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Mark Francois

Conservative - Rayleigh and Wickford

2 APPG memberships (as of 17 Nov 2021)
Bahrain, Shipbuilding and Ship Repair
1 Former APPG membership
Defence and Security Issues
Defence Sub-Committee
12th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Defence Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)
8th May 2015 - 17th Jul 2016
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Sep 2012 - 8th May 2015
Committee of Selection
21st Jun 2010 - 9th May 2013
Administration Committee
26th Jul 2010 - 22nd Oct 2012
Vice Chamberlain (HM Household) (Whip, House of Commons)
12th May 2010 - 6th Sep 2012
Armed Forces Bill Committee
17th Jan 2011 - 8th Mar 2011
Shadow Minister (Europe)
3rd Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
Shadow Paymaster General
10th May 2005 - 3rd Jul 2007
Environmental Audit Committee
16th Jul 2001 - 12th Jul 2005
Shadow Economic Secretary (Treasury)
10th May 2004 - 10th May 2005
Opposition Whip (Commons)
10th May 2002 - 10th May 2004


Select Committee Meeting
Monday 6th December 2021
15:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: DWP Employment Support 2: Kickstart scheme
6 Dec 2021, 3:30 p.m.
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Peter Schofield - Permanent Secretary at Department for Work & Pensions
Jonathan Mills - Director General, Policy Group at Department for Work & Pensions
Karen Gosden - Area Director Work and Health Services and SRO for Kickstart at Department for Work & Pensions
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Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 7th December 2021
13:45
Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 7th December 2021
14:30
Defence Sub-Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: The Treatment of Contracted Staff for The MoD’s Ancillary Services
7 Dec 2021, 2:30 p.m.
At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
Richard Holroyd - Managing Director at Capita Defence Fire and Security
Alex Clark - Chief Fire Officer at Capita Fire and Rescue
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Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 8th December 2021
13:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Financial Sustainability of Schools in England
8 Dec 2021, 1:30 p.m.
At 2.00pm: Oral evidence
Susan Acland-Hood - Permanent Secretary at Department for Education
Indra Morris - Director General Children Social Care at Department for Education
Warwick Sharp - Director at Education and Skills Funding Agency
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 13th December 2021
15:30
Public Accounts Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Reducing the backlog in criminal courts
13 Dec 2021, 3:30 p.m.
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Antonia Romeo - Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Justice
Jerome Glass - Director General Policy and Strategy Group at Ministry of Justice
Kevin Sadler - Interim Chief Executive at Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service
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Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 14th December 2021
14:00
Defence Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Space Defence
14 Dec 2021, 2 p.m.
At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
Major Tim Peake CMG - British ESA Astronaut
At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
Justin T. Johnson - Senior Vice President at Meta Aerospace
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Division Votes
Wednesday 1st December 2021
Finance (No. 2) Bill
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 298 Conservative Aye votes vs 0 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 301 Noes - 206
Speeches
Thursday 2nd December 2021
Code of Conduct: Consultation

May I refer the Chairman to paragraph 58 on page 19 of the report? I take the point he has …

Written Answers
Friday 3rd December 2021
Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has contracted a vessel to help recover the F-35B aircraft …
Early Day Motions
Thursday 19th December 2019
Big Ben chiming on the day of Brexit
That this House notes the ongoing refurbishment works on the Elizabeth Tower and the fact that during this period Big …
Bills
Wednesday 5th February 2020
Control of Roadworks Bill 2019-21
A Bill to set penalties for overrunning roadworks; to make requirements regarding the duration, timing and coordination of roadworks; and …
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Flowidea Ltd
Address of donor: Arbuthnot House, 7 Wilson St, London EC2Y 9AR
Amount of donation, or …
EDM signed
Tuesday 3rd September 2019
GLOBAL POLIO ERADICATION INITIATIVE
That this House recognizes that the world has nearly eliminated polio thanks to dedicated healthworkers who are committed to immunizing …
Supported Legislation
House of Commons (Precedence of Government Business) (European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018) Bill 2017-19
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Mark Francois has voted in 313 divisions, and 10 times against the majority of their Party.

25 Mar 2021 - Coronavirus - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 35 Conservative No votes vs 305 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 484 Noes - 76
22 Mar 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 29 Conservative Aye votes vs 318 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 300 Noes - 318
22 Mar 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Conservative No votes vs 318 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 319 Noes - 297
9 Feb 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 318 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 303
19 Jan 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 34 Conservative No votes vs 319 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 319 Noes - 308
1 Dec 2020 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 53 Conservative No votes vs 290 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 291 Noes - 78
10 Mar 2020 - Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 36 Conservative Aye votes vs 301 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 282 Noes - 306
27 Apr 2021 - Delegated Legislation - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 77 Conservative No votes vs 222 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 89
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative No votes vs 268 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 434 Noes - 23
30 Nov 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Mark Francois voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 32 Conservative No votes vs 259 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 431 Noes - 36
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Ben Wallace (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Defence
(9 debate interactions)
Brandon Lewis (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
(6 debate interactions)
Michael Gove (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
(6 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(20 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(10 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(5 debate contributions)
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Rayleigh and Wickford 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 Rayleigh and Wickford signature proportion
Mark Francois has not participated in any petition debates

Latest EDMs signed by Mark Francois

19th December 2019
Mark Francois signed this EDM as a sponsor on Friday 20th December 2019

Big Ben chiming on the day of Brexit

Tabled by: Mark Francois (Conservative - Rayleigh and Wickford)
That this House notes the ongoing refurbishment works on the Elizabeth Tower and the fact that during this period Big Ben currently only chimes for Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve; further notes that the United Kingdom will now leave the European Union at 11.00pm GMT on 31 January 2020; …
53 signatures
(Most recent: 7 Jan 2020)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 48
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
27th June 2019
Mark Francois signed this EDM on Tuesday 3rd September 2019

GLOBAL POLIO ERADICATION INITIATIVE

Tabled by: Jeremy Lefroy (Conservative - Stafford)
That this House recognizes that the world has nearly eliminated polio thanks to dedicated healthworkers who are committed to immunizing every last child, as well as the tireless efforts of Rotary and other civil society volunteers to raise funds and awareness to end polio; and calls for full political and …
60 signatures
(Most recent: 1 Oct 2019)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 25
Conservative: 14
Independent: 5
Scottish National Party: 5
Liberal Democrat: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 3
The Independent Group for Change: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Mark Francois, 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.


Mark Francois has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Mark Francois has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Mark Francois


A Bill to set penalties for overrunning roadworks; to make requirements regarding the duration, timing and coordination of roadworks; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 5th February 2020

209 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
1 Other Department Questions
13th Jan 2020
To ask the hon. Member representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost was of Big Ben chiming on (a) Remembrance Sunday 2019 and (b) New Year's Eve 2019.

The costs associated with striking Big Ben on Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve in 2019 were £14.2k including VAT in total.

The striking of Big Ben on these occasions was coordinated around the planned works so as to minimise the impact on the project costs and to ensure it did not result in any delay. If the project team are required to strike the bell with less notice, the costs would substantially increase due to the unexpected impact on the project schedule.

11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2020 to Questions 21898, 21899, 21900 and 21901 on Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership: Pay, what the standard salary band is for a Joint Accountable Office referred to in that answer.

The salary pay bands of Clinical Commissioning Group Accountable Officers (CCG AO), trust chief executives and trust chairs are likely to vary according to local circumstances. Further guidance can be found online at the following links:

https://improvement.nhs.uk/resources/remuneration-structure-nhs-provider-chairs-and-non-executive-directors/

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/clinical-commissioning-group-guidance-on-senior-appointments-including-accountable-officers-march-2017/

The principles of this guidance should also be followed when going through the process of recruiting an Integrated Care System Leader – in some cases this may be a joint role with that of a Clinical Commissioning Groups AO or Trust Chief Executive – and Non-Executive Chair.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the salary band is of the new independent chair of the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership.

Professor Mike Thorne was appointed as independent chair on a two year fixed term in October 2019 following open competition and receives £60,000 per annum.

The executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership is a joint role with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Joint Accountable Officer. At the conclusion of the initial recruitment process in January no appointment was made. The Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership are at the initial stage of re-commencing the recruitment process for a permanent appointment. In the meantime, to ensure continued momentum, Anthony McKeever has been selected to be appointed as interim Joint Accountable Officer for the five CCGs and the executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership. The interim Joint Accountable Officer and executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership will be paid in line with standard salary bands. This is in line with other interim accountable officer roles across the country and meets national guidance set out for the recruitment to such positions.

Dr Anna Davey, chair of Mid Essex CCG, receives no remuneration for her role as convenor on behalf of the five CCGs.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the salary band is of the chief executive of the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership.

Professor Mike Thorne was appointed as independent chair on a two year fixed term in October 2019 following open competition and receives £60,000 per annum.

The executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership is a joint role with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Joint Accountable Officer. At the conclusion of the initial recruitment process in January no appointment was made. The Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership are at the initial stage of re-commencing the recruitment process for a permanent appointment. In the meantime, to ensure continued momentum, Anthony McKeever has been selected to be appointed as interim Joint Accountable Officer for the five CCGs and the executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership. The interim Joint Accountable Officer and executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership will be paid in line with standard salary bands. This is in line with other interim accountable officer roles across the country and meets national guidance set out for the recruitment to such positions.

Dr Anna Davey, chair of Mid Essex CCG, receives no remuneration for her role as convenor on behalf of the five CCGs.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the salary is of the new interim joint accountable officer for the Mid and South Essex clinical commissioning groups.

Professor Mike Thorne was appointed as independent chair on a two year fixed term in October 2019 following open competition and receives £60,000 per annum.

The executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership is a joint role with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Joint Accountable Officer. At the conclusion of the initial recruitment process in January no appointment was made. The Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership are at the initial stage of re-commencing the recruitment process for a permanent appointment. In the meantime, to ensure continued momentum, Anthony McKeever has been selected to be appointed as interim Joint Accountable Officer for the five CCGs and the executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership. The interim Joint Accountable Officer and executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership will be paid in line with standard salary bands. This is in line with other interim accountable officer roles across the country and meets national guidance set out for the recruitment to such positions.

Dr Anna Davey, chair of Mid Essex CCG, receives no remuneration for her role as convenor on behalf of the five CCGs.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the salary band is of the convenor for the Mid and South Essex clinical commissioning groups.

Professor Mike Thorne was appointed as independent chair on a two year fixed term in October 2019 following open competition and receives £60,000 per annum.

The executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership is a joint role with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Joint Accountable Officer. At the conclusion of the initial recruitment process in January no appointment was made. The Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership are at the initial stage of re-commencing the recruitment process for a permanent appointment. In the meantime, to ensure continued momentum, Anthony McKeever has been selected to be appointed as interim Joint Accountable Officer for the five CCGs and the executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership. The interim Joint Accountable Officer and executive lead for the Health and Care Partnership will be paid in line with standard salary bands. This is in line with other interim accountable officer roles across the country and meets national guidance set out for the recruitment to such positions.

Dr Anna Davey, chair of Mid Essex CCG, receives no remuneration for her role as convenor on behalf of the five CCGs.

Helen Whately
Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 12 of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority Annual Report on Major Projects 2020-21 and its grading of the Crowsnest Programme as red, what assessment he has made of the viability of the Crowsnest AEW system.

The CROWSNEST Airborne Surveillance and Control system was graded as Red due to not meeting its approved Initial Operating Capability date. This assessment was based on timing rather than cost or performance standards.

The CROWSNEST programme has successfully delivered a baseline capability to support the Carrier Strike Group deployment in 2021. A full assessment of its performance will take place once the operational deployment of CSG21 concludes.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has contracted a vessel to help recover the F-35B aircraft that was recently ditched in the Mediterranean Sea.

Ministry of Defence Salvage and Marine Operations (SALMO) have responsibility for the recovery of the F-35B aircraft. SALMO are working with NATO partners and their specialist salvage and recovery expertise to deliver this operation.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost incurred to the public purse, including support costs, has been of the recent ditching of the F-35B aircraft in the Mediterranean Sea.

We are not yet in a position to provide the cost incurred to date of the recent F-35B aircraft crash as recovery is still underway.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the F-35B aircraft recently ditched in the Mediterranean Sea was insured.

The F-35B aircraft was not insured as the Ministry of Defence, in common with other central Government organisations, does not normally purchase commercial insurance to protect against risk. Since the Government can pool and spread its own risks, there is little need to pay the private sector to provide this service. In general, it represents best value for money for the Ministry of Defence to cover its own risks.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many F-35B aircraft his Department has (a) taken receipt of and (b) on order as at 1 December 2021.

As at 1 December 2021, the Ministry of Defence has taken receipt of 24 F-35B aircraft and a further 24 F-35B are on order.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to close the British Army Training Unit Suffield in Canada.

There are no plans to close the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS). Canada is one of the UK's closest allies and the British Army and Canadian Armed Forces continue to engage in joint military activities in Suffield, including UK Armoured Infantry exercises in 2022. We continue to work closely with the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Government to review activities at the base.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how often the Crowsnest AEW system was flown during the recent CGS21 deployment.

In the period between 1 May - 22 November 2021, the CROWSNEST Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) system was flown in 179 sorties, for approximately 362 hours.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the performance of the Crowsnest AEW system during the recent CG21 deployment.

The performance of the CROWSNEST Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) system has been continuously monitored throughout the Carrier Strike Group 21's deployment to inform the ongoing development of the capability. A full assessment of its performance will take place once the operational deployment of CSG21 concludes.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the pilot who recently ejected from the F-35B aircraft in the Mediterranean Sea was from the Royal Air Force or the Fleet Air Arm.

The pilot concerned was a British pilot from the Royal Air Force's 617 Squadron; we will not be offering any further details.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what stores were being carried by the F-35B aircraft that was recently ditched in the Mediterranean Sea.

As this was a routine training sortie no stores were being carried.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the future attrition rates of F-35 aircraft.

A certain attrition of aircraft is built into the procurement profile. The fleet size assumes a risk of on average 1 aircraft loss every 30,000 hours.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the armed forces personnel injured during the trials of the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle programme will be entitled to compensation under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) is a no-fault scheme which provides benefit for injury, illness or death caused wholly or predominantly by service on or after 6 April 2005. Personnel who have sustained injuries or illness whilst participating in the Armed Forces activities can make a claim under the scheme. Any award made is then offset by any successful common law damages settlement or vice versa to ensure there is no double recovery of compensation.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Defence Procurement of 9 September 2021, Official report, column 485, whether Ajax crews will only be permitted to engage enemy targets in battle with single round bursts of 40mm ammunition.

The vehicle is capable of firing a single round or burst engagement and it will be the decision of the vehicle commander at the time, which engagement is most appropriate for the tactical situation.

This capability provides us with enhanced resilience to meet future threats as armour and defence suites evolve.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the total cost to his Department is of the trials of the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle; and from which top level budget those trials have been funded.

The information needed to answer my Rt Hon. Friend's questions is taking time to collate. I will write to him with a full answer shortly, and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost is of the trials programme for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle to date; and what proportion of those costs has been funded by (a) General Dynamics, (b) his Department and (c) other funding sources.

The information needed to answer my Rt Hon. Friend's questions is taking time to collate. I will write to him with a full answer shortly, and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Defence Procurement of 9 September 2021, Official report, column 485, whether he plans to publish the programmatic review of the Ajax programme.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the answer I gave on 8 June 2021 to Question 8558 to the Rt Hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated total cost is of the new trials which have recommenced at Millbrook on the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle; and from which Top Level Budget the funding for those trials will come.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the answer I gave on 10 September to question 44327 to the Hon. Member for Islwyn (Mr Evans).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the out of service date is for the Bowman tactical communications system.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 8 September 2021 to Question 40637 to right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Kevan Jones).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the Senior Responsible Owner for the Le Tacsis programme is; and whether that person is employed (a) part-time or (b) full-time on Le Tacsis.

The Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for the LE TacCIS programme is currently Major General Jonathan Cole. He combines his duties as SRO on LE TacCIS with being the Army’s Chief information officer.

The SRO is supported by a dedicated Programme Director and programme team and, where appropriate, industry.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many rounds of ammunition were included in the £150 million contract for 40mm ammunition signed with the contractor CTA in 2015-16.

The £150 million contract awarded to CTA International in 2015 did not include any 40mm ammunition.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Ministerial Statement of 9 September on Ajax Armoured Vehicle Procurement, in what year did DSTL recommend the mandating of a 40mm main armament for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) provided technical analysis of different armament options to both DE&S and the Army as part of the evidence informing the Army's decision in 2008 to specify a 40mm armament. Dstl continues to provide technical analysis and advice to the programme.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the maximum recommended dose of steroids is which can be administered to armed forces personnel for temporary hearing loss caused by participation in the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle programme.

Steroids are only used in cases of serious concerns on otherwise potentially permanent hearing loss.

Personnel are maximally offered the steroid medications below:

a) 1mg per Kg of Prednisolone (up to a maximum of 60mg) to be taken as an oral preparation (tablets) once a day for seven days only.

b) Intra-tympanic Injection of Solu Medrone - reconstituted from 125mg in 2ml of sterile water. As the volume of the middle ear varies between individuals and cannot be measured before injection the precise amount varies but is, in general - 0.5 to 1ml which equates to 3.175mg - 6.25mg of Solu Medrone into the middle ear on the affected side(s).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Armed Forces personnel have been involved in the trials programme for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle as at 10 September 2021.

As I stated in the House, in total 310 personnel have been identified as requiring medical assessment following exposure to AJAX, but not all of those have been directly involved in trials.

MOD-led Ajax vehicle trials are conducted by the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) at Bovington. Since 2015, 104 Armed Forces Personnel have served with the ATDU Ajax Reliability Trials Team and been involved in the trials programme. The team is composed of Regular personnel only; therefore, no Reservists have been involved. No medical personnel have participated directly in the trials, but they have supported the subsequent assessment and treatment of personnel who have operated Ajax vehicles.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many medical personnel have been involved in the trials of the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle programme as at 10 September 2021; and of what ranks those personnel were.

As I stated in the House, in total 310 personnel have been identified as requiring medical assessment following exposure to AJAX, but not all of those have been directly involved in trials.

MOD-led Ajax vehicle trials are conducted by the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) at Bovington. Since 2015, 104 Armed Forces Personnel have served with the ATDU Ajax Reliability Trials Team and been involved in the trials programme. The team is composed of Regular personnel only; therefore, no Reservists have been involved. No medical personnel have participated directly in the trials, but they have supported the subsequent assessment and treatment of personnel who have operated Ajax vehicles.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Army Reserve have been involved in the trials of the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle programme to date.

As I stated in the House, in total 310 personnel have been identified as requiring medical assessment following exposure to AJAX, but not all of those have been directly involved in trials.

MOD-led Ajax vehicle trials are conducted by the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) at Bovington. Since 2015, 104 Armed Forces Personnel have served with the ATDU Ajax Reliability Trials Team and been involved in the trials programme. The team is composed of Regular personnel only; therefore, no Reservists have been involved. No medical personnel have participated directly in the trials, but they have supported the subsequent assessment and treatment of personnel who have operated Ajax vehicles.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of a single round of 40mm armoured piercing ammunition for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 6 September to question 40704.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Ministerial statement on Ajax Armoured Vehicle Procurement on Thursday 9 September, what estimate he has made of the total estimated export market for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle; and when he expects the first export sales to be achieved.

Preliminary Market Analysis is being carried out to identify the possible export markets for Ajax, their value to the UK and the likely timescales. Clearly successful exports are dependent on the outstanding issues being resolved.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether armed forces personnel may be required under their terms of service to have steroid injections for hearing damage or loss sustained during their service.

All hearing rescue treatment for Armed Forces personnel is based on informed consent. It is not compulsory.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the maximum amount payable under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme is for (a) temporary hearing loss and (b) permanent hearing loss, as a result of injuries sustained during military service.

The maximum amounts payable under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) for temporary hearing loss is £6,180 and for total deafness in both ears is £484,100.

The full list of descriptors between Level 13 and Level 2 can be found within Table 7 of Schedule 2 of the AFCS Order 2011 at:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/517/schedule/3/part/1

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 6 September 2021, HCWS260, on the Armoured Cavalry (Ajax) Programme, how many of the 310 MoD personnel who (a) have been assessed or (b) are awaiting assessments for potentially having suffered hearing damage as a result of participating in the Ajax trials programme have been administered with steroid injections to date.

As I stated in my update to the House on AJAX (HCWS260), I will update the House on the number of personnel affected by noise and vibration in due course and provide further details.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to donate a Challenger 2 tank to the Tank Museum at Bovington.

There are no confirmed plans to donate a Challenger 2 at this stage, however the Ministry of Defence is actively engaged with the Tank Museum to understand how it might be able to support this ambition.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Challenger 2 tanks (a) have been sold by the Defence Equipment Sales Authority or its predecessors, (b) have been placed in long-term storage and (c) are still in operational service.

I can confirm that no Challenger 2 tanks have been sold by the Defence Equipment Sales Authority or its predecessors. At present, 75 CR2 are held in long term storage.

Of the British Army's current operational fleet of 227 Challenger 2 tanks, a proportion are held in storage at readiness but for reasons of security, we are unable to provide detail on numbers.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many rounds of 40mm ammunition for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle have been purchased as of 7 September 2021.

I am withholding the information as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the cost of a Charm 3 round of 120mm armoured piercing ammunition used by the Challenger 2 Main battle Tank.

The Charm 3 120mm armoured piercing ammunition used by the Challenger 2 Main battle Tank has not been manufactured since 2001. An estimated cost per round (Armour Piercing shot with necessary Propelling Charge and initiating TVE charge), based on latest prices, is approximately £2,762.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Sandown Class minehunters were first advertised for potential sale on the Defence Equipment Sales Authority website.

The Sandown Class Minehunters were first advertised for potential sale on the GOV.UK website in their online brochure published on 6 September 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the maximum rate of fire is of the 40mm main armament of the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

I am withholding this information as its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the 40mm armoured piercing ammunition intended for use by the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle employs depleted uranium.

No it does not.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he or another of his departmental Ministers has met the Corporate Chief Executive of General Dynamics in 2021 to discuss the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle programme.

I met the Global Chair and Chief Executive of General Dynamics, Phebe Novakovic on 1 July 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the latest Type 23 frigate to leave Royal Naval service was first advertised for potential sale on the Defence Equipment Sales Authority website.

The Type 23 frigate was first advertised for potential sale through the Defence Equipment Sales Authority on the Gov.UK website in their online brochure published on 6 September 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the cost of a round of 155mm high explosive artillery ammunition used by the AS-90 howitzer.

I am withholding the unit cost as its disclosure may prejudice commercial interests.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the cost of a round of 7.62mm machine gun ammunition as used on the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

I am withholding the unit cost as its disclosure may prejudice commercial interests.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the cost of a single round of 30mm armoured piercing ammunition used by the Warrior Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

The last occasion the Ministry of Defence acquired such 30mm ammunition was in the early 1990's. I will write to my Rt Hon. Friend with further details and place a copy of the letter in the Library of the House.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the RAF C-130J Hercules aircraft were first advertised for potential sale on the Defence Equipment Sales Authority website.

RAF C-130J Hercules aircraft were first advertised for potential sale through the Defence Equipment Sales Authority on the Gov.UK website in their online brochure published on 6 September 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft were first advertised for potential sale on the Defence Equipment Sales Authority website.

The E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft were first advertised for potential sale through the Defence Equipment Sales Authority on the Gov.UK website in their online brochure published on 6 September 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which company manufactures the 30mm ammunition used by the Warrior Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

The 30mm ammunition used by the Warrior Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicles is manufactured by BAE Systems.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many rounds of 40mm ammunition for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle have been fired during the Ajax trials programme as of 7 September 2021.

A total of 6,177 rounds have been fired to September 2021, which includes 563 Armour Piercing Fin Stabilised Discarding Sabot-Tracer rounds and 5,614 Target Practice-Tracer rounds.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Head of Defence Equipment and Support was first informed of the problems with the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle programme.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 6 September 2021 to question 37380.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which company manufactures the 40mm ammunition intended for use by the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 8 September 2021 to question 41730.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the definition of a red rating is in the Infrastructure Projects Authority traffic light rating system.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what traffic light colour rating was assigned to the Armoured Cavalry (Ajax) programme in the recent Infrastructure Projects Authority Annual Report on Major Projects 2020-21.

To accompany the publication of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority Annual Report on the 15 July 2021, the MOD has published Delivery Confidence Assessments for the majority of our major programmes on the Government Major Project Portfolio. These can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/infrastructure-and-projects-authority-annual-report-2021

The Armoured Cavalry Programme (Ajax) has a Delivery Confidence Assessment of red.

It is important to note that Delivery Confidence Assessments are not a comprehensive reflection of project performance but reflect the Senior Responsible Owner's view of the Programme's likelihood of success at a specific snapshot in time if issues and risks are left unaddressed.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what date he expects to appoint a Senior Responsible Owner for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle programme.

I refer my right hon. Friend to HCWS260 which was published in the House on 6 September 2021 and provided a comprehensive update on the Armoured Cavalry (Ajax) programme.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the 36 Ministry of Defence programmes audited in the Infrastructure Projects Authority 2020-21 Annual Report, published on 15 July 2021, how many programmes were rated (a) red, (b) red/amber, (c) amber, (d) amber/green and (e) green; and if he will make a statement.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current out of service date is for the last of the Type 23 frigates to leave the Royal Navy.

On current plans, the last Type 23 frigate will transition out of service in 2035.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the currently planned out of service date is for the C130J Hercules, following the Integrated Review.

Following the Integrated Review, on current planning the RAF Hercules C-130J will go out of service in 2023.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the options are for a new aircraft to replace the Hawk T1 aircraft which is in service with the Red Arrows.

The planned out-of-service date for Hawk T1 with the Red Arrows remains 2030, and a decision on a replacement aircraft will not be taken for at least two more years.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned out of service date is for the Hawk T1 aircraft used by the Red Arrows.

The planned out-of-service date for Hawk T1 with the Red Arrows remains 2030, and a decision on a replacement aircraft will not be taken for at least two more years.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military equipment, if any, was left behind during the recent evacuation of British forces from Afghanistan.

During Operation PITTING and the withdrawal of the UK military from Afghanistan spare capacity was used on flights to return as much equipment to the UK as possible. However, people were prioritised over equipment at all times to evacuate UK nationals and eligible persons under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP). Consequently, a small amount of equipment was left behind or gifted to partner nations.

All sensitive equipment and anything considered attractive to criminal and terrorist organisations was recovered during withdrawal.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his Department's 36 procurement programmes recently audited by the Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA) in its 2020-2021 Annual Report were rated green on the IPA traffic light system assessment scale; and if he will make a statement.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who would be liable to pay compensation for any injuries incurred by service personnel in the trials of the Ajax armoured fighting vehicle.

Depending on the circumstances of each claim, Army personnel might wish to make a claim under the Armed Forces compensation scheme or against the MOD. Depending on those circumstances, the MOD might seek to involve its contractor, General Dynamics UK.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Defence Equipment and Support staff are employed at (a) Abbey Wood, (b) elsewhere in the UK and (c) overseas.

As at 31 August 2021, Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) employed 10,653 permanent or fixed-term appointment staff (civilian), with 7,892 employed at Abbey Wood. There were 2,761 staff based elsewhere within the UK and 35 staff based overseas.

In addition, there are 1,237 military posts in DE&S with 721 personnel based in Abbey Wood, 470 personnel based elsewhere in UK and 46 personnel based overseas.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff are employed by Defence Equipment and Support.

As at 31 August 2021, Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) employed 10,653 permanent or fixed-term appointment staff (civilian), with 7,892 employed at Abbey Wood. There were 2,761 staff based elsewhere within the UK and 35 staff based overseas.

In addition, there are 1,237 military posts in DE&S with 721 personnel based in Abbey Wood, 470 personnel based elsewhere in UK and 46 personnel based overseas.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) three star or equivalent posts, (b) two star or equivalent posts and (c) one star or equivalent posts there are in Defence Equipment and Support.

The current number of Three Star, Two Star and One Star posts (and their equivalents) within Defence Equipment and Support can be found within the table below:

Grade

Number of Posts

Three Star

5

Two Star

20

One Star

105

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average length of time taken by his Department is to answer written Parliamentary questions over the last 12 months.

Over the last 12 Months (1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021) 2,274 written Parliamentary questions were tabled to the Ministry of Defence, of which 2,226 were answered within the given Parliamentary deadlines (97.8%).

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has a target time in which to answer (a) named day and (b) ordinary written Parliamentary questions.

The target time for the Ministry of Defence to answer (a) named day and (b) ordinary written Parliamentary questions is (a) three sitting days after the the date of tabling and (b) within one working week of the of the given date for answer.

This is in line with the House of Commons guidance on answering written Parliamentary questions.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the initial operating capability is of the Tempest in RAF service.

A core aircraft is set to play a crucial role in our concept of a Future Combat Air System, but this will likely be just one element in a network of capabilities supporting uncrewed aircraft that are expected to replace the United Kingdom's Typhoon aircraft air to air combat capability from the mid 2030s.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the 166 round trip evacuation flights recently conducted to and from Kabul by the Royal Air Force as part of Operation Pitting were conducted by (a) C-17, (b) Voyager, (c) A400M, (d) C-130 J and (e) other aircraft types.

The Defence Secretary and Prime Minister have referred to 100 round trips or 200 aircraft movements. We do not recognise the 166 figure in the Rt Hon. Gentlemen’s question.

The following table provides a breakdown of roundtrip flights (to and from) Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) over the course of Operation PITTING (14 - 28 August 2021).

Aircraft

Number of roundtrip flights in and out of HKIA

A400M

31

C17

46

C130J

24

Voyager

0

Other aircraft types

0

These flights operated between locations within the broader Middle East and Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Passengers arriving from Kabul were transferred onto a combination of military and charter aircraft, including RAF Voyager, for onward flights to the UK.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff employed at Defence Equipment and Support are in salary bands of £100,000 or more per annum.

There are 47 civilian staff, employed by Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) who are in salary bands of £100,000 or more per annum.

Of the military posts in DE&S, 24 personnel are in salary bands of £100,000 or more per annum.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current acquisition cost is of the A400M aircraft.

The current total provision for acquisition of the A400M fleet is £2.6 billion.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total salary costs were for Defence Equipment and Support employees in the 2020-21 financial year.

The information requested forms part of the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Annual Report and Accounts (ARAC) for the financial year 2020-21, which is due to be published later this year, following completion of the approvals process. As such, verified information is only available for financial year 2019/20, and as noted on page 61 of the DE&S ARAC 2019-20, the total salary costs for that financial year were £468 million.

The 2019-20 DE&S ARAC can be accessed on gov.uk at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/943847/DE_S_2019-20_ARAC_web_2.pdf.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral evidence of the Minister of State for Defence Procurement to the Defence Committee on 20 July 2021, when he expects to receive the report on the vibration and related problems with the Ajax armoured fighting vehicle.

I refer the right hon. Member to the Written Ministerial Statement: Armoured Cavalry Programme (Ajax) Update dated 6 September 2021 (HCWS260) , which details the current position.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which contractor produces the 40mm ammunition planned for use in the Ajax armoured fighting vehicle.

The 40mm ammunition for the CT40 Cannon used on AJAX is currently provided by BAE Systems.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date he plans to sign the contract to procure three E-7 Wedgetail aircraft from Boeing.

Negotiations with Boeing to agree a revised contract for the acquisition of three E-7 Wedgetail aircraft for the Royal Air Force are ongoing. Therefore, to protect the Department's commercial interests, I am withholding any further detail at this time.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has paid to Babcock and its subsidiaries in each of the last 10 financial years.

Ministry of Defence payments to Babcock International Group PLC and its subsidiaries, between financial years 2010-11 and 2019-20 are set out in the table below:

Year

Value (million)*

2019-20

£2,231

2018-19

£1,864

2017-18

£1,790

2016-17

£1,691

2015-16

£1,548

2014-15

£1,488

2013-14

£1,312

2012-13

£1,333**

2011-12

£1,247**

2010-11

£1,257**

* Figures rounded to the nearest million ** Figures do not include Trading Fund spending.

This information, for the period since 2012-13, is also published in the Trade Industry & Contracts Statistical Bulletin, which can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/defence-trade-and-industry-index.

The figure for financial year 2020-21 is due to be published on 16 September 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the initial operating capability is for the Landceptor air defence system.

The capability to which my right hon. Friend refers is one of the sub systems which make up the Sky Sabre Ground Based Air Defence capability.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to replace the Hawk T2 aircraft in RAF service; and what the planned out-of-service date is for that aircraft.

The planned out of service date for the Hawk T2 aircraft is 2040 and there are no plans required yet for its replacement.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) initial and (b) final operating capability is for the Protector unmanned aerial vehicle.

The Initial Operating Capability for the Protector aircraft is 2023 with Full Operating Capability in 2025.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2021 to Question 36561 on Armoured Fighting Vehicles, for what reason no armed forces equipment and formations data has yet been published for 2021.

The Armed Forces Equipment and Formations Statistic Figures are collated and published once a year in an official statistic. Last year it was published on 10 September and this year it is due to be released on 9 September.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff within Defence Equipment and Support are employed on the Ajax AFV programme; and what the (a) employment grades and (b) individual salary bands are of those employees.

There are currently 111 Ministry of Defence (MOD) civilian, military and contractor staff in Defence Equipment & Support directly employed on the AJAX project. This number may vary, dependent on project requirements. The project is supported by other indirect staff, such as corporate services, and a small number of senior staff who provide oversight and contribute to the project as required, as part of wider portfolios of work.

Salary Bands for the MOD civilian and military staff are detailed in the table below:

DE&S Level/Military Rank

Salary Band

5

Min £65,769 Max £70,553

4

Min £45,816 Max £77,477

3

Min £34,850 Max £65,247

2

Min £19,939 Max £38,284

1

Min £19,500 Max £25,950

Lt Col (OF4)

Min £75,753.60 Max £87,716.40

Maj (OF3)

Min £53,975.16 Max £64,642.32

WO2 (OF8)

Min £43,895.64 Max £51,274.92

MOD civilian salary bands are representative of the current Ajax project population. Contractor salaries are a matter for the provider.

In addition a further 12 staff (12 FTE) are assigned to the procurement of the CT40 cannon that will be deployed on Ajax.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which senior officer on the Executive Committee of the Army Board is responsible for the procurement of Armoured Fighting Vehicles, including the Ajax AFV programme; and how long that individual has been in post.

The Deputy Chief of the General Staff (DCGS) leads the Army Portfolio Office, providing central coherence and guidance for all programmes in the Army. Lieutenant General Sir Christopher Tickell has held the role of DCGS Since August 2019.

As Director General Land in Defence Equipment & Support, Chris Bushell is a member of the Executive Committee of the Army Board and is the senior official responsible for providing procurement expertise. He took up post in December 2019.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people comprise the crew of the Ajax Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle; and what are the individual responsibilities of each of those crew members.

The Ajax reconnaissance variant has a crew of three. A driver (responsible for driving the vehicle and routine automotive maintenance as directed by the maintenance schedule), a gunner (responsible for using the sighting systems, firing the weapon system and other routine maintenance tasks as directed by the maintenance schedule) and commander (responsible for command of the vehicle, decisions on movement and use of the sighting and weapon systems, communication systems and safety).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the earliest date is for initial operating capability for the Ajax AFV.

I have made clear that no declaration of Initial Operating Capability will be made prior to a clear path to resolution being established for noise and vibration.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at what level in his Department the (a) 2010 development contract for the Ajax AFV and (b) 2014 production contract for the Ajax AFV was signed off.

Both contracts received appropriate Ministerial approvals and in the case of the 2010 development contract was also agreed by the then Chief Secretary to the Treasury (March 2010).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) initial and (b) final operating capacity is of the (i) Morpheus and (ii) Le TACIS communications programmes.

The current forecast for MORPHEUS Initial Operating Capacity (IOC) is Quarter 4, 2025 and the forecast for Full Operating Capacity (FOC) is Quarter 2, 2029.

The Land Environment Tactical Communication Information System Programme does not have a single Initial Operating Capability or Full Operating Capability. Instead, it is comprised of a number of sub-programmes and projects (including MORPHEUS), each of which have their own in-service dates.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which regiments of the British Army have been involved in his Department's trial programme for the Ajax Fighting Vehicle programme.

Trials are being run out of the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU). Due to the breadth of trials carried out by ATDU, personnel assigned to this unit are drawn from a broad cross section of the British Army.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the maximum effective range is of the (a) 40mm main armament on the Ajax AFV and (b) the 7.62mm co-axial machine gun on the Ajax AFV.

I am withholding this information as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to use the Challenger 2/3 main battle tank in the tracked reconnaissance role, in the event that the Ajax AFV programme is cancelled.

The Department remains committed to delivering Ajax.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list all repair and refit tasks carried out by Babcock for the Royal Navy in the last 10 years, including for each such task (a) vessel name, (b) projected estimated length of time to complete the work,( c) actual time taken to complete the work and (d) fee paid to Babcock for completing that work.

It is not certain that the information requested by my right hon. Friend will be ascertainable for the entire 10-year period and such information would only be able to be provided after a significant commitment of resource. This is because the data required would need to be collated from a variety of sources, including the Maritime Delivery Support Framework contract, the data from which will be highly commercially sensitive.

I will write to him with further detail on his request with a focus on providing as much detail as possible for the recent period and I will place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who signed the 2014 Ajax AFV production contract on behalf of (a) General Dynamics and (b) his Department.

The 2014 production contract for Ajax was signed by the Vice President of General Dynamics UK Land Systems and the Ministry of Defence Commercial Director.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who is the (a) Programme Manager, (b) Programme Director and (c) Senior Responsible Owner of the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle programme in his Department.

The role of Programme Manager is carried out by Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, whilst the Equipment Project Manager is a OF5 equivalent (Grade B1) Civil Servant in DE&S; the Programme Director is a Colonel in the Army. As these are below the rank of 2*/SCS 2 I am withholding their details from the public domain in line with departmental policy.

As at 19 August 2021, the SRO of the Armoured Cavalry 25 Programme, which includes delivery of the Ajax platform, is Major General Simon Hamilton. My Rt hon. Friend will recall that at the recent HCDC Hearing I announced our intention to appoint a new full-time SRO, who can focus 100% of their time on working with DE&S for its delivery.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will review his policy that the cost of the 40mm ammunition for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle should remain commercially confidential; and if he will make a statement.

The cost of the 40mm ammunition for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle remains commercially sensitive. I committed to write to the Defence Select Committee on this issue and will do so.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his timeframe is for the publication of the results of the ongoing inquiry into health problems experienced by armed forces personnel participating in the trials of the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle group; and if he will make a statement.

The review being conducted by the Ministry of Defence’s Director of Health, Safety and Environmental Protection into the safety procedures relating to vibrations and noise on the Ajax Programme is ongoing and I refer my Rt hon. Friend to the Written Ministerial Statement (HCWS260) issued earlier today.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of when HMS Diamond will return to operational service, following the completion of temporary repairs.

The repair to HMS DIAMOND is now complete. HMS DIAMOND sailed at the end of August and will return to operational duties with the Carrier Strike Group in due course.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who is paying for the Power Improvement Project programme for each of the Type 45 destroyers; and what the total estimated cost is of that programme.

The Ministry of Defence is funding the Type 45 Power Improvement Programme. The current contract value is approximately £189 million.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the parties and subjects of existing contracts with more than £1 million contract-value between his Department and Babcock or its subsidiaries.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) currently has 109 open contracts with Babcock International Group PLC, including known subsidiaries, with a contract value of more than £1 million.

The attached table contains the requested information. However I am withholding details of 17 contracts as disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Information about the contracts that the Department places with industry is available on GOV.uk as part of our MOD Trade, Industry and Contracts statistics: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/defence-trade-and-industry-index.

In addition, MOD contracts worth over £10,000 are published on the Government's Contracts Finder website, which is available on GOV.uk at: https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Type 23 frigates are currently in (a) repair and (b) refit for the Royal Navy; and which company has primary responsibility for that work on each of those frigates.

Four Type 23 frigates are in upkeep (refit), HMS IRON DUKE, HMS SOMERSET, HMS SUTHERLAND and HMS ST ALBANS.

The company with prime responsibility for the upkeeps is Devonport Royal Dockyard Limited, which is owned by Babcock Marine.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned initial operating capability is for the proposed ocean surveillance ships for the Royal Navy; and what the individual acquisition cost is of those vessels.

The new Multi Role Ocean Surveillance Ship announced in the Defence Command Paper 2021 is currently in its pre-concept phase. No decisions have yet been taken on the likely acquisition costs or the definition of the initial operating capability for the ship.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the repair of the runway at RAF Brize Norton has been completed.

Following the most recent works to the surface, repair of the runway at RAF Brize Norton has been completed and was handed to the Operating Authority on 7 August 2021. However ongoing maintenance will be required and will be scheduled to take place on a pre-agreed basis.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flying hours on average each of the Tranche 1 Typhoon aircraft is estimated to have accumulated before they are retired from service as set out in the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

There are 30 Typhoon Tranche 1 aircraft in the sustainment fleet and the projected average flying hours for each of the aircraft, when they reach their respective Out of Service Date, is 2544.8 flying hours.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the location is of each of the 12 remaining Type 23 frigates in the Royal Navy.

As of 14 September 2021, HMS IRON DUKE, HMS SOMERSET, HMS SUTHERLAND and HMS ST ALBANS are in upkeep/refit at Devonport Royal Dockyard.

HMS RICHMOND and HMS KENT are supporting Carrier Strike Group 2021 in the Far East.

HMS MONTROSE is forward deployed to the Middle East.

The remaining five Type 23 Frigates (HMS ARGYLL, HMS LANCASTER, HMS NORTHUMBERLAND, HMS PORTLAND and HMS WESTMINSTER) are located in UK waters or the North Atlantic and are available for operations. Of these, HMS ARGYLL is supporting Defence at Security Equipment International (DSEI) in London.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many rounds of caseless 40mm ammunition can be carried internally by the Ajax AFV on operations.

This information could prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces and so I must withhold the detail my right hon. Friend has requested.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the profit margin for General Dynamics on the Ajax AFV production contract.

General Dynamics UK is contractually required to produce a set number of Ajax AFVs to a required specification. The profit margin General Dynamics UK expect to generate a is commercial matter for the company.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what type of steroids, including the product name were administered to armed forces personnel who experienced hearing problems after participating in the trials of the Ajax AFV.

Patients assessed to benefit from steroid treatment for acute noise induced hearing loss received the steroid Prednisolone as tablets and/or intratympanic (placed by injection into the middle ear) Solu-medrone steroid solution.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost is of upgrading the A400M fleet with additional equipment to replace the C-130J Hercules in the special forces transport role.

It is longstanding policy not to comment on Special Forces equipment and capabilities.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned out-of-service date is for the (a) Hunt class mine countermeasures vessels and (b) Sandown class mine countermeasures vessels.

On current plans, the Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels will leave service between 2029 and 2031 and the Sandown Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels will leave service between 2021 and 2025.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department paid to Babcock for (a) submarine and (b) surface ship refit and maintenance in the financial year 2020-21.

During financial year 2020-21, the Ministry of Defence held a contract with Babcock for the provision of onshore support services at HM Naval Bases Devonport and Clyde. This included the refit and maintenance of our submarines and warships at those bases. It is not possible to separate those elements directly attributable to submarine and surface ship refit and maintenance within the contract, which also includes wider Naval Base operating costs. A separate contract with Babcock was also in place for HMS VANGUARD's deep maintenance project.

Total expenditure against these contracts in 2020-21 was £851million.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2021 to Question 36545 on Type 23 Frigates, with reference to the eight Type 23 frigates described as operationally available, how many were (a) ships on deployment and (b) ships generating for deployment.

To maintain our operational security, the figures provided in the answer of 26 July 2021 to Question 36545 cannot be broken down to the level of detail requested.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made an assessment of which other armoured fighting vehicles in the global market have similar characteristics to the Ajax AFV.

Ajax is expected to deliver a first in class capability from what will be a fully digitalised platform. We remain committed to the programme. However, Defence regularly monitors what AFV capabilities are available in the Global Market.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the weight is of the Ajax AFV (a) with and (b) without the additional armour package.

I refer the right hon. Member to my response to his question 36563 which was answered on 26 July 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Armed Forces personnel have been injured whilst participating in the Ajax trials programme as of 21 July 2021.

I take the right hon. and Hon. Member’s questions as being in relation to the recent reports of noise and vibration identified in the ongoing Ajax demonstration phase. As such I would refer you to HCWS260, the comprehensive written statement I laid before this House on Monday 6 September.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the sea-going status is of each of the four Astute Class and Two Trafalgar Class Submarines in service; and which of those submarines are (a) operationally available, (b) undergoing maintenance and/or a refit and (c) temporarily unavailable.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 26 July 2021 to Question number 36546.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the structure of the reporting chain is for Ajax Fighting Vehicle programme within Defence Equipment and Support.

The reporting chain for the Ajax programme within Defence Equipment and Support is as follows, listed from the top down:

Chief Executive Officer (4*)

Director General (Land) (3*)

Director Land Equipment (2*)

Head Vehicle Demonstration and Manufacture (1*)

Ajax Delivery Team

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which roles within Defence Equipment and Support negotiated the (a) 2010 development contract and (b) 2014 production contract with General Dynamics for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle family.

Negotiation of the Ajax development and production contracts was carried out by senior commercial officers within Defence Equipment & Support; supported by individuals in finance and project management roles, with senior level oversight and assurance.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme was cancelled.

Retiring Warrior early, rather than spending money on trying to extend a legacy capability, allows us to free up resources to invest in Boxer and modernising the UK Armed Forces. Such investment will include long-range precision missiles, unmanned systems and enhanced ISR.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the vibration and noise problems with the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle Programme were first reported to (a) the Head of Defence Equipment and Support, (b) the Executive Committee of the Army Board and (c) Ministers.

The timelines related to Noise and Vibration are being investigated as part of the ongoing Health and Safety Review and I refer my right hon. Friend to today’s Written Ministerial Statement (HCWS260).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned timescale is for the initial operational capability for the Harpoon replacement for the Royal Navy.

A timescale for an initial operating capability would be determined during a future Surface to Surface Guided Weapon (SSGW) system procurement process. An Invitation to Negotiate has not been released and it would be inappropriate to comment further on future programme timelines.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of 100 rounds of 40mm caseless armoured piercing ammunition for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 13 July to Question 32310.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the planned timescale is or the Type 45 Power Improvement Project; and when each individual ship in the class is currently scheduled to have completed its PIP upgrade.

HMS DAUNTLESS, the first of class to undergo the Type 45 Power Improvement Programme (PIP), is expected to complete the initial phase of the installation by Q3 2021. This follows reassessment of the programme to account for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on progress. The next phase of the programme will see DAUNTLESS undertake a rigorous trials programme in harbour and subsequently at sea.

The programme is dependent on the availability of ships to undertake the upgrade, balanced against the Royal Navy's standing and future operational commitments. It is still the case that all six Type 45 ships are expected to have received their PIP upgrade by the mid-2020s.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the sea-going status is of (a) HMS Albion and (b) HMS Bulwark; and whether those ships are (i) operationally available, (ii) undergoing maintenance and/or a refit, (iii) temporarily unavailable and (iv) laid up and/or held at extended readiness.

The information requested is provided below:

Class

Upkeep/Maintenance

Operationally Available

Total

Type 23

4

8

12

River Class Patrol Ships

0

3

3

River II Class Patrol Ships

0

5

5

RFA Tide Class

1

3

4

RFA Wave Class

1

1

2

RFA Landing Ship Docks

1

2

3

Sandown Class

0

5

5

Hunt Class Mine Counter Measure Vessels

2

4

6

HMS ALBION/HMS BULWARK

1

1

2

To maintain operational security these figures cannot be broken down to the level of detail requested. The information provided dividing vessels into “Upkeep/Maintenance” and “Operationally Available” (ships on deployment or generating for deployment) is correct at the time of release.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the sea-going status is of each of the (a) seven Sandown Class and (b) six Hunt Class Mine Counter Measure Vessels; and which of those ships are (i) operationally available, (ii) undergoing maintenance and/or a refit, (iii) temporarily unavailable and (iv) laid up and/or held at extended readiness.

The information requested is provided below:

Class

Upkeep/Maintenance

Operationally Available

Total

Type 23

4

8

12

River Class Patrol Ships

0

3

3

River II Class Patrol Ships

0

5

5

RFA Tide Class

1

3

4

RFA Wave Class

1

1

2

RFA Landing Ship Docks

1

2

3

Sandown Class

0

5

5

Hunt Class Mine Counter Measure Vessels

2

4

6

HMS ALBION/HMS BULWARK

1

1

2

To maintain operational security these figures cannot be broken down to the level of detail requested. The information provided dividing vessels into “Upkeep/Maintenance” and “Operationally Available” (ships on deployment or generating for deployment) is correct at the time of release.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the sea-going status is of each of the three Landing Ship Docks in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; and which of those ships are (a) operationally available, (b) undergoing maintenance and/or a refit, (c) temporarily unavailable and (d) laid up and/or held at extended readiness.

The information requested is provided below:

Class

Upkeep/Maintenance

Operationally Available

Total

Type 23

4

8

12

River Class Patrol Ships

0

3

3

River II Class Patrol Ships

0

5

5

RFA Tide Class

1

3

4

RFA Wave Class

1

1

2

RFA Landing Ship Docks

1

2

3

Sandown Class

0

5

5

Hunt Class Mine Counter Measure Vessels

2

4

6

HMS ALBION/HMS BULWARK

1

1

2

To maintain operational security these figures cannot be broken down to the level of detail requested. The information provided dividing vessels into “Upkeep/Maintenance” and “Operationally Available” (ships on deployment or generating for deployment) is correct at the time of release.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the sea-going status is of each of the (a) four Tide Class and (b) two Wave Class Fleet Tankers in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; and which of those ships are (a) operationally available, (b) undergoing maintenance and/or a refit, (c) temporarily unavailable and (d) laid up and/or held at extended readiness.

The information requested is provided below:

Class

Upkeep/Maintenance

Operationally Available

Total

Type 23

4

8

12

River Class Patrol Ships

0

3

3

River II Class Patrol Ships

0

5

5

RFA Tide Class

1

3

4

RFA Wave Class

1

1

2

RFA Landing Ship Docks

1

2

3

Sandown Class

0

5

5

Hunt Class Mine Counter Measure Vessels

2

4

6

HMS ALBION/HMS BULWARK

1

1

2

To maintain operational security these figures cannot be broken down to the level of detail requested. The information provided dividing vessels into “Upkeep/Maintenance” and “Operationally Available” (ships on deployment or generating for deployment) is correct at the time of release.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the sea-going status is of each of the (a) five River II Class Patrol Ships and (b) three River Class Patrol Ships; and which of those ships are (a) operationally available, (b) undergoing maintenance and/or a refit, (c) temporarily unavailable and (d) laid up and/or held at extended readiness.

The information requested is provided below:

Class

Upkeep/Maintenance

Operationally Available

Total

Type 23

4

8

12

River Class Patrol Ships

0

3

3

River II Class Patrol Ships

0

5

5

RFA Tide Class

1

3

4

RFA Wave Class

1

1

2

RFA Landing Ship Docks

1

2

3

Sandown Class

0

5

5

Hunt Class Mine Counter Measure Vessels

2

4

6

HMS ALBION/HMS BULWARK

1

1

2

To maintain operational security these figures cannot be broken down to the level of detail requested. The information provided dividing vessels into “Upkeep/Maintenance” and “Operationally Available” (ships on deployment or generating for deployment) is correct at the time of release.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many rounds of 40mm caseless ammunition the Ajax Armoured Vehicle would normally be expected to carry on operations.

The provision of this information could prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces and so I must withhold the detail my right hon. Friend has requested.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what liquidated damages clauses are contained in the contract with General Dynamics for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle programme.

The Terms and Conditions of the contract with General Dynamics for the Ajax programme are commercially sensitive and legally confidential. I am therefore withholding this information from public release as its disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who has been the Senior Responsible Owner of the Ajax armoured vehicle programme to date.

Since the Main Gate Business Case baseline approval in 2014 there have been three Senior Responsible Owners for the Armoured Cavalry 25 (AC25) programme. Prior to this, from 2010 (when Main Gate Business Case 1 was signed) to 2013, there were a further two SROs. This was when Ajax was part of firstly the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) programme and then the wider Mounted Close Combat (MCC) portfolio.

April 2019 – current

Major General Simon Hamilton (SRO AC25)

November 2015 – April 2019

Major General Mark Gaunt (SRO AC25)

October 2013 – November 2015

Major General Nick Pope (SRO MCC and then SRO AC25)

November 2011 - October 2013

Maj Gen Bruce Brealey (SRO MCC)

November 2008 – November 2011

Brig Mike Riddell-Webster (SRO FRES then SRO MCC)

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the initial operational capability is for each of the three vessels in the Fleet Solid Support Ship programme.

The Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the Fleet Solid Support (FSS) programme will be met through the achievement of the entry into service of the first FSS Ship and each subsequent ship will enter service at the same capability standard. The date for FSS IOC and individual ship in service dates will not be determined until the Full Business Case is submitted and will be reliant on the delivery schedule agreed when the manufacture contract is awarded.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of (a) how often and (b) for how long the Type 31 Frigates will undergo maintenance after they have entered service.

In respect of both the Type 26 and Type 31 Frigate programmes, it is too early to say how often the ships will undergo routine maintenance. This will be decided as part of the negotiations with industry for support solutions.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of (a) how often and (b) for how long the Type 26 Frigates will undergo maintenance after they have entered service.

In respect of both the Type 26 and Type 31 Frigate programmes, it is too early to say how often the ships will undergo routine maintenance. This will be decided as part of the negotiations with industry for support solutions.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his timetable is for the Meteor air-to-air missile to achieve initial operating capability on the F-35 aircraft.

Initial development work for Meteor integration has progressed well. The Lightning Delivery Team within Defence Equipment and Supply (DE&S), through F-35 Joint Program Office has signed a contract to integrate Meteor in the middle of the decade.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the sea-going status is of each of the (a) four Astute class and (b) two Trafalgar class SSN submarines in commission; and which of those boats are (i) operationally available and (ii) undergoing maintenance and/or refit.

It is UK policy to not disclose the operational availability of submarines, as to do so would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of our Armed Forces. Our submarines continue to meet all operational commitments.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) location and (b) operational status is of each of the 48 F-35 aircraft on order from Lockheed Martin.

21 Lightning aircraft have been delivered to the UK by Lockheed-Martin. The remaining 27 aircraft remain at various stages of production.

The location of the 21 delivered aircraft in mid-July 2021 is broken down as follows:

17 Squadron, Edwards AFB USA - Three

207 Squadron, RAF Marham - Eight

617 Squadron embarked on HMS Queen Elizabeth - Eight

RAF Marham Maintenance and Finishing Facility - Two

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the through-life cost of the F-35 programme; and on what £/$ exchange rate that assumption is based over the lifetime of the programme.

The estimate of the through-life cost of the F-35 programme is £18.76 billion. Based on the endorsed forty-eight F-35B Programme of Record, this estimate includes sunk costs (already recognised in Defence Accounts) and forecast costs (future expenditure until F-35 Out of Service Date). The sunk costs were recognised at the £/$ exchange rate when the expenditure occurred. Any forecast costs that are transacted in USD$, are converted to GBP£ using the relevant Ministry of Defence Corporate Planning Assumptions for the Annual Budgeting Cycle.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the CH-47 Chinook Bravo November when it leaves operational service; and whether those plans involve donating that helicopter to the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon.

Recognising the historical service of this airframe, it is likely that it will be gifted to a suitable Museum ensuring the important RAF stories associated with the aircraft will be preserved and shared to inspire future generations.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the sea-going status of each of the 13 Type 23 frigates; and which of those ships are (a) operationally available, (b) undergoing maintenance and/or a refit and (c) temporarily unavailable due to propulsion problems.

The information requested is provided below:

Class

Upkeep/Maintenance

Operationally Available

Total

Type 23

4

8

12

River Class Patrol Ships

0

3

3

River II Class Patrol Ships

0

5

5

RFA Tide Class

1

3

4

RFA Wave Class

1

1

2

RFA Landing Ship Docks

1

2

3

Sandown Class

2

5

7

Hunt Class Mine Counter Measure Vessels

2

4

6

HMS ALBION/HMS BULWARK

1

1

2

To maintain operational security these figures cannot be broken down to the level of detail requested. The information provided dividing vessels into “Upkeep/Maintenance” and “Operationally Available” (ships on deployment or generating for deployment) is correct at the time of release.

Twelve Type 23 frigates are included as HMS MONMOUTH left Royal Navy service on 30 June 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has sought compensation or other financial recompense from Airbus following problems with the A400m aircraft.

Airbus are contracted to design and supply the A400M aircraft, including the rectification of technical issues. Airbus are held to their contractual obligations by the appropriate commercial mechanisms including retention of payments.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his planned timetable is for the A400M aircraft to replace the C-130J Hercules aircraft in the special forces transport role; and what estimate he has made of the cost of converting the A400M aircraft to undertake the role previously performed by the C-130J Hercules aircraft.

It has been the longstanding position of successive Governments not to comment on the capabilities of the UK special forces, as to do so would put personnel and operations at risk.

Capability performance is assessed against the contribution it will make to counter the threats we face, now and into the future. The A400M, as the successor to the C-130J, is a highly capable modern aircraft, offering many advantages over the current C-130J capability, including a greater range and payload capacity.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much (a) Airbus and (b) his Department has spent on tackling reliability issues with Royal Air Force A400m aircraft as at 20 July 2021.

There is no additional cost to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the programme of work to improve the reliability of the A400M, which is funded by industry. The MOD is unable to comment on the cost to Airbus, which is a matter for the company.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many A400M aircraft his Department plans to purchase for the Royal Air Force.

The UK has ordered 22 A400M aircraft of which 20 have been received, with a further two to be delivered.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many A400M aircraft were operationally available on average in each week in June 2021.

The weekly average number of A400M aircraft operationally available for the month of June 2021 is given in the table below:

Week Beginning

Number of Aircraft

31 May 2021

6

7 June 2021

7

14 June 2021

7

21 June 2021

9

28 June 2021

8

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the revised acquisition cost is of the three E-7 Wedgetail aircraft proposed for purchase under the Integrated Review 2021.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 13 April 2021 to Question 175732 to the hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the date on which the (a) last E-3D sentry aircraft will be retired from operational service and (b) first E-7 Wedgetail will achieve initial operating capacity in Royal Air Force service.

We will retire the E-3D Sentry from operational service later in 2021, as part of the transition to the more modern and more capable fleet of three E-7 Wedgetail aircraft, which are expected to enter service in December 2023.

The United Kingdom remains part of the NATO AEW&C Force Headquarters.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many CVR T Scimitar Reconnaissance vehicles remain in operational service with the British Army; and in which regiments those vehicles are deployed.

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-2020.

For reasons of security, we do not publish any further breakdown of this number.

Regiments of the British Army which operate these vehicles are:

1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

1st Battalion The Royal Welsh

1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

102 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

5th Battalion The Rifles

8th Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Kings Royal Hussars

Royal Dragoon Guards

Royal Lancers

Royal Tank Regiment

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost of the Puma upgrade programme was.

The total cost of the Puma Life Extension Programme was £371.6 million.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which vehicle performs the tracked armoured reconnaissance role in the British Army; and in which regiments is that vehicle deployed.

The CVR(T) and Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle perform the tracked armoured reconnaissance role in the British Army. These vehicles can be found in the following regiments:

1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment

1st Battalion The Royal Welsh

1st Battalion Royal Horse Artillery

1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment

102 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

19 Regiment Royal Artillery

22 Engineer Regiment

26 Engineer Regiment

3 Armoured Close Support Battalion

4 Armoured Close Support Battalion

5th Battalion The Rifles

6 Armoured Close Support Battalion

8 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

King Royal Hussars

Queens Royal Hussars

Royal Tank Regiment

Royal Lancers

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is per flying hour of operating the (a) Typhoon, (b) F-35, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) A400M, (e) P-8 Poseidon and (f) Ch-47 Chinook.

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

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to dispose of the Puma helicopters earmarked for retirement in the Integrated Review 2021.

No disposal agreements have yet been made regarding the Puma helicopters earmarked for retirement.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many CVR T Scimitar Reconnaissance vehicles have been disposed of in the last 10 years; to which nations; and what the cost incurred or revenue gained was to his Department of those disposals.

Over the last 10 years, a total of 123 Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) Scimitar have been sold; 42 via a Government-to-Government sale to Latvia, and 81 via the Defence Equipment Sales Authority's Surplus Vehicles Contract.

Due to the way in which historic disposals information is recorded, it is not possible to provide exact details of the income generated for Scimitar. However, the combined sales return for all variants of the CVR(T), totalling 592 vehicles, is £3.82 million (excl. VAT).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the all-up weight with any added armour of the (a) CVR T Scimitar Armoured Fighting Vehicle, (b) Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle, (c) Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle, (d) AS-90 self-propelled gun and (e) Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.

I thank the right hon. Member for his question, however I must inform him that I am withholding the information requested, as its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the initial operating capability for the SSNR programme to replace the Astute class submarines.

The Submersible Ship Nuclear (Replacement) project is currently in the Programme Definition and Design Phase, during which the Ministry of Defence will identify potential capability solution choices.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the anticipated length of service is of the incumbent Head of the Submarine Delivery Agency.

The salary band for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Defence Equipment and Support is £280,000 - £284,999. The anticipated length of service is four years to 20 May 2022.

The salary band for the Head of Defence Digital (Chief Information Officer) is £120,000 - £208,100. The incumbent is employed on a permanent contract.

The salary band for the CEO of the Submarine Delivery Agency is £280,000- £285,000. The incumbent is employed on a five-year contract that commenced in September 2017.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the salary band is of the Head of the Submarine Delivery Agency.

The salary band for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Defence Equipment and Support is £280,000 - £284,999. The anticipated length of service is four years to 20 May 2022.

The salary band for the Head of Defence Digital (Chief Information Officer) is £120,000 - £208,100. The incumbent is employed on a permanent contract.

The salary band for the CEO of the Submarine Delivery Agency is £280,000- £285,000. The incumbent is employed on a five-year contract that commenced in September 2017.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the anticipated length of service is of the incumbent Head of Defence Digital.

The salary band for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Defence Equipment and Support is £280,000 - £284,999. The anticipated length of service is four years to 20 May 2022.

The salary band for the Head of Defence Digital (Chief Information Officer) is £120,000 - £208,100. The incumbent is employed on a permanent contract.

The salary band for the CEO of the Submarine Delivery Agency is £280,000- £285,000. The incumbent is employed on a five-year contract that commenced in September 2017.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the salary band is of the Head of Defence Digital.

The salary band for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Defence Equipment and Support is £280,000 - £284,999. The anticipated length of service is four years to 20 May 2022.

The salary band for the Head of Defence Digital (Chief Information Officer) is £120,000 - £208,100. The incumbent is employed on a permanent contract.

The salary band for the CEO of the Submarine Delivery Agency is £280,000- £285,000. The incumbent is employed on a five-year contract that commenced in September 2017.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the anticipated length of service is of the incumbent Head of Defence Equipment and Support.

The salary band for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Defence Equipment and Support is £280,000 - £284,999. The anticipated length of service is four years to 20 May 2022.

The salary band for the Head of Defence Digital (Chief Information Officer) is £120,000 - £208,100. The incumbent is employed on a permanent contract.

The salary band for the CEO of the Submarine Delivery Agency is £280,000- £285,000. The incumbent is employed on a five-year contract that commenced in September 2017.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the salary band is of the Head of Defence Equipment and Support.

The salary band for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Defence Equipment and Support is £280,000 - £284,999. The anticipated length of service is four years to 20 May 2022.

The salary band for the Head of Defence Digital (Chief Information Officer) is £120,000 - £208,100. The incumbent is employed on a permanent contract.

The salary band for the CEO of the Submarine Delivery Agency is £280,000- £285,000. The incumbent is employed on a five-year contract that commenced in September 2017.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the initial operating capability for the Type 31(e) Frigate.

On current plans, the initial operating capability date for the Type 31 frigate will be 2027.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which the 10 largest programmes are by value in his Department's latest Equipment Plan; and what estimate he has made of the (a) acquisition cost and (b) through-life cost of each of those programmes.

We plan to publish the Ministry of Defence's 2021-2031 Equipment Plan in Autumn 2021.

The 10 largest programmes by whole life costs in the department's Equipment Plan, as of 31 March, are:

Programme Name

Dreadnought

Complex Weapons Portfolio

Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme

Nuclear Warhead Capability Sustainment Programme

Land Environment Tactical Communication and Information Systems

Astute Boats 1-7

Future Maritime Support Programme

Lightning Programme

Future Beyond Line Of Sight

Armoured Cavalry

The department reports on these programmes as part of the Government's Major Projects Portfolio which includes whole life cost data:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/major-projects-data#2021-data.

Cost estimates are developed in accordance with HM Treasury guidance (including The Green Book and HM Treasury Business Case Guidance) and the MOD's guidance on investment approvals (Joint Service Publication 655). Costs are regularly scrutinised and monitored through these processes.

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority will be publishing their annual report shortly that will include those whole life costs that can be disclosed while respecting ongoing competitive tendering or other commercial sensitivities.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his planned timetable is for publishing his Department's next Equipment Plan.

We plan to publish the Ministry of Defence's 2021-2031 Equipment Plan in Autumn 2021.

The 10 largest programmes by whole life costs in the department's Equipment Plan, as of 31 March, are:

Programme Name

Dreadnought

Complex Weapons Portfolio

Type 26 Global Combat Ship Programme

Nuclear Warhead Capability Sustainment Programme

Land Environment Tactical Communication and Information Systems

Astute Boats 1-7

Future Maritime Support Programme

Lightning Programme

Future Beyond Line Of Sight

Armoured Cavalry

The department reports on these programmes as part of the Government's Major Projects Portfolio which includes whole life cost data:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/major-projects-data#2021-data.

Cost estimates are developed in accordance with HM Treasury guidance (including The Green Book and HM Treasury Business Case Guidance) and the MOD's guidance on investment approvals (Joint Service Publication 655). Costs are regularly scrutinised and monitored through these processes.

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority will be publishing their annual report shortly that will include those whole life costs that can be disclosed while respecting ongoing competitive tendering or other commercial sensitivities.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the sea-going status is of each of the six Type 45 Destroyers; and which of those ships are (a) operationally available, (b) undergoing maintenance and/or a refit and (c) temporarily unavailable due to propulsion problems.

HMS DEFENDER is currently deployed as part of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG21) while HMS DIAMOND has experienced some technical issues and has detached from CSG21 for maintenance, inspection and defect rectification.

HMS DARING and HMS DUNCAN are currently undergoing planned deep maintenance.

HMS DAUNTLESS, the first of the Type 45 Destroyers to undergo a Power Improvement Project upgrade, is expected to return to sea for trials this year.

HMS DRAGON is undergoing a period of planned maintenance in advance of further operational commitments.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the length of time it would take for HMS Dragon to (a) put to sea to replace HMS Diamond as an escort to the Carrier Strike Group and (b) take up station with that Group.

While operating in the eastern Mediterranean, HMS DIAMOND experienced some technical issues and has detached from the Carrier Strike Group for maintenance, inspection and defect rectification. She is expected to re-join the Task Group during the Indo-Pacific phase of the deployment.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the nature is of the propulsion issue affecting HMS Diamond; and when that issue first occurred.

While operating in the eastern Mediterranean, HMS DIAMOND experienced some technical issues and has detached from the Carrier Strike Group for maintenance, inspection and defect rectification. She is expected to re-join the Task Group during the Indo-Pacific phase of the deployment.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the timescale for the repair of HMS Diamond's propulsion issue such that that ship can rejoin the Carrier Strike Group.

While operating in the eastern Mediterranean, HMS DIAMOND experienced some technical issues and has detached from the Carrier Strike Group for maintenance, inspection and defect rectification. She is expected to re-join the Task Group during the Indo-Pacific phase of the deployment.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what alternative procurement options he has for the replacement of the capability envisaged from the Ajax Armoured Vehicle programme in the event that that programme is cancelled; and if he will make a statement.

The Ministry of Defence remains committed to Ajax.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the initial operating capability for the Type 83 Destroyer.

The Type 83 Destroyer will replace the Type 45 Destroyers when they go out of service in the late 2030s. It is anticipated that the concept phase for the Type 83 Destroyers will begin in the next few years.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the initial operating capability for the Type 32 Frigate; and how will it differ in capability terms from the Type 31 Frigate.

The roles and capabilities for the Type 32 Frigate will be decided following the concept phase, which is in its early stages. Therefore, it is too early to compare capabilities with the Type 31 Frigate.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the scheduled initial operating capability is for the Morpheus Programme.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave to the right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Kevan Jones) on 2 July 2021 to Question 21158.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy published in March 2021, what plans he has for the Tranche 1 of Typhoon aircraft when they leave service.

The Ministry of Defence is currently reviewing potential disposal options for the RAF's Tranche 1 Typhoon aircraft which on current planning will go out of service in March 2025.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what type of (a) radar and (b) command system is used on the Crowsnest AEW helicopter programme.

CROWSNEST is a mechanically rotating radar. The mission system is an updated version of the CERBERUS mission system previously used on Sea King Mk7.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any personnel involved in the trials of the Ajax armoured vehicle have subsequently required medical treatment.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer provided by my Noble Friend Baroness Goldie on 29 June 2021 HL1163. Work continues to ensure those who may have been put at risk by the trials are identified and offered medical intervention if appropriate.

As previously stated at the request of Ministers, the Permanent Secretary commissioned a Health and Safety review of the AJAX trials (which will include updating the number of personnel affected). The Secretary of State has confirmed that the summary review will be published.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the unit cost is of a round of 40mm armour piercing ammunition for the main armament of the Ajax Armoured Vehicle.

The main armament of the Ajax armoured vehicle uses the Armour Piercing Fin Stabilised Discarding Sabot-Tracer (APFSDS-T) round. I am withholding the unit cost as its disclosure may prejudice commercial interests.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any armed forces personnel were treated for smoke inhalation following the fire aboard FRA Victoria on May 10 2021.

As a precautionary measure, a number of Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel were taken to Dorchester Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation following the fire onboard RFA FORT VICTORIA on 10 May 2021. They were released later that day and no further medical treatment has been required.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to reduce the carbon footprint of the light aircraft training fleet.

It is expected that the RAF will have its first zero emission aircraft operational by the end of this decade, which, through Project TELUM, will provide its youth air experience aircraft for air cadets, university cadets and elementary flying training.

We hope to launch the competition for Project TELUM in 2023, but this remains to be confirmed, as the requirement will be informed by studies being conducted by the RAF's Rapid Capabilities Office and the Defence and Security Accelerator, which are still ongoing.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when it plans to issue the competitive tender for Project Telum for light aircraft flight training.

It is expected that the RAF will have its first zero emission aircraft operational by the end of this decade, which, through Project TELUM, will provide its youth air experience aircraft for air cadets, university cadets and elementary flying training.

We hope to launch the competition for Project TELUM in 2023, but this remains to be confirmed, as the requirement will be informed by studies being conducted by the RAF's Rapid Capabilities Office and the Defence and Security Accelerator, which are still ongoing.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how long it takes on average to train a Royal Air Force fast jest pilot from initial recruitment to full operational status under the Military Flying Training System.

It is not within the remit of UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) to deliver pilots to 'full operational status'. UKMFTS only delivers the Phase 2 element of flying training which prepares pilots in readiness for their entry to Phase 3 training: a platform specific Operational Conversion Unit (OCU). Pilots go on to achieve operational status, known as Combat Ready, approximately six months after completing their OCU training.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the procurement of a new Medium Lift helicopter.

Detailed work continues on the procurement strategy for the New Medium Helicopter; which remains under development.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Sea King AEW Mk 2 (a) entered and (b) left operational service.

The Sea King AEW Mk2 entered operational service in 1982 and was withdrawn in 2003.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the replacement of the Crowsnest AEW helicopter programme.

A number of options are being developed for consideration by the Ministry of Defence.

In partnership with the Royal Navy, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched the Look out! Maritime Early Warning Innovations competition, which aims to develop alternative future concepts for the Early Warning systems currently deployed in Maritime Task Groups.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ajax Armoured Vehicles are air portable in a single lift in the (a) C-17 and (b) A400M aircraft.

A single turreted, fully-armoured AJAX vehicle can be flown in a C-17 with minimal preparation. Two Ajax variant vehicles can be transported in a C-17, after further suitable preparation.

It is intended that all Ajax variants will be capable of air transportation in an A400M aircraft with some level of strip. Stripped items would be transported separately. Four stripped-down Ajax variant vehicles would be transported in four A400M aircraft and the stripped items in a further two A400M aircraft.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any delays were caused to the Crowsnest AEW helicopter programme by poor maintenance of the Merlin helicopter originally assigned to the trials programme.

Maintenance activities on the originally assigned helicopters, either scheduled or unscheduled, did not cause a delay to the trials programme. The aircraft successfully undertook ground-based trials to assess electromagnetic compatibility. In addition, the radar flight trials programme was not impacted.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to replace the repair ship RFA Diligence.

The Royal Navy has no current plans to procure a replacement for the former RFA DILIGENCE.

The capability previously delivered by DILIGENCE can be provided through a range of sources, including the deployment of a Royal Navy Forward Support Unit, or utilising well-established commercial arrangements and international agreements, such as the use of other countries' bases and facilities.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the contractors involved in the Crowsnest AEW helicopter programme and their individual responsibilities within the overall prime contract.

The main contractors that are involved in the Crowsnest programme are: Lockheed Martin UK as the Prime Contractor; Thales UK Ltd as the Mission System Supplier; Leonardo Helicopters UK Ltd as the Aircraft Integrator; and QinetiQ Ltd as Independent Evaluator.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to replace RFA Argus when it leaves service.

Following the uplift in funding for Royal Navy shipbuilding announced in the Integrated Review in March 2021, a number of options are being considered as part of the Royal Naval Shipbuilding Pipeline regarding the future provision of afloat medical support once RFA ARGUS leaves service.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he intends to exercise any contractual penalties against Lockheed Martin UK for the delays to the Crowsnest AEW helicopter programme.

The Ministry of Defence is currently withholding a portion of the contract price due to late delivery of the capability on the basis of the Schedule Performance not meeting the contracted milestones. This would become repayable on the achievement of full capability in line with the terms of the contract.

We continue to reserve our position with Lockheed Martin UK in respect of any further consideration relating to Contract performance.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to merge the categories of (a) trade trained strength, (b) trained strength and (c) recruits under training in calculating the total liability of the Army Reserve by the end of 2021.

Under Future Reserves 2020, the Army Reserve has a structure (workforce requirement) of circa 31,650 which will remain the same in 2021.

Under the Defence Secretary's announcement and launch of the Defence Command Paper, we will see a more productive integration of the Army Reserve by 2025. Work to refine the exact breakdown of the future structure is still ongoing however, there is currently no plan to change the categorisation of Untrained, Trained and Trade Trained for the Army Reserves. The Army does not anticipate a need for any change of definition either now or beyond the implementation of the Integrated Review.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the proposed total liability of the Army Reserve, including (a) trained strength and (b) recruits not yet trained, by the conclusion of 2021.

Under Future Reserves 2020, the Army Reserve has a structure (workforce requirement) of circa 31,650 which will remain the same in 2021.

Under the Defence Secretary's announcement and launch of the Defence Command Paper, we will see a more productive integration of the Army Reserve by 2025. Work to refine the exact breakdown of the future structure is still ongoing however, there is currently no plan to change the categorisation of Untrained, Trained and Trade Trained for the Army Reserves. The Army does not anticipate a need for any change of definition either now or beyond the implementation of the Integrated Review.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the proposed total liability is of trained strength of the Army Reserves at the end of calendar year 2021.

Under Future Reserves 2020, the Army Reserve has a structure (workforce requirement) of circa 31,650 which will remain the same in 2021.

Under the Defence Secretary's announcement and launch of the Defence Command Paper, we will see a more productive integration of the Army Reserve by 2025. Work to refine the exact breakdown of the future structure is still ongoing however, there is currently no plan to change the categorisation of Untrained, Trained and Trade Trained for the Army Reserves. The Army does not anticipate a need for any change of definition either now or beyond the implementation of the Integrated Review.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which companies comprise the Ascent consortium which operates the Military Flying Training System.

Ascent Flight Training is a joint venture between Babcock International and Lockheed Martin.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost is of the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme to date.

The cost of the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme to 31 March 2021 is £594.6 million (inc VAT). This figure is potentially subject to change due to ongoing commercial negotiations following the Integrated Review announcement.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Ajax armoured vehicle is air portable in the A400m aircraft.

We fully expect that Ajax will be air portable by not only the A400M Atlas but also the C-17.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money has been paid to General Dynamics UK for the Ajax Armoured Vehicle Programme as at 6 June 2021.

As of 6 June 2021, £3,167 million (incl. VAT) has been paid to General Dynamics UK. This spend has been on overlapping Design, Demonstration and Manufacture activity, including vehicle development and trials, manufacturing, major assemblies, armour turrets and facilities.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to replace the capability lost as a result of the cancellation of the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme.

Operational Analysis highlighted the requirement for the Army to reconsider how it creates the conditions for success in the close battle. Following the Integrated Review, two Armoured Brigade Combat Teams will be formed from the modernisation of two Armoured Infantry Brigades. It is intended that over the next decade these will be equipped with Ajax armoured reconnaissance, Challenger 3 Main Battle Tanks and Boxer mechanised infantry vehicles.

The Armoured Brigade Combat Team will be centred around a digitally connected nucleus of integrated capabilities, including Ajax, Boxer, Challenger 3 and AH64E. Modernised long-range effects, including precision weapons and surveillance, is intended to significantly improve the ability to deal with threats at long range, creating the conditions for success for the Armoured BCT and reducing risk in the close battle.

As part of this modernisation we intend to accelerate and enhance the Boxer programme. The new fleet of modernised wheeled APCs will replace the Warrior IFV fleet and Boxer will become the primary mechanised infantry platform for the Army as Warrior is retired from service.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to change the categorisation for Army reserves, including (a) untrained reserves, (b) trained strength reserves and (c) trade trained strength reserves.

There is currently no plan to change the categorisation of Untrained, Trained and Trade Trained for the Army Reserves. The Army does not anticipate a need for any change of definition.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the new Strike Brigade will be in-service.

The development of the Strike capability continues at pace with ongoing experimentation within 1st Armoured Infantry Brigade. The formation of the strike brigade is dependent on the delivery schedule of the vehicles that will be used within the brigade. I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister for Defence Procurement (Jeremy Quin) on 9 March 2020 to Question 24277.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse is of (a) the F-35 programme and (b) each F-35 aircraft.

The price of an F-35B from Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 11 which comprises the last finalised contract is $115 million. This covers airframe and engine cost and represents a 24% price reduction from our first aircraft ordered. We expect this downward trend to continue in future lots.

Costs of the overall Lightning Programme are set out in the Ministry of Defence Government Major Projects Portfolio data, 2019, which is available in the Library of the House.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Airbus A400m aircraft have been delivered to the RAF; and what the timetable is for the final delivery of that aircraft to be made.

To date, 20 aircraft have been delivered to the RAF, with the final delivery planned for 2022.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the salary band is of the head of Defence Equipment and Support.

The salary of the Chief Executive of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is published in the DE&S Annual Report and Accounts, which is available on gov.uk at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-equipment-support-annual-report-and-accounts-2018-to-2019

The Chief Executive's current salary band is £270,000 - £275,000.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the expected into-service date of Ajax armoured vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

AJAX is a highly complex project, delivering the first fully digitised vehicle in the Land domain.

AJAX's in service date is projected to be July 2020 though work is currently underway to confirm the achieveability of this date.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the expected out-of-service dates of AS-90s; and if he will make a statement on its replacement.

The expected out-of-service date for the AS-90 is 2030. Work is underway to identify a replacement to respond to the threats we will face out to the 2050s.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to identify a replacement for the Land Rover Wolf.

The Army will bring into service a range of wheeled, protected vehicles to replace Land Rover Wolf (and other in-service vehicles) in the roles which require protected vehicles. These vehicles will be called the Multi Role Vehicle - Protected (MRV-P).

The Government is undertaking an integrated review of Britain's security, defence and foreign policy which will consider all aspects of our defence and security capabilities. A key strand of the review will explore how we modernise the equipment and improve the capability of our world-class Armed Forces, including that of the British Army, which may require further changes to extant programmes.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the (a) original and (b) most recent estimated cost to the public purse of the warrior capability sustainment development programme; and when he expects vehicles produced through that programme to come into service.

The Warrior Capability Sustainment Project (WCSP) aims to deliver an operational fleet of upgraded Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles, with improved survivability and firepower, until at least 2040.

The original cost of the WCSP demonstration and manufacture phases in 2011 was estimated at £1.319 billion, with the most recent estimated cost being £1.546 billion. Manufacture discussions to confirm a date the vehicles will come into service are ongoing.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse is of the challenger 2 life extension programme; and when are vehicles produced through that programme expected to enter into service.

Challenger 2 remains a key capability for the Armed Forces as the British Army's main battle tank. The Challenger 2 Life Extension Programme will provide a suite of capability upgrades and substantially extend its service life.

Commercial negotiations surrounding the Challenger 2 Life Extension Project are being conducted and therefore it is not possible to disclose costs at this stage. Similarly, these negotiations will establish in service delivery dates.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
27th Feb 2020
To ask the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the latest estimate is of the cost of the restoration and renewal programme for the Palace of Westminster.

The cost estimate for the restoration and renewal (R&R) programme, including the restoration of the Palace and temporary accommodation for the House of Lords, will be determined as part of an outline business case (OBC), which is being prepared by the R&R Sponsor Body. The OBC is being developed in line with the resolutions agreed by both Houses in early 2018, which endorsed the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster's recommendation that a full and timely decant of the Palace was the best and the most cost-effective delivery option.

In June 2015 the Independent Options Assessment (IOA) was published. It was produced by a Deloitte-led consortium in 2015, and was then considered by the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster which published its report in 2016. Both these events predated the establishment of the shadow Sponsor Body in September 2018. For full decant, the IOA estimated indicative costs for comparative purposes at between £3.52 billion and £3.87 billion, and assumed a construction start date of 2020. It cautioned that no budget could be set until a detailed design brief and means of delivery were agreed, and that these figures should not be taken as setting or estimating a budget for the Restoration and Renewal Programme. The IOA was not intended to provide fully costed estimates for the programme as they would be contingent upon full surveys, inspections, designs and the agreement of requirements. To provide these is the purpose of the shadow Sponsor Body's outline business case.

Once the programme's scope, requirements and forecast benefits have been determined the proposed approach to the works, including a funding envelope and schedule, will be put before both Houses for decision in 2022 as required by section 7 of the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Act 2019. Throughout the development of the OBC there will be a rigorous review of all options and costs, in line with best practice established by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and external reviews by the National Audit Office.

Pete Wishart
Shadow SNP Leader of the House of Commons