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John Healey

Labour - Wentworth and Dearne

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

(since April 2020)
1 APPG membership (as of 4 May 2022)
Transatlantic Trade
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing
9th Jan 2018 - 6th Apr 2020
Shadow Secretary of State for Housing
7th Oct 2016 - 9th Jan 2018
Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)
14th Sep 2015 - 27th Jun 2016
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
8th Oct 2010 - 7th Oct 2011
Shadow Minister (Housing)
12th May 2010 - 8th Oct 2010
Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Housing)
5th Jun 2009 - 6th May 2010
Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
2nd Nov 2007 - 12th Oct 2009
Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)
29th Jun 2007 - 5th Jun 2009
Tax Law Rewrite Bills (Joint Committee)
20th Dec 2004 - 12th Jan 2009
Public Accounts Committee
20th Jul 2005 - 19th Nov 2007
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
10th May 2005 - 28th Jun 2007
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th May 2002 - 10th May 2005
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills)
11th Jun 2001 - 30th May 2002
Employment Sub-committee
23rd Jul 1997 - 29th Nov 1999
Education & Employment
14th Jul 1997 - 29th Nov 1999


Department Event
Monday 13th June 2022
14:30
Ministry of Defence
Oral questions - Main Chamber
13 Jun 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Defence (including Topical Questions)
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Division Votes
Wednesday 18th May 2022
Achieving Economic Growth
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 176 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 229 Noes - 312
Speeches
Thursday 19th May 2022
NATO and International Security
Indeed, there is certainly a willingness to threaten to use such weapons. The escalation of President Putin’s rhetoric at times …
Written Answers
Friday 20th May 2022
LE TacCIS Programme
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the potential impact of the …
Early Day Motions
Wednesday 18th March 2015
WENTWORTH WOODHOUSE IN ROTHERHAM, SOUTH YORKSHIRE
That this House commends the current plans to secure the future of one of the grandest stately homes in England, …
Bills
Tuesday 2nd July 2013
Letting Agents (Competition, Choice and Standards) Bill 2013-14
A Bill to establish a national mandatory licensing scheme for letting and managing agents, with established standards and redress for …
MP Financial Interests
Monday 14th March 2022
1. Employment and earnings
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EDM signed
Monday 17th July 2017
SOCIAL SECURITY
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Loans for Mortgage Interest Regulations 2017 (S.1., 2017, …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, John Healey 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
Ben Wallace (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Defence
(67 debate interactions)
Jeremy Quin (Conservative)
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
(13 debate interactions)
James Heappey (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
(13 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Ministry of Defence
(128 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(25 debate contributions)
Department for International Trade
(2 debate contributions)
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Wentworth and Dearne 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).

Petitions with highest Wentworth and Dearne signature proportion
Petitions with most Wentworth and Dearne signatures
John Healey has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by John Healey

17th July 2017
John Healey signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 17th July 2017

SOCIAL SECURITY

Tabled by: Jeremy Corbyn (Independent - Islington North)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Loans for Mortgage Interest Regulations 2017 (S.1., 2017, No. 725), dated 5 July 2017, a copy of which was laid before this House on 6 July, be annulled.
50 signatures
(Most recent: 15 Mar 2018)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 43
Independent: 4
Scottish National Party: 2
Green Party: 1
6th March 2017
John Healey signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 6th March 2017

SOCIAL SECURITY

Tabled by: Jeremy Corbyn (Independent - Islington North)
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Universal Credit (Housing Costs Element for claimants aged 18 to 21) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (S.I., 2017, No. 252), dated 2 March 2017, a copy of which was laid before this House on 3 March, be annulled.
86 signatures
(Most recent: 20 Apr 2017)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 53
Labour: 26
Independent: 5
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Liberal Democrat: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by John Healey, 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.


4 Urgent Questions tabled by John Healey

Wednesday 11th May 2022
Tuesday 21st September 2021
Tuesday 10th November 2020
Thursday 16th July 2020

John Healey has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

2 Bills introduced by John Healey


A Bill to establish a national mandatory licensing scheme for letting and managing agents, with established standards and redress for landlords, tenants and leaseholders, and prohibition of letting and management agent fees; to enable local authorities to administer and enforce the scheme; to require that tenants, landlords and leaseholders have written agreements; and to empower local authorities, either alone or in partnership, to trade as letting and managing agents.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 2nd July 2013

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision to introduce leave, pay and allowance arrangements for parents of children born to surrogate mothers equal to those available to parents whose children are born to them; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 17th April 2012

John Healey has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


793 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when he will publish the national resilience strategy.

The Integrated Review, published in March 2021, set a goal to strengthen the UK’s national resilience. The Integrated Review also committed to the development of a new Resilience Strategy to set out a new vision and approach to support improvements to our national resilience. Following a successful Call for Evidence in the summer of last year, the government plans to publish the Strategy in spring 2022.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish the terms of reference for the independent review into the historic treatment of LGBT armed forces service personnel.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Secretary of State for Defence have commissioned an independent Review into the impact of the pre 2000 ban on homosexuality in the Armed Forces. The Review will look at the experiences of former LGBT service personnel, and make evidence-based recommendations, including on how the Government can better tailor support to the LGBT veteran community. An independent Chair will be announced shortly, after which the full terms of reference will be published and the Review can commence. As the Review is independent, we cannot comment on potential findings and recommendations that it may make.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the independent review into the historic treatment of LGBT armed forces service personnel will consider appropriate compensation for those affected.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Secretary of State for Defence have commissioned an independent Review into the impact of the pre 2000 ban on homosexuality in the Armed Forces. The Review will look at the experiences of former LGBT service personnel, and make evidence-based recommendations, including on how the Government can better tailor support to the LGBT veteran community. An independent Chair will be announced shortly, after which the full terms of reference will be published and the Review can commence. As the Review is independent, we cannot comment on potential findings and recommendations that it may make.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the chair of the independent review into the historic treatment of LGBT of armed forces service personnel will be announced.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Secretary of State for Defence have commissioned an independent Review into the impact of the pre 2000 ban on homosexuality in the Armed Forces. The Review will look at the experiences of former LGBT service personnel, and make evidence-based recommendations, including on how the Government can better tailor support to the LGBT veteran community. An independent Chair will be announced shortly, after which the full terms of reference will be published and the Review can commence. As the Review is independent, we cannot comment on potential findings and recommendations that it may make.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the independent review into the historic treatment of LGBT armed forces personnel will (a) open and (b) publish its findings.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Secretary of State for Defence have commissioned an independent Review into the impact of the pre 2000 ban on homosexuality in the Armed Forces. The Review will look at the experiences of former LGBT service personnel, and make evidence-based recommendations, including on how the Government can better tailor support to the LGBT veteran community. An independent Chair will be announced shortly, after which the full terms of reference will be published and the Review can commence. As the Review is independent, we cannot comment on potential findings and recommendations that it may make.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the £5 million boost for armed forces charities announced by the Government on 6 September 2021, how much and what proportion of that funding has been distributed to armed forces charities; how many of those charities have received additional funding from that £5 million; and how much each of those charities has received.

The £5 million additional funding for Armed Forces charities is being delivered via the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust through an open competition. Applications opened on 13 December 2021 and will close on 17 January 2022. Applications will be assessed after this date and the successful charities will be notified in due course. Charities who wish to submit applications can do so via https://covenantfund.org.uk/.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of former service personnel sleeping rough each year since 2010.

Current evidence does not show that veterans are more likely to become homeless or sleep rough than the general population.

Less than 1% (0.9%) of households sleeping rough and seeking government support in England in 2020/21 have at least one household member who has served in the Armed Forces.

The government has put support in place to help veterans to access housing. The government has produced new guidance for Local Authorities to ensure veterans are not disadvantaged by their service when applying for social housing, as well as removing the local connection test to assist the transition into civilian accommodation.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many Government contracts there have been where Departments have sought and (a) received and (b) not received assurances regarding contractor’s tax affairs, by Department, since 2014-15.

This information is not held centrally.

Michael Ellis
Paymaster General
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the figures published by his Department in January 2019 on Population projections: UK armed forces veterans residing in Great Britain 2016 to 2018, whether he plans to publish more recent figures.

For the first time, a question was added to the England and Wales census asking respondents if they have previously served in the UK Armed Forces. A range of new statistics on the veteran population will be published by the Office for National Statistics once the data collected from the census is analysed, including the total number of veterans residing in England and Wales. In Scotland, the census will be carried out in 2022, and will also include a question asking respondents whether they have previously served. In Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) will collect data on the total number of veterans in Northern Ireland and the 11 Local Government Districts.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
13th May 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to page 41 of his Department’s Integrated Review 2021, how many critical vulnerabilities in the cyber systems of the public sector has the National Cyber Security Centre addressed as at 13 May 2021.

It is for each public sector organisation to remediate vulnerabilities in their systems and this information is not held centrally. This is achieved through activities such as designing systems to be secure, regularly patching, continuous monitoring, security testing and vulnerability disclosure programmes. The NCSC and Cabinet Office provide expert advice and guidance to help public sector organisations address critical vulnerabilities.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what (a) policy, (b) administrative and (c) advisory support the civil service provides to select committees.

The civil service does not provide policy, administrative or advisory support to select committees.

The Government supports the work of select committees by providing information and evidence to their inquiries.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
12th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of recent trends in the rate of unemployment among veterans.

Veterans offer a vast range of skills and talent to civilian employers and the Government recognises that having a job is one of the key foundations for those leaving the Armed Forces to transition into civilian life. This is why the Government is taking a number of steps to support veterans into employment such as making it easier to join the Civil Service and introducing a national insurance tax break for their employers. The MOD’s Careers Transition Partnership supports Service leavers entering the job market. Of the 2018/19 UK regular service leavers who used a CTP service, and reported their employment outcomes, 86% were employed, 8% economically inactive, and 6% unemployed six months after using the service.

12th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to help prevent suicide among veterans.

In January 2019, the Government published the first Cross-Government Suicide Prevention Workplan, which sets out an ambitious programme across national and local government and the NHS. This includes actions being taken forward by MoD and NHS England for veterans and armed service personnel. The Government has committed to publishing an updated workplan and progress report against the National Strategy, expected in Spring 2021.

The majority of veterans successfully access mental health programmes available to the general population through the NHS, however for those veterans who need extra support, the NHS in England offers bespoke and specialist mental health services, which benefit from over £10m investment per year. Recent months have seen the rollout of the new NHS England High Intensity Service, which will provide further specialist care for veterans with acute mental health needs or who are in a mental health crisis. The Government has also provided £6 million in funding to support 100 service charities during the Covid-19 pandemic, including charities supporting veterans with their mental health.

12th Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2020 to Question 25623 on Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Public Appointments, if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract entered into with the search company appointed to recruit a replacement panel member.

As part of the Government transparency agenda, it is a legal requirement for central Government Departments to publish all awarded contracts over £10,000 in value on the Contracts Finder website. Once a contract for this recruitment has been finalised and signed it will be published in the usual way.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2020 to Question 25623 on Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Public Appointments, which search company has been engaged to identify a shortlist of candidates; and by what date that company has been asked to return a shortlist.

Further announcements will be made in the usual way.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
10th Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 10 March 2020 to Question 25623, if he has set a deadline for a replacement panel member to be appointed.

Further announcements will be made in the usual way.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
5th Mar 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, when a new panel member will be appointed to the Grenfell Tower inquiry; and what discussions he has with people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire on that appointment.

In February, the Prime Minister, as Sponsor Minister for the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, wrote to the Inquiry Chair to confirm his intention to appoint a replacement panel member. He also confirmed that Cabinet Office officials would engage a search company to identify a shortlist of candidates.

As soon as a suitable new panel member has been identified, the Prime Minister will write to the Inquiry Chair to seek his consent to the appointment as required by the Inquiries Act. The successful candidate will be announced once the process has been completed so they start work as soon as possible.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Feb 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 3 February 2020 to Question 8952 on Public Appointments: Standards, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the due diligence process for appointments to the panels of statutory public inquiries following the resignation of Benita Mehra from her role as a panel member on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Due diligence and consideration of conflicts of interest are important parts of any appointment process. The Inquiries Act 2005 sets out the suitability and impartiality requirements of inquiry panel appointments. Appointments to statutory public inquiries are made in accordance with the Act.



Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
28th Jan 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the due diligence process for public appointments following the resignation of Benita Mehra from her role as a panel member on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Ms Mehra's appointment was not a public appointment. She was appointed to the panel of a statutory public inquiry in line with the Inquiries Act 2005.

Oliver Dowden
Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions his Department has had with the Scandinavian governments on the potential for upper-stage rocket debris from UK launches to land on their sovereign territory.

There is no expectation that upper stage debris from any UK launch will affect the sovereign territory of any Scandinavian country.

The Government has held discussions with all countries to the north of the British Isles which may hold an interest in, or whose territory may be affected by, space launch activities undertaken from the UK.

Where there is a possibility of UK-based launch companies seeking to deposit launch vehicle debris (whether this is from the vehicle's upper stage or otherwise) in another state's territorial waters or Exclusive Economic Zone, the government intends to obtain consent from the affected countries.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to use OneWeb to enhance the UK’s space capabilities.

With an increasing number of global players developing Low Earth Orbit Satellite constellations, OneWeb enables the UK to be at the forefront of rapidly evolving Space technology and helps the UK project its influence internationally through a global asset.

OneWeb will help grow UK-based capabilities in the satellite technology value chain by creating opportunities for high-value manufacturing, launch capability, and space data applications.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
13th May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress has been made on the creation of a satellite navigation system.

This Government has made clear its ambitions in space through a new ministerial level National Space Council and by developing a Space Strategy to bring long term strategic and commercial benefits for the UK. The Government recognises the contribution the space sector makes to our economy, national security, global influence and in helping the nation to tackle the COVID crisis.

The GNSS programme is currently in its Engineering Design and Development Phase to research and understand what would best suit the UK's requirements. The programme is taking the appropriate time to investigate the requirements, design specifications and costs as fully as possible. This includes assessing value for money, scope for innovation, new markets and how much a system could meet the UK's assured positioning navigation and timing requirements as part of an ambitious new space strategy.

The programme has recently proceeded with a number of technical contracts from April to September to deliver key engineering work whilst protecting skills and technical GNSS sector jobs.

A project led by the Cabinet Office is developing the UK's positioning navigation and timing (PNT) requirements, bringing together expertise from across Whitehall, industry and the PNT community to consider requirements across military, civil and Critical National Infrastructure sectors.

In addition to other technologies, a UK GNSS capability could form part of the mix of solutions needed.

Amanda Solloway
Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of graphics processing unit scalping on UK (a) competition policy and (b) businesses.

Under UK competition law, responsibility for investigating anticompetitive practices falls to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the UK’s competition authority. The government has ensured that the CMA has significant powers and expertise to investigate anti-competitive practices, and as an independent authority, the CMA has discretion to investigate competition cases which, according to its prioritisation principles, it considers most appropriate. The CMA may also carry out detailed examinations of why particular markets may not be working well and take remedial action to address features of markets which restrict competition.

GPUs are used for a number of applications and supply has been impacted by an ongoing global shortage. The current shortage is due to a confluence of unexpected events, including unprecedented pandemic-driven shifts in demand within a global market. HMG recognises the severity of the current chip shortage, the widespread international ramifications and the difficulties it has created for a number of UK firms and individuals. HMG are engaging affected UK sectors and key international partners to identify any available domestic or international mitigations.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to Question 130636 tabled on December 16 2020, if he will extend the adjusted calculation for early education entitlement funding, used during the autumn 2020 term, into spring 2021 in line with the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

We have provided unprecedented support to early years providers throughout the COVID-19 outbreak through block-buying childcare places and schemes, including furlough. Childminders are also eligible to receive support from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, which has been extended until the end of April 2021: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme.

The government will continue to support families with their childcare costs. My right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced on 25 November an extra £44 million for 2021-22, for local authorities to increase hourly rates paid to childcare providers for the government’s free childcare entitlement offers.

On 17 December 2020, the government announced a return to funding early years settings on the basis on attendance.

We will fund local authorities in the 2021 spring term based on their January 2021 census. If attendance rises after the census is taken, we will top-up councils to up to 85% of their January 2020 census level, where a local authority can provide evidence for increased attendance during the spring term. This will give local authorities additional financial confidence to pay providers for increasing attendance later in the spring term. The early years local authority survey continues on a weekly basis. The following link has more information on the use of Early Years Dedicated Schools Grant in spring 2021: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dedicated-schools-grant-dsg-2020-to-2021/dsg-technical-note-2020-to-2021.

In line with the existing and unchanged statutory guidance, local authorities should ensure that providers are not penalised for short-term absences of children (for example, sickness, arriving late or leaving early, or a family emergency) through withdrawing funding, but use their discretion where absence is recurring or for extended periods, taking into account the reason for the absence and the impact on the provider.

We stay in regular contact with the early years sector, including on this subject. We will be closely monitoring both parental take-up of places and the capacity and responses of providers.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
25th Jan 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to Question 130635 tabled on 16 December 2020, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on childminders of reintroducing the method of calculating early years entitlement funding that was in place before the covid-19 outbreak.

We have provided unprecedented support to early years providers throughout the COVID-19 outbreak through block-buying childcare places and schemes, including furlough. Childminders are also eligible to receive support from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, which has been extended until the end of April 2021: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme.

The government will continue to support families with their childcare costs. My right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced on 25 November an extra £44 million for 2021-22, for local authorities to increase hourly rates paid to childcare providers for the government’s free childcare entitlement offers.

On 17 December 2020, the government announced a return to funding early years settings on the basis on attendance.

We will fund local authorities in the 2021 spring term based on their January 2021 census. If attendance rises after the census is taken, we will top-up councils to up to 85% of their January 2020 census level, where a local authority can provide evidence for increased attendance during the spring term. This will give local authorities additional financial confidence to pay providers for increasing attendance later in the spring term. The early years local authority survey continues on a weekly basis. The following link has more information on the use of Early Years Dedicated Schools Grant in spring 2021: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dedicated-schools-grant-dsg-2020-to-2021/dsg-technical-note-2020-to-2021.

In line with the existing and unchanged statutory guidance, local authorities should ensure that providers are not penalised for short-term absences of children (for example, sickness, arriving late or leaving early, or a family emergency) through withdrawing funding, but use their discretion where absence is recurring or for extended periods, taking into account the reason for the absence and the impact on the provider.

We stay in regular contact with the early years sector, including on this subject. We will be closely monitoring both parental take-up of places and the capacity and responses of providers.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the financial effect on childminders of re-introducing the method of calculating early years entitlement funding that was in place before the covid-19 outbreak.

We have provided unprecedented support to early years providers throughout the COVID-19 outbreak through block-buying childcare places and schemes including furlough. Childminders are also eligible to receive support from the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, which has been extended until the end of April 2021: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme.

Whilst we recognise childcare attendance has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, we saw attendance rise over the autumn term from 482,000 on 10 September to 759,000 on 17 December. On 17 December 2020, the government therefore announced a return to funding early years settings on the basis on attendance. In line with the existing and unchanged statutory guidance local authorities should ensure that providers are not penalised for short-term absences of children, for example sickness, arriving late or leaving early, or a family emergency through withdrawing funding, but use their discretion where absence is recurring or for extended periods taking into account the reason for the absence and the impact on the provider.

We stay in regular contact with the early years sector, including on this subject. We will be closely monitoring both parental take-up of places and the capacity and responses of providers.

The government will continue to support families with their childcare costs. My right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced on 25 November an extra £44 million for the 2021-22 financial year, for local authorities to increase hourly rates paid to childcare providers for the government’s free childcare entitlement offers.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will extend the adjusted calculation for the early education entitlement funding, used during the autumn 2020 term, into spring 2021, in line with the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

We recognise childcare attendance has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak; we saw attendance rise over the autumn term from 482,000 on 10 September to 759,000 on 17 December 2020. On 17 December 2020, the government therefore announced a return to funding early years settings on the basis on attendance. In line with the existing and unchanged statutory guidance (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/use-of-free-early-education-entitlements-funding-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/use-of-free-early-education-entitlements-funding-during-coronavirus-covid-19), local authorities should ensure that providers are not penalised for short-term absences of children, (for example, sickness, arriving late or leaving early, or a family emergency through withdrawing funding), but use their discretion where absence is recurring or for extended periods, taking into account the reason for the absence and the impact on the provider.

We will fund local authorities in the 2021 spring term based on their January 2021 census. If attendance rises after the census is taken, we will top-up councils to up to 85% of their January 2020 census level, where a local authority can provide evidence for increased attendance during the spring term. This will give local authorities additional financial confidence to pay providers for increasing attendance later in the spring term.

We stay in regular contact with the early years sector and have heard from them already on this subject. We publish regular official statistics on attendance in early years settings (https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/attendance-in-education-and-early-years-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak) and the next release is due on Tuesday 2 February. We will be closely monitoring both parental take-up of places and the capacity and responses of providers.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, which local authorities do not pay early education entitlement funding in full to childminders.

Our guidance makes clear how we expect local authorities to fund early years entitlement places during the COVID-19 outbreak. Local authorities should only take a different approach from that set out in guidance if they have good reasons for doing so, their approach is fair and equitable, and they communicate this clearly to their providers. Further information on this guidance is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/use-of-free-early-education-entitlements-funding-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/use-of-free-early-education-entitlements-funding-during-coronavirus-covid-19.

Through our regular contact with local authorities, it is apparent that the vast majority have been compliant with our funding guidance throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.

Childminder funding can be more complex than funding for group-based providers. This is because unlike nurseries, which typically offer a fairly consistent number of childcare places, the number and age of children cared for by a childminder can vary significantly throughout the year and from one year to another. This means that childminders may move in and out of offering the government’s early years entitlements depending on the children they are caring for at any given time.

For this reason, we know that some local authorities fund their childminders on a case-by-case basis in the interests of value for money and propriety. This ensures that they are not paying providers who might not otherwise have been offering entitlement places.

We do not currently hold data on the number of local authorities taking tailored approaches to childminder funding. This is due to the highly variable nature of this provision, and that fact that arrangements may vary within a single local authority based on the individual circumstances of each childminder.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
28th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average housing costs were for full-time students in England in each of the last 10 years.

The government measures student housing costs periodically but does not collect data annually. The Student Income and Expenditure Survey in 2014/15 reported average housing costs of £4,151 for full-time undergraduates who incurred those costs. The Student Income and Expenditure Survey in 2011/12 reported average housing costs of £3,628 for full-time undergraduates who incurred them.

The student finance system contributes towards undergraduate students’ living costs at University, with the most support available for students from the lowest income families. The government increased maximum loans for living costs by 2.8% for the current academic year, 2019/20, to £8,944 for students living away from home and studying outside London with a further 2.9% increase to £9,203 for 2020/21. Higher rates of loan are available for students living away from home and studying in London.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
28th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which maintenance loans cover the cost of housing for students in England.

The government measures student housing costs periodically but does not collect data annually. The Student Income and Expenditure Survey in 2014/15 reported average housing costs of £4,151 for full-time undergraduates who incurred those costs. The Student Income and Expenditure Survey in 2011/12 reported average housing costs of £3,628 for full-time undergraduates who incurred them.

The student finance system contributes towards undergraduate students’ living costs at University, with the most support available for students from the lowest income families. The government increased maximum loans for living costs by 2.8% for the current academic year, 2019/20, to £8,944 for students living away from home and studying outside London with a further 2.9% increase to £9,203 for 2020/21. Higher rates of loan are available for students living away from home and studying in London.

Michelle Donelan
Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the UK’s financial commitment is to the EU’s Copernicus Earth programme in the (a) 2021-22 financial year and (b) each financial year to 2024-25.

The UK Government has welcomed the agreement in principle for the UK to continue to participate in the Copernicus component of the EU Space Programme as a third country for 2021-2027.

Formal participation will only begin once the Protocol I to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement is adopted.

Once this has taken place the UK’s financial commitment will be reported in Defra’s accounts.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2020 to Question 64852 on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, on what date the Government commissioned research by Middlesex University into dog attacks is planned to be published.

Middlesex University’s draft report on measures to reduce dog attacks and promote responsible ownership was submitted to Defra in March this year. The report is currently being peer reviewed and will be finalised in light of peer review comments. Our intention is to publish the final report later this year.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what forms of smokeless coal will be permissible under changes proposed in the Air quality: using cleaner fuels for domestic burning consultation response, published 21 February 2020.

As stated in the Government Response published on 21 February, we want to see a move from bituminous coal to less polluting fuels in the domestic setting. We will facilitate this transition by only allowing the sale of smokeless coal (or anthracite) and low sulphur manufactured solid fuels for the purpose of domestic combustion.

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of planning outcomes for new housing developments were in accordance with Environment Agency flood risk advice, by region, in each of the last 10 years.

This is a devolved matter and the information provided therefore relates to England only.

As a statutory consultee in development planning, the Environment Agency (EA) advises local planning authorities and developers on how to enable climate resilient development and identify opportunities to protect and enhance the environment.

The EA provides advice on all development proposals in areas that are at (i) medium or high risk of flooding from rivers or the sea (other than minor development) (ii) within 20 metres of a Main River, (iii) within an area with critical drainage problems (other than minor development).

The EA does not make the final decision on local planning approvals and local planning authorities are responsible and accountable for approving proposals for new development in their local areas. In the majority of cases the EA’s flood risk advice is taken on board by local planning authorities.

Environment Agency performance influencing planning applications that included new homes where decisions were decided in line with our advice 2011/12-2018/19 split by Environment Agency operational hub.

Year

11-Dec

Dec-13

13/14

14/15

15/16

16/17

17/18

18/19

Grand Total

North – new homes with recorded planning decisions

3195

10539

13276

12610

8035

7934

6166

4161

65916

North - Number of new homes involved with over-ruled / partially over-ruled decisions

0

649

112

597

3

152

58

11

1582

North - % of new homes determined in line with EA flood risk advice

100.0%

93.8%

99.2%

95.3%

100.0%

98.1%

99.1%

99.7%

97.6%

South East - new homes with recorded planning decisions

14912

35251

18237

26961

21498

13872

10924

10812

152467

South East - Number of new homes involved with over-ruled / partially over-ruled decisions

11

353

1072

639

26

220

42

89

2452

South East - % of new homes determined in line with EA flood risk advice

99.9%

99.0%

94.1%

97.6%

99.9%

98.4%

99.6%

99.2%

98.4%

West and Central - new homes with recorded planning decisions

28360

20194

27105

37364

36599

20289

17598

8051

195560

West and Central - Number of new homes involved with over-ruled and partially over-ruled decisions

113

449

120

102

154

65

58

29

1090

West and Central - % of new homes determined in line with EA flood risk advice

99.6%

97.8%

99.6%

99.7%

99.6%

99.7%

99.7%

99.6%

99.4%

Environment Agency national performance influencing planning applications that included new homes where decisions were decided in line with our advice 2011/12-2018/19

Year

11-Dec

Dec-13

13/14

14/15

15/16

16/17

17/18

18/19

Grand Total

Total new homes with recorded planning decisions

46467

65984

58618

76935

66132

42095

34688

23024

413943

Total new homes involved with over-ruled / partially over-ruled decisions

124

1451

1304

1338

183

437

158

129

5124

Average % of new homes determined in line with EA flood risk advice

99.7%

97.8%

97.8%

98.3%

99.7%

99.0%

99.5%

99.4%

98.8%

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
28th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of applications for the development of new homes had planning outcomes in accordance with Environment Agency advice on flood risk, by region, in each of the last 10 years.

This is a devolved matter and the information provided therefore relates to England only.

As a statutory consultee in development planning, the Environment Agency (EA) advises local planning authorities and developers on how to enable climate resilient development and identify opportunities to protect and enhance the environment.

The EA provides advice on all development proposals in areas that are at (i) medium or high risk of flooding from rivers or the sea (other than minor development) (ii) within 20 metres of a Main River, (iii) within an area with critical drainage problems (other than minor development).

The EA does not make the final decision on local planning approvals and local planning authorities are responsible and accountable for approving proposals for new development in their local areas. In the majority of cases the EA’s flood risk advice is taken on board by local planning authorities.

Environment Agency performance influencing planning applications that included new homes where decisions were decided in line with our advice 2011/12-2018/19 split by Environment Agency operational hub.

Year

11-Dec

Dec-13

13/14

14/15

15/16

16/17

17/18

18/19

Grand Total

North – new homes with recorded planning decisions

3195

10539

13276

12610

8035

7934

6166

4161

65916

North - Number of new homes involved with over-ruled / partially over-ruled decisions

0

649

112

597

3

152

58

11

1582

North - % of new homes determined in line with EA flood risk advice

100.0%

93.8%

99.2%

95.3%

100.0%

98.1%

99.1%

99.7%

97.6%

South East - new homes with recorded planning decisions

14912

35251

18237

26961

21498

13872

10924

10812

152467

South East - Number of new homes involved with over-ruled / partially over-ruled decisions

11

353

1072

639

26

220

42

89

2452

South East - % of new homes determined in line with EA flood risk advice

99.9%

99.0%

94.1%

97.6%

99.9%

98.4%

99.6%

99.2%

98.4%

West and Central - new homes with recorded planning decisions

28360

20194

27105

37364

36599

20289

17598

8051

195560

West and Central - Number of new homes involved with over-ruled and partially over-ruled decisions

113

449

120

102

154

65

58

29

1090

West and Central - % of new homes determined in line with EA flood risk advice

99.6%

97.8%

99.6%

99.7%

99.6%

99.7%

99.7%

99.6%

99.4%

Environment Agency national performance influencing planning applications that included new homes where decisions were decided in line with our advice 2011/12-2018/19

Year

11-Dec

Dec-13

13/14

14/15

15/16

16/17

17/18

18/19

Grand Total

Total new homes with recorded planning decisions

46467

65984

58618

76935

66132

42095

34688

23024

413943

Total new homes involved with over-ruled / partially over-ruled decisions

124

1451

1304

1338

183

437

158

129

5124

Average % of new homes determined in line with EA flood risk advice

99.7%

97.8%

97.8%

98.3%

99.7%

99.0%

99.5%

99.4%

98.8%

Rebecca Pow
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2021 to Question 74893, how much HS2 Ltd spent to acquire the 609 residential properties through Statutory and Discretionary Schemes.

To date, HS2 Ltd has spent £199,179,925 on all acquisitions for Phase 2b. This figure is based on purchase price only of land and property acquisitions between 2014 and the end of October 2021 acquired through statutory and discretionary schemes. HS2 Ltd does not record how many residential properties have been acquired, as a property can have mixed usage.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2021 to Question 74893, how many residential properties were acquired through Statutory Discretion Schemes by constituency.

To date, HS2 Ltd has spent £199,179,925 on all acquisitions for Phase 2b. This figure is based on purchase price only of land and property acquisitions between 2014 and the end of October 2021 acquired through statutory and discretionary schemes. HS2 Ltd does not record how many residential properties have been acquired, as a property can have mixed usage.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of July 14 2021 to Question 29790 on High Speed Two: Compulsory Purchase, how many residential properties have been compulsory purchased by HS2 Ltd as part of plans to construct HS2 2b.

HS2 Ltd is yet to deposit a Hybrid Bill for Phase 2b, and therefore has not acquired any properties on that part of the route under Compulsory Purchase powers. However, the company has confirmed that, as of October 2021, it has acquired 609 properties through Statutory and Discretionary Schemes. These are properties that have been acquired at the previous owners’ request.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
24th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether legal agreements have been signed by private sector partners to help ensure UK rocket launches are consistent with climate change emissions reduction targets.

All applicants for a launch or spaceport licence under the Space Industry Act 2018 are required to submit an assessment of environmental effects. The spaceflight regulator will take account of these assessments and the Government’s environmental objectives when deciding licence applications and setting licence conditions. The Government will set environmental objectives for the regulator, including minimising emissions contributing to climate change resulting from spaceflight activities.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
23rd Mar 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 10 February 2021 to Question HL12641 on Electric Vehicles: Charging Points, in which local authority areas the 3,800 chargepoints funded by the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme have been installed; and how many of the potential 7,200 charging device installations have been funded from his Department’s doubling of funding to that scheme.

The doubling of funding for the ORCS to £20 million announced in May last year by the Transport Secretary will allow local authorities to install up to 7,200 charging devices, making charging at home and overnight easier for those without an off-street parking space.

The attached document details the local authorities which have received grant awards under the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme, to date. In financial year 2020/21 almost 2,000 chargepoints were approved under the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS). ORCS is a demand-led fund open to all UK local authorities. As the Scheme moves into financial year 2021/22, amendments have been made, taking into account local authority feedback and the experience of previous years, in order to improve access to funding for as many local authorities as possible.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of people who have been affected by the underpayment of benefits after transitioning from incapacity benefit to employment and support allowance in (a) Wentworth and Dearne constituency, (b) Rother Valley constituency, (c) Rotherham local authority area and (d) Barnsley local authority area.

I refer the Rt hon. Member to the answer I gave on 19th January to question number 104377.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many armed forces champions are in post in each job centre district; and how many of those districts are without an armed forces champion.

DWP has 50 Armed Forces Champions, with at least one in each of our 37 Jobcentre Plus Districts. In addition, there are 11 Armed Forces Leads at group level.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many kickstart positions were (a) advertised and (b) filled in the defence sector during 2021.

We do not centrally collate information regarding jobs filled or advertised in the defence sector.

To encourage young people to apply for them, Kickstart jobs are categorised by the nature of the role rather than the sector of the employer. This means for example, that a defence-sector administrative job would be categorised as ‘administrative’ not ‘defence’. The most recently published statistics are published here: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-12-06/87676

Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system which has been developed quickly. The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics, but is provided in the interests of transparency. Work is ongoing to improve the quality of information available for the programme.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to fund more than 100 Armed Forces Champions posts in job centres to support former service personnel to find work.

DWP is determined to provide veterans and other members of the armed forces community with the help and support they need and deserve. Our support to help veterans into jobs is unwavering with 84% gaining employment within 6 months of discharge – higher than the employment rate of the wider population.

To help deliver a better service, and to respond to feedback we had had from armed forces charities and other organisations, we introduced a new Armed Forces Champions model in April 2021. It provides for 50 Armed Forces Champions alongside 11 Group Leads at managerial level.

At least one Armed Forces Champion will be allocated to each Jobcentre Plus District. Their appointments mean for the first time jobcentres are providing help directly to veterans and others where additional support to access and progress in work is needed. Resources in the new network are targeted where there are particularly high levels of demand, for example in garrison towns, and where work linked to the armed forces will form a significant part of that done in individual jobcentres.

Officials in the Department have discussed the new model with a number of armed forces stakeholders and overall feedback has been positive. We continue to monitor and evaluate our new approach but have no plans to increase the number of champions.

In addition to the Armed Forces Champions roles, all DWP Work Coaches are trained to provide veterans and others with the help and support they need.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the oral contribution by Baroness Stedman-Scott on 15 June 2021, House of Lords, Official Report, column 1765, if she will provide the (a) locations and (b) DWP districts of the job centres that have an Armed Forces Champion supporting veterans seeking employment.

For the first time there will be a dedicated armed forces role at middle management level in each of the 11 Jobcentre Plus Groups. The 11 group leads are forming a virtual network and will be responsible for building capability and sharing best practice across the network. They will also be pro-active in liaising with the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force on both recruitment and resettlement.

These Armed Forces Champions Leads will oversee 50 Armed Forces Champions across the Jobcentre Plus network (including at least one in each of the 37 Jobcentre Plus Districts), who will have specific responsibilities for supporting members of the Armed Forces Community as part of their job. Again, for the first time, this involves a front line role personally handling some claims, supporting veterans into work and helping resolve complex cases where necessary. Their specific jobcentre location is not a factor in their ability to deliver this service as their responsibilities are district wide.

Recruitment to these roles is largely complete and the Department expects all of the roles to be filled by the end of July. All of the 11 Leads are in post and all Armed Forces Champions will be in each district by the end of July. Currently 48 have been appointed across 35 Districts, with the final two to be in post by the end of the month.

There are also many staff across the DWP network based in individual Jobcentre offices who will be the local ‘expert’ on Armed Forces issues, and the Department is continually working to build capability across the Jobcentre Plus network.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria are used by the Health and Safety Executive to trigger on-site inspections of businesses accused or suspected of breaking covid-19 workplace safety regulations.

Physical inspections of premises, whilst an important part of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) work, are one part of a much wider approach taken by HSE. Members of the public and employees can submit a concern to HSE in relation to unsatisfactory conditions or risk control measures in the workplace; concerns come into the organisation in a variety of ways, with most arriving either via telephone or the online form on HSE’s website.

Concerns received are triaged and classified either red, amber or green; those classified green are largely dealt with remotely by HSE’s Concerns and Advice Team, whilst amber and red concerns are passed to HSE’s field teams for further investigation

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many on-site inspections of businesses have been carried out by the Health and Safety Executive relating to covid-19 since 1 January 2020 to date, by (a) week and (b) local authority area.

The number of proactive site inspections that have been carried out which have addressed Covid-19 issues is not readily identifiable.

The majority of Covid-19 related site inspections have arisen from the investigation of a concern raised by workers or a member of the public. In April 2020, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) introduced a change to its recording system to identify visits that addressed a concern relating to Covid-19. Hence, it is not possible to identify site visits made before then. In addition to the numbers below, where a concern is not specifically related to Covid-19 but such issues are identified, then action will be taken to address them.

HSE does not record the date of an investigation visit in an easily retrievable format. The table below identifies the numbers of visits based upon the month in which the visit report was created on their operational database.

Date

Number of site visits

April

15

May

48

June

1

Grand Total

64

The following table provides site visits by Local Authority:

Site Local Authority

Site Visits

Mid Devon

5

Canterbury

4

Glasgow UA

3

Medway Towns UA

3

Wellingborough

2

Hull City UA

2

Flintshire UA

2

City of Westminster

2

Brentwood

2

Burnley

2

Midlothian UA

2

Thanet

2

East Ayrshire UA

2

Surrey Heath

1

Brighton & Hove UA

1

Torbay UA

1

Plymouth UA

1

Sevenoaks

1

Manchester

1

Kingston-upon-Thames

1

Greenwich

1

Corby

1

Folkstone and Hythe

1

Portsmouth UA

1

Tower Hamlets

1

Aberdeen City UA

1

Reading

1

Maidstone

1

Not Applicable

1

Bradford

1

Bristol UA

1

Tonbridge & Malling

1

North Ayrshire UA

1

North Lanarkshire UA

1

Cardiff UA

1

Guildford

1

Waltham Forest

1

Kensington & Chelsea

1

South Lanarkshire UA

1

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

1

West Lothian UA

1

Leicester UA

1

York

1

Northampton

1

NB: the above data was extracted from an operational database on 4th June 2020 and is subject to change e.g. due to the delay between a site visit and recording the information into the database.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she has taken to (a) protect public-facing universal credit and jobcentre staff and (b) limit their social interaction since 16 March 2020.

DWP has always followed Public Health England guidelines on social distancing. As of 24th March, Jobcentres are only offering face-to-face appointments – conducted in accordance with PHE guidelines on social distancing - for the small number of claimants who would otherwise not be able to receive support. This helps us to continue to deliver our critical services whilst keeping our customers and staff safe.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to provide (a) phone and (b) online appointments for new universal credit claimants.

We have temporarily suspended the requirement for face-to-face Jobcentre Plus appointments for all claimants in Universal Credit, Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA), Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Income Support. Advances for all new UC claimants are now available online / via phone, with no requirement to attend a job centre.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether new universal credit claimants have been required to attend in-person appointments after a phone assessment since 16 March 2020.

We have temporarily suspended the requirement for face-to-face Jobcentre Plus appointments for all claimants in Universal Credit, Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA), Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Income Support. Advances for all new UC claimants are now available online / via phone, with no requirement to attend a job centre.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many universal credit claimants have been asked to attend in-person appointments with the imposition of sanctions if they failed to attend since 16 March 2020.

As both the Prime Minister and Chancellor have made clear, the Government will do whatever it takes to support people affected by COVID 19 and we have been clear in our intention that everyone should be supported to do the right thing.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
23rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what information her Department holds on the average (a) journey time and (b) distance universal credit claimants have made to attend in-person appointments in the latest period for which figures are available.

This information is not collected.

Since the introduction of Universal Credit, claimants have been supported by a more flexible approach to contact, with much greater use of digital and telephone channels. This enables claimants to continue to engage with the Department, receive appropriate support and satisfy the conditions of their personalised Claimant Commitment, without having to always attend an appointment in person.

Claimants can also access free telephony and web support through the Citizen’s Advice Help to Claim service.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure limited social interaction in relation to appointments for new universal credit claimants since 16 March 2020.

DWP has always followed Public Health England guidelines on social distancing. As of 24th March, Jobcentres are only offering face-to-face appointments – conducted in accordance with PHE guidelines on social distancing - for the small number of claimants who would otherwise not be able to receive support. This helps us to continue to deliver our critical services whilst keeping our customers and staff safe.

Mims Davies
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish the caseload statistics for local housing allowance for each broad rental market area in each of the last three years.

We will place a copy of a document in the library which shows the caseload statistics of Local Housing Allowance claimants in Universal Credit and Housing Benefit for each broad rental market area in each of the last three years.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will maintain targeted affordability funding for local housing allowance from April 2020.

The written ministerial statement laid on Monday announced that the freeze to local housing allowance (LHA) will end and rates will increase by 1.7% from April 2020. Targeted Affordability Funding (TAF) was introduced in recognition that the impact of the freeze may have different effects across the country. As the freeze has ended, there will be no TAF. For individuals who may require more support, Discretionary Housing Payments are available.

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Written Statement of 13 January 2020, Welfare Update, what estimate he has made of the proportion of properties in each broad rental market area that will be affordable to local housing allowance claimants from April 2020.

In response to COVID-19, this Department has increased Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates to the 30th percentile of local market rents from April for Universal Credit and Housing Benefit claimants, giving additional financial support for private renters.

This means that 30% of properties in each broad rental market area (BRMA) in England, Scotland and Wales are within the LHA rate with the exception of 15 rates in central and inner London where the national maximum caps continue to apply. The national caps have also been increased and are now based on the Outer London LHA rate plus 20%.

The proportion of properties in central and inner London that are within the LHA rate are set out below:

BRMA

Room

1 Bed

2 Bed

3 Bed

4 Bed

Central London

30%

less than 5%

less than 5%

less than 5%

less than 5%

Inner East London

30%

15%-20%

25%-30%

15%-20%

30%

Inner North London

30%

15%-20%

20%-25%

15%-20%

20%-25%

Inner South East London

30%

30%

30%

30%

30%

Inner South West London

30%

25%-30%

30%

25%-30%

20%-25%

Inner West London

30%

30%

30%

25%-30%

30%

Will Quince
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when Afghan refugees in the UK and housed in bridging hotels will be offered the covid-19 vaccine; and what proportion of Afghan refugees have received (a) a single dose and (b) two doses of the vaccine.

We have provided £3 million to the National Health Service to support an enhanced healthcare offer for people and their families arriving through Afghan resettlement schemes. The NHS was asked to ensure individuals were offered COVID-19 vaccination in line with national guidelines. Vaccinations are being offered to individuals in all 72 bridging hotel sites.

Information on the proportion of refugees who have received a single and two doses of the vaccine is not available, as general practice data does not record whether individuals have been resettled through the Afghan resettlement scheme.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will issue clear guidance to care providers on the use of the Infection Control Fund to pay care home workers their normal wage in the event that they need to stay at home and self-isolate.

Since May 2020 the Government has made an Infection Control Fund available to support adult social care providers take measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission. One of the purposes of this fund is to enable care providers to pay care home workers their full wage in the event they need to self-isolate.

The Department has provided guidance to providers which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-social-care-infection-control-and-testing-fund

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of care providers using funding from the Infection Control Fund to pay care home workers their normal wage in the event that they need to stay at home and self-isolate.

Since May 2020 the Government has made an Infection Control Fund available to support adult social care providers take measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission. One of the purposes of this fund is to enable care providers to pay care home workers their full wage in the event they need to self-isolate.

The Department has provided guidance to providers which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-social-care-infection-control-and-testing-fund

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of care home workers receiving their normal wage in the event that they need to stay at home and self-isolate.

Since May 2020 the Government has made an Infection Control Fund available to support adult social care providers take measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission. One of the purposes of this fund is to enable care providers to pay care home workers their full wage in the event they need to self-isolate.

The Department has provided guidance to providers which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-social-care-infection-control-and-testing-fund

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
17th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of using the Infection Control Fund to support care home workers who need to stay at home and self-isolate.

Since May 2020 the Government has made an Infection Control Fund available to support adult social care providers take measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission. One of the purposes of this fund is to enable care providers to pay care home workers their full wage in the event they need to self-isolate.

The Department has provided guidance to providers which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-social-care-infection-control-and-testing-fund

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she plans to lay the security and defence agreements signed between the UK, Sweden and Finland before Parliament under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010; and if she will make a statement.

The Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 makes provision for treaties subject to ratification first to be laid before Parliament. The Act's definition of a treaty does not capture arrangements which are not legally binding under international law.

The joint statements made between the UK and Finland and the UK and Sweden on 11 May both note that they are political declarations and are not legally binding obligations under international law. The statements in their entirety were published on gov.uk immediately after their signature. These are available at: https://www.gov.uk/international/foreign-affairs#policy_and_engagement

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK personnel have worked at the National Cyber Security Centre in each year since 2015.

We do not provide exact figures on the number of personnel working at NCSC for reasons of national security.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect on the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine of the OSCE’s special monitoring mission's budget not being renewed beyond March 2022.

The UK is resolute in our support to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM). With partners, we will call on all OSCE participating States to ensure a timely adoption of the budget for 2022/23 and continue to support efforts to ensure the SMM is able to fully implement its mandate.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many British employees are funded by the UK’s funding to the OSCE’s special monitoring mission in Ukraine.

The UK provides the third largest number of secondees to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. The specific figure, which currently stands at around 50, changes regularly subject to Mission needs and the availability of UK candidates.

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much annual funding does the Government provide to the OSCE’s special monitoring mission in Ukraine.

Information on the UK's financial contribution to OSCE Field Missions can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/conflict-stability-and-security-fund-annual-report-2020-to-2021/conflict-stability-and-security-fund-annual-report-2020-to-2021#annex-b-cssf-non-discretionary-spend-breakdown

Information on the budget of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission can be found here: https://www.osce.org/files/f/documents/0/0/484139.pdf

Chris Heaton-Harris
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many UK officials will be attending the 2022 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

The UK's delegation at the 2022 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons will be led by the UK's Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament. Delegations this year will be limited in number because of restrictions related to the Covid pandemic.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
17th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that Afghans who are (a) not eligible under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy and (b) at risk of harm from the Taliban in Afghanistan are given assistance before the Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme opens.

We have committed to provide £286 million in humanitarian and development support and continue to explore the best ways to provide support to the Afghan people. The Prime Minister's Special Representative for the Afghan Transition, Sir Simon Gass, and Chargé d'Affaires of the UK Mission to Afghanistan in Doha, Dr Martin Longden, travelled to Afghanistan on 5 October to hold talks with the Taliban. Sir Simon and Dr Longden stressed the need to ensure continued safe passage for those who wish to leave the country and respect human rights, including the rights of minorities and women and girls.

During Op PITTING we were able to get approval for evacuation of a number of Afghan nationals, to whom the Home Secretary agreed to grant Leave Outside the Rules to enter the UK, in addition to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy contingent and British nationals. These people were identified as being particularly at risk and not all were able to leave before the end of the Operation. Providing assistance to those individuals eligible for HMG support remains our priority.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications of the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban for the security of the UK and its allies.

One of our key objectives is to stop Afghanistan from again becoming a base for terrorist attacks around the world, to reduce the threat to the UK and the international community. We will work with our allies and use all the levers at our disposal to achieve this.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
20th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps he has taken to further the development of international (a) norms, (b) rules and (c) principles on responsible behaviours in space in each of the last six months.

In December 2020, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a UK-led resolution on "Reducing Space Threat through norms, rules and principles of responsible behaviour". The resolution called for States to study space threats and contribute their ideas to the United Nations Secretary-General by 3 May 2021. The United Kingdom submitted its views which can be found on the website of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, https://www.un.org/disarmament/topics/outerspace-sg-report-outer-space-2021/.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total estimated cost is of the reduction to day-to-day spending at his Department between 1 April 2022 and 2025 based on the predicted levels of inflation for that period.

As part of SR21, departments were asked to meet strict planning assumptions which were based on the expectation that departments would deliver savings over the Spending Review period. At SR21 the government also committed to reducing non-frontline civil service headcount to 2019-20 levels by 2024-25, bar justifiable exemptions.

As a result of this HMT’s day-to-day nominal spending is planned to reduce by £25m between April 2022 and April 2025.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of (a) 10 November 2021 to Question 68120 on Ministry of Defence: Fines and (b) 19 November 2021 to Question 75808 on Government Departments: Fines, what information his Department holds on remedial actions imposed by his Department on (i) the Ministry of Defence and (ii) other Government Departments, in the latest period for which data is available.

The Treasury answered UIN 68120 on 10 November 2021 confirming that the department does not hold a central record of the remedial actions that have historically been taken, and such actions can take many forms.

The Minister for Defense Procurement’s answers of 9th and 10th November (to questions UIN 68119 and 68120) explained the actions taken in respect of the cases reported in the department’s annual reports and accounts, and explained the reasons why these were reportable. Other Government departments will report fines in their annual reports and accounts in a similar manner.

Fines imposed by the Treasury on other government departments are considered fruitless payment, a form of loss. Managing Public Money directs departments to report fruitless payments in the Loss Statement of the Parliamentary Accountability section of their annual report and accounts.

Departments are in the process of laying and publishing annual reports and accounts for the 2020-21 period. Annual reports and accounts for central government departments for 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 are linked in the Central Government Department’s annual reports and accounts central landing page.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
16th Nov 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many fines have been issued by his Department to other Government departments in each year since 2010 for accountancy misconduct; and what the value of each fine was.

Government entities are required to produce annual reports and accounts in accordance with the Financial Reporting Manual, which adapts and interprets UK adopted International Financial Reporting Standards for the UK public sector context and sets out how to account for the use of resources. The annual reports and accounts are independently audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG), supported by the National Audit Office (NAO), to offer assurance that the underlying transactions have appropriate parliamentary authority and that the accounts have been properly prepared and are free of material misstatements.

The C&AG may qualify his opinion should the findings of the audit suggest that there has not been appropriate parliamentary authority, that the accounts have not been properly prepared or that they are materially misstated. Such matters are drawn to the attention of the Public Accounts Committee which may call the Accounting Officer to account for the findings of the audit. HM Treasury does not issue fines or penalties over the quality of financial reporting as audited by the C&AG.

However, as set out in the Consolidated Budgeting Guidance, the budgeting framework allows for The Chief Secretary to consider further remedial action to incentivise good financial management and penalise actions that break certain rules or actions that fall below expectations. This may include asking the NAO to investigate the value for money that the department achieves, conducting a financial management review, reducing delegated authorities, removing access to Budget Exchange and/or making deductions to administration budgets. In all cases, the Treasury retains the right to apply whatever penalties are appropriate to incentivise good financial management and value for money. The Treasury does not hold a central record of the remedial actions that have historically been taken.

Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the financial impact on savers with a National Savings and Investments (NS&I) account after the reduction of the premium bond prize fund rate from 1.4 per cent to 1 per cent in December 2020.

In setting interest rates for its products, NS&I must balance the interests of savers, taxpayers and the broader financial services sector.

With unprecedented Government funding requirements in 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic measures and amid significant uncertainty and volatility in the retail savings market, NS&I experienced unprecedented upside pressures on its Net Financing. In the first six months of 2020-21, NS&I raised a total of £38.3 billion of Net Financing for the Government, so a decision was taken to reduce the Premium Bond rates to mitigate the risk of NS&I exceeding its £35 billion (+/- £5 billion) Net Financing target.

More broadly, it is important that Government takes into account taxpayer value considerations when making financing decisions. With gilt yields at low levels for the majority of the past year, the Government financing raised through NS&I has been more expensive than that raised through gilt issuance.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
29th Jan 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to provide self-employed workers with 80 per cent of their profits prior to the start of the covid-19 outbreak in the fourth Self-Employed Income Support Scheme grant.

The Government recognises the importance of supporting the self-employed during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) provides generous support to self-employed people who meet the eligibility criteria.

There will be a fourth SEISS grant covering February to April 2021. Further details on the SEISS, including the fourth grant, will be announced on 3 March.

8th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many breweries produce less than (a) 2,100 hectolitres and (b) 5,000 hectolitres of beer in each local authority area each year.

HMRC publishes annual statistics on Small Brewers Relief, this includes the total number of people claiming the relief and the cost of the relief. Information on the location of Brewers receiving the relief is not readily available. The latest publication of annual tax relief data for Small Brewers Relief can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/main-tax-expenditures-and-structural-reliefs.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
8th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value is of the small breweries relief to breweries producing (a) 3,000 hectolitres, (b) 4,000 hectolitres and (c) 5,000 hectolitres of beer each year.

Small Brewers producing less than 5,000 hectolitres per year are currently entitled to a 50% reduction in the rate of duty charged on their beer. The value of the relief to an individual Brewer will depend on the strength of the beer produced. At an average strength of 4% this would reduce a Brewer’s beer duty bill by £114,480 on 3,000 hectolitres, £152,640 on 4,000 hectolitres, and £190.800 on 5,000 hectolitres per annum.

HMRC publishes annual statistics on Small Brewers Relief, this includes the number of people claiming the relief and the total cost of the relief. Information on the total cost of the relief by production volume is not readily available. The latest publication of annual tax relief data for Small Brewers Relief can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/main-tax-expenditures-and-structural-reliefs.

Kemi Badenoch
Minister for Equalities
10th Feb 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the economic effect of small breweries relief on small brewers.

We are conducting a review of Small Brewers Relief, and further announcements about this will be made in due course.

John Glen
Economic Secretary (HM Treasury)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2022 to Question 107455 on Undocumented Migrants: English Channel, what the maximum capacity is for housing migrants at the barracks at (a) Napier, (b) Penally and (c) Manston.

Napier capacity is kept under review; currently the capacity is set at 308.

Penally is closed but could accommodate a Covid safe capacity of 234 when operational.

Manston consists of a variety of different accommodation facilities. These will be managed dynamically depending on numbers of arrivals, the makeup of those arrivals and the availability of onward accommodation.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date her Department submitted a military aid to civilian authorities request to the Ministry of Defence to request military assistance to tackle Channel crossings.

The Government is determined to prevent further loss of life in the Channel and break the business model of dangerous criminal people smugglers.

The UK armed forces already work closely with Border Force in these operations, given their expertise and experience in maritime operations.

This is a complex global issue requiring a response across the whole of government, and it is right that we pursue all options to prevent illegal crossings and protect life at sea.

The Government’s New Plan for Immigration will help deter illegal migration and break the business model of the criminal gangs.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
25th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2022 to Question 107452 on Undocumented Migrants: English Channel, what type of request her Department submitted to the Ministry of Defence to request the military's help to assist with Channel crossings.

The Government is determined to prevent further loss of life in the Channel and break the business model of dangerous criminal people smugglers.

The UK armed forces already work closely with Border Force in these operations, given their expertise and experience in maritime operations.

This is a complex global issue requiring a response across the whole of government, and it is right that we pursue all options to prevent illegal crossings and protect life at sea.

The Government’s New Plan for Immigration will help deter illegal migration and break the business model of the criminal gangs.

Tom Pursglove
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the letter from the Minister for Resettlement of 29 October 2021, how many Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy eligible Afghans are being housed temporarily at each bridging hotel.

There are currently over 12,000 Afghan evacuees in bridging hotel accommodation at the present time.

Our current estate includes approximately 84 hotels and over 12,000 individuals – some of whom are British Nationals and some of whom are Afghans who may be eligible for ARAP or the ACRS.

The numbers in hotels is contingent on offers of support from local authorities, so we urge all Honourable members to speak to their local authorities about what more they can offer.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghans who (a) are and (b) are not eligible for the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy are being housed in bridging hotels as of 4 January 2022, by local authority.

There are currently over 12,000 Afghan evacuees in bridging hotel accommodation at the present time.

Our current estate includes approximately 84 hotels and over 12,000 individuals – some of whom are British Nationals and some of whom are Afghans who may be eligible for ARAP or the ACRS.

The numbers in hotels is contingent on offers of support from local authorities, so we urge all Honourable members to speak to their local authorities about what more they can offer.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Afghan Citizen Resettlement Scheme will open.

We are working across Government and with partners such as UNHCR to design the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS), amidst a complex and changing picture. We are committed to working in step with the international community to get this right, and we will set out more details soon.

Eligible people will be prioritised and referred for resettlement to the UK as set out in the policy statement published on gov.uk on 13 September, available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghanistan-resettlement-and-immigration-policy-statement as explained in my letter to colleagues on 23rd December 2021.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
3rd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date her Department received the request from the Kenyan Government for mutual legal assistance in relation to the killing of Agnes Wanjiru; and when she plans to respond to that request.

As a matter of longstanding policy, the Home Office neither confirms nor denies the existence of mutual legal assistance requests.

Damian Hinds
Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applicants have indefinite leave to remain.

As part of Operation Warm Welcome, ARAP applicants in the UK are entitled to Indefinite Leave to Remain.

The Home Office is contacting those here in the UK in order to assist them to register their Indefinite Leave to Remain status.

No one will be required to leave the United Kingdom, or be disadvantaged in any way, while we work through their cases.

More information can be found in the Afghanistan Resettlement and Immigration Policy Statement

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghanistan-resettlement-and-immigration-policy-statement/afghanistan-resettlement-and-immigration-policy-statement-accessible-version#afghan-relocations-and-assistance-policy

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding per Afghan resettled in the UK will be provided to local authorities for resettlement under the (a) Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy and (b) Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme.

Councils who support people through the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) or Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme will receive £20,520 per person, over 3 years, for resettlement and integration costs. Local councils and health partners who resettle families will also receive up to £4,500 per child for education, £850 to cover English language provision for adults requiring this support and £2,600 to cover healthcare.

A further £20 million of flexible funding will be made available to support local authorities with higher cost bases with any additional costs in the provision of services. In addition, the previously announced Afghan Housing Costs Fund will increase from £5 million to £17 million and run for 2 extra years to help local authorities provide housing and give certainty that funding will be available in the future.

The ACRS scheme is not currently open.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish the policy guidance on covid-19 vaccination and isolation in relation to the housing of Afghan refugees in bridging hotels.

Covid-19 vaccination and isolation policy guidance is the responsibility of the Department for Health and Social Care.

The Home Office ensures that the accommodation of those evacuated from Afghanistan in bridging hotels is compliant with these policies.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
5th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghans her Department estimates to process through the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme before March 2022.

Through the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS), the UK will relocate up to 20,000 people at risk, including women and girls and minority groups, so they can rebuild their lives in safety.

The scheme is not yet open and remains under development. However, the first to be resettled through this scheme will be some of those who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme, which included individuals who were considered to be at particular risk – including women’s rights activists, prosecutors and journalists.

Further information on the eligibility, prioritisation and referral of people for the ACRS is set out in the policy statement published on gov.uk on 13 September, available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghanistan-resettlement-and-immigration-policy-statement.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Wentworth and Dearne of 15 September 2021 and 18 October 2021 on support for Afghan personnel in the UK as part of Operation War Welcome.

The Minister of State for Justice and Minister for Afghan Resettlement will respond shortly.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of people resettled under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy have been provided with permanent housing.

We are working at pace with local authorities to source appropriate accommodation for Afghan families who were evacuated to the UK.

Over 300 local authorities have made offers of accommodation. The process of matching homes to families requires careful attention to detail but we are working to move people as quickly as possible when properties become available.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 13 September 2021 to Question 44194, on Afghanistan: Refugees, whether applicants to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme that are already in the UK will be settled before the Afghan citizens' resettlement scheme opens.

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) is separate from, and in addition to, the Afghanistan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP). Whilst the ACRS is not yet open, some of those who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme, which prioritised individuals who were considered to be at particular risk will be the first to be resettled under the ACRS. Officials are working urgently to stand up the remaining elements of the scheme, amid the complex and changing picture.

Further information on both the ARAP and the ACRS is set out in the policy statement published on gov.uk on 13 September, available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghanistan-resettlement-and-immigration-policy-statement/afghanistan-resettlement-and-immigration-policy-statement-accessible-version#afghan-relocations-and-assistance-policy

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department plans to (a) open the Afghan Citizen Resettlement Scheme and (b) publish the eligibility criteria for that scheme.

Through the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) the UK will relocate up to 20,000 people at risk, including women and girls and minority groups, so they can rebuild their lives in safety.

The first to be resettled through this scheme will be those who arrived in the UK under the evacuation programme, which included individuals who were considered to be at particular risk – including women’s rights activists, prosecutors and journalists.

We are working urgently to stand up the remaining elements of the scheme, amid the complex and changing picture. We are working closely across government and with NGOs, charities, local authorities and civil society groups to ensure support is provided to people who are resettled through this route.

Further information on the eligibility, prioritisation and referral of people for the ACRS is set out in the policy statement published on gov.uk on 13 September, available at www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghanistan-resettlement-and-immigration-policy-statement.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Home Department, how many successful Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applicants and their families that are in the UK have (a) been allocated housing and (b) are still waiting to be allocated housing.

The Afghan citizens’ resettlement scheme (ACRS) will provide protection for people at risk identified as in need.

The government has committed to welcome around 5,000 people in the first year and up to 20,000 over the coming years. We will work with the United Nations and aid agencies to identify those we should help.

The scheme is not yet open yet, further details will be announced in due course.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what support for housing the Government is providing to those relocated to the UK under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy.

The Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) launched on 1 April 2021. Under the policy, any current or former locally employed staff who are assessed to be under serious threat to life are offered priority relocation to the UK regardless of their employment status, rank or role, or length of time served. Since 1 April, the Home Office has relocated former Afghan staff and their families in the UK, including those relocated as part of HMG’s evacuation from Afghanistan. The overwhelming majority of those approved by the ARAP scheme have now been evacuated and the scheme remains open for anyone who is eligible.

We are working closely with local authorities to ensure that those relocated to the UK under ARAP are fully supported.

The ARAP programme provides a funding package to resource local authorities who come forward with offers of housing to resettle Afghan staff and their families, enabling delivery of integration support for families and further support on employment, welfare benefits, and access to health, education, and other local services. This is to the value of £10,500 for every Afghan welcomed for up to a year, and also includes their family members who make the journey with them.    MHCLG have recently announced a new Afghan LES Housing Costs Fund of £5 million, to support.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what financial support is available to people relocated to the UK under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy.

The Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) launched on 1 April 2021. Under the policy, any current or former locally employed staff who are assessed to be under serious threat to life are offered priority relocation to the UK regardless of their employment status, rank or role, or length of time served. Since 1 April, the Home Office has relocated former Afghan staff and their families in the UK, including those relocated as part of HMG’s evacuation from Afghanistan. The overwhelming majority of those approved by the ARAP scheme have now been evacuated and the scheme remains open for anyone who is eligible.

We are working closely with local authorities to ensure that those relocated to the UK under ARAP are fully supported.

The ARAP programme provides a funding package to resource local authorities who come forward with offers of housing to resettle Afghan staff and their families, enabling delivery of integration support for families and further support on employment, welfare benefits, and access to health, education, and other local services. This is to the value of £10,500 for every Afghan welcomed for up to a year, and also includes their family members who make the journey with them.    MHCLG have recently announced a new Afghan LES Housing Costs Fund of £5 million, to support.

Victoria Atkins
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of the Home Department of 25 May 2021, column 82WH, how many provider properties under the Asylum Dispersal Scheme her Department has inspected by region in each year since 2010.

As well as the many tens of thousands of property inspections carried out by our providers, 2,525 property inspections were carried out by Home Office staff in 2019/20. Routine Home Office inspections were paused towards the end of the year due to the emerging Covid-19 crisis but have now recommenced in line with coronavirus guidelines.

Data on the number of properties the Home Office has inspected since 2010 by area is not held in a reportable format and can only be provided at disproportionate cost by examination of individual inspection records.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of the Home Department of 25 May 2021, column 81WH on the Asylum Dispersal System, how many inspections her Department conducted of provider properties for the Asylum Dispersal Scheme in 2019-20.

As well as the many tens of thousands of property inspections carried out by our providers, 2,525 property inspections were carried out by Home Office staff in 2019/20. Routine Home Office inspections were paused towards the end of the year due to the emerging Covid-19 crisis but have now recommenced in line with coronavirus guidelines.

Data on the number of properties the Home Office has inspected since 2010 by area is not held in a reportable format and can only be provided at disproportionate cost by examination of individual inspection records.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of the Home Department of 25 May 2021, column 81WH on the Asylum Dispersal Scheme, if she will publish the 40 local authorities which have adopted the voluntary dispersal agreements but have providers unable to find suitable properties for the Asylum Dispersal System.

The latest published Immigration Statistics detail the number of asylum seekers accommodated in each local authority area. These statistics can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets#asylum-support (opens in a new tab) Data is published on a quarterly basis, with the latest information published 27 May 2021.

The Home Office does not publish a breakdown of these statistics which disaggregates the number of asylum seekers accommodated in dispersal accommodation for the first time in each quarter in each of the last two years, by local authority. These figures are not available in a reportable format and to provide the information could only be done at disproportionate cost.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of the Home Department of 25 May 2021, column 81WH on the Asylum Dispersal System, if she will publish a list of the local authorities which have adopted voluntary dispersal agreements.

The latest published Immigration Statistics detail the number of asylum seekers accommodated in each local authority area. These statistics can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/asylum-and-resettlement-datasets#asylum-support (opens in a new tab) Data is published on a quarterly basis, with the latest information published 27 May 2021.

The Home Office does not publish a breakdown of these statistics which disaggregates the number of asylum seekers accommodated in dispersal accommodation for the first time in each quarter in each of the last two years, by local authority. These figures are not available in a reportable format and to provide the information could only be done at disproportionate cost.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
5th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry phase 1 report, which Department is responsible for implementing the recommendations in that report; what the implementation status is of each such recommendation; and what the planned timescale is for implementing each of those recommendations.

The Home Office is working collaboratively with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Fire and Rescue Sector and all relevant stakeholders to deliver Grenfell Tower Inquiry phase 1 recommendations with quality, pace and ambition.

The Government published an update on delivery on 21 January and continues to make progress. As announced in the Queen’s Speech, we will shortly introduce a Fire Safety Bill, a necessary first step towards implementation of the Inquiry’s recommendations

16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 11 November 2022 to Question 65371 on Ministry of Defence: Buildings, whether the work to remove the flammable cladding from a building at HMS Nelson has been completed.

Construction work to the replace the external wall system of Vanguard building, HMS Nelson, has been completed.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates work will begin to remove flammable cladding from each building on the defence estate housing armed forces personnel and their families.

One fully clad high-rise accommodation block, Vanguard Building at HMS Nelson, Portsmouth, has been fully remediated this year.

The remaining 25 high-rise buildings which are partially clad have been surveyed. The results are being used to determine required remedial work, after which, completion dates will be set.

A similar programme to assess low-rise accommodation buildings for external wall systems containing combustible components is underway.

All buildings have a current Fire Risk Assessment in place and remain legally complaint for continued occupation.

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 1 November 2021 to Question 64544 on Armed Forces: Housing, how many buildings on the defence estate have flammable cladding fixed to them; and how many of those buildings are (a) service living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation.

There are a total of 779 accommodation buildings on the Defence Estate which have been identified as potentially having combustible components in their external wall system. 591 are Single Living Accommodation and 188 are multi-occupied Service Family Accommodation.

25 of these buildings are categorised as high rise (six storeys and over). This figure has reduced from 27 as the remediation of Vanguard Building at HMS Nelson is complete and Peninsula Tower is no longer under investigation following finding of a site inspection.

754 of these buildings are categorised as low rise (five storeys and under). This figure is an increase from 728 given in my answer in November, as it now includes data from United States Visiting Forces sites.

All buildings have a current Fire Risk Assessment and remain legally compliant for continued occupation.

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 28 April 2022 to Question 158858 on Ukraine: Military Aid, how many Stormer armoured vehicles have been sent to Ukraine.

The UK is sending a small number of Stormer vehicles to Ukraine. The Secretary of State for Defence will update the House on the number provided in due course.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), (b) items of communications equipment, (c) items of ear defence equipment and (d) night vision devices the UK has sent to Ukraine.

At this time, we are not releasing detail about the UAVs or communications equipment we are providing as this information could potentially assist the Russians. As I have previously informed the House, we have sent more than 4,000 night vision devices, as well as 75,000 Ear Defence items.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many supply chain cyber attacks have been successfully carried out against internal (a) Ministry of Defence systems and (b) systems outsourced by his Department since January 2021.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) takes the cyber security of its supply chains very seriously. However, for security reasons we do not comment on specific details of cyber attacks, as to do so could provide useful information for our adversaries.

The Defence Cyber Protection Partnership is a joint MOD and industry initiative put in place to improve the protection of Defence’s supply chain against cyber threats. Defence contracts undergo a risk assessment to determine a cyber risk profile and what the supplier must do to demonstrate compliance with these requirements. This risk assessment and requirement to comply flows down the supplier’s supply chain until the point where no MOD information is affected.

There are also contractual requirements put on suppliers to maintain cyber security controls and to report all security incidents involving MOD assets or information to the Defence Industry Warning and Reporting Point, which then coordinates investigations as appropriate.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Starstreak missiles and (b) Brimstone anti-ship missiles the UK has sent to Ukraine since 24 February 2022.

For operational security reasons we are not yet releasing information on quantities of each missile type delivered.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the value for money of the £113m Capita-run recruitment website.

£113 million reflects the cost of establishing the Defence Recruiting System, the candidate management system which sits behind the Capita-run recruitment website (Army Jobs). For the last Recruiting Year (April 2021 - March 2022), the Army Jobs website generated over eight million visits, with over 180,000 potential candidates registering an interest to join the Army. Without the website, registrations could not be made, nor applications submitted.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
13th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints (a) his Department and (b) relevant contractors have received about the armed forces recruitment website in each of the last five years.

Following the Defence Recruiting System being temporarily taken offline on 16 March 2022, two formal complaints have been received. No other formal complaints about the Army's recruitment website were received in the remainder of the most recent recruiting year (April 2021 to end March 2022).

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
13th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications to join the armed forces have been (a) received and (b) processed by Capita in each month since January 2021.

The British Army conducts recruiting activities in partnership with Capita under the Recruiting Partnering Project (RPP), whereas the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force deliver recruitment in-house. The below tables therefore represent applications to the Regular Army only.

Table 1 - Army Regular Applications broken down by Officers and Other Ranks by month from 1 January to 30 September 2021

Month (during)

Total Regular Applications

Regular Officer

Regular Other Ranks

Total - 1 Jan to 30 Sept 2021

61,918

7,180

54,738

January 2021

10,624

1,258

9,366

February 2021

8,437

1,022

7,415

March 2021

7,517

873

6,644

April 2021

5,420

618

4,802

May 2021

6,007

597

5,410

June 2021

5,620

589

5,031

July 2021

5,407

636

4,771

August 2021

6,789

808

5,981

September 2021

6,097

779

5,318

Table 2 - Army Regular Basic Training Entrants broken down by Officers and Other Ranks by month from 1 January to 31 December 2021

Month (during)

Total Regular Basic Training Entrants

Regular Officer

Regular Other Ranks

Total - 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2021

8,560

670

7,890

January 2021

1,455

220

1,235

February 2021

610

-

610

March 2021

1,370

~

1,365

April 2021

325

15

310

May 2021

720

140

575

June 2021

440

~

440

July 2021

455

25

425

August 2021

460

~

460

September 2021

1,515

250

1,260

October 2021

695

5

690

November 2021

520

~

515

December 2021

~

-

~

Notes/Caveats:

Tables are independent of each other and not a Cohort Analysis.

Table 1

1. Figures define an application as an online application submitted by an individual and accepted by the Defence Recruitment System (DRS).

2. Figures reflect the number of applications. Applicants may apply more than once in the same period.

3. The volumetric count of applications as collated here, must not be used as a performance indicator, and should not be compared year on year. A change in volume does not equate to a change in popularity of the Army or performance of the Recruiting Partnering Project. Marketing campaigns and recruiting activity are designed to match the number of applications with the required size and shape of the Army as set by the MoD over a several year period.

4. From 1st January to 30th September 2021 - 8,460 Officers and 54,827 Other Ranks have either been rejected or withdrawn from the Application process. This is not a cohort analysis of Table 1 and a large number of these personnel had applied prior to 1 January 2021.

5. Application data runs on a three-month lag; therefore, figures are only available up to 30th September 2021 as at the date of the latest Service Personnel Statistics publication.

Table 2

1. Applications processed by Capita has been interpreted as applicants who entered Basic Training.

2. The figures are for the 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.

3. Figures exclude personnel transferring from the Navy or RAF.

4. Some personnel may have left Basic Training and subsequently re-joined. If any personnel have joined, left and re-joined during this time period then they will be counted more than once in these figures.

5. Basic Training Entrant Inflow is seasonal. Royal Military Academy Sandhurst has three main commissioning courses starting in January, May and September each year for Officers entering the Regular Army. Other Ranks entrants are seasonal due to events such as the start of the Junior Entrant course in Army Foundation College Harrogate in September and March each year and low numbers of entrants during December.

6. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5 to limit disclosure and ensure confidentiality.

7. Totals and sub-totals have been rounded separately and so may not appear to be the sum of their parts.

8. “~” fewer than 5. “-” denotes zero.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
13th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average length of time is for an application to join the armed forces to be processed by Capita.

I refer the Rt hon. Member to the answer I gave on 26 April 2022 to Question 153783 to the hon. Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mark Francois).

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with officials in his Department on the latest timetable for delivery of the Morpheus programme.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is considering the optimum route to achieve delivery of the full MORPHEUS capability. The delivery of Morpheus is not a requirement for Ajax to achieve Full Operating Capability

The Department retains the ambition to deliver a fully digitised warfighting division by 2030, as set out in Future Soldier.

MOD officials are in regular discussions with General Dynamics Mission Systems UK to establish a way forward.

Both the Secretary of State for Defence and the Minister for Defence Procurement are regularly updated by the Senior Responsible Owner of the Morpheus programme.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency plans his Department has put in place in the event that Morpheus does not reach initial operating capability before Ajax enters service.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is considering the optimum route to achieve delivery of the full MORPHEUS capability. The delivery of Morpheus is not a requirement for Ajax to achieve Full Operating Capability

The Department retains the ambition to deliver a fully digitised warfighting division by 2030, as set out in Future Soldier.

MOD officials are in regular discussions with General Dynamics Mission Systems UK to establish a way forward.

Both the Secretary of State for Defence and the Minister for Defence Procurement are regularly updated by the Senior Responsible Owner of the Morpheus programme.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the potential impact of the latest timetable for delivery of the Morpheus programme on his Department's ability to deliver a fully digitised warfighting division by 2030, as set out in Future Soldier, published on 25 November 2021.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is considering the optimum route to achieve delivery of the full MORPHEUS capability. The delivery of Morpheus is not a requirement for Ajax to achieve Full Operating Capability

The Department retains the ambition to deliver a fully digitised warfighting division by 2030, as set out in Future Soldier.

MOD officials are in regular discussions with General Dynamics Mission Systems UK to establish a way forward.

Both the Secretary of State for Defence and the Minister for Defence Procurement are regularly updated by the Senior Responsible Owner of the Morpheus programme.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with General Dynamics Mission Systems UK on the latest timetable for delivery of the Morpheus programme.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is considering the optimum route to achieve delivery of the full MORPHEUS capability. The delivery of Morpheus is not a requirement for Ajax to achieve Full Operating Capability

The Department retains the ambition to deliver a fully digitised warfighting division by 2030, as set out in Future Soldier.

MOD officials are in regular discussions with General Dynamics Mission Systems UK to establish a way forward.

Both the Secretary of State for Defence and the Minister for Defence Procurement are regularly updated by the Senior Responsible Owner of the Morpheus programme.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many F-35 fighter jets his Department plans to (a) buy and (b) have delivered to the UK in each year until 2040.

Deliveries of the remainder of the first tranche of 48 Lightning aircraft between 2023 and 2025 are shown in the following table:

2023 (LOT 15) - two airframes

2024 (LOT 16) - four airframes

2025 (LOT 17) - seven airframes

For the second tranche of Lightning aircraft, I refer the Rt. Hon Member to the Answer I gave to the Member for Islwyn on 9 December 2021 to Question 86564.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost will be for the UK’s order of F-35 jets as of 12 May 2022.

The estimated price for the procurement of the 48 aircraft ordered is circa £4.2 billion.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department received a request from the Ukrainian Government for Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

We are examining all options to assist Ukraine, including anti-ship missiles. We are currently not providing Harpoon launchers or missiles to Ukraine.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had direct discussions with Capita on technical issues relating to the armed forces recruitment website.

The Army, in collaboration with Defence Digital, have worked closely in conjunction with Capita, throughout the investigation into the Defence Recruitment System issue.

I receive regular updates from the Army and I continue to monitor the situation.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects technical issues with the armed forces recruitment website to be resolved.

The intent is for the Internet Candidate Portal (ICP) to be operational by the end of May 2022. This has ensured that sufficient time has been allowed for appropriate hardening and testing of the Defence Recruitment System, prior to reconnection of the ICP.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is incurring costs to address technical issues with the Capita-run armed forces website.

At this moment in time, as the joint investigation is still ongoing, the breakdown of the costs incurred is yet to be fully determined.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he learned of issues relating to the Capita-run recruitment website for the armed forces.

The Department first informed the Secretary of State for Defence, via a Ministerial Submission, on the morning of 16 March 2022.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the UK armed forces are taking to assist with humanitarian supplies in countries bordering Ukraine.

The UK was swift to provide immediate and practical humanitarian support to our allies and partners following Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, with 1,000 military personnel both deployed and on standby as the Humanitarian Assistance Task Force (HATF). These troops have provided advice and support to the Polish Government’s humanitarian relief activities.

Whilst no formal requests for support have been received approximately 100 troops of the HATF are currently deployed in Poland and could rapidly be re-tasked to support any emerging requirements. In addition, 900 personnel are being held at progressive levels of readiness in the UK, with 40 vehicles forward based in Germany to provide a response to any emergent humanitarian tasking.

Humanitarian assistance is led by the FCDO. Neither the MOD nor the FCDO have reviewed any request for support from countries bordering Ukraine.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department's officials first learned of issues relating to the Capita run recruitment website for the armed forces.

The Department first learned of potential issues, relating to the unauthorised disclosure of Army candidates' personal data, on the afternoon of 14 March 2022.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the whole life cost of the UK’s F-35 fleet.

Based on 48 aircraft the March 2022 Government Major Projects Portfolio factsheet estimates the Whole Life Cost at £18,762.542 million

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with NATO officials on the timetable for delivery of the Land Environment Tactical Communication and Information System.

The UK works closely and engages regularly with NATO on our Capability Targets. The Ministry of Defence remains able to meet its obligations to NATO.

While delivery of the first element of the MORPHEUS is running behind schedule, delivery of the other projects within the Land Environment Tactical Communication and Information System programme is progressing satisfactorily against cost and time forecasts. Any changes to costs as a result of MORPHEUS delay will be determined as part of ongoing discussions.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is contractually obliged to incur extra costs resulting from delays to the Land Environment Tactical Communication and Information System.

The UK works closely and engages regularly with NATO on our Capability Targets. The Ministry of Defence remains able to meet its obligations to NATO.

While delivery of the first element of the MORPHEUS is running behind schedule, delivery of the other projects within the Land Environment Tactical Communication and Information System programme is progressing satisfactorily against cost and time forecasts. Any changes to costs as a result of MORPHEUS delay will be determined as part of ongoing discussions.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he made the final decision on the selection of Samlesbury as the location for the headquarters of the National Cyber Force.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 18 May 2022 to Question 46.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many F-35 jets his Department has ordered as of 12 May 2022.

48 Lightning aircraft are on contract. We have made provision to buy additional aircraft, and our planning assumption is that we will purchase additional Lightning aircraft, but this remains subject to negotiation.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 27 April 2022 to Question 156379 on Russia: Defence Equipment, what assessment his Department has made of which UK-manufactured dual-use items may have been used by the Russian military during its invasion of Ukraine.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the response provided by my hon. Friend the Minister for the Armed Forces (James Heappey) on 27 April 2022 to Question 156379 to which I have nothing further to add.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 27 April 2022 to Question 156379 on Russia: Defence Equipment, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that UK-manufactured dual-use equipment is not used by the Russian military.

The Government reviews all licence applications for the export of UK-manufactured military and dual-use equipment against the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria, including an assessment of risk that the items will be diverted to an undesirable end-user or for an undesirable end-use. In addition, the UK ensures its arms exports are compliant with the Arms Trade Treaty, and international trade sanctions. Additional sanctions on the export of dual-use goods to Russia came into force on 1 March 2022.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether plans to send Challenger II tanks to Poland will affect plans to retire one third of the Challenger II tank fleet.

Deployment of Challenger 2 tanks to Poland will not affect the decision to retire elements of the CR2 fleet.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date he was informed of the delays to the Morpheus programme.

The Secretary of State for Defence received an Information Note which stated that more time would be required to complete contracted deliverables in December 2020.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in NATO countries with Soviet-era capabilities about backfill arrangements in addition to those proposed with Poland in respect of Challenger II tanks.

The UK has been steadfast in its support for our Allies on the Eastern Flank who face threat from Russia most acutely.

British Challenger 2 tanks will deploy to Poland to bridge the gap between Poland donating tanks to Ukraine and replacements arriving from the United States.

Defence ministers have made clear to partners that we remain open to backfill arrangements for Soviet-era capabilities given to Ukraine.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what locations other than Samlesbury were considered as the location for the headquarters of the National Cyber Force; and for what reasons were they not chosen.

A number of factors were taken into account when considering the locations for the National Cyber Force. The process was fully in accordance with normal Government practice and in line with the Government’s stated policy of Levelling Up and investing in public bodies right across the UK. Further details to the right hon. Member’s questions will be provided in response to his letter dated 29 April to the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his planned timetable is for his Department to complete a review into the Morpheus programme.

Delivery of the first element of the MORPHEUS project is late and the MOD is considering the optimum route to achieve delivery of the full MORPHEUS capability. The MOD will continue to meet all our operational requirements. MOD are actively considering how best to deliver on the Morpheus project including working with General Dynamics Mission Systems UK on potential strategies to mitigate delays to delivery. This will determine the revised Initial Operating Capability date. This work is being led by a dedicated Director Level Senior Responsible Officer.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contingency plans his Department has put in place in the event that Morpheus cannot be delivered by its expected initial operational capability date in order to prevent delays to the Warfighting Division by 2030.

Delivery of the first element of the MORPHEUS project is late and the MOD is considering the optimum route to achieve delivery of the full MORPHEUS capability. The MOD will continue to meet all our operational requirements. MOD are actively considering how best to deliver on the Morpheus project including working with General Dynamics Mission Systems UK on potential strategies to mitigate delays to delivery. This will determine the revised Initial Operating Capability date. This work is being led by a dedicated Director Level Senior Responsible Officer.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the initial operational capability date is for the Morpheus program; and what level of confidence he has in that date being met.

Delivery of the first element of the MORPHEUS project is late and the MOD is considering the optimum route to achieve delivery of the full MORPHEUS capability. The MOD will continue to meet all our operational requirements. MOD are actively considering how best to deliver on the Morpheus project including working with General Dynamics Mission Systems UK on potential strategies to mitigate delays to delivery. This will determine the revised Initial Operating Capability date. This work is being led by a dedicated Director Level Senior Responsible Officer.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his latest estimate is of the initial operational capability (IOC) date for Morpheus; how that estimate compares to his Department's original IOC date; and what assessment he has made of the impact of any potential delay on the capability needed to deploy a fully digitised warfighting division by 2030.

Delivery of the first element of the MORPHEUS project is late and the MOD is considering the optimum route to achieve delivery of the full MORPHEUS capability. The MOD will continue to meet all our operational requirements. MOD are actively considering how best to deliver on the Morpheus project including working with General Dynamics Mission Systems UK on potential strategies to mitigate delays to delivery. This will determine the revised Initial Operating Capability date. This work is being led by a dedicated Director Level Senior Responsible Officer.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's position is on (a) Finland and (b) Sweden joining NATO; and what discussions he has had with the Governments of those countries on their potential membership of NATO.

The UK fully supports both Finland and Sweden and their decision to apply for membership. This is another welcome move by long-standing friends and follows extensive and democratic consultation within both countries. NATO is a defensive alliance and we believe both countries will fortify Northern Europe’s defences in the face of renewed threats. We look forward to integrating them into the Alliance as soon as possible.

The UK is clear that having Sweden and Finland in the alliance would be good for their own security, and good for the security of the entire Alliance. NATO, Finland and Sweden train and exercise together on a regular basis. They participate in NATO Missions and Operations. NATO has stepped up cooperation with both countries since the beginning of the crisis. They have much to contribute to our shared security.

The UK and all Allies are committed to NATO’s Open Door Policy. Enlargement is a decision for NATO itself, and NATO members are always able to discuss matters relating to the future of the Alliance. It is important that Allies, Finland and Sweden have sufficient opportunity for constructive discussions when discussing NATO accession. These discussions are an important step in the accession process.

We welcome the decision by Finland and Sweden. This is an historic moment, and the UK stands ready to offer them our every assistance during the accession process.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Battlefield Management Application to be completed.

The Battlefield Management Application is part of the MORPHEUS project. The Ministry of Defence is in discussion with various parties to identify the optimum route to full MORPHEUS capability.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department will be liable for potential cost increases resulting from delays to the Land Environment Tactical Communication and Information System.

Whilst the delivery of the first element of the MORPHEUS project is behind schedule The delivery of the other projects within the Land Environment Tactical Communication and Information System (LE TacCIS) programme are progressing well against cost and time forecasts. Any changes to costs as a result of delays to the MORPHEUS programme will be determined as part of ongoing discussions.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his (a) Department and (b) British Army representatives have had with their Australian counterparts on security concerns relating to the Elbit Systems Battlefield Management Application.

The Ministry of Defence makes frequent assessments of the security risks of all software products, either in use or in development. It will not share details of those assessments for operational security reasons.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his Australian counterpart on security concerns relating to the Elbit Systems Battlefield Management Application.

The Ministry of Defence makes frequent assessments of the security risks of all software products, either in use or in development. It will not share details of those assessments for operational security reasons.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with the Australian government on security concerns relating to the Elbit Systems Battlefield Management Application.

The Ministry of Defence makes frequent assessments of the security risks of all software products, either in use or in development. It will not share details of those assessments for operational security reasons.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential possibility that the Battlefield Management Application programme could pose a security risk.

The Ministry of Defence makes frequent assessments of the security risks of all software products, either in use or in development. It will not share details of those assessments for operational security reasons.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many requests his Department has received for support with the humanitarian situation in Ukraine from bordering countries; and how many of the 1000 UK troops who are on readiness to provide that support have been deployed.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) leads on a humanitarian response. To date no formal requests for humanitarian assistance have been received, however the situation remains fluid and could quickly change.

Defence has reduced the forward presence of the Humanitarian Task Force (HATF). However we have a prompt and scalable response to any emergent humanitarian need with approximately 100 personnel deployed in Poland on other operations. The remaining 900 personnel are held at graduated readiness in the UK, with 40 vehicles forward based in Germany.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department’s priorities are for the NATO Summit in June 2022 in respect of finalising the next Strategic Concept.

NATO leaders will adopt as planned a new Strategic Concept at the Madrid summit. We want the next Concept to reflect how NATO is accelerating its transformation for a more dangerous strategic reality, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and considering challenges posed by China.

It will reaffirm our commitment to freedom, openness and the rules-based order. It must also embed UK-led work to ensure the Alliance is fit for future challenges, in line with the NATO 2030 agenda. This includes modernising and adapting to advanced technologies; competing and integrating across domains using military and non-military tools; and improving national resilience.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Ranger regiment has been deployed to Ukraine since Russia's invasion of that country in February 2022.

As the Secretary of State for Defence said in his statement of 17 January 2022, we deployed UK personnel, including from the Ranger Regiment, to Ukraine to provide training on anti-tank weapons before the Russian invasion. They left Ukraine in early February after delivering this training.

For operational reasons, we will not comment on the exact number of UK military personnel in Ukraine or their whereabouts.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) original and (b) current cost expectations are for the (i) MENSA and (ii) PEGASUS projects.

The original and current approved costs and the current in-service dates for Project Mensa and Project Pegasus are as follows:

Project

Original Cost Approved in 2011

Current Approved Cost

Approved In-service Date

MENSA

£734 million

£1996 million

2024

PEGASUS

£634 million

£634 million

Material Handling Store - 2025 Manufacture Capability – 2030

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his timeframe is for completing the construction of the PEGASUS facility.

The original and current approved costs and the current in-service dates for Project Mensa and Project Pegasus are as follows:

Project

Original Cost Approved in 2011

Current Approved Cost

Approved In-service Date

MENSA

£734 million

£1996 million

2024

PEGASUS

£634 million

£634 million

Material Handling Store - 2025 Manufacture Capability – 2030

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his timeframe is for completing the construction of MENSA.

The original and current approved costs and the current in-service dates for Project Mensa and Project Pegasus are as follows:

Project

Original Cost Approved in 2011

Current Approved Cost

Approved In-service Date

MENSA

£734 million

£1996 million

2024

PEGASUS

£634 million

£634 million

Material Handling Store - 2025 Manufacture Capability – 2030

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the criteria for selecting the location of the headquarters of the National Cyber Force were amended during the selection process.

A number of factors were taken into account when considering the locations for the National Cyber Force. The process was fully in accordance with normal Government practice and in line with the Government’s stated policy of Levelling Up and investing in public bodies right across the UK. Further details to the right hon. Member’s questions will be provided in response to his letter dated 29 April to the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he made the final decision on the selection of Samlesbury as the location for the headquarters of National Cyber Force.

A number of factors were taken into account when considering the locations for the National Cyber Force. The process was fully in accordance with normal Government practice and in line with the Government’s stated policy of Levelling Up and investing in public bodies right across the UK. Further details to the right hon. Member’s questions will be provided in response to his letter dated 29 April to the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether ministerial direction was required for a decision on the location of the headquarters of the National Cyber Force.

A number of factors were taken into account when considering the locations for the National Cyber Force. The process was fully in accordance with normal Government practice and in line with the Government’s stated policy of Levelling Up and investing in public bodies right across the UK. Further details to the right hon. Member’s questions will be provided in response to his letter dated 29 April to the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the full comprehensive cost-benefit assessment of Samlesbury as the location for the headquarters of the National Cyber Force.

A number of factors were taken into account when considering the locations for the National Cyber Force. The process was fully in accordance with normal Government practice and in line with the Government’s stated policy of Levelling Up and investing in public bodies right across the UK. Further details to the right hon. Member’s questions will be provided in response to his letter dated 29 April to the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Minister in his Department decided on the selection of Samlesbury as the location of the headquarters of the National Cyber Force.

A number of factors were taken into account when considering the locations for the National Cyber Force. The process was fully in accordance with normal Government practice and in line with the Government’s stated policy of Levelling Up and investing in public bodies right across the UK. Further details to the right hon. Member’s questions will be provided in response to his letter dated 29 April to the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department undertook a full comparative cost-benefit assessment of (a) Samlesbury and (b) other locations under consideration as the headquarters of the National Cyber Force.

A number of factors were taken into account when considering the locations for the National Cyber Force. The process was fully in accordance with normal Government practice and in line with the Government’s stated policy of Levelling Up and investing in public bodies right across the UK. Further details to the right hon. Member’s questions will be provided in response to his letter dated 29 April to the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department undertook a cost-benefit impact assessment in respect of the selection of Samlesbury as the location for the headquarters of the National Cyber Force.

A number of factors were taken into account when considering the locations for the National Cyber Force. The process was fully in accordance with normal Government practice and in line with the Government’s stated policy of Levelling Up and investing in public bodies right across the UK. Further details to the right hon. Member’s questions will be provided in response to his letter dated 29 April to the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether staff in his Department raised concerns in respect of the selection of Samlesbury as the location for the headquarters of the National Cyber Force.

A number of factors were taken into account when considering the locations for the National Cyber Force. The process was fully in accordance with normal Government practice and in line with the Government’s stated policy of Levelling Up and investing in public bodies right across the UK. Further details to the right hon. Member’s questions will be provided in response to his letter dated 29 April to the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the selection of Samlesbury as the location for the headquarters of the National Cyber Force was made by Ministerial direction.

A number of factors were taken into account when considering the locations for the National Cyber Force. The process was fully in accordance with normal Government practice and in line with the Government’s stated policy of Levelling Up and investing in public bodies right across the UK. Further details to the right hon. Member’s questions will be provided in response to his letter dated 29 April to the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he held discussions with the permanent secretary in his Department on a potential (a) conflict of interest or (b) breach of the Ministerial Code in respect of the decision to select Samlesbury as the location for the headquarters of the National Cyber Force.

A number of factors were taken into account when considering the locations for the National Cyber Force. The process was fully in accordance with normal Government practice and in line with the Government’s stated policy of Levelling Up and investing in public bodies right across the UK. Further details to the right hon. Member’s questions will be provided in response to his letter dated 29 April to the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 27 April 2022 to Question 156382 on Ministry of Defence: Staff, how many of the projected 63,070 projected civilian staff for 2022-3 will hold media relations and communications roles.

The breakdown of pay bands (PB) of Ministry of Defence (MOD) civilian staff projected for 2022-23 can be found in the table below. It should be noted that these figures are indicative and intended for planning purposes, they are not a target, and are subject to updated iterations as change programmes mature

Grade

2022-23 staff

SCS PB4

2

SCS PB3

13

SCS PB2

65

SCS PB1/B1A

442

G6

1,990

G7

5,169

SEO

10,343

HEO

12,435

EO

9,084

AO

9,334

AA

3,725

LEC

4,195

RFA

1,822

Other

4,451

Total

63,070


The MOD does not hold the level of detail requested by roles.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Answer of 27 April 2022 to Question 156382 on Ministry of Defence: Staff, what the (a) roles and (b) pay bands are of the 63,070 projected civilian staff to be employed in 2022-23.

The breakdown of pay bands (PB) of Ministry of Defence (MOD) civilian staff projected for 2022-23 can be found in the table below. It should be noted that these figures are indicative and intended for planning purposes, they are not a target, and are subject to updated iterations as change programmes mature

Grade

2022-23 staff

SCS PB4

2

SCS PB3

13

SCS PB2

65

SCS PB1/B1A

442

G6

1,990

G7

5,169

SEO

10,343

HEO

12,435

EO

9,084

AO

9,334

AA

3,725

LEC

4,195

RFA

1,822

Other

4,451

Total

63,070


The MOD does not hold the level of detail requested by roles.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the full-life cost is of the Land Environment Tactical Communication and Information System.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 24 Jan 2022 in response to Question 105382 to the right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Kevan Jones).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Bowman communications system to be retired.

I refer the Rt hon. Member to the answer I gave on 10 September 2021 to Question 46934 to the right hon. Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Mark Francois) and on 8 September 2021 to Question 40637 to the Rt hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Kevan Jones).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of what the whole life cost of the Ajax Programme will be, including the contract cost and support costs.

The whole life cost of any platform includes the initial procurement, support, maintenance, associated infrastructure and disposal costs over its decades-long life cycle. An estimate of whole life costs was provided to the NAO and is set out on Page 23, Paragraph 1.20 of the NAO report.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Poseidon maritime aircraft will reach full operational capability.

RAF Poseidon MRA Mk1 will reach Full Operating Capability in 2024.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many concerns relating to the Ajax Programme that have been raised by DSTL are open; what each of those concerns is; and what the status is of each of those concerns.

Dstl has an important role in flagging risks with incoming defence platforms that could be improved or addressed through design modification, increased testing or adaptation. However as these risks may potentially impact operational capability I am withholding the information to protect the operational effectiveness of the UK Armed Forces.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many critical milestones on the Ajax Programme are outstanding; and how late each of those milestones is.

As highlighted in the NAO report the contract contains payment milestones. However the details of these remain commercially sensitive.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which armoured vehicles will be kept in service for longer than initially planned in the event that the Ajax Programme has not reached full operating capability by 2025.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 21 March 2022 to Question 140391 to the right hon. Member for North Durham (Kevan Jones).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the National Audit Office report, The Ajax Programme, published 11 March 2022, how many of the 136 open concerns raised by DSTL that his Department were tracking as of October 2021 have been resolved; and what each of those 136 concerns relates to.

The National Audit Office report, published in March 2022 noted that 136 concerns relating to the Ajax programme were raised by DSTL in October 2021. Such issues relate to aspects of the capability that could be improved, may be at risk or would benefit from additional design, test or trials evidence. This is a live list and is primarily managed through Technical and Trials Expert Working Groups that include both the MOD and General Dynamics. Ultimately, it is the Joint Assurance Verification and Acceptance Team that reviews evidence to determine whether contracted requirements have been met.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many stormer vehicles the UK is sending to Ukraine.

In the coming weeks, we will deliver a small number of Stormer armoured vehicles with day and night anti-air capabilities to Ukraine; these will be gifted in-kind directly from the Army.

The exact number will be formally agreed in the coming days, and I will update the House at the first opportunity.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Harpoon missiles the UK has supplied to Ukraine since February 2022.

We are currently not providing Harpoon launchers or missiles to Ukraine.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 April 2022 to Question 148045 Ukraine: Humanitarian Aid, how many (a) of the 700 Humanitarian Assistance Task Force personnel have been deployed and (b) requests for deployment have been made as of 25 April 2022.

The answer I provided to Question 148045 on 1 April 2022 remains extant, subject to the following developments:

At present 82 personnel continue to maintain a vehicle fleet in Poland in support of the Humanitarian Assistance Task Force (HATF). The remainder of the personnel assigned to the HATF remain at readiness to support should they be called.

No further requests for deployment have been made as of 25 April 2022.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25 April 2022 to Question 156381, on Defence Equipment: Finance, how many of the £7 billion of planned cost reductions are accompanied by detailed plans on how those reductions will be made.

As outlined in the recent Equipment Plan 2021, the Department's top level budget holders (TLBs) have planned £7 billion of cost reductions over ten years. The total includes some of the savings decisions taken in the Integrated Review to delete or descope large programmes for which there are clear plans. £4 billion out of the £7 billion are reductions in costs in areas of spending consisting of many smaller projects, which make up a substantial portion of the equipment plan, and further savings. Based on previous experience, the Department judges the scale of savings as achievable, and are now developing more detailed plans to build confidence in delivery.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total amount spent by his Department on military support to Ukraine has been since 24 February 2022.

The Department has committed more than £450 million in financial backing for the Ukrainian military.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 28 February 2022 to Question 115842 on Afghanistan: Refugees, how many Afghans with confirmed eligibility for relocation to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy are in Afghanistan as of 1 April 2022.

As of 25 of April, there are 684 ARAP principals with confirmed eligibility for relocation to the UK who were in Afghanistan at the time of their application. It is not always possible to know whether all eligible personnel are still in the country as some have eligibility for resettlement to other allied countries and/or many have already travelled to a neighbouring country.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's planned civilian staff numbers are for each year between 2022 and 2030.

Ministry of Defence (MOD) civilian staff indicative planned full-time equivalent figures, rounded to the nearest ten, are in the table below. These figures are for the period of the current Strategic Review, beyond which forecasts have not yet been determined. It should be noted that these are indicative numbers used for planning purposes, they are not a target, and represent business decisions subject to ongoing variation. It should also be noted these figures represent only one part of MOD's workforce and actual figures may be impacted by changes to the size and shape of other workforce types such as contractors, military staff etc.

Financial Year

2022-23

2023-24

2024-25

Projected civilian staff

63,070

62,270

60,820

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has any evidence of components that were manufactured in the West being used in Russian military equipment which is being used in Ukraine.

Given the wide range of components used in Russian military equipment, including dual-use items that are not controlled, it is highly likely that Western-manufactured components are present in such equipment, including that used in Ukraine. Western restrictions, particularly since 2014, have made procurement more difficult. The UK continues to enforce export controls rigidly and also work with Allies and partners to this end.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2022 to Question 131056 on Afghanistan: Refugees, how many and what proportion of ARAP applications received by his Department in March 2022 (a) have been processed with a final decision given and (b) await a decision on eligibility.

Please see the relevant figures below:

Month

Applications Received

Eligibility Decisions Made

March

2,991

451

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 9 of the NAO's Equipment Plan 2021 to 2031, what plans his Department has to achieve £7 billion in planned cost reductions over the next 10 years.

As outlined in the recent Equipment Plan 2021, the Department's top level budget holders (TLBs) have planned £7 billion of cost reductions over ten years. This total includes some of the savings decisions taken in the Integrated Review to delete or descope large programmes for which there are clear plans but which were not yet finalised at April 2021. Informed by the priorities of the Integrated Review the Department has also agreed proposals with TLBs to reduce costs in areas of spending consisting of many smaller projects, which make up a substantial portion of the equipment plan, and further savings. Based on previous experience, the Department judges the scale of savings as achievable, and are now developing more detailed plans to build confidence in delivery.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in each Army (a) division and (b) unit, how many personnel are trained to use next generation light anti-tank weapons.

The Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapon (NLAW) is held by Infantry, Cavalry and Ranger units, as standard, who are trained on them and can increase numbers at short notice.

Army personnel are taught to use the NLAW on various courses at the School of Infantry (SCHINF) and in their units. The number of individuals that the SCHINF train annually on courses that cover the NLAW is c. 2,300. However, it is harder to give the number of personnel trained at unit level.

Therefore, due to the variety of ways NLAW training can be delivered, the total number broken down by division or unit is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the full cost of training a regular army recruit undertaking phase one basic training, including (a) staff, (b) accommodation and (c) logistics costs; and how long that training takes.

The Basic Training course at the Army Training Centre (Pirbright) is 14 weeks.  This is the shortest basic training course for Regular soldiers, and recruits go on from Pirbright to train in their trade for longer periods which vary depending on their selected job role.

The average cost of basic training for a soldier successfully passing the Army Training Centre (Pirbright) is estimated at approximately £33,800. This can be broken down as follows:

Cost Category

£Thousand/Trainee

Note

Clothing

2.0

Ammunition

0.4

Trainee Pay

10.5

Other stock consumption

0.8

Includes ration packs and respirators

Workforce

11.9

Direct and indirect Workforce costs for both military and civilian staff

Infrastructure

6.7

Accommodation and training facilities

Administration Overhead

1.6

Total

33.8

Note: These are the latest available costings and are based on data for the financial year 2020/21

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has been placed on war footing in response to the invasion of Ukraine; and whether his Department is on war footing as of 19 April 2022.

The Ministry of Defence reprioritised personnel to fulfil the additional policy, planning and delivery capability required to deliver Defence's response to the heightened level of alert on Ukraine. This enhanced staffing remains in place. We will continue to assess these requirements in response to Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November to Question 73729, what recent estimate he has made of the average cost to the British Army of employing an infantry soldier; and what estimate he has made of that cost in 2021-22.

The average cost (Basic Pay/ Employer National Insurance/ Pension) of an Infantry soldier in the Other Ranks of the British Army is given below:

Financial Year Ending

31 March 2022

Infantry (Other Ranks)

£47,616.50

Source: Defence Statistics (Cost Modelling)

Table Notes:

1. The Average Cost in the table above represents Basic Pay/ Employer National Insurance/ Pension only and does not include other costs such as those associated with recruitment, training, clothing, stock consumption, infrastructure, or medical/dental care.

2. The Basic Pay includes X-Factor payments.

3. The Employer National Insurance would be 0% for some of the populations (I.e., general population under the age of 21 and apprentices under the age of 25).

4. The Average Cost was determined using the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) payroll data. Payment records for 12 months were averaged (mean) for each Infantry soldier to create a monthly estimate of their cost. That monthly estimate was then averaged (mean) across the whole of the Infantry and the result was multiplied by 12 to create the Average (annual) Cost.

5. The Financial Year for statistical purposes runs from 1 April to 31 March.

The information for financial year ending 31 March 2021 can be found in the response to PQ73729 at the following link: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-11-12/73729

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civil servants in his Department work on (a) press, media relations and communications, (b) policy, (c) social media engagement and (d) strategy.

The Directorate of Defence Communications (DDC) in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Head Office currently has 62 civil servants employed in media relations and communications roles. These roles include, for example, news, campaigns, strategy and planning, digital, and internal communications. Information for the rest of the Department, and for the specific categories in this question, is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total accommodation cost to the Army for infantry personnel was in each year since 2010.

The Department is unable to provide this information, as we do not record or hold the detail by trade.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what other responsibilities and duties the SRO for the Armoured Cavalry Programme has outside of the Ajax Programme; and how much of their time each of those duties occupies.

As referenced in the answer I gave on 22 March 2022 to question 140401 from the Rt Hon. Member for North Durham (Kevan Jones) the current SRO is essential full time on Ajax with his only additional responsibility being acting as the Head of Profession in the Ministry of Defence which estimates accounts for around five percent of his time.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date his Department expects the Government Furnished Equipment Combat Mk II headset upgrade will be (a) in service with the Army and (b) fully rolled out to all Army personnel.

To ensure effective protection of our personnel the headset used varies depending on the activity being conducted.

There are currently three headset models in use by the British Army including the Combat Mk II, Crewbrief and Crewgard. The Army has well developed plans for upgrading and procuring headsets. This includes refurbishment of Crewgard headsets and procurement of new dual layer headsets from 2022.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 April 2022 to Question 148053, on Defence Business Services: Blackpool, which other sites were considered; and if he will define and explain the process of down selection in that case.

The down selection to a recommended option went through a two-stage process, with four headline options: Option 1 - Do minimum (Benchmark Option), staff remaining in their current locations with Cheadle Hulme staff relocated locally to alternative privately leased accommodation; Option 2 - Consolidate at Manchester; Option 3 - Consolidate at Liverpool; Option 4 - Consolidate at Blackpool.

At the end of Stage One in May 2021 the Manchester options were discounted as the most expensive and not demonstrating value for money.

Blackpool was down selected as the preferred option at the end of Stage Two in September 2021, by comparing the qualitative benefits and through life costs of potential sites based on several factors, including lease and set up costs, ease of transition, and compliance against the Statement of Requirement.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 5 April 2022 to Question 148050, on Defence Business Services: Blackpool, whether the business case has been put before the Ministry of Defence Investment Approvals Committee; and on what date the last meeting of that Committee took place.

Following the downselection of Blackpool, a full Business Case is now being finalised. It is expected to be submitted for consideration by the Ministry of Defence Investment Approvals Committee by the end of May 2022.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost was to his Department for the maintenance of Royal Navy Boats for each year, for the years 2010 to 2021.

The table below sets out the total annual cost, by financial year, of maintenance of Royal Navy boats for the years 2012 to 2021. Data before 2012 is no longer held centrally. We have defined “boats” for this purpose as boats and small craft under 50 metres in length and have included boats used by UK Strategic Command.

Financial Year

Total expenditure (£ million)

2012-13

27.245

2013-14

23.762

2014-15

23.811

2015-16

29.849

2016-17

34.271

2017-18

25.636

2018-19

33.584

2019-20

28.060

2020-21

28.683

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels have spent in repair yards being refitted in each year between 2010 and 2021.

Based on available information, the table below sets out how many days Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels have spent in refit for each year between 2012 and 2021. Information for earlier years is incomplete and risks being inaccurate.

Year

Time in refit (days)

2012

740

2013

632

2014

433

2015

788

2016

205

2017

782

2018

976

2019

804

2020

683

2021

764

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who holds the contracts for the maintenance of Royal Navy boats.

The provision of maintenance, support and spares for Royal Navy boats and small craft under 50 metres is currently delivered by six suppliers.

  • BAE Systems
  • Babcock International
  • Marine Specialised Technologies (MST)
  • Holyhead Marine
  • Griffon Hoverwork
  • Atlas Elekronik UK

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost to his Department of (a) repairs and (b) refits to Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels has been in each year between 2010 and 2021.

The table below sets out the total annual cost, by financial year, of repairs and refits to Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels between 2010 and 2021.

Financial Year

a) Repair costs (£ million)

b) Refit cost (£ million)

2010-11

1.829

38.717

2011-12

1.283

18.853

2012-13

1.770

75.459

2013-14

2.055

80.820

2014-15

12.994

88.887

2015-16

7.617

59.941

2016-17

8.704

24.229

2017-18

8.350

81.379

2018-19

4.830

49.609

2019-20

7.543

64.570

2020-21

9.760

60.513

2021-22

11.924

68.602

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected delivery timeline is for the Evolve to Open programme.

The Evolve to Open (EvO) Transition Partner contract with GDMS(UK) did not deliver by April 2021 as planned.

We are in active discussions with GDMS(UK) on how to bring on this important capability as well as considering other options to achieve this objective.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many starstreak missiles the Armed Forces has as of 29 March 2022.

As is usual practice, for reasons of safeguarding Operational Security, I cannot comment on stock numbers for starstreak missiles.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has paid to GDMS UK for the Evolve to Open programme as of 29 March 2022.

For the Evolve to Open Transition Partner Contract with General Dynamics Mission Systems UK, against a contract value of £319.9M, £284.6M has been paid to date. All figures exclude VAT.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 10 of the NAO’s report entitled The Ajax Programme, how many of the 27 limitations of use on Ajax vehicles in December 2021 have now been resolved.

As of 28 March 2022, five of the 27 limitations of use have been resolved, all of which are critical to achieving initial operating capability. Work continues to resolve the remaining limitations as the programme matures.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many NLAW missile systems the Armed Forces has in stores as of 28 March 2022.

I refer the right hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave on 2 March 2022 to Question 129752 to the right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether negotiations with representatives of the Public and Commercial Services Union on relocation of Defence Business Services to Blackpool have concluded.

The Ministry of Defence has been in regular detailed discussion with the Trade Unions during the Workplace Programme on the relocation terms for all affected staff. These discussions will continue until submission of the full business case. Subject to approval of the business case, formal consultation will commence for the required 30 days.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether hon. Members will be able to review the business case for the relocation of Defence Business Services before the final decision is taken.

The full business case will be commercial in confidence and scrutinised by the Ministry of Defence Investment Approvals Committee before submission for approval by Ministers.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his proposed timeline is for the relocation of Defence Business Services to Blackpool.

The timeline for the consolidation of the three DBS North West sites remains subject to finalisation of the business case, which currently assumes that the relocation to Blackpool will take place by the end of 2023.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) British personnel and (b) Royal Navy ships have been stationed in the Falkland Islands in each year since 2010.

There are currently ~1,000 British Service personnel serving in the Falkland Islands. This has been broadly consistent since 2010.

In each year since 2010 the Royal Navy has had one vessel permanently stationed in the Falkland Islands as the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel. These vessels are listed below, including years when two vessels shared the task as one had a maintenance period away from the islands:

2010: 1 (HMS CLYDE)

2011: 1 (HMS CLYDE)

2012: 1 (HMS CLYDE)

2013: 1 (HMS CLYDE)

2014: 1 (HMS CLYDE)

2015: 1 (HMS CLYDE)

2016: 2 (HMS CLYDE / HMS ENTERPRISE)

2017: 2 (HMS ENTERPRISE / HMS CLYDE)

2018: 1 (HMS CLYDE)

2019: 2 (HMS CLYDE / HMS SCOTT)

2020: 2 (HMS SCOTT / HMS FORTH)

2021: 1 (HMS FORTH)

2022: 1 (HMS FORTH)

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British personnel are currently stationed in the Falkland Islands.

There are ~1,000 British Service Personnel in the Falkland Islands.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how the UK armed forces are assisting with humanitarian supplies into neighbouring counties around Ukraine to support the humanitarian situation in those countries.

The Foreign,Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) leads on a humanitarian response. No formal requests for humanitarian assistance have been received to date but the humanitarian situation remains fluid and could change quickly.

207 troops, and approximately 40 vehicles, are currently deployed to Poland as the spearhead element of the Humanitarian Assistance Task Force (HATF). Deployed force levels remain under constant review, in consultation with deployed Home Office and FCDO staff.

Together with the approximately 700 HATF personnel held at readiness in the UK, and 100 aligned to other operations in Poland, the HATF provides a prompt and scalable response to any emergent humanitarian tasking.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many requests have been received by his Department from bordering countries to Ukraine to help with the humanitarian situation; and how many of the 1000 troops who are on readiness have been deployed to help with humanitarian assistance, by location.

The Foreign,Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) leads on a humanitarian response. No formal requests for humanitarian assistance have been received to date but the humanitarian situation remains fluid and could change quickly.

207 troops, and approximately 40 vehicles, are currently deployed to Poland as the spearhead element of the Humanitarian Assistance Task Force (HATF). Deployed force levels remain under constant review, in consultation with deployed Home Office and FCDO staff.

Together with the approximately 700 HATF personnel held at readiness in the UK, and 100 aligned to other operations in Poland, the HATF provides a prompt and scalable response to any emergent humanitarian tasking.

The UK has stepped up its support to the people of Ukraine again with the announcement of an extra £100 million worth of further humanitarian aid to the country. This brings the UK total offer of support to the Ukraine crisis to around £400 million.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there will be any enforced moves of staff by Defence Business Services when it moves site to Blackpool.

The Ministry of Defence has been in regular detailed discussion with the Trade Unions during the Workplace Programme on the relocation terms for all affected staff. These discussions are ongoing.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of relocating Defence Business Services to Blackpool is.

The full business case (which will include expected costs) is expected to be scrutinised in May 2022. This follows the down selection of Blackpool as the preferred site of the consolidated hub after comparing the qualitative benefits and through life costs of potential sites based on several factors including operational risk, sustainability and compliance with the key user requirements.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
28th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page ten of the NAO’s report entitled The Ajax Programme, how many of the 11 limitations of use deemed critical to achieving initial operating capability on Ajax vehicles in December 2021 have been resolved as of 28 March 2022.

As of 28 March 2022, five of the 27 limitations of use have been resolved, all of which are critical to achieving initial operating capability. Work continues to resolve the remaining limitations as the programme matures.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who is the new Provost Marshal Serious Crime; whether they are (a) civilian or b) military staff; and what is their grade or rank.

The role of Provost Marshal Serious Crime remains subject to final appointment by Her Majesty the Queen. The designate for the role is Colonel Mark John.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long does he expect MOD staff to be supporting the Home Office in processing Ukrainian visa applications.

Currently the duration of this deployment has not been finalised. It will be kept under review depending on the levels of support needed, including as a result of Government's new streamlined visa application process launching on 15 March.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the MOD staff offered to the Home Office to support the processing of visas for Ukrainians are (a) civilian or (b) military staff.

We anticipate that all personnel made available to support the Home Office's overseas Visa Application Centres for refugees from Ukraine will be military. Military personnel will provide humanitarian assistance and other support to refugees as needed, and subject to agreement by host nations, but it is not anticipated that they will be involved directly in processing visa applications.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many MOD staff have been offered to the Home Office to support the processing of Ukrainian visa applications.

Initially, up to 140 Armed Forces personnel have been offered to the Home Office to provide humanitarian support to refugees at overseas Visa Application Centres, subject to agreement by host nations. The precise numbers deployed are continuously kept under review as the situation on the ground changes, including due to the Government's new streamlined visa application process for Ukrainian refugees launching on 15 March.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2022 to Question 132161 on Armoured Fighting Vehicles, how many of the Army's (a) Challenger tanks, (b) Warrior armoured vehicles and (c) AS90 self-propelled howitzers are not operational or available for deployment as of 7 March 2022.

In the interests of safegurading national security it is not appropriate to place in the public domain the specific information that has been requested.

As I said when I answered Question 132161 for the Rt Hon. Gentleman details of the number of vehicles in the UK Armed Forces are published on an annual basis on the Government’s website. The most recent publication can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-armed-forces-equipment-and-formations-2021

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2022 to Question 132162 on Armoured Fighting Vehicles, how many of the Army’s (a) main battle tanks, (b) infantry fighting vehicles and (c) artillery are not operational or available for deployment as of 7 March 2022.

In the interests of safegurading national security it is not appropriate to place in the public domain the specific information that has been requested.

As I said when I answered Question 132161 for the Rt Hon. Gentleman details of the number of vehicles in the UK Armed Forces are published on an annual basis on the Government’s website. The most recent publication can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-armed-forces-equipment-and-formations-2021

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) armed forces personnel and (b) non-armed forces personnel are members of the National Cyber Force.

The National Cyber Force is made up of a roughly equal share of personnel from defence and intelligence, and brings together their expertise, resources and authorities under a single command structure. We do not comment on the exact figures of personnel working in the National Cyber Force for national security reasons.

Defence is creating new dedicated career pathways for Defence cyberspace specialists to build a world-class workforce so we have the right skills in the right teams at the right time.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answers 24 and 25 February 2022 to Questions 126543 and 127275 on Estonia: Armed Forces, whether the number of British troops stationed in Estonia following the decision to double the number of British troops in the country including the Royal Tank Regiment and the Royal Welsh will be (a) 1000 or (b) 1,700.

The number of British troops, including the Royal Tank Regiment and the Royal Welsh Regiment, will be stationed in Estonia is c. 1,700.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) main battle tanks, (b) infantry fighting vehicles and (c) artillery are available for immediate deployment as of 1 March 2022.

The Army is always ready to fulfil the task of protecting the nation and holds various people, units and equipment at various levels of readiness.

Details of the number of vehicles in the UK Armed Forces are published on an annual basis on the Government’s website. The most recent publication can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-armed-forces-equipment-and-formations-2021

For reasons of security, we do not break this number down any further.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the Army's (a) Challenger tanks, (b) Warrior armoured vehicles and (c) AS90 self-propelled howitzers are serviceable as of 1 March 2022.

The Army is always ready to fulfil the task of protecting the nation and holds various people, units and equipment at various levels of readiness.

Details of the number of vehicles in the UK Armed Forces are published on an annual basis on the Government’s website. The most recent publication can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-armed-forces-equipment-and-formations-2021

For reasons of security, we do not break this number down any further.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
28th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many units of the Sky Sabre radars have been deployed to Poland; when those air defence systems will arrive; and for how long will be deployed in that country.

The Ministry of Defence has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
28th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individual ARAP primary applicants his Department has relocated to the UK in each month since April 2021.

We are working at pace to relocate all those who are eligible and helping them to come to the UK continues to be a high priority. So far, we have relocated over 8,000 Afghans.

As at 9 March 2022, the number of ARAP eligible principals relocated by month is shown in the table below:

April 2021

0

May 2021

1

June 2021

24

July 2021

188

August 2021 (inc Op PITTING)

981

September 2021

19

October 2021

41

November 2021

81

December 2021

60

January 2022

84

February 2022

82

Total

1,561

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
28th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he has taken to improve information security training within his Department.

All Ministry of Defence (MOD) personnel are required to undertake initial and refresher information security training to ensure they can recognise threats to security and can respond appropriately. This consists of the Defence Information Management Passport online course, which must be retaken every three years, and annual attendance at a General Security Threat Brief (this covers all elements of protective security and includes information and cyber security).

Additionally, a core part of our defensive Cyber Strategy and Plan includes a major all-staff Cyber Awareness, Behaviours, Skills and Culture Programme designed to ensure that all MOD personnel are able to understand what they need to do to work effectively and in a secure way in the modern context, both at home and at work. This is achieved through directed interventions targeting specific risky behaviours, supported by novel and engaging awareness campaigns under the 'Cyber Confident' header, which are designed to increase motivation to act.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
28th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian staff employed in his Department have received information security training each year since 2010.

All Ministry of Defence (MOD) personnel are required to undertake initial and refresher information security training to ensure they can recognise threats to security and can respond appropriately. This consists of the Defence Information Management Passport online course, which must be retaken every three years, and annual attendance at a General Security Threat Brief (this covers all elements of protective security and includes information and cyber security).

In the period 1 February 2021 (when Version six was introduced) to 1 March 2022, a total of 19,307 MOD civilian staff completed or refreshed their DIMP in accordance with the three-yearly cycle. Longer term training records will be held locally by business areas. General Security Threat Briefs are delivered locally, and no data regarding attendance is held centrally. In both cases, collating this information would involve going out to all sites across MOD, and this would incur disproportionate cost.

As well as mandatory information security training, the MOD has a Cyber Awareness, Behaviours, Skills and Culture Programme that is targeted at all-staff and continually seeks to enhance their cyber security behaviours, both at home and at work; this is supported by novel and engaging awareness campaigns under the 'Cyber Confident' header.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
28th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date he plans to publish the refreshed National Shipbuilding Strategy.

The National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh will be published shortly.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
28th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the activation of the NATO Response Force, what is the UK contributing to that force.

As a leading member of the NATO Alliance, the UK makes a significant contribution to NATO’s Response Force (NRF). The UK contribution to the NRF as a whole covers multiple domains, and currently includes the UK’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS PRINCE OF WALES, which in 2022 is acting as its 2* Afloat Command Platform.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
28th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 January 2022 to Question 98886, how many and what proportion of ARAP applications received by his Department in (a) January and (b) February 2022 (i) have been processed with a final decision given and (ii) await a decision on eligibility.

Please see the relevant figures below:

Month

Applications Received (as at 1 March 22)

Eligibility Decisions Made (as at 1 March 22)

January

6,382

2,557

February

3,689

1,203

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military personnel have left the (a) army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) navy between 1 October 2021 and 1 February 2022.

Armed Forces Outflow statistics are published on a quarterly basis in the Quarterly Service Statistics Publication. The next quarterly edition, scheduled for publication at 09:30 on 10 March 2022, will provide the data from 1 October 2021 up to 1 January 2022. Data thereafter up to 1 February 2022 will be included in the summer release of the Quarterly Service Statistics Publication.

Armed Forces outflow statistics up until 1 October 2021, by Regulars, Reserves, Service, and Rank can be found in Tables 4, 5c, 5d, 7c, 14a, 14b, and 14c therein at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/quarterly-service-personnel-statistics-2021/quarterly-service-personnel-statistics-1-july-2021

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will publish the Land Industrial Base Strategy.

The Land Industrial Strategy marks a significant change in how the British Army intends to work with industry partners. We are taking the necessary time to make sure that the strategy is fit for purpose. The intent remains to launch the Land Industrial Strategy in the first quarter of 2022.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will publish a defence artificial intelligence strategy.

The strategy is well advanced, and we expect to publish in the first half of 2022.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he held discussions with the NATO Secretary General before announcing plans to reduce Challenger tank numbers by a third in the Defence Command Paper.

The Secretary of State for Defence spoke with the NATO Secretary General on March 17 2021 ahead of the Defence Command Paper's publication on March 22. In this call the Secretary of State set out how the planned upgrades to Challenger would make it one of the most lethal and capable tanks in Europe, enabling heavy brigades configured for divisional warfighting.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
23rd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Challenger 2s and (b) Warrior armoured vehicles are deployed in Estonia as of 23 February 2022.

As of 23 February 2022, there are 43 Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles and 18 Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks deployed in Estonia.

A further five Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles and six Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks are currently in transit to Estonia, scheduled to arrive on 25 February 2022.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his timeframe is for the planned warfighting division to meet (a) initial and (b) full operating capability.

The British Army already has a warfighting Division, the 3rd(UK) Divsion, with Challenger 2 and Warrior as its core capabilities. Future Soilder will see this Divsion modernised by 2030 with a variety of new capabilities built around a digitally networked combination of Ajax,Boxer, Challenger 3,AH64E, long range, precesion fires and un-crewed aeriel systems.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many programmes have been (a) written off, (b) cancelled or (c) merged with others as a result of the Integrated Review and Defence Command Paper; and if he will provide details of each of those programmes.

On the 21 February we published our annual equipment plan which includes a summary of the changes to the defence programme as a result of the Integrated Review in annex C. Our Annual Report and Accounts, published on 20 January, shows the impact on our financial accounts.

For further information I refer the Rt Hon. Gentleman to my response to the Parliamentary Question UIN 114659 answered on the 3 February.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's priorities are for NATO's 2022 strategic concept.

At the June 2021 NATO Summit, leaders agreed to develop an updated Strategic Concept for the Alliance, to be endorsed at the 2022 Summit in Madrid. They agreed that the next Strategic Concept should refresh the Alliance's approach to its three core tasks of collective defence, crisis management and co-operative security. It should also consider the current strategic environment and guide the ongoing adaptation of the Alliance.

The last Strategic Concept was agreed in 2010, and is the product of a different global context. The next Strategic Concept needs to reflect the new reality of systemic competition, and its implications for the Euro-Atlantic area, as set out in the 2021 Integrated Review. (The Concept needs to ensure that the Alliance:

(i) stays strong and united, focused on keeping our people free and secure, and acting as a pillar for freedom, openness, and the rules-based international order;

(ii) continues its modernisation, with a focus on speedy adoption of advanced technologies;

(iii) strengthens its political and military tools, and better integrates its activity and capabilities;

(iv) continues to develop its resilience, including against hybrid threats;

(v) reinforces Allies' enduring commitment to invest 2% of GDP in defence. The UK has locked in a 0.5% above inflation increase to our defence budget and an additional investment of £16.5 million over the next four years).

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel are deployed on HMS Trent during its voyage to the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea region.

HMS Trent is deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean, as part of the UK's support to allies on NATO's eastern flank.

The number of personnel deployed on HMS Trent during this deployment is 52 (as of 23rd February 2022).

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which additional regiments will be situated in Estonia as a result of the Government's commitment to double the number of UK armed forces personnel in that country.

The current 'steady state' number of troops in Estonia is 900 from the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR). RTR will remain deployed when 1 Royal Welsh arrives in March. The total numbers during this period will be 1,000.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what date has the Government told NATO that the Ajax vehicle would reach full operational capacity.

In bilateral meetings at the end of January, NATO were informed that the date for AJAX’s full operating capability remains under review pending the resolution of technical challenges within the programme. The revised schedule out to full operating capability will be confirmed following resolution of these challenges. The UK will continue to be transparent with NATO about our capability development schedule.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff members (a) does the defence serious crime unit have as of 21 February 2022 and (b) will that unit have when fully established.

The Defence Serious Crime Unit (DSCU) will be formed by the merger of the single Service Special Investigation Branches. They will be led by the Provost Marshal Serious Crime, who was appointed in January 2022 and is leading the implementation of the DSCU through to full delivery.

The DSCU is not currently operational; its implementation will be conducted in two phases with a HQ function being stood up first by April 2022, followed by operational capability by December 2022. The DSCU Project and Implementation Team undertaking this work consists of a multi-disciplinary team of seven staff from the military and civil service. Working collaboratively with the single Services, they are focussed on progressing the DSCU to full delivery, this includes working with the single Services to understand the budget requirements of the DSCU moving forward, the enduring resource requirements and operational structures. A Victim and Witness Care Unit will be delivered as part of the DSCU full operating capability.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the victims and witness unit within the Defence Serious Crime Unit has been established.

The Defence Serious Crime Unit (DSCU) will be formed by the merger of the single Service Special Investigation Branches. They will be led by the Provost Marshal Serious Crime, who was appointed in January 2022 and is leading the implementation of the DSCU through to full delivery.

The DSCU is not currently operational; its implementation will be conducted in two phases with a HQ function being stood up first by April 2022, followed by operational capability by December 2022. The DSCU Project and Implementation Team undertaking this work consists of a multi-disciplinary team of seven staff from the military and civil service. Working collaboratively with the single Services, they are focussed on progressing the DSCU to full delivery, this includes working with the single Services to understand the budget requirements of the DSCU moving forward, the enduring resource requirements and operational structures. A Victim and Witness Care Unit will be delivered as part of the DSCU full operating capability.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual budget is for the Defence Serious Crime Unit for its first year of operation.

The Defence Serious Crime Unit (DSCU) will be formed by the merger of the single Service Special Investigation Branches. They will be led by the Provost Marshal Serious Crime, who was appointed in January 2022 and is leading the implementation of the DSCU through to full delivery.

The DSCU is not currently operational; its implementation will be conducted in two phases with a HQ function being stood up first by April 2022, followed by operational capability by December 2022. The DSCU Project and Implementation Team undertaking this work consists of a multi-disciplinary team of seven staff from the military and civil service. Working collaboratively with the single Services, they are focussed on progressing the DSCU to full delivery, this includes working with the single Services to understand the budget requirements of the DSCU moving forward, the enduring resource requirements and operational structures. A Victim and Witness Care Unit will be delivered as part of the DSCU full operating capability.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff there is in his Department's Serious Crime Unit.

The Defence Serious Crime Unit (DSCU) will be formed by the merger of the single Service Special Investigation Branches. They will be led by the Provost Marshal Serious Crime, who was appointed in January 2022 and is leading the implementation of the DSCU through to full delivery.

The DSCU is not currently operational; its implementation will be conducted in two phases with a HQ function being stood up first by April 2022, followed by operational capability by December 2022. The DSCU Project and Implementation Team undertaking this work consists of a multi-disciplinary team of seven staff from the military and civil service. Working collaboratively with the single Services, they are focussed on progressing the DSCU to full delivery, this includes working with the single Services to understand the budget requirements of the DSCU moving forward, the enduring resource requirements and operational structures. A Victim and Witness Care Unit will be delivered as part of the DSCU full operating capability.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Provost Marshal for the Defence Serious Crime Unit has been established.

The Defence Serious Crime Unit (DSCU) will be formed by the merger of the single Service Special Investigation Branches. They will be led by the Provost Marshal Serious Crime, who was appointed in January 2022 and is leading the implementation of the DSCU through to full delivery.

The DSCU is not currently operational; its implementation will be conducted in two phases with a HQ function being stood up first by April 2022, followed by operational capability by December 2022. The DSCU Project and Implementation Team undertaking this work consists of a multi-disciplinary team of seven staff from the military and civil service. Working collaboratively with the single Services, they are focussed on progressing the DSCU to full delivery, this includes working with the single Services to understand the budget requirements of the DSCU moving forward, the enduring resource requirements and operational structures. A Victim and Witness Care Unit will be delivered as part of the DSCU full operating capability.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Defence Serious Crime Unit is fully operational.

The Defence Serious Crime Unit (DSCU) will be formed by the merger of the single Service Special Investigation Branches. They will be led by the Provost Marshal Serious Crime, who was appointed in January 2022 and is leading the implementation of the DSCU through to full delivery.

The DSCU is not currently operational; its implementation will be conducted in two phases with a HQ function being stood up first by April 2022, followed by operational capability by December 2022. The DSCU Project and Implementation Team undertaking this work consists of a multi-disciplinary team of seven staff from the military and civil service. Working collaboratively with the single Services, they are focussed on progressing the DSCU to full delivery, this includes working with the single Services to understand the budget requirements of the DSCU moving forward, the enduring resource requirements and operational structures. A Victim and Witness Care Unit will be delivered as part of the DSCU full operating capability.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government shared the findings of the Ajax of the noise and vibration review with NATO.

The Ajax Noise and Vibration Review was published in full on 15 December of last year and is an open-source document.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has held discussions with NATO on contingency plans if Ajax fails to enter service by the middle of this decade.

The UK works closely with NATO on our Capability Targets. As discussed in the recent bilateral meeting with NATO at the end of January. The Ministry of Defence remains able to meet its obligations to NATO, and will continue to update our partners on AJAX as the programme develops as part of our routine engagements

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether NATO has informed the Government of the consequences of delays to the Ajax programme for the UK’s obligations to the alliance.

The UK works closely with NATO on our Capability Targets and in providing significant operational support for Alliance operations. We provided supplementary information regarding our land plans during bilateral meetings held in London in late January. During these meetings, NATO did not indicate that delays to the AJAX programme would have consequences for meeting the UK's obligations to the Alliance.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what date his Department plans to double the number of British troops in Estonia; and what the total number of troops in Estonia will be on that date.

The current 'steady state' number of troops in Estonia is 900 from the Royal Tank Regiment (RTR). RTR will remain deployed when 1 Royal Welsh arrives in March. The total numbers during this period will be 1,700.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Written Ministerial Statement HCWS608 on Ukraine Update, made on 10 February 2022, when he expects shipments of body armour, helmets and combat boots to Ukraine to be completed.

Delivery of the items in the Defensive Equipment Package announced in the Written Ministerial Statement of 10 February 2022 has been completed. This material was supplied at the request of the Ukranian Government, and enhanced their existing capabilities.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
10th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Written Ministerial Statement HCWS608 on Ukraine Update, made on 10 February 2022, how many items of (a) body armour, (b) helmets, and (c) combat boots will the UK Government supply to Ukraine.

The Defensive Equipment Package announced in the Written Ministerial Statement of 10 February 2022 included: 2,000 sets of body armour; 2,000 helmets; and 2,000 pairs of combat cold weather boots. This package, requested by the Ukrainians, complements the training and capabilities that Ukraine already has and those that are also being provided by the UK and other allies in Europe and the United States.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 February 2022 to Question 116852 on NATO, how many staff in his Department and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office have worked on engagement with NATO in each year since 2010.

This information is not held centrally but could only be provided at Disproportionate Cost.

The Government's policy towards NATO is co-ordinated by the Euro-Atlantic Security Policy Unit (EASP), a joint MOD-FCDO unit which was established in October 2016 to bring together the work previously handled by separate MOD and FCO teams. Staffing on NATO since 2010 has fluctuated around the 30-mark in total across the two departments, expanding when required to deliver major events such as the 2014 NATO Summit in Wales and the 2019 NATO Leaders' meeting in London.

In the Ministry of Defence, responsibility for EASP falls within the Euro-Atlantic Security Directorate, and in the FCDO within the Directorate for Defence and International Security.

The policy team at the UK's Joint Delegation to NATO numbers around 50.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
7th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 193 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21, what the £3.581 million MAB Asset Under Construction Write-off refers to.

Within the Ministry of Defence's Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21, an entry has been included as an advanced notification valued at £3.581 million.

Advanced Notifications are cases where formal sign-off cannot take place until all the work necessary to establish the validity and the exact amount of the loss has been concluded. The value of an advance notification is the best estimate and may change once the case is finally closed, which will be separately reported in a future Annual Report and Accounts.

While the specific details of this case, other than the fact that it is MAB related, cannot be released for security purposes the write-offs reflect a number of projects which when scrutinised should have been more properly accounted for as operational expenditure rather than the creation of a capital asset.

The Department is completing final checks on this balance before the final write off value is confirmed and will identify and apply any appropriate lessons learnt.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
4th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual budget was for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, in each year since 2010.

The annual budget for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) in each financial year (FY) since 2010 can be found in the table below:

Year

Total Budget £ million

FY2010-11

1,847.5

FY2011-12

3,210.8

FY2012-13

3,431.9

FY2013-14

3,834.7

FY2014-15

3,564.2

FY2015-16

2,917.0

FY2016-17

3,200.9

FY2017-18

3,420.2

FY2018-19

846.8

FY2019-20

864.4

FY2020-21

920.9

FY2021-22

942.6

The increase in budget between FY2010-11 and FY2011-12 was due to the transfer of infrastructure related budgets from the Single Services (e.g. Army, Royal Navy, Air Force) to the DIO.

The reduction in budget between FY2017-18 and FY2018-19 was due to infrastructure related budgets being delegated back to the Single Services to enhance their decision making freedoms as regards infrastructure.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
4th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money his Department has spent on litigation in respect of failures to upgrade military accommodation and housing in each year since 2010.

Departmental records show there has been no money spent on litigation in respect of failures to upgrade military accommodation and housing since 2010.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in his Department work on engagement with NATO.

NATO is the cornerstone of UK and Euro-Atlantic defence, The UK will remain the leading European ally within NATO, bolstering the alliance by tackling threats jointly and committing our resources to collective security in the Euro-Atlantic.

The Joint Unit Euro-Atlantic Security Policy (EASP) was launched on 18 October 2016.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Ministry of Defence colleagues are now co-located as a single team leading the Government's work on NATO policy, the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy, and Conventional Arms Control in Europe. We report jointly to the Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary, providing joined up advice and policy options to both Secretaries of State.

NATO is a cross-cutting area within the Euro-Atlantic Security Directorate. There are approximately 34 people working on engagement with NATO.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel are deployed with NATO in each country where that organisation is deployed.

See below the number of UK military personnel that are deployed with NATO in each country.

Country

Number of UK Military Personnel

UK

150

Germany

159

Turkey

40

Spain

18

Italy

192

Portugal

14

USA

62

Poland

12

Norway

35

Belgium

238

Netherlands

66

Slovakia

1

Bulgaria

1

Estonia

1

Latvia

1

Lithuania

1

Greece

1

France

11

Romania

1

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK staff or UK military personnel are working at NATO HQ and SHAPE HQ.

There are 45 UK Staff/UK Military personnel working within NATO HQ.

There are 191 UK Staff/UK Military personnel working within SHAPE HQ.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2022 to Question 105352 on Veterans UK: Telephone Services, how many calls to the Veterans UK helpline were (a) answered and (b) unanswered in each year since 2015-16.

The below table details the number of calls the Veterans UK Helpline received for each financial year since 2015 and the subsequent answered or abandoned calls. Data prior to 2017 is not held for offered or abandoned calls. The Helpline remained open during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Calls received can range from enquires about pension entitlement or compensation claims to welfare support and advice. Abandoned calls can range from mis-dialled calls, lost signal or the caller hanging up, the cause is not recorded.

Financial year

Offered Calls

Answered Calls

Abandonment %

2015-16

x

158,375

x

2016-17

x

127,464

x

2017-18

142,806

130,225

9%

2018-19

142,751

128,373

10%

2019-20

129,301

111,206

14%

2020-21

33,321

31,345

6%

2021-22 Year to date

28,431

27,754

2%

Please note that in my previous response to question 105352, the number of answered calls for financial year 2021-22 should read 25,402 not 53,894.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the Royal Navy plans to take command of operations to tackle migrant crossings in the Channel.

Detailed plans for operation ISOTROPE are under development and further information will be made available to the House in due course.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 November 2021 to Question 80202 on Afghanistan: Refugees, how many Afghans with confirmed eligibility for relocation to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy are in Afghanistan as of 1 February 2022.

1,000 ARAP principals with confirmed eligibility for relocation to the UK currently remain in Afghanistan.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2022 to Question 105351 on Veterans UK: Telephone Services, whether the increase in calls to the Veterans UK helpline in August, September and October 2021 was a result of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

This information is not held as it is not recorded during phone calls. The Veterans UK Helpline did not report a noticeable trend in Veterans phoning as a result of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether military officers are given specialist training to deal with reported cases of (a) domestic violence and (b) misogyny in the armed forces.

The Ministry of Defence has made it absolutely clear there is no place for unacceptable behaviour in the Armed Forces. Anyone found to fall short of the Services' high standards or to have committed an offence is dealt with appropriately, which may include imprisonment and dismissal from service.

All commanders are directed by policy to refer any concerns, allegations, or suspicions surrounding domestic abuse to the Service Police. This is reinforced on disciplinary courses. The Service Police, Unit Welfare Officers, and all those who are required to respond to and investigate such allegations, receive training on how to recognise and respond to domestic abuse.

Defence has policy, initiatives, and training to counter unacceptable behaviour as well as a significant strand of work on diversity and inclusion. A significant number of these work-strands focus on improving the lived experience of women in the Armed Forces and creating an inclusive environment in which they may thrive.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army welfare service support personnel have undertaken specialist training on domestic abuse in each year since 2010.

The Army Welfare Service (AWS) is delivered as part of wider welfare support provision across the Army. It provides second line welfare support through a confidential service, to the Army and its families, delivered by a mix of military and civilian specialist welfare workers who are led by civilian registered social workers. First line welfare support is provided at Unit level by the Chain of Command, Unit Welfare Officers, administrative staff, medical staff and pastoral support. The WRVS is also available at some locations.

The AWS is not allocated a separate annual budget. It sits within the Army’s Regional Command budget area. However, AWS expenditure incurred for the period financial year (FY) 2010-11 to FY2020-21 is held and is provided in Table 1 below.

Table 1: AWS expenditure FY 2010-11 to FY 2021-21

FY

Expenditure

2010-11

£19,116k

2011-12

£18,890k

2012-13

£17,362k

2013-14

£16,641k

2014-15

£15,932k

2015-16

£16,532k

2016-17

£16,884k

2017-18

£17,260k

2018-19

£16,184k

2019-20

£15,842k

2020-21

£15,326k

Information about the number of staff employed by the AWS is only held for 2012 onwards and is shown in the Table 2 below.

Table 2: AWS staff employed in each calendar year since 2012. This includes all AWS staff, not just caseworkers, such as business support staff.

Calendar Year

Number

2012

357

2013

347

2014

232

2015

317

2016

231

2017

231

2018

306

2019

263

2020

264

2021

263

Information about the number of referrals to the AWS is only held from 2016 onwards and is shown in the Table 3 below. Prior to this, there was no digital casework management system in place and the collation of statistics from paper records would be both time consuming and unreliable.

Table 3: Referrals to AWS for the period 2016 – 2021.

Calendar Year

Number of referrals to AWS

2016

2,726

2017

2,712

2018

2,669

2019

2,951

2020

2,732

2021

3,590

All AWS Personal Support Workers are either qualified Social Workers or graduates of the seven-month Defence Specialist Welfare Worker Course which was comprehensively updated in 2016. Additionally, since 2018 it has been mandated as part of their post qualifying development, they must undertake the AWS run MOD Domestic Violence Informed Practice (DVIP) Course, within six months of qualifying as Army Welfare Workers. Those who qualified before 2018 have also undertaken the DVIP Course. Information about the number of AWS staff who have undertaken specialist domestic abuse training is only held from 2016 onwards and is shown in the Table 4 below:

Table 4: Number of AWS staff who have completed the MOD DVIP Course since 2016.

Years

Number DVIP Trained

2016-2018

90

2019-20

163

2021

44

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the number of request for support received by the Army welfare service in each year since 2010.

The Army Welfare Service (AWS) is delivered as part of wider welfare support provision across the Army. It provides second line welfare support through a confidential service, to the Army and its families, delivered by a mix of military and civilian specialist welfare workers who are led by civilian registered social workers. First line welfare support is provided at Unit level by the Chain of Command, Unit Welfare Officers, administrative staff, medical staff and pastoral support. The WRVS is also available at some locations.

The AWS is not allocated a separate annual budget. It sits within the Army’s Regional Command budget area. However, AWS expenditure incurred for the period financial year (FY) 2010-11 to FY2020-21 is held and is provided in Table 1 below.

Table 1: AWS expenditure FY 2010-11 to FY 2021-21

FY

Expenditure

2010-11

£19,116k

2011-12

£18,890k

2012-13

£17,362k

2013-14

£16,641k

2014-15

£15,932k

2015-16

£16,532k

2016-17

£16,884k

2017-18

£17,260k

2018-19

£16,184k

2019-20

£15,842k

2020-21

£15,326k

Information about the number of staff employed by the AWS is only held for 2012 onwards and is shown in the Table 2 below.

Table 2: AWS staff employed in each calendar year since 2012. This includes all AWS staff, not just caseworkers, such as business support staff.

Calendar Year

Number

2012

357

2013

347

2014

232

2015

317

2016

231

2017

231

2018

306

2019

263

2020

264

2021

263

Information about the number of referrals to the AWS is only held from 2016 onwards and is shown in the Table 3 below. Prior to this, there was no digital casework management system in place and the collation of statistics from paper records would be both time consuming and unreliable.

Table 3: Referrals to AWS for the period 2016 – 2021.

Calendar Year

Number of referrals to AWS

2016

2,726

2017

2,712

2018

2,669

2019

2,951

2020

2,732

2021

3,590

All AWS Personal Support Workers are either qualified Social Workers or graduates of the seven-month Defence Specialist Welfare Worker Course which was comprehensively updated in 2016. Additionally, since 2018 it has been mandated as part of their post qualifying development, they must undertake the AWS run MOD Domestic Violence Informed Practice (DVIP) Course, within six months of qualifying as Army Welfare Workers. Those who qualified before 2018 have also undertaken the DVIP Course. Information about the number of AWS staff who have undertaken specialist domestic abuse training is only held from 2016 onwards and is shown in the Table 4 below:

Table 4: Number of AWS staff who have completed the MOD DVIP Course since 2016.

Years

Number DVIP Trained

2016-2018

90

2019-20

163

2021

44

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the total number of staff of the Army welfare service for each year since 2010.

The Army Welfare Service (AWS) is delivered as part of wider welfare support provision across the Army. It provides second line welfare support through a confidential service, to the Army and its families, delivered by a mix of military and civilian specialist welfare workers who are led by civilian registered social workers. First line welfare support is provided at Unit level by the Chain of Command, Unit Welfare Officers, administrative staff, medical staff and pastoral support. The WRVS is also available at some locations.

The AWS is not allocated a separate annual budget. It sits within the Army’s Regional Command budget area. However, AWS expenditure incurred for the period financial year (FY) 2010-11 to FY2020-21 is held and is provided in Table 1 below.

Table 1: AWS expenditure FY 2010-11 to FY 2021-21

FY

Expenditure

2010-11

£19,116k

2011-12

£18,890k

2012-13

£17,362k

2013-14

£16,641k

2014-15

£15,932k

2015-16

£16,532k

2016-17

£16,884k

2017-18

£17,260k

2018-19

£16,184k

2019-20

£15,842k

2020-21

£15,326k

Information about the number of staff employed by the AWS is only held for 2012 onwards and is shown in the Table 2 below.

Table 2: AWS staff employed in each calendar year since 2012. This includes all AWS staff, not just caseworkers, such as business support staff.

Calendar Year

Number

2012

357

2013

347

2014

232

2015

317

2016

231

2017

231

2018

306

2019

263

2020

264

2021

263

Information about the number of referrals to the AWS is only held from 2016 onwards and is shown in the Table 3 below. Prior to this, there was no digital casework management system in place and the collation of statistics from paper records would be both time consuming and unreliable.

Table 3: Referrals to AWS for the period 2016 – 2021.

Calendar Year

Number of referrals to AWS

2016

2,726

2017

2,712

2018

2,669

2019

2,951

2020

2,732

2021

3,590

All AWS Personal Support Workers are either qualified Social Workers or graduates of the seven-month Defence Specialist Welfare Worker Course which was comprehensively updated in 2016. Additionally, since 2018 it has been mandated as part of their post qualifying development, they must undertake the AWS run MOD Domestic Violence Informed Practice (DVIP) Course, within six months of qualifying as Army Welfare Workers. Those who qualified before 2018 have also undertaken the DVIP Course. Information about the number of AWS staff who have undertaken specialist domestic abuse training is only held from 2016 onwards and is shown in the Table 4 below:

Table 4: Number of AWS staff who have completed the MOD DVIP Course since 2016.

Years

Number DVIP Trained

2016-2018

90

2019-20

163

2021

44

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the annual budget of the Army welfare service for each year since 2010.

The Army Welfare Service (AWS) is delivered as part of wider welfare support provision across the Army. It provides second line welfare support through a confidential service, to the Army and its families, delivered by a mix of military and civilian specialist welfare workers who are led by civilian registered social workers. First line welfare support is provided at Unit level by the Chain of Command, Unit Welfare Officers, administrative staff, medical staff and pastoral support. The WRVS is also available at some locations.

The AWS is not allocated a separate annual budget. It sits within the Army’s Regional Command budget area. However, AWS expenditure incurred for the period financial year (FY) 2010-11 to FY2020-21 is held and is provided in Table 1 below.

Table 1: AWS expenditure FY 2010-11 to FY 2021-21

FY

Expenditure

2010-11

£19,116k

2011-12

£18,890k

2012-13

£17,362k

2013-14

£16,641k

2014-15

£15,932k

2015-16

£16,532k

2016-17

£16,884k

2017-18

£17,260k

2018-19

£16,184k

2019-20

£15,842k

2020-21

£15,326k

Information about the number of staff employed by the AWS is only held for 2012 onwards and is shown in the Table 2 below.

Table 2: AWS staff employed in each calendar year since 2012. This includes all AWS staff, not just caseworkers, such as business support staff.

Calendar Year

Number

2012

357

2013

347

2014

232

2015

317

2016

231

2017

231

2018

306

2019

263

2020

264

2021

263

Information about the number of referrals to the AWS is only held from 2016 onwards and is shown in the Table 3 below. Prior to this, there was no digital casework management system in place and the collation of statistics from paper records would be both time consuming and unreliable.

Table 3: Referrals to AWS for the period 2016 – 2021.

Calendar Year

Number of referrals to AWS

2016

2,726

2017

2,712

2018

2,669

2019

2,951

2020

2,732

2021

3,590

All AWS Personal Support Workers are either qualified Social Workers or graduates of the seven-month Defence Specialist Welfare Worker Course which was comprehensively updated in 2016. Additionally, since 2018 it has been mandated as part of their post qualifying development, they must undertake the AWS run MOD Domestic Violence Informed Practice (DVIP) Course, within six months of qualifying as Army Welfare Workers. Those who qualified before 2018 have also undertaken the DVIP Course. Information about the number of AWS staff who have undertaken specialist domestic abuse training is only held from 2016 onwards and is shown in the Table 4 below:

Table 4: Number of AWS staff who have completed the MOD DVIP Course since 2016.

Years

Number DVIP Trained

2016-2018

90

2019-20

163

2021

44

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
25th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate she has made of the proportion of Afghans who are eligible under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy are still in Afghanistan.

The Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy is an enduring scheme. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis and each given due process and applicants may apply from anywhere in the world. For this reason, no estimate of total Afghans who are likely to be eligible under the scheme and are still in Afghanistan has been made. As at, 26 January 2022 over 8,000 ARAP eligible Afghans, principles and dependants, have been relocated to the UK and casework continues seven days a week to process pending applications.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
25th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 16 December 2021 to Question 91832, on Military Aid: Armed Forces, when he plans to publish MACA updates in the Library of the House.

As announced previously, a fortnightly summary of Defence assistance to the COVID response and UK resilience tasks will be placed in the Library of the House commencing this month, with the first such document placed today.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
25th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people eligible under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy have been relocated to the UK in each month since August 2021.

The Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) has been one of the most generous in the world, under which circa.1,300 Locally Employed Staff (LES) and others who supported the UK mission in Afghanistan have been relocated to the UK since April 2021, with a large proportion being evacuated on over 100 RAF flights as part of Operation PITTING.

We owe a debt of gratitude to all Afghan nationals who risked their lives working alongside UK forces. For this reason, the ARAP scheme is not time-limited and will endure, facilitating the relocation of eligible Afghans and their families, from third countries if possible.

As at 26 January 2022, the number of ARAP eligible principles relocated by month is shown in the table below:

April

0

May

1

June

24

July

188

August (inc Op PITTING)

981

September

19

October

41

November

81

December

60

January

84

Total

1,479

As at 26 January 2022 the overall total of ARAP eligible people (principles and dependants) who have been relocated to the UK since April 2021 is:

Prior to Op PITTING

1,978

During Op PITTING

Approximately 5,000

Since Op PITTING

1,210


James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to publish daily data on Channel crossings.

Detailed planning for Operation ISOTROPE is underway and further information, including relating to periodic data reporting, will be announced in due course.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2022 to Question 105352 on Veterans UK: Telephone Services, how many emails asking for support Veterans UK has received each year since 2010.

The below table details the number of emails the Veterans UK Helpline received for each financial year since 2015. Data prior to 2015 is not held. The Helpline remained open during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Calls and e-mails received can range from enquires about pension entitlement or compensation claims to welfare support and advice.

Financial Year

Emails

2015-16

26,340

2016-17

23,906

2017-18

20,110

2018-19

21,676

2019-20

24,003

2020-21

54,882

2021-22

39,419

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
20th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on defence and security cooperation between the UK and France of his decision to give the Navy primacy in tackling illegal Channel crossings.

The UK and France enjoy a strong defence and security relationship with many areas of shared interest, from operations in the Sahel to tackling the criminal networks behind people trafficking. The decision to give our Navy primacy over countering illegal Channel crossings will contribute to the common goals of both the UK and France to tackle this abhorrent activity.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he discussed his proposals for the Navy to take primacy for tackling illegal Channel crossings with his French counterpart.

The Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary remain responsible for engagement and negotiations with the French on our future relationship with regards to stemming irregular migration between Europe and the United Kingdom. The defence relationship with France remains strong, and Ministers engage with their French counterparts regularly on areas of joint interest.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Navy ships will be deployed in the Channel to tackle illegal migrant crossings.

There may be a requirement for the deployment of Royal Navy vessels to help to counter illegal migrant crossings, and Defence has a range of capabilities that may be called upon to contribute to this objective. Detailed planning for Operation ISOTROPE is underway and further detail will be announced in due course.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Navy have interception or interdiction powers for taking primacy over illegal Channel crossings.

The Royal Navy's role will focus on efficient command and coordination of cross-Government assets to improve surveillance, detection and interception capabilities. No new legal powers for the Navy are envisaged at this time.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what types of vessels which will be brought under Royal Navy command when it takes primacy for tackling illegal Channel crossings.

Detailed planning for Operation ISOTROPE is underway and further detail will be announced in due course. The capabilities that Defence makes available for this task are likely to include the same classes of naval vessels and airborne intelligence and surveillance assets that have previously supported the Home Office with countering small boat migration in the Channel.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason his Department rejected the Home Secretary’s MACA request in 2020 to assist with Channel crossings.

The Ministry of Defence has no record of a rejected Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA) request in 2020, relating to Channel crossings or counter migration support. Four such MACA requests in 2020 were approved encompassing the provision of intelligence and surveillance capabilities, and support relating to the management and accommodation of arrivals.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what tactics will the Royal Navy plans to use to deter migrants from crossing the Channel illegally.

Defence's contribution will focus on efficient command and coordination of cross-Government assets to improve surveillance, detection and interception capabilities. Operation ISOTROPE aims to prevent all uncontrolled arrival of migrants, with all migrant vessels intercepted before, or as, they land, on UK shores.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any additional funding will be provided to the Navy for taking primacy of deterring illegal Channel crossings.

The Government is committed to delivering a step change in countering irregular and uncontrolled migration in the English Channel. Planning for Operation ISOTROPE is underway and Defence will be engaging with the Home Office and Treasury, as needed, regarding the potential costs involved.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Navy will be given additional powers in order to assist in their role of primacy in preventing illegal Channel corssings.

The Royal Navy's role will focus on efficient command and coordination of cross-Government assets to improve surveillance, detection and interception capabilities. No new legal powers for the Navy are envisaged at this time.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Navy will have (a) command and (b) control powers over the (i) Border Force and (ii) UK coastguard vessels in its role of preventing illegal Channel crossings.

Operation ISOTROPE will see Defence have operational control of all cross-Government assets in the Channel involved in counter-migration operations.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of total cost to the Navy of taking primacy for deterring illegal Channel crossings.

The Government is committed to delivering a step change in countering irregular and uncontrolled migration in the English Channel. Planning for Operation ISOTROPE is underway and Defence will be engaging with the Home Office and Treasury, as needed, regarding the potential costs involved.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military accommodation has been (a) assessed and (b) chosen to house migrants who arrive in the UK following illegal Channel crossings.

Defence has previously provided Napier Barracks in Kent and Penally Camp in Pembrokeshire to the Home Office to provide additional capacity to house cross-channel migrants. Penally Camp was handed back to Defence in March 2021 however Napier Barracks is still in use by the Home Office. In addition, in December 2021 Defence made the former Defence Fire Training and Development Centre in Manston available to the Home Office to provide additional processing capacity in the South East of England. As part of reviewing the operational plans for the Channel, Defence is working closely with the Home Office to review the effectiveness of current arrangements, including processing and initial accommodation capacity. As part of this work, there may be a requirement for the use of additional military accommodation although no final decision has been taken.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
19th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Navy ships will be used to transport migrants from the English channel to (a) the UK, (b) France or (c) an offshore process centre.

Under Operation ISOTROPE, Defence's role is to enhance the UK's ability to respond to all irregular immigration and safety of life at sea incidents in the English Channel. Our planning assumptions are for persons intercepted in the Channel to be escorted to the UK in a safe and controlled manner, for onward processing.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the Government decided to give the Royal Navy primacy in tackling illegal Channel crossings; and which Minister took that decision.

Defence initiated planning for the Royal Navy to take primacy over counter migration operations in the English Channel on 30 December 2021. Efforts to tackle illegal Channel migration are cross-Government and include the work of the Cabinet Office taskforce led by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, with Ministerial decision making vested in the Cabinet and its sub-committees.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the defence AI strategy.

We expect to publish the strategy in spring 2022.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total amount of compensation paid by Veterans UK was in each year between 2010 and 2021.

The below tables provide a summary of Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)and War Pension Scheme (WPS) Expenditure by financial year.

Financial Year

AFCS Total Compensation Payable (£million)

WPS Total Compensation Payable (£million)

2009-10

34.2

979.6

2010-11

59.5

935.1

2011-12

141.5

915.7

2012-13

68.3

907.8

2013-14

90.6

859.0

2014-15

72.9

837.6

2015-16

80.7

794.8

2016-17

80.6

764.8

2017-18

87.8

723.2

2018-19

89.8

697.3

2019-20

90.0

680.3

2020-21p

84.3

652.4

  1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest £100,000.
  2. WPS Includes gratuity payments and those who opted to take the mesothelioma lump sum payment.
  3. p = 2020/21 accounts pending audit and may change in the future.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual budget for Veterans UK was in each year between 2010 and 2021.

Veterans UK is the public facing name given to Veterans Services provided by Defence Business Services (DBS), an enabling organisation of the Ministry of Defence since 2014 and does not exist as an independent entity.

The annual Budget allocated to the administration of Veterans services for each financial year is detailed in the below table. This includes the administration of Compensation Claims, Welfare Services, Pensions, some support to serving personnel and the running of Ilford Park Polish Home, but excludes the Veterans UK helpline which is included in other DBS budgets and not separately held. Data prior to 2015 is not held.

Financial Year

Total DEL (£million)

2021-22

17.620

2022-21

19.795

2019-20

17.220

2018-19

16.644

2017-18

15.607

2016-17

16.095

2015-16

19.052

2014-15

18.964

1. Control Total is as at the end of the Financial Year

2. Control Total is Near Cash (now known as Total DEL)

3. FY 2021-22's control total is as at AP09

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff were working at (a) Veterans UK and (b) its helpline in each year between 2010 and 2021.

Veterans UK is the public facing name given to Veterans Services provided by Defence Business Services (DBS), an enabling organisation of the Ministry of Defence since 2014 and does not exist as an independent entity.

  1. The average Full Time Equivalent (FTE) of DBS staff working on the delivery of Veterans services including the administration of compensation claims, welfare services, pensions, some support to serving personnel and the running of Ilford Park Polish Home since 2016 is detailed in the below table, figures prior to this date are not held:

Financial Year

Average FTE

2016-17

407.8

2017-18

395.8

2018-19

419.8

2019-20

439.8

2020-21

431.8

2021-22

426.7

(b) The average FTE of all DBS staff working on the Veterans UK helpline since 2015 is detailed in the below table, figures prior to this date are not held:

Financial Year

Average FTE

2015-16

10.43

2016-17

9.68

2017-18

15.2

2018-19

13.64

2019-20

12.37

2020-21

12.77

2021-22

13.82

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many calls the Veterans UK helpline received in each year between 2010 and 2021.

The below table details the number of call the Veterans UK Helpline received for each financial year since 2015. Data prior to 2015 is not held. The Helpline remained open during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, however customer behaviour changed and a greater number of email enquiries were received. Calls and e-mails received can range from enquires about pension entitlement or compensation claims to welfare support and advice.

Financial Year

Calls

2015-16

158,375

2016-17

127,464

2017-18

130,225

2018-19

128,373

2019-20

111,206

2020-21

31,345

2021-22

53,894

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many calls the Veterans UK helpline received in each month of 2021.

The below table details the number of calls received by the Veterans UK helpline for each month of 2021. Calls received by the helpline can range from enquires about pension entitlement or compensation claims to welfare support and advice.

2021

Calls

January

2,910

February

2,476

March

3,535

April

3,276

May

2,824

June

2,539

July

1,834

August

3,284

September

3,642

October

3,120

November

3,227

December

2,282

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 January 2022 to Question 96770 on Kickstart Scheme: Defence, how many kickstart positions were (a) advertised and (b) filled in the Ministry of Defence during 2021.

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

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish (a) the criteria of selection for the Committee for the National Flagship and (b) who appoints officials to the committee.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given to Question 101622 answered on 14 January 2022.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there are targets for the use of British steel in the construction of the National Flagship.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 28 July 2021 to Question 26101 to the Member for Houghton and Sunderland South (Bridget Phillipson).

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the (a) names and (b) roles of the people sitting on the Committee for the National Flagship.

Members of the National Flagship Aesthetics panel will be selected by myself on the basis of acknowledged relevant expertise. No members have yet been appointed to the panel, or individual roles agreed. It is anticipated that the panel will convene and complete its assessment during Spring 2022.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the Committee for the National Flagship is expected to begin the formal process of assessing submitted designs for the National Flagship; and when he expects that Committee's assessment to be complete.

Members of the National Flagship Aesthetics panel will be selected by myself on the basis of acknowledged relevant expertise. No members have yet been appointed to the panel, or individual roles agreed. It is anticipated that the panel will convene and complete its assessment during Spring 2022.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the Defence Arctic Strategy as announced on 30 September 2018.

The Ministry of Defence plans to publish the Defence High North Strategy in the spring.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of ARAP applications received by his Department in each month (a) have been processed with a final decision given and (b) await a decision on eligibility, before the new eligibility criteria were introduced on 14 December 2021.

We owe a debt of gratitude to all Afghan nationals who risked their lives working alongside UK forces. As such, the ARAP Scheme has been one of the most generous relocation programmes in the world. It is not time-limited and will endure, facilitating the relocation of eligible Afghans and their families, from third countries if possible.

Due to constraints on accessible data, the information requested is only available from October onwards and can be found in the table below:

Month

Applications Received

Eligibility Decisions Made

October

5,998

706

November

4,636

1,450

December

2,631

803

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many press officers have been employed by his Department in each year since 2015.

The current number of media relations officers (press officers) within the Directorate of Defence Communications, the central lead for Defence Communications within the MOD is 18 posts. The number has remained broadly consistent since financial year (FY) 2016-17 as per the table below. Data for FY 2015-16 is not held.

FY

DDC Media Relation Officers

2016-17

17

2017-18

18

2018-19

18

2019-20

18

2020-21

17

2021-22

18

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to set targets for the use of UK steel in (a) Fleet Solid Support Ships, (b) Tempest, (c) Type 32 Frigates, (d) Type 83 Destroyers and (e) other contracts tendered by his Department.

Steel is procured in accordance with Cabinet Office guidelines. Many defence programmes require specialised steels that are not manufactured in the UK; nevertheless, we encourage the sourcing of UK steel wherever it is technically and commercially feasible.

Steel for our major defence programmes is generally sourced by our prime contractors from a range of UK and international suppliers. This Government is committed to creating the right conditions in the UK for a competitive and sustainable steel industry. It publishes its future pipeline for steel requirements, together with data on how Departments are complying with steel procurement guidance. This enables UK steel manufacturers to better plan and bid for Government contracts.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has targets for the proportion of UK steel used on the (a) Ajax, (b) Boxer, (c) Astute, (d) Dreadnought, (e) Type 26 Frigate and (f) Type 31 Frigate programmes.

Steel is procured in accordance with Cabinet Office guidelines. Many defence programmes require specialised steels that are not manufactured in the UK; nevertheless, we encourage the sourcing of UK steel wherever it is technically and commercially feasible.

Steel for our major defence programmes is generally sourced by our prime contractors from a range of UK and international suppliers. This Government is committed to creating the right conditions in the UK for a competitive and sustainable steel industry. It publishes its future pipeline for steel requirements, together with data on how Departments are complying with steel procurement guidance. This enables UK steel manufacturers to better plan and bid for Government contracts.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the 7,100 Armed Forces personnel on standby for resilience tasks have received their covid-19 booster jab.

Every member of the Armed Forces has been offered vaccination and boosters when sufficient time has elapsed since their second vaccine dose.

40% of Service personnel have been boosted thus far. Uptake broadly matches the general population.

We continue to encourage all Service personnel to get boosted at the first opportunity.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel who have been deployed to help the NHS (a) alleviate winter pressures and (b) support covid-19 vaccine programme have received their covid-19 booster jab.

As at 7 Jan 2022, there are 1,792 Armed Forces personnel deployed to alleviate winter pressures. Of these, 71% have received a COVID-19 booster jab. 939 personnel are deployed in support of the COVID-19 vaccination programme and 66% have received a booster jab.

The rates of booster uptake amongst the winter resilience force are ahead of the wider Defence population and those of similar age groups within the general population, and we continue to work to improve rates of uptake to ensure that every person in Defence takes up their offer of receiving a booster when they are eligible.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether armed forces personnel deployed to support care homes are included within the current mandatory vaccination regime for care home staff.

It is mandatory for all Service personnel deploying to patient-facing hospital or care home roles to be up to date with all applicable COVID-19 vaccinations/boosters. As at 5 January 2022, there are no military personnel currently deployed in support of care homes.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many trained regular army soldiers there were in each of the Army's regiments and corps in each year since 2010.

The number of trained Regular Soldiers as at 1 April, each year from 2017 to 2021, broken down by Arm/Service, is shown in the table below. Information for years 2010 - 2016 has already been provided as part of a previous parliamentary question and can be found at the following link: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2016-09-15/46584

Arm/Service

1 Apr 2017

1 Apr 2018

1 Apr 2019

1 Apr 2020

1 Apr 2021

Total

75,619

74,070

71,869

70,445

73,446

Staff

704

715

723

726

752

Household Cavalry/Royal Armoured Corps

4,486

4,399

4,313

4,241

4,431

Royal Regiment of Artillery

5,922

5,727

5,466

5,228

5,506

Corps of Royal Engineers

7,245

7,092

6,892

6,689

7,500

Royal Corps of Signals

5,658

5,739

5,623

5,433

5,676

Infantry

19,018

18,053

17,121

17,057

18,023

Army Air Corps

1,628

1,591

1,502

1,510

1,542

Royal Army Chaplain’s Department

131

126

118

117

120

The Royal Logistic Corps

10,448

10,406

10,140

9,982

9,941

Royal Army Medical Corps

2,950

3,024

3,008

3,060

3,095

Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

7,464

7,309

7,275

7,012

7,358

Adjutant Generals Corps Staff & Personnel Support

3,223

3,218

3,107

2,958

3,033

Adjutant Generals Corps Royal Military Police

1,509

1,463

1,437

1,355

1,320

Adjutant Generals Corps Military Provost Service

175

178

165

149

141

Adjutant General’s Corps Educational and Training

274

275

285

280

302

Adjutant General’s Corps Army Legal Services Branch

99

99

88

89

91

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

354

353

341

337

350

Small Arms School Corps

147

146

143

142

142

Royal Army Dental Corps

227

212

201

188

182

Intelligence Corps

1,693

1,676

1,648

1,618

1,689

Royal Army Physical Training Corps

443

435

429

433

435

Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

871

880

913

927

949

Royal Corps of Army Music

697

690

674

675

646

Senior Soldier Continuity Posts

247

242

249

219

213

Source: Analysis Army

Notes/Caveats:

1. 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. Figures represent personnel's Arm/Service, regardless of the Unit they are serving in.

3. At any one situation date in the above table, there are less than circa 20 people who according to the Joint Personnel Administration System (JPA), do not have a known Arm/Service attributed to them. Whilst they are included in the total, they have not been included in the breakdown.

4. All Officers of Paid Rank Colonel and above are included in Staff, regardless of previous Arm/Service.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many highly skilled jobs (a) in total and (b) at Rolls Royce's Filton facility will be created as a result of the agreement between the UK and Japanese Governments to develop a joint jet engine demonstrator.

The UK is delighted to work with Japan, a close and highly capable partner, on plans to develop a combat air engine demonstrator. Work on the joint engine demonstrator will kickstart early this year, with the UK initially investing £30 million in planning, digital designs and innovative manufacturing developments. A further £200 million of UK funding is expected to go towards developing a full-scale demonstrator power system, supporting hundreds of highly skilled jobs, including many at Rolls-Royce’s Filton facility in Bristol.

Rolls Royce have indicated that the first stage of this work is expected to support up to 50 jobs, to establish the demonstrator design requirements and associated collaboration arrangements. The total number of highly skilled jobs at the Filton facility will be subject to the output of this phase but is expected to increase from 2023.

The demonstrator will support the broader FCAS programme, which already employs over 2,000 highly skilled personnel including engineers and programmers. The FCAS programme entered the Concept and Assessment Phase last year and our industry partners are increasing their recruitment of highly skilled personnel to support this work. The development of innovative technologies critical to the future of the Defence aerospace industry will bring together some of the very best design and manufacturing engineers, programme managers, and commercial specialists in the UK Defence industry.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Statement of changes to the Immigration Rules published on 14 December 2021, HC 913, if she will make a comparative assessment of roles that meet eligibility requirements for the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme under (a) the criteria of furthering the UK’s military and national security objectives and (b) previous ARAP criteria for assistance to locally employed staff.

The amendments to the immigration rules, as laid by the Home Secretary, are intended to ensure greater clarity and consistency for potential applicants, and that ARAP policy is reflected accurately. As such, there has been no substantive change in the ARAP eligibility criteria. Furthermore, the amended immigration rules will not apply retrospectively, and as such only applicants that have not yet undergone eligibility assessments will be assessed under the new rules.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individual Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applicants have been relocated to the UK each month since April 2021.

The Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) has been one of the most generous in the world, under which circa.1,300 Locally Employed Staff (LES) and others who supported the UK mission in Afghanistan have been relocated to the UK since April 2021, with a large proportion being evacuated on over 100 RAF flights as part of Operation PITTING.

We owe a debt of gratitude to all Afghan nationals who risked their lives working alongside UK forces. For this reason, the ARAP scheme is not time-limited and will endure, facilitating the relocation of eligible Afghans and their families, from third countries if possible.

As at 16 December 2021, the number of ARAP eligible principles relocated by month is shown in the table below:

April

0

May

1

June

24

July

188

August (inc Op PITTING)

981

September

11

October

30

November

70

December

47

Total

1,352

As at 16 December 2021 the overall total of ARAP eligible people (families and dependants) who have been relocated to the UK since April 2021 is:

Prior to Op PITTING

1,978

During Op PITTING

Approximately 5,000

Since Op PITTING

674

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghans with confirmed eligibility for assistance through the ARAP scheme remain in Afghanistan.

As at 16 December 2021, of the 311 ARAP-eligible principals who we were not able to evacuate before the end of OP PITTING; 165 are currently known to be in Afghanistan. The ARAP scheme is not time limited, and we continue to receive and approve applications to the scheme. All those who worked for Her Majesty's Government (HMG) in qualifying roles remain eligible. In addition, those who worked in meaningful enabling roles alongside HMG in extraordinary and unconventional contexts will also be considered. Efforts to support all eligible Afghans and to help them to come to the UK are continuing.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules, HC 913, published on 14 December 2021, how many successful Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme applicants now in the UK would have been (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful under the new eligibility criteria for the ARAP scheme.

The amendments to the immigration rules, as laid by the Home Secretary, are intended to ensure that the ARAP policy is correctly reflected in those rules and to ensure greater clarity and consistency for potential applicants. The amended eligibility criteria will not apply retrospectively, and as such only applicants that have not yet undergone eligibility assessments will be assessed under the new criteria.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
14th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has provided data on armed forces personnel to Kenyan authorities in relation to the investigation into the death of Agnes Wanjiru.

It would be inappropriate to comment on the details of an ongoing police investigation in another jurisdiction. The Ministry of Defence continues to support the Kenyan authorities in respect of their inquiries into the death of Ms Wanjiru.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
14th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the establishment of the new Land Regional Hub in Germany will require purchasing of land in Germany.

The Ministry of Defence has no current plans to purchase land in Germany.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2021 to Question 88654, what specific costs were entailed in the £2.1 billion spent removing the British Army’s footprint from Germany.

The drawdown of troops permanently based in Germany since 2010 has cost £2.1 billion and has returned 20,000 service personnel and their families as well as civil servants, contractors and support teams to the UK. The Ministry of Defence considers that this drawdown continues to support the most advantageous basing laydown of our personnel.

The rebasing of personnel from Germany should not be confused with the decision in the Integrated Review to maintain a stock of equipment in Germany to allow more rapid deployment of land forces into the European theatre if necessary. This forward basing of equipment was largely already in place to support the training facility in Sennelager that was retained during the drawdown of the garrison. Support to this facility will require, on current plans, an additional 19 troops to be based in Germany from April 2022.

The breakdown of the £2.1 billion is as follows:

  • £1.8 billion under the Army Basing Programme (ABP). This represents the cost of providing new or refurbished living and technical accommodation for units that returned from Germany, along with the associated moving costs. This included the provision of c.1,400 new family homes and thousands of new single living bed spaces as well as investment in local infrastructure.

  • £293 million under the BORONA Programme. This represents the cost of initial unit moves which took place between 2010-2015, including the move of HQ ARRC from Rhine Garrison to the UK.
James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
14th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many troops will be deployed in Germany as part of the new Land Regional Hub.

We are planning for 19 additional troops to be deployed to Germany from April 2022 to deliver the forward basing of armoured vehicles and exercising troops as a part of the Land Regional Hub.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
14th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2021 to Question 88654 on Germany: Army and with reference to page 158 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14, whether the £1.5 billion loss from impairment charges for land and buildings resulting from the early withdrawal of Forces from Germany is included in the £2.1 billion spent removing the British Army’s footprint from Germany.

Any loss from impairment charges for land and buildings is not included in the £2.1 billion spent in relocating British Army units from Germany.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost has been of maintaining the seven month deployment of the Carrier Strike Group to the Indo-Pacific to date.

The additional operating cost of deploying the Carrier Strike Group is currently estimated at £74 million, this covers any costs incurred above what those personnel and capabilities deployed would usually cost to defence, for example fuel costs, operational allowances, and other incidental costs. Further work is ongoing to refine those cost estimates and provide a final figure.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2021 to Question 76577, on Merlin Helicopters: Expenditure, whether the incorrect recording of Merlin component lives leading to the fruitless payment of £20.995 million is related to the loss of Merlin Helicopter engineering record cards referred to in the fruitless payments section on page 160 of the Ministry of Defence Annual Reports and Accounts 2011-12 resulting in a fruitless payment of £564,000.

The two fruitless payments covered in these Annual Report and Accounts (ARAc) entries relate to separate events. The fruitless payment of £20.995 million, referenced in the Department's ARAc financial year (FY) 2014-15, reflect additional costs incurred under the Integrated Merlin Operational Support contract including a period of reduced aircraft availability in delivery of the Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme. There were underlying issues with some aspects of data and asset management on this platform within the Department leading to additional costs under the support contract and as a result of limiting availability of aircraft for a capability sustainment programme.

The £0.564 million fruitless payment covered in the FY2011-12 ARAc relates to the same Operational Support Contract. The payment was for additional costs that were incurred by the supplier due to the loss within the Ministry of Defence of a number of Engineering Record Cards. Component lives and the consumption of these lives as well as records of modification, repair and overhaul, were recorded on the cards. Without this information, worst case assumptions (penalty lives) had to be made about the life of components in order to be assured that the aircraft remained safe, which increased the need for maintenance and replacement parts.

The Department has since reviewed and improved its procedures, including the use of new record-keeping software, to avoid further such costs arising.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with what countries the carrier strike group has had (a) engagements and (b) military exercises to date; and what those engagements and military exercises were.

The table below sets out the countries and/or overseas territories that the UK Carrier Strike Group has interacted with during the 2021 deployment. This also includes activity undertaken by our Integrated Partners, the Netherlands and United States.

Country/ Overseas Territory

Engagement

Military Exercise

Australia

N/A

Passing Exercise (PASSEX), air interaction, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD. (Five Powers Defence Arrangements Exercise hosted by Malaysia with participants from Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.) Maritime Partnership Exercise (with US and Japan). Press Release

Bahrain

Participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group. Press Release

N/A

Bangladesh

Port Visit to Chattogram. Press Release

PASSEX with the Bangladeshi Navy, training with Bangladesh Special Forces. Press Release

British Indian Ocean Territory

Port Visit to Diego Garcia.

N/A

Brunei

Port Visit to Bandar Seri Begawan.

N/A

Cambodia

Virtual Defence Engagement.

N/A

Canada

N/A

Exercise PACIFIC CROWN (Pacific Ocean) South China Sea navigation in company.

Cyprus

Port Visit to Limassol and Larnaca.

N/A

Djibouti

Port Visit to Djibouti and support to Allied Appreciation Fly Past. Press Release

N/A

Egypt

Port Visit to Alexandria, Defence Engagement.

N/A

France

N/A

Exercises Atlantic Trident (North Atlantic) and Gallic Strike (Mediterranean). Press Release

Georgia

Port Visit to Batumi.

At sea PASSEX with the Georgian Navy.

Gibraltar

Port Visit and hosted reception at sea.

N/A

Greece

Port Visit to Piraeus and Souda.

N/A

Guam

Port visit to Guam.

N/A

India

Port Visit to Goa and Mumbai. Defence Engagement

Maritime Participation Exercise in the Indian Ocean. Press Release Exercise Konkan Shakti. Press Release

Indonesia

Port visit to Jakarta and Virtual Defence Engagement.

At sea PASSEX with the Indonesian Navy.

Iraq

Participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group.

N/A

Israel

Port Visit to Haifa.

Exercise Falcon Strike and Exercise Tri-Lightning (both in the Mediterranean).

Italy

Port Visit to Augusta, Messina and Taranto. Defence Engagement, including a trilateral meeting between the UK, Italy and Turkey which was hosted by the Secretary of State for Defence. Press Release Co Host – North Atlantic Council Defence Engagement.

Exercise Falcon Strike, transit in western Mediterranean. Press Release Cross Deck of F35 between ITS CAVOUR and HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH. Press Release

Japan

Port visits to Sasebo, Yokosuka, Funakoshi. Reception and capability demonstration.

Exercise PACIFIC CROWN (Pacific Ocean), quad carrier exercise (with two carriers from the USA, one from Japan and HMS Queen Elizabeth), South China Sea navigation in company. Maritime Partnership Exercise (with US and Australia). Passing Exercise in Indian Ocean. Press Release Press Release

Jordan

Port Visit to Aqaba and participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group.

16 Air Assault Brigade Joint Theatre Entry Exercise. Press Release

Kenya

Port Visit to Mombasa. Defence Engagement supported by the Minister for the Armed Forces.

Exercise with Kenyan Armed Forces. Press Release

Kuwait

Participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group.

N/A

Malaysia

N/A

PASSEX, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD.

Malta

Port Visit to Valletta.

N/A

Montenegro

Port visit to Bar, Reception and Capability Demonstration. Defence Engagement, including an event led by Minister of State (Lords). Press Release Press Release

N/A

Netherlands

Integrated Partner.

Integrated Partner.

New Zealand

Not Applicable.

South China Sea Transit in company, Exercise BERSAMA GOLD.

Oman

Port Visit to Duqm and Muscat which included Defence Engagement led by the Secretary of State for Defence. Press Release Participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group.

Exercise KHANJAR OMAN and Maritime exercises with the Omani military. Press Release

Pakistan

Port Visit to Karachi.

Bilateral training exercise with the Pakistani Navy.

Portugal

Port Visit to Lisbon.

N/A

Qatar

Participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group.

N/A

Republic of Korea

Defence Engagement - at sea reception and capability demonstration.

Search and rescue exercise. Press Release

Romania

Port Visit to Constanta.

N/A

Saudi Arabia

Port Visit to Jeddah and Participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group.

At sea PASSEX with the Royal Saudi Navy.

Singapore

Port visit to Sembawang. Reception and capability demonstration.

PASSEX including some limited air exercising, participation in Exercise BERSAMA GOLD. Press Release Press Release

Spain

Port Visit to Alicante, Cartagena, Palma, Barcelona, La Coruna, and Rota.

F-35B Participation in Tactical Leadership programme (TLP).

Sri Lanka

Port Visit to Colombo.

Search and Rescue Exercise with the Sri Lankan Navy.

Thailand

Virtual Defence Engagement.

Co-ordinated maritime manoeuvres. Press Release

Turkey

Port Visit to Istanbul, with Defence Engagement, including a trilateral meeting between the UK, Italy and Turkey which was hosted by the Secretary of State for Defence. Press Release Press Release

N/A

United Arab Emirates

Participation in the CDS-led Dragon Group.

Air support to Advanced Training and Leadership Course (ATLC).

Ukraine

Port Visit to Odessa, with Defence Engagement led by the Minister for Defence Procurement. Press Release

At sea PASSEX with the Ukrainian Navy.

United States of America

Integrated Partner.

Further to being an Integrated Partner, the Carrier Strike Group interacted with additional US assets in dual, tri and quad carrier exercises. Press Release Press Release

Vietnam

Port Visit to Da Nang and virtual Defence Engagement.

At sea PASSEX with the Vietnamese Navy.

NATO*

At-sea NATO Ambassadorial visit, hosted by the Minister for Defence Procurement, and capability demonstrations. Press Release

Exercise Steadfast Defender (North Atlantic), Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 - Operation Sea Guardian (Mediterranean). Press Release Press Release

*Whilst not a country, assets from the UK Carrier Strike Group also participated in NATO-led military exercises and engagements.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Oral contribution of 2 November 2020, Official Report, column 5, if he will reinstate his practice of placing in the Library of the House updates on a weekly basis of the military aid to the civil authorities tasks that are being fulfilled.

We will publish details of Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA) tasks on a fortnightly basis beginning in January 2022. These updates will be placed in the Library of the House.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what vehicle is intended to replace the AS90 artillery capability when the AS90 retires.

The process for the identification of the mobile Fires platform, the successor to the AS90, is well underway, but not yet complete. A number of solutions remain under consideration but it would be inappropriate to comment on these until this process is complete.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost of the Mobile Fires Programme is and if the programme will remain on budget.

The Mobile Fires Platform (the principal project within the Close Fires Programme) remains in the Concept phase. It is, therefore, too early to understand the whole life cost of the Programme.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when does he expect the Mobile Fires Programme to reach initial operational capability.

On current plans, an Initial Operating Capability for the Mobile Fires Platform will be achieved in 2029.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of Armed Forces personnel who have experienced symptoms and side effects typically associated with Long Covid after testing negative for covid-19; and how many personnel are experiencing those symptoms as of 9 December 2021.

As of 9 December 2021, there were 219 UK Armed Forces personnel whose medical records indicated on-going COVID symptoms and post-COVID syndrome. It is not possible to identify from military medical records how many of these personnel had previously tested negative for COVID-19.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament.

The United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent will remain essential for as long as the global security environment demands. However, the UK is fully committed to the long-term goal of a world without nuclear weapons. The UK supports the Stockholm Initiative for Nuclear Disarmament, and we value their leadership in this area. Although we do not agree with all of their recommendations, the UK has constructive engagement with Sweden and a broad range of international partners on disarmament issues.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last spoke to his counterparts in Russia and China on the NPT Review Conference taking place in January 2022.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is the lead Government department for matters relating to the Treaty on the NonProliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and preparations for the Review Conference including relevant discussions between States party to the Treaty.

Ministry of Defence officials regularly support FCDO engagement on this topic. They have regular engagement with their Russian and Chinese counterparts on the NPT through the P5 process; including during the recent P5 Process Paris Conference on 2-3 December.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in his Department are working on issues of non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament as of 9 December 2021.

The Counter Proliferation and Arms Control Centre (CPACC), a joint unit drawing on expertise from the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the Department for International Trade and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, leads on the UK approach to issues of non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament. Five MOD officials work on nuclear disarmament and counter proliferation issues within CPACC. Within the Defence Nuclear Organisation and Atomic Weapons Establishment, a further 44 officials work on research into arms control verification and monitoring for nuclear tests. These full-time roles are supported by nuclear policy officials, geographic and thematic policy advisors, intelligence analysts and technical experts from the wider MOD and across Government.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what dates he last met the Prime Minister to discuss the matter of the 2022 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

The Defence Secretary has regular meetings with the Prime Minister on a range of nuclear policy issues. However, the right hon. Member may find it helpful to note that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is the lead Government department for matters relating to the Treaty on the NonProliferation of Nuclear Weapons and preparations for the Review Conference.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Written Statement of 9 December 2021, HCWS 461 on Deployment of UK military engineers to Poland, how many UK military engineers are being deployed to Poland to support the Polish armed forces.

We are deploying a Squadron of Royal Engineers to Poland, numbering approximately 140 personnel.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22 November 2021 to Question 79285 on Ministry of Defence: Staff, what the average cost to his Department is of employing a civilian personnel including (a) basic pay, (b) employer National Insurance and (c) pension.

The Department reports a median of the total remuneration of civilian staff as part of the Accountability Report - Pay Multiples analysis included in our Annual Report and Accounts (ARAc). Figures reflect the median remuneration values for civilians included in our response to Question 79285 with the addition of employer National Insurance and Pension contributions. The 2020-21 median civilian remuneration will be disclosed in the 2020-21 ARAc which is subject to final review and approval and will be published shortly.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2021 to Question 83247, on what date did he last have discussions with counterparts in the countries that make up the Joint Expeditionary Force on the security implications of climate change in the Arctic region.

The Defence Secretary's collective discussion on the security implications of climate change in the Artic with his counterparts in the countries that make up the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) was on 20 October at a meeting of Northern Group Defence Ministers (all members of the JEF are also members of the Northern Group).

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many interviews have been conducted by Kenyan authorities with (a) current and (b) former UK armed forces personnel in relation to the death of Agnes Wanjiru.

It would be inappropriate to comment on the details of an ongoing police investigation in another jurisdiction. The Ministry of Defence continues to support the Kenyan authorities in respect of their inquiries into the death of Ms Wanjiru.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Prime Minister of 19 November 2020, Official Report, column 499, what progress he has made on establishing a unit to ensure value for money from his Department's spending settlement.

In addition to the changes we have made through the Ministry of Defence's (MOD) Approach to Investment Decisions (MAID), we continue to strengthen both our strategy and delivery structures and processes. This will enhance our ability to monitor and evaluate delivery against our priority outcomes, including value for money, and respond to delivery issues.

MOD will continue to report on delivery via the Government's planning and performance framework.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel and their families received an initial assessment by the Defence Medical Services in each year since 2010.

All Armed Forces candidates are medically assessed to determine suitability for service entry. Once in service, personnel receive primary healthcare from the Defence Medical Services.

The Defence Medical Information Capability Programme (DMICP) is the source of electronic, integrated healthcare records for the Armed Forces and entitled military dependants. Searches of DMICP Read codes are used to produce various statistical data about Defence healthcare. However, DMICP searches cannot determine when all individuals had an 'initial assessment' in a Defence Primary Care pathway. Consequently, the information required to answer the question is not held in the format requested.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
2nd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2021 to Question 83229 on Army: Reorganisation, what estimate he has made of the total planned strength of the infantry by 2024-25.

The total planned strength of the infantry by 2025-25 will be c.19,400.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the army restructure will result in the closure of any British armed forces bases overseas.

There are no plans to close any British Armed Forces overseas bases as a result of Future Soldier.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the army restructure on the number of personnel in the infantry.

The small reduction in the size of the Army will ensure a force that will be more effectively matched to current and future threats. The significant reorganisation of force structures and re-balancing between arms and services will result in a small reduction in the numbers of the Infantry. There will be no redundancies to military personnel and the workforce will be re-apportioned to other roles in the Army.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 10 of the Future Soldier Guide, when he expects the Force Mental Health team to be established within the Field Army.

The new high readiness Force Mental Health Team is planned to be established by November 2023, but its formation and some delivery will begin as soon as personnel become available. There will be two new teams, one within each of two new Multi-Role Medical Regiments, consisting of Mental Health Nurses with access to an on-call Psychiatrist.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish a list of armed forces bases in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland that will close in the next 24 months.

A list of all Ministry of Defence (MOD) assets for sale and those coming up for sale are published on the Defence Disposal Database, which can be accessed via the following link:

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

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 23 of the Future Soldier Guide, which body within his Department will lead the development of the Mercury procurement concept.

The Army will lead the development of the Mercury project.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to publish the Armed Forces Family Strategy by the end of 2021.

The Ministry of Defence intends to publish the Armed Forces Families Strategy in December 2021.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his oral contribution of 25 November 2021, Official Report, column 492, if he will make a statement on progress made on Morpheus.

MORPHEUS will deliver a major part of the next generation of Communication and Information Systems for forces operating in the Land Tactical Environment, inclusive of The Royal Marines and elements of the Royal Air Force.

The MORPHEUS Evolve to Open (EvO) Transition Partner contract, placed with General Dynamics Mission Systems UK (GDMS (UK)) in 2017, aims to deliver the foundation of the agreed MOD digital communications strategy. The initial programme was due to complete before April 2021 but this has not been achieved. A temporary (no cost to MOD) contract extension has been agreed with GDMS (UK) while full consideration is given to the best route to achieve Defence’s objectives to deliver capabilities appropriate for an increasingly digital Land environment.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much and what proportion of his Department's £6.6 billion research and development budget will be spent on the army.

Over the four-year period (2021-2024) of the Spending Review, the Army has been allocated a Research & Development (R&D) budget totalling £729 million. This represents 11% of Defence's £6.6 billion R&D budget. However, it is important to note that R&D is often commissioned centrally to provide support to multiple Front Line Commands (FLCs) or that funding allocated to other FLCs provides Defence-wide benefits to more than one Service.

One example is the centrally commissioned Science and Technology programme, that has commissioned new projects on Artificial Intelligence (£59 million), Machine Speed Command and Control (£23 million), Digital Battlespace (£22 million) and Novel Electronics and Computing (£8 million), all of which will generate benefits for the Army if realised. Another example is the £150 million Gamechanger project on Directed Energy Weapons commissioned by Defence Innovation. This will provide a number of demonstrators including Ground Based Air Defence and Counter-UAS, projects that again if successful would provide benefit to the Army.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his oral contribution of 25 November 2021, Official Report, column 484, if he will publish details of the planned investment in industry and estate for each nation.

The Ministry of Defence provides regular updates on our expenditure by nation and region with industry and commerce; these are available through gov.uk.

Over the next 10 years the Army is investing £5.853 billion Capital Expenditure and £12.130 billion Resource Expenditure in support of delivering a modernised Army and Training Estate, to support the delivery of the UK’s military capabilities.

However providing detailed future expenditure per region would be to pre-judge prospective competitions and their outcomes.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his oral contribution of 25 November 2021, Official Report, column 483, when the new deep recce strike brigade combat team will be (a) equipped and (b) operational.

The regiments that will comprise the 1st Deep Recce Strike Brigade Combat Team (BCT) are already equipped and operational; they will be brought together through the merger of 1st Artillery Brigade and 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade in Summer 2022. The Integrated Review has set the Armed Forces on a course of transformation to meet the threats of the future and as part of this process equipment will be retired and, as appropriate, replaced.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individual Afghan Locally Employed Staff were relocated to the UK under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy in each month since April 2021.

The Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) has been one of the most generous in the world, under which circa.1,300 Locally Employed Staff (LES) have been relocated to the UK since April 2021, with a large proportion being evacuated on over 100 RAF flights as part of Operation PITTING.

We owe a debt of gratitude to all Afghan nationals who risked their lives working alongside UK forces. For this reason, the ARAP scheme is not time-limited and will endure, facilitating the relocation of eligible Afghans and their families, from third countries if possible.

ARAP eligible principles, including some designated as Category 4, relocated by month are in the table below. This does not include families or dependants:

April

0

May

1

June

24

July

188

August (inc Op PITTING)

981

September

11

October

30

November

70

Total

1,305

The overall total of Afghans (including families and dependants) who have been relocated to the UK since April 2021 is:

Prior to Op PITTING

1,978

During Op PITTING

Approximately 5,000

Since Op PITTING

514

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 8 of the Future Soldier Guide, what steps his Department taking to help ensure that opportunities for promoting through the ranks of the Armed Forces are increased.

The British Army is taking many steps to ensure the increase of promotion opportunities for its personnel. For example, the delivery of Single Officer Terms of Service means Senior Soldier Entry officers will no longer have a rank ceiling. Furthermore, Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) policy development is delivering increased flexibility to transfer within the Regular Army and across the whole force, whilst also removing barriers to ensure more personnel filter into qualifying zones for promotion.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Defence of 25 November 2021, Official Report, column 483, if he will publish a list of his planned network of regional hubs.

Land Regional Hubs will be established as part of the wider Defence Global Hub concept that will support the delivery of regional Military Strategic Objectives. The Army will capitalise on our pre-existing network of overseas bases in Oman, Kenya, Brunei, Belize and Germany, integrating with and augmenting the existing global network for Defence.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his oral contribution of 25 November 2021, Official Report, column 485, when the new reserve brigade based in York will (a) open and (b) be fully recruited.

The reformed 19th Brigade will be established in 2022. It will be specifically designed to command and force generate Army Reserve combat units which are already part of the Army's structure. Headquarters staff, based in York, will be selected for, and take up their posts in line with normal Army procedures.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his oral contribution of 25 November 2021, Official Report, column 484, what estimate he has made of the number of Army personnel that will be based in each nation.

Whilst there are exact figures known for the Devolved Nations, the exact figures for England are not held. For consistency, we have therefore rounded all personnel figures to the nearest 100.

Current Structure

Future Soldier Structure

No. of major units

No. of Personnel (Regular)

% of the Army (Regular)

No. of Personnel (Reserve)

% of the Army (Reserve)

No. of major units

No. of Personnel (Regular)

% of the Army (Regular)

No. of Personnel (Reserve)

% of the Army (Reserve)

Scotland

6

4,185

5.1%

3,404

11%

7

3,984

5.5%

3,404

11%

England

114

c71,400

86%

c23,400

77%

109

c61,500

84%

c23,400

77%

Wales

2

1,419

1.7%

1,670

5%

3

1,715

2.4%

1,670

5%

Northern Ireland

3

1,604

1.9%

2,047

7%

3

1,434

2%

2,047

7%

Additionally, the British Army currently has c3,800 Regular personnel (c5.3% of overall Regular workforce) based overseas. This includes 3 x Major Units (2 x Bns in Cyprus and 1 x Bn in Brunei).

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the countries that make up the Joint Expeditionary Force on the security implications of climate change in the Arctic region.

I regularly discuss regional security issues, including the implications of climate change in the Arctic and High North, with my counterparts from the countries that make up the Joint Expeditionary Force - collectively as the JEF, but also bilaterally and in the Northern Group format.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 20 of the Future Soldier Guide, when the Defence BattleLab is planned to be established.

The Defence Battlelab reached initial operating capability in March 2021 with completion of the phase one build comprising of a core workshop and supporting facilities. The Defence Battlelab will reach full operating capability in early 2022 with the completion of the phase two building, comprising of office spaces, conferencing facilities and other capabilities designed to support Defence collaboration with industry for innovation.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 23 of the Future Soldier Guide, when he plans to publish the Land Industrial Strategy.

The Land Industrial Strategy continues to be refined following engagement with industry and academia. It will be published as soon as possible.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Secretary of State for Defence of 25 November 2021, Official Report, column 487, what assessment he has made of what those capability gaps will be.

The Integrated Review has set the Armed Forces on a course of transformation to meet the threats of the future. As part of this process equipment will be retired and, as appropriate, replaced. There is also the constant process of monitoring and development of technology to ensure that our threat assessment remains appropriate. Defence conducts environmental Capability Audits annually with the force being tested against a range of scenarios.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential security implications of climate change on the sub-Saharan region of Africa.

I refer the right hon.Member to the answer I gave him on 3 November 2021 to Question 64538.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has he made of the UK's icebreaker ship strength to protect UK interests in the Arctic.

As the Defence Command paper made clear, the High North and maintaining security in the defence of the North Atlantic remains of great importance to the UK.

The Royal Navy has the capability to project force using a variety of assets in the High North and Arctic, dependent on the location, season and threat, including Littoral capabilities. It has one purpose-built Ice Patrol Ship (HMS Protector) and two ice strengthened survey vessels (HMS Echo and HMS Enterprise).

As announced in the 2021 Defence Command Paper, we will develop a new Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance capability to better understand the High North underwater environment, protect our underwater CNI and improve our ability to detect threats in the North Atlantic. The Defence Command Paper also announced major investments in a new generation of Anti-Submarine Warfare frigates and support shipping, enabling us to project UK forces into the High North and Arctic, and ensuring our freedom to operate in the North Atlantic.

The UK Defence Contribution in the High North will outline the range of capabilities the UK has and is developing to ensure we continue to be able to protect UK interests in this key region.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions has he had with counterparts in (a) NATO and (b) the Arctic Council in the last 12 months on the security implications of climate change on the Arctic region.

The UK agrees with NATO’s aim to be the leading international organisation in understanding, mitigating against and adapting to the impacts of climate change on security. In 2021 the UK and NATO Allies negotiated and agreed a NATO Agenda on Climate Change and Security and accompanying Action Plan, which contain concrete actions to tackle the implications of climate change on Alliance security. The Defence Secretary discussed this further with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during COP26. The UK also greatly values its role as a state observer to the Arctic Council. As the Arctic Council does not discuss matters of military security, the Defence Secretary has not engaged with the Council on the security implications of climate change on the Arctic region. The Defence Secretary routinely discusses a range of security matters with his counterparts in most of the Arctic States, including how we can work with Allies and partners to ensure the Arctic remains a region characterised by high cooperation and low tensions.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date the current contract with Risk Management Ltd for running the Career Transition Partnership ends; and whether he plans to extend that contract to 2025.

The contract was awarded in 2015 to Right Management Ltd for a total of 10 years, which includes two potential options to extend (six years + two years + two years format). The first option to extend was exercised in September 2021 and has extended the contract for two years to September 2023. Relet preparations and stakeholder engagement are ongoing and a decision on exercising the further extension option to 2025 will be made in due course.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the forecast total cost is of the Vanguard class submarine Life Extension Programme.

As the Dreadnought Class submarine programme progresses, we continue to review life extension options to ensure the Vanguard Class submarines continue to operate safely during the phased transition from the Vanguard Class to the Dreadnought Class. The associated costs will be linked to the operational programme, information on which is withheld as 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)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 17 November 2021 to Question 76573 on Afghanistan: Refugees, how many Afghans with confirmed eligibility for relocation to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy are in Afghanistan as of 23 November 2021.

Of the 311 ARAP-eligible principals who we were not able to evacuate before the end of OP PITTING, 166 are currently known to be in Afghanistan. The ARAP scheme is not time limited, and we continue to receive and approve applications to the scheme. All those who worked for HMG in qualifying roles remain eligible. In addition, those who worked in meaningful enabling roles alongside HMG in extraordinary and unconventional contexts will also be considered. Efforts to support all eligible Afghans and to help them to come to the UK are continuing.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects all armed forces leavers to have received their veterans ID card.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 20 September 2021 to Question 47041 to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South (Stephen Morgan).

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of armed forces service leavers have received their veterans ID card.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 20 September 2021 to Question 47041 to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South (Stephen Morgan).

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian personnel in his Department have left on average in each year since 2015.

All data for civilian personnel leaving the Civil Service is published on Gov.UK in the Biannual Civilian Personnel Report on the below link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mod-biannual-civilian-personnel-statisticsindex

Data prior to 2018 can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mod-civilian-personnel-quarterly-statistics-index

Tables 4 or 5 will show a total exit value for each 12-month period, including detailed breakdown by TLB and Organisation or Reason for Leaving. These tables also list exit rate for overall totals if the Honourable Member is seeking to understand the Turnover Rate (Average Strength in a listed 12 month period divided by totals exits within that period).

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has paid out in bonuses to civilian personnel in each year since 2010.

All non-consolidated performance related pay (NCPRP) for each year is published here: MOD non-consolidated performance related pay - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The figures in the below table represent the core MOD and exclude arms length bodies and trading funds.

Year

Total Bonus spend

2010-11

£42,224,617

2011-12

£26,975,320

2012-13

£24,371,479

2013-14

£22,781,283

2014-15

£16,168,134

2015-16

£17,315,730

2016-17

£11,051,511

2017-18

£16,264,835

2018-19

£12,081,258

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 and 2020-21 figures are not currently held. The publications from the Cabinet Office have been delayed and are expected to be published in early 2022.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2021 to Question 74892, what the location is of the High Reach vehicle that the Scottish Fire and Rescue service can provide to tackle high-rise fires at HMNB Clyde.

All high-rise buildings at HMNB Clyde are equipped with modern Fire Safety Systems which are designed to detect a fire in its early stages and provide an alarm throughout the building. It is MOD policy to evacuate buildings on the sounding of the fire alarm and this is regularly practised and recorded. The Fire alarm system is connected to a central control room who dispatch the on-site DFR FRS to the scene of the alarm. Therefore, the DFR FRS are expected to arrive at any incident at an early stage and to utilise internal access to commence firefighting activity. Internal fire-fighting is the primary and preferred option in tackling a fire.

Firefighting crews will always seek to use early intervention and the preferred option of internal firefighting actions, which would reduce the requirement to pitch any ladder for external access.

The number and of types of appliances, equipment and personnel attending any incident is determined by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and initial Incident Commander on the scene, based on the specifics of the incident. The High Reach vehicle, a Rosenbauer aerial ladder platform, is not closely proximate to the base but could be requested from its standing location at Falkirk Community Fire Station.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total value is of his Department's contract to sell the retired Sentinel R1 fleet to the US.

The Defence Equipment Sales Authority has sold the retired Sentinel R1 fleet of five aircraft to a US consortium of three companies, Springfield Air, Raytheon US and Bombardier. The aircraft are not currently in an airworthy condition and the potential receipt to defence will depend upon the ability of the consortium to regenerate and fly at least one aircraft.

I am withholding the value of the sale as it may prejudice commercial interests.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK F-35B aircraft are stationed on (a) HMS Queen Elizabeth and (b) HMS Prince of Wales.

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH embarked 18 F-35Bs for the Carrier Strike Group 2021 operational deployment in two squadrons: eight from the UK's 617 Squadron RAF and 10 from the US Marine Corps squadron VMFA-211. However, one UK F-35B was lost on 17 November 2021 and therefore seven UK F-35B remain currently embarked.

The Lightning Force deployed to HMS PRINCE OF WALES in mid-September 2021, with 207 Squadron undertaking a period of intensive Carrier Qualification training. HMS PRINCE OF WALES is currently alongside in her home port of Portsmouth with all aircraft disembarked.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Type 45 Destroyers have undergone work to upgrade their propulsion system through the Power Improvement Project; and when does he expect all Type 45s to have received that upgrade.

One Type 45 Destroyer, HMS DAUNTLESS, has undergone work under the Power Improvement Project (PIP). HMS DAUNTLESS is currently at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead where equipment is being set to work following installation. The next phase of the programme will see HMS DAUNTLESS undertake a rigorous trials programme in harbour and subsequently at sea. It is expected that all six Type 45 Destroyers will have completed their PIP conversions by 2028.

The programme is dependent on the availability of ships to undertake the upgrade, balanced against the Royal Navy's current and future operational commitments. For these reasons we do not comment in detail on the future PIP timelines. PIP conversions are planned to take into account the regular Upkeep cycle to maximise overall class availability and meet the readiness profile required to meet Defence outputs.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19 November 2021 to Question 75807, Ministry of Defence: Fines, if he will provide details of the (a) 36 contracts his Department approved retrospectively and (b) total value of each of those contracts.

It will take time to collate the information needed to answer the right hon. Member's question. I will write to him in due course.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer 17 November 2021 to Question 73729, on Army: Costs, what recent estimate he has made of the average cost to his Department of employing a civilian personnel; and what estimate he has made of that cost in each year between 2016-17 and 2020-21.

The Department reports a median of the total remuneration of civilian staff as part of the Accountability Report - Pay Multiples analysis included in our Annual Report and Accounts. The following reflects an extract from the published Annual Report and Accounts (ARAc) from 2016-17 to 2019-20. The 2020-21 ARAc is subject to final review and approval and will be published shortly.

2019-20

2018-19

2017-18

2016-17

Median total remuneration of civilian staff

31,392.86

30,192.96

29,828.00

29,188.47

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish his Department's annual report and accounts for 2020-21.

The Annual Report and Accounts for 2020-21 are currently being staffed for final approval within the Department and will be published as soon as this activity has completed.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the length of time that the British Army’s RWMIK Land Rovers will remain in service.

The Land Rover R-WMIK Out of Service Date is 2030.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
17th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Hunt Class, (b) Sandown Class, (c) Scimtar Class, (d) Archer Class and (e) River Class ships the Royal Fleet Auxiliary has in service.

The Royal Navy currently has 34 ships in service within the Classes requested. However, these are all based within the Royal Navy fleet rather than the Royal Fleet Auxiliary as requested in the right hon. Member's question.

Hunt Class - 6

HMS BROCKLESBY

HMS CATTISTOCK

HMS CHIDDINGFOLD

HMS HURWORTH

HMS LEDBURY

HMS MIDDLETON

Sandown Class - 5

HMS BANGOR

HMS GRIMSBY

HMS PEMBROKE

HMS PENZANCE

HMS SHOREHAM

Scimitar Class - 2

HMS SABRE

HMS SCIMITAR

Archer Class - 13

HMS ARCHER

HMS BITER

HMS BLAZER

HMS CHARGER

HMS DASHER

HMS EXAMPLE

HMS EXPLORER

HMS EXPRESS

HMS PUNCHER

HMS RAIDER

HMS RANGER

HMS TRACKER

HMS TRUMPETER

River Class - 8

HMS TYNE

HMS MERSEY

HMS SEVERN

HMS FORTH

HMS MEDWAY

HMS SPEY

HMS TAMAR

HMS TRENT

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
17th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 172 of his Department's Annual Reports and Accounts 2014-15, how an incorrect recording of Merlin aircraft component lives resulted in a fruitless payment of £20,995 million.

The fruitless payment of £20.995 million referenced in the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts 214-15 reflected additional costs incurred under the Integrated Merlin Operational Support contract including a period of reduced aircraft availability in delivery of the Merlin Capability Sustainment Programme. There were underlying issues with some aspects of data and asset management on this platform within the Department leading to additional costs under the support contract and as a result of limiting availability of aircraft for a capability sustainment programme.

The Ministry of Defence subsequently undertook a thorough review of Merlin procedures and engineering and asset management software, in order to automate the application of data recording and significantly reduce the risk of incorrect data entry. Additional training and quality assurance checks were also introduced to assure the integrity of recorded data.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
17th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Written Ministerial Statement on 15 November 2021, HCWS389 on Afghan Relocations Assistance Policy Data Breach Investigation - Update, whether any further data breaches occurred, connected to the ARAP scheme, beyond the three confirmed.

No further data breaches connected to the ARAP Scheme have been identified, beyond the three confirmed in the Written Ministerial Statement, laid by the Defence Secretary on 15 November 2021. Procedures have been changed in order to prevent similar incidents occurring again.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
17th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghans nationals have been relocated to the UK under the ARAP scheme since the end of Operation Pitting on 28 August 2021.

375 ARAP eligible individuals have been relocated to the UK. Our commitment to those who are eligible under ARAP, and the process to deliver it, is not time-limited and will endure. The scheme remains open and we are working with international partners to establish routes for all those eligible for ARAP to relocate to the UK since 28 August 2021.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
17th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applicants to the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy programme are still in Afghanistan.

The ARAP scheme is not time limited and remains open. As such we continue to receive a high volume of applications to the scheme, and it is not possible to quantify how many of those will ultimately meet the eligibility criteria. We do not attempt to collate data on current location until eligibility is confirmed. All those who worked for HMG in qualifying roles remain eligible. In addition, those who worked in meaningful enabling roles alongside HMG in extraordinary and unconventional contexts will also be considered. Efforts to support all eligible Afghans and to help them to come to the UK are continuing.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
16th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November 2021 to Question 68119, on Ministry of Defence: Fines, what specific contract was given by his Department retrospectively.

The fine detailed in Question 68119 related to approvals of some 36 contracts over a number of years up to 2016 covering a range of infrastructure activities and locations. The Department notified HM-Treasury (HMT) as soon as the matter was identified, and retrospective approval was sought. A detailed review was also undertaken in 2016 resulting in the implementation of improvements to approval processes in the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and no further fines for such process failures have been incurred since.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2021 to Question 68118 on Clyde Naval Base: High Rise Flats, what the maximum height is of the ladders used by firefighting crews at HMNB Clyde to tackle high rise fires.

The Defence Fire crew has available to them a 13.5 metre ladder for external access up to the 3rd floor. For external access above the 3rd floor, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have the capability to provide a High Reach vehicle capable of reaching the upper floors and roof.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the average cost to the British Army of employing an infantry soldier; and what estimate he has made of that cost in each year 2016-17 to 2020-21.

Average cost (Basic Pay/ Employer National Insurance/ Pension) of an Infantry soldier in the Other Ranks of the British Army:

Financial Year Ending

31 Mar 2017

31 Mar 2018

31 Mar 2019

31 Mar 2020

31 Mar 2021

Infantry (Other Ranks)

£41,673.70

£41,800.57

£42,698.39

£46,232.94

£47,352.40

Source: Defence Statistics (Cost-Modelling)

Notes/Caveats:

  1. The Average Cost in the table above represents Basic Pay/ Employer National Insurance/ Pension only and does not include other costs such as those associated with recruitment, training, clothing, stock consumption, infrastructure, or medical/dental care.
  2. The Basic Pay includes X-Factor payments.
  3. The Employer National Insurance would be 0% for some of the populations (I.e., general population under the age of 21 and apprentices under the age of 25).
  4. The Average Cost was determined using the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) data. The mean average across the Infantry soldiers was calculated using the mean average of every Infantry soldier’s pay records to create a monthly estimate, which was then multiplied by 12 to obtain a yearly estimate.
  5. The Financial Year for statistical purposes runs from 1 April to 31 March.
Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 2.11 of the National Audit Office report, Improving the performance of major equipment contracts, published June 2021, what costs his Department has incurred as a result of plans to upgrade the Type 23 frigates due to delays in procurement of the Type 26 and Type 31e frigates.

The Type 23 frigate class is continually being updated and upgraded to meet new threats or to replace obsolete technology.

The work has provided greater resilience in the transition of Type 26 and Type 31 into service. Furthermore, options are continually being developed to consider extending some ships that have already had significant investment while removing those that require extensive investment such as HMS MONMOUTH and HMS MONTROSE.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 145 of his Department's annual report and accounts 2019-2020, for what reason the project to procure a new information system was terminated with a loss of £4 million.

Constructive Loss - Advance Notification: Cessation of a project to procure a new information system (IS) (£4.059 million)

The loss value relates to capital investment expenditure on the development of a new IS focussed on specialist ISR capabilities system between 2014-15 to 2016-17.

The project was paused while other options were investigated and it was ultimately decided not to pursue the project further noting that due to the rapid pace and change in technology in the area covered by the project, the previous development work was now out of date.

The decision to 'pause' the project was therefore in practical terms one of cessation which has led to a constructive loss. Accounting action was taken during 2019-20 to impair the full balance of £4.059 million.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 2.11 of the NAO report entitled Improving the performance of major equipment contracts, published on 24 June 2021, what costs were incurred in upgrading the Type 23 frigates caused by delays in procurement of the Type 26 and Type 31e frigates.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 15 November in response to question 71268.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the letter from the Minister for Afghan Resettlement on 29 October 2021, if he will name the third sector partners his Department are working with to provide pastoral care to people under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy in the UK.

Networks that currently exist to support the Armed Forces Community have specific service-related knowledge, skills and experience which may allow them to provide support to Afghans with experience of serving alongside the British Armed Forces. Third sector partners within those networks are able to support Afghans in a variety of ways depending on the scope of their charitable objects and we will be drawing on all these partners to provide this support. Until these processes are established we would not wish to publicly name these charities in order to avoid raising expectations before a delivery mechanism is in place.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the letter from the Minister for Afghan Resettlement on 29 October 2021, if he will list the (a) dates officials from his Department visited bridging hotels housing personnel under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy and (b) names of those hotels.

During the period of 27 September to 9 October 2021 personnel from the Ministry of Defence visited over 80 hotels to speak to personnel recently arrived from Afghanistan. For security reasons it would be inappropriate to provide further details regarding these hotels or their locations.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date did remediation work to remove the flammable cladding from HMS Nelson begin.

One high rise building at HMS Nelson is currently undergoing remediation works and the external wall system is being removed. This work commenced in February 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2021 to Question 65371, if he will publish each of the fire risk assessments for the 27 high rise buildings with combustible components in the external walls.

All 27 buildings have a current Fire Risk Assessment in place and remain legally compliant for continued occupation. However, we will not publish the individual fire risk assessments as to do so would compromise the security of MOD infrastructure and personnel

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2021 to Question 65371, what information has been given to the residents of each of the 27 high rise buildings with combustible components in the external walls about the fire safety of their block.

The high rise buildings across the Defence estate with external wall systems that do not conform to updated Government guidance have all been subjected to annually reviewed and assured Fire Risk Assessments.

Personnel who occupy the buildings have been kept informed through briefings, instructions and/or the posting of the Fire Risk Assessments in the affected blocks.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2021 to Question 62586 on Ministry of Defence: Staff, if he will list the (a) names of the people on the Defence Safety and Environment Committee and (b) dates on which that committee has met since January 2021.

The members of the Defence Safety and Environment Committee (DSEC) are:

  • David Williams (Permanent Secretary)
  • Laurence Lee (2nd Permanent Secretary)
  • Admiral Sir Tim Fraser (Vice Chief of the Defence Staff)
  • Air Marshal Richard Knighton (Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Capability))
  • Admiral Sir Ben Key (First Sea Lord)
  • General Sir Mark-Carleton Smith (Chief of the General Staff)
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston (Chief of Air the Staff)
  • General Sir Patrick Sanders (Commander UK Strategic Command)
  • Vanessa Nicholls (Director General Nuclear)
  • Sir Simon Bollom (Chief Executive Defence Equipment and Support)
  • Graham Dalton (Chief Executive Defence Infrastructure Organisation)
  • Lt General James Swift (Chief of Defence People)
  • Mike Baker (Chief Operating Officer)
  • Doug Umbers (Chief Executive Defence Science and Technology Laboratory)
  • Ian Booth (Chief Executive Submarine Delivery Agency)
  • David King (Director Health Safety and Environmental Protection)
  • James Clare (Director Climate Change and Sustainability)
  • Tim Steeds (Non-Executive Director)
  • Lt General (Retd) Richard Nugee (Non-Executive Director)

The DSEC meets four times per year and has so far met on 25 March, 29 July and 7 September in 2021. It will next meet on 1 December 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2021 to Question 64537, if he will list the (a) names of the people who sit on the Joint Requirements Oversight Committee and (b) dates of their meetings since 30 March 2021.

The Joint Requirement Oversight Committee (JROC) is chaired by the Vice Chief of Defence Staff with representatives from across Head Office and each of the Military Commands at Director General level or military equivalent rank. Since the 30 March 2021, the board has met twice on 27 September and 2 November and plans to meet twice again on 25 November and 9 December this calendar year.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 November 2021 to Question 65371, if he provide details on the appropriate measures required by the Defence Fire Safety Regulator and Defence Infrastructure Organisation in each of the 27 high rise buildings with combustible components in the external walls.

The high rise buildings across the Defence estate with external wall systems that do not conform to Government guidance have all been subjected to annually reviewed and assured Fire Risk Assessments and remain legally compliant for continued occupation.

The appropriate mitigations may include regular testing of the automatic fire detection and alarm system, emergency lighting, regular inspection by barrack inspection teams and Fire Risk specialists, a simultaneous evacuation strategy and regular fire drills. Second party audits to monitor fire system maintenance are also being carried out.

Personnel who occupy the buildings have been kept informed through briefings, instructions and/or the posting of the Fire Risk Assessments in the affected blocks.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the letter from the Minister for Afghan Resettlement on 29 October 2021, how many properties his Department has made available to accommodate Afghan personnel in the UK; and how many Afghan families have been housed in those properties.

To date, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has made 551 properties available, in three tranches, for lease to Local Authorities to assist with housing Afghan families. Currently, Local Authorities have signed 26 leases on properties with the MOD. 59 more leases are being negotiated and an interest has been expressed in a further 13.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 108 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2013 to 2014 and page 172 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2014 to 2015, if for what reasons his Department was fined (a) £31.6 million and (b) £1 million by HM Treasury.

ARAc 2013-14 - £31.6 million Fine from HMT

There were no fines of this value reported in the MOD ARAc 2013-2014 publication. A fine of this amount however was reported in the MOD ARAc for 2015-16 and it is this entry that we assume is being referenced in the question.

This fine related to instances where the Department had not appropriately sought nor gained necessary approval from HM-Treasury prior to the placement of some contracts. As a result of this procedural failure, HM Treasury imposed a £31.6million fine upon the Department. The Department undertook extensive action to address the procedural weaknesses, no further fines of this nature have been imposed upon Defence in the subsequent years.

ARAc 2014-15 - £1 million Fine from HMT

This HM Treasury fine was imposed for failures by the Department to seek assurance from a number of high-paid off-payroll appointees that they were paying the correct tax and National Insurance. This relates to procedural failures to seek assurance as part of the onboarding process for off-payroll staff to confirm the arrangements in place for those individuals to pay income tax and national insurance. The Department has implemented revised processes for the management of off-payroll employees including the new responsibilities placed on employers by changes to IR35 legislation. As a result, no further fines of this type have been imposed since.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by Defence Equipment and Support on consultants each year between 2010-11 and 2013-14.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 25 October 2021 to Question 59709.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the armed forces personnel housed in the 27 high rise buildings with flammable cladding have been informed of the increased fire safety risk.

The high rise buildings across the Defence estate with external wall systems that do not conform to updated Government guidance have all been subjected to annually reviewed and assured Fire Risk Assessments.

Personnel who occupy the buildings have been kept informed through briefings, instructions and/or the posting of the Fire Risk Assessments in the affected blocks.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what additional safety measures have been put in place in the 27 high rise armed forces accommodation buildings in response to the presence of flammable cladding.

All high rise buildings currently occupied on the Defence estate which have been identified as having combustible external wall systems, have a current Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) in place and remain legally compliant for continued occupation.

The requirements of each FRA varies between buildings but they would include requirements such as regular testing of the automatic fire detection and alarm system, emergency lighting, regular inspection by barrack inspection teams and Fire Risk specialists a simultaneous evacuation strategy and regular fire drills.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what equipment do firefighting crews at HMNB Clyde have to tackle high-rise tower block fires.

The detection of a fire by the building fire safety systems allow Firefighters to provide an early intervention to an incident, therefore internal firefighting is likely to be the technique adopted (dependent on the Incident Commander's Operational Assessment). This would be achieved using standard firefighting equipment carried on the Structural Fire Vehicle, such as breathing apparatus, vehicle hose reels, branches and 70 and 45mm hoses.

Firefighting crews further utilise the internal fire safety systems within the building such as dry/wet risers and Firefighting Shafts/Stairwells. There is always close cooperation between the Defence Fire Service and the civilian Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who can attend any incident through standing processes as required.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average length of time taken is for an Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy application to be processed.

The time taken to process individual Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) applications varies enormously on a case by case basis. A dedicated casework team at PJHQ continues to work closely with applicants to support them throughout the application process and to help bring their case to a timely conclusion.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applications his Department has yet to process.

The Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) is one of the most generous schemes of its type in the world. Since its inception in April 2021, more than 88,000 applications have been received. This number is far higher than the total number of Afghans who ever worked for the UK. Processing those applications and determining eligibility is a very high priority and I have directed significant additional resource to this task.

As of 30 October, all of the 60,000 applications received prior to 31 August, have been reviewed and processing by the eligibility team is under way. Many of these are not appropriate for the ARAP scheme and we are redirecting those to the appropriate alternative mechanism where possible. In other cases, employment checks or verification of information requiring third party input is in progress. This group of applications continues to be our highest priority.

Since 1 September, more than 28,000 additional applications have been received, and we continue to receive them at a rate of over 100 per day. These applications are our next priority for processing; around 3,000 of them are currently being processed.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many high rise buildings on the defence estate have had flammable cladding removed from them since June 2017.

One high rise building at HMS Nelson is currently undergoing remediation works and the external wall system is being removed.

All high rise buildings currently occupied on the defence estate which have been identified as having combustible external wall systems, have a current Fire Risk Assessment in place and remain legally compliant for continued occupation. Work continues to investigate and provide remediation where appropriate.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
2nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many fines have been imposed on his Department by HM Treasury (a) above £300,000 and (b) below the accounts reporting threshold of £300,000 since 2010.

During the period stated, two fines have been imposed upon the Department by HM Treasury. These were both over the £300,000 reportable threshold and are therefore included in the relevant Annual Report and Accounts, the details of which have already been provided in the answer I gave to the right hon. Member on 9 November 2021 to Question 68119 .

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghans and their families who are eligible for relocation to the UK through the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy have been relocated to the UK since the end of Operation Pitting.

The Government is strongly committed to fulfilling its responsibilities to current and former Locally Employed Staff (LES) in Afghanistan and the MOD-administered Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) scheme is one of the most generous in the world.  Around 2,000 people were relocated under the ARAP scheme before the start of Op PITTING with a further 5,000 evacuated during the operation itself. Subsequent to the cessation of Op PITTING 118 ARAP eligible individuals have been relocated to the UK. Our commitment to those who are eligible under ARAP, and the process to deliver it, is not time-limited and will endure. The scheme remains open and we are working with international partners to establish routes for all those eligible for ARAP to relocate to the UK.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 23 of his Department’s Climate Change and Sustainability Strategic Approach published on 30 March 2021, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in NATO on further cooperation on (a) adapting to and (b) mitigating against the effects of climate change in each of the last 12 months.

It is clear that the UK and NATO share the same ambition to reduce military emissions, adapt military capability, and recognise that climate change is a threat multiplier. These were the focus of both the Defence Secretary and the NATO Secretary General’s comments at a COP26 Round Table side-event.

To deliver against this shared intent will require further discussions across all our allies and partners at all levels to ensure a coherent approach. As part of the forward looking NATO 2030 initiative, agreed by Alliance Leaders in June, the UK and its NATO Allies have agreed to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from military activities and installations without impairing personnel safety, operational effectiveness and our deterrence and defence posture.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 22 of his Department’s Climate Change and Sustainability Strategic Approach published on 30 March 2021, what progress he has made on developing a set of defence climate assumptions for capability development.

Work is ongoing to deliver the activities covered in the strategic approach published in March. Our capability development processes already consider a broad set of environmental factors from the Development Concepts and Doctrine Centre research and analysis into climate change trends, and the implications from such, as part of their Global Strategic Trends (GST) series; to the Joint Requirements Oversight Committee now considering climate change and sustainability factors in the requirements setting.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the refresh to the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 9 September 2021 to Question 43387.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
28th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the Senior Leadership Group of Defence Equipment & Support were paid over £70,000 in each year since 2010.

The Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Senior Leadership Group (SLG) structure was established in 2017 to reflect changes to DE&S pay arrangements since becoming a Bespoke Trading Entity. The number of substantive DE&S Civilian SLG personnel who were paid over £70,000 since 2017 is set out in the table below:

As at Date

Number of staff being paid over £70,000

1 April 2017

123

1 April 2018

112

1 April 2019

103

1 April 2020