anyone who works at these locations and has a Scottish address will pay tax in Scotland. It is estimated that c.90% of staff working at these sites will be Scottish taxpayers.


Written Question
Clyde Naval Base and RNAD Coulport: Navy
Thursday 21st April 2022

Asked by: Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party - Edinburgh North and Leith)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of uniformed Royal Navy personnel based at (a) Faslane and (b) Coulport are Scottish taxpayers.

Answered by Leo Docherty - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The requested figures cannot easily be disaggregated due to the format the data is held in and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. However, it will be the case that anyone who works at these locations and has a Scottish address will pay tax in Scotland. It is estimated that c.90% of staff working at these sites will be Scottish taxpayers.