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Tobias Ellwood

Conservative - Bournemouth East

1 APPG membership (as of 15 Jun 2022)
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jun 2017 - 27th Jul 2019
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
15th Jul 2014 - 14th Jun 2017
Armed Forces Bill Committee
17th Jan 2011 - 8th Mar 2011
Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
Opposition Whip (Commons)
10th May 2005 - 2nd Jul 2007
Environmental Audit Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 23rd Jan 2006


Select Committee Meeting
Monday 4th July 2022
16:00
Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 5th July 2022
14:00
Defence Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh
5 Jul 2022, 2 p.m.
At 2.30pm: Oral evidence
Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defence
Vice Admiral Sir Chris Gardner KBE - Director General (Ships), Defence Equipment & Support at Ministry of Defence
Rear Admiral Paul Marshall CBE - Director Navy Acquisition, Senior Responsible Owner – T31 and FSS at Ministry of Defence
Rear Admiral Rex Cox - CEO National Shipbuilding Office at Ministry of Defence
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Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 6th July 2022
11:30
Select Committee Meeting
Wednesday 6th July 2022
14:30
Liaison Committee (Commons) - Oral evidence
Subject: The work of the Prime Minister
6 Jul 2022, 2:30 p.m.
At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, Prime Minister
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Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 12th July 2022
14:30
Defence Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Operation Isotrope: the use of the military to counter migrant crossings
12 Jul 2022, 2:30 p.m.
At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Rt Hon James Heappey MP, Minister for the Armed Forces
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Department Event
Monday 18th July 2022
14:30
Ministry of Defence
Oral questions - Main Chamber
18 Jul 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Defence (including Topical Questions)
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Select Committee Meeting
Monday 18th July 2022
16:00
Division Votes
Wednesday 29th June 2022
Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 269 Conservative No votes vs 1 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 191 Noes - 271
Speeches
Thursday 30th June 2022
Business of the House
I strongly commend the Government’s exemplary support for Ukraine, but when the head of the British Army compares today to …
Written Answers
Monday 4th July 2022
AWACS: Procurement
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made any decisions to purchase more E-7 Aircraft.
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 13th December 2021
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Sir Bani Yas Forum, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Address of donor: PO Box 1, Abu Dhabi …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Tobias Ellwood has voted in 403 divisions, and 6 times against the majority of their Party.

9 Feb 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Tobias Ellwood 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
Tobias Ellwood 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
30 Dec 2020 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Tobias Ellwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 328 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 335 Noes - 212
23 Nov 2021 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Tobias Ellwood voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 18 Conservative Aye votes vs 276 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 219 Noes - 280
7 Dec 2021 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
Tobias Ellwood voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative Aye votes vs 289 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 251 Noes - 296
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Tobias Ellwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 97 Conservative No votes vs 224 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 369 Noes - 126
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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
(33 debate interactions)
Dominic Raab (Conservative)
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
(21 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(21 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Ministry of Defence
(62 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(32 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(14 debate contributions)
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Bournemouth East Petitions

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

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

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

Petition Debates Contributed

Being the first to close and still no clue as to when we can open, this seasonal industry is losing its summer profits that allows them to get through the first quarter of next year.

Even if we are allowed to open in December, 1 months profit won't be enough to keep us open in 2021. We need help

The UK hospitality industry. Responsible for around 3m jobs, generating £130bn in activity, resulting in £38bn in taxation. Yet, unlike the Arts or Sports, we do not have a dedicated Minister.

We are asking that a Minister for Hospitality be created for the current, and successive governments.


Latest EDMs signed by Tobias Ellwood

Tobias Ellwood has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Tobias Ellwood, 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.


3 Urgent Questions tabled by Tobias Ellwood

Wednesday 23rd June 2021
Tuesday 20th April 2021
Monday 24th February 2020

Tobias Ellwood has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Tobias Ellwood has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Tobias Ellwood has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


116 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
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to support local businesses in (a) Bournemouth and (b) England.

The Government is investing £375,000 in Dorset’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to support local businesses in Bournemouth and across Dorset. We have also invested £231,000 in the Dorset Gateway to provide fully funded business support for a range of businesses including SMEs and start-ups. During Covid, we provided nearly £27 billion to local authorities across England through a package of business support including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, business rates relief, grants and loans. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council received £240m of business grant support and reported making over 34,000 payments worth £167m to their businesses.

Paul Scully
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department is providing funding to Bournemouth Tourism Centre.

The Bournemouth Tourist Information Centre forms part of the Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Bournemouth. Bournemouth engages with the DCMS’s arms-length body and the national tourist board, VisitEngland.

DMO funding varies greatly but generally they receive their funding from or a combination of local authority and private sector funding and membership fees.

During the pandemic, VisitEngland ran the Destination Management Resilience Fund. Funding from this was awarded to Bournemouth through their Coastal Business Improvement District, with the aim of alleviating the financial pressure many DMOs in all regions of England were facing.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department has plans to increase tourism in Bournemouth East constituency.

As set out in the government’s Tourism Recovery Plan, we are committed to supporting the tourism industry’s return to pre-pandemic levels across England including Bournemouth East and other coastal destinations.

DCMS’s arms-length body and the national tourist board, VisitBritain, promotes Bournemouth and other coastal destinations on their websites and social media.

VisitBritain works with Bournemouth’s Destination Management Organisation who attend their best practice calls and have engaged in discussions related to marketing activity. Bournemouth engaged with VisitBritain’s Escape the Everyday campaign to create dedicated content and itineraries. VisitBritain has also supported specific initiatives, such as the Beach Check App, which was aligned to responsible travel.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to make a statement about the department's relationship with the War Grave's Commission.

The Department does not currently have a direct relationship with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, however Historic England and the Commission have recently published a Joint Policy Statement that establishes a shared understanding of how the Commission cares for and manages memorials in cemeteries and churchyards to servicemen and women who have lost their lives in service for this country. The statement also establishes a common understanding of the Commission’s on-going responsibilities towards this aspect of our heritage.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to increase Foreign Direct Investment into (a) Bournemouth East constituency and (b) England.

The Department for International Trade’s (DIT’s) regional teams engage with Metro Mayors, local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), local authorities, and our overseas network to promote Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in England, supporting 925 single site projects and creating 28,012 new jobs in 2020-21.

The Department leads several activities promoting FDI across the UK through mechanisms such as the Investment Atlas, our High Potential Opportunities (HPO) Programme and GREAT global trade campaign.

DIT are showcasing the Sustainable Aquaculture HPO won by Dorset LEP to international investors. Our Southern England investment team promote further investment capability in the area through supporting on projects such as the Dorset Innovation Park and BattleLab.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department spent on consultancy fees in each year since 2017.

Expenditure figures are available in the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts, which are available online at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dft-annual-reports-and-accounts.

We are in the process of producing the Department’s Annual Report which will be published in July, this will include our audited consultancy spend for 2021-22.

Andrew Stephenson
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the expected timescale for self-driving vehicles to be permitted on roads.

We expect self-driving vehicles to be permitted on the roads in two ways:

(1) commercially available self-driving systems, that can drive in certain circumstances and which require a responsible human in the vehicle (such as those compliant with the Automated Lane Keeping System (ALKS) Regulation), will be deployed when a manufacturer brings a vehicle to market and it is approved; and

(2) self-driving passenger transport and logistics vehicles are also being trialled on the roads currently, and we anticipate progress towards the first deployment over the next 5 years.

Trudy Harrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that the aviation sector is (a) innovative and (b) sustainable.

The Government’s vision is for the UK to be a world leader in innovative aviation technology that has a transformative effect on the movement of people and goods. The Government is providing £125m, matched by £175m from industry, of support for Innovate UK’s Future Flight Challenge. The Challenge seeks to support the demonstration in the UK of Unmanned, Advanced Air Mobility and sub-regional electric and hydrogen air services.

The Government is also supporting a variety of innovative technology, fuel and market-based measures to address aviation emissions and ensure that the sector is sustainable and achieves net zero by 2050.

In July 2021, we published the Jet Zero Consultation which sets out our vision for the aviation sector to reach net zero by 2050, focussing on the rapid development of technologies in a way that maintains the benefits of air travel and maximises the opportunities that decarbonisation can bring for the UK. We are carefully considering consultation responses, alongside wider government policy and the very latest technological developments in the development of the final Jet Zero Strategy, which we are aiming to publish later this year.

Over the next three years, we are providing £685m funding to the Aerospace Technology Institute Programme to support the development of new and zero-carbon emission aircraft technology, and £180m funding to accelerate the commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plants and fuel testing in the UK.

Robert Courts
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to improve rail links to Bournemouth east constituency.

The Department regularly reviews levels of service to ensure that there is the best possible outcome for both passengers and the taxpayer. This work continues as we see demand returning following the pandemic.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has taken steps to progress the upgrade to Boscombe Railway Station.

The Department for Transport is working closely with South Western Railway, Network Rail and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council to pursue improvements for passengers at Pokesdown for Boscombe station. The Department will provide an update at the conclusion of the ongoing feasibility work.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps her Department is taking to strengthen the UK’s (a) security and (b) economic relationship with (i) Latvia, (ii) Estonia and (iii) Lithuania.

The UK has close security and economic relations with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Together we are deterring Russia, supporting Ukraine and deepening our economic ties, for example, in the technology and digital sectors. As recently as 06 June the PM met the Estonian PM and the Foreign Secretary regularly engages with her Baltic counterparts on these matters. We work closely in the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) and in NATO.  The UK has now signed declarations of cooperation with each of the Baltic States which will strengthen our collaboration.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps she is taking to help support preparations for the rebuilding of Ukraine.

The UK supports Ukraine's vision for rebuilding a sovereign, prosperous, democratic nation that is stronger than before Putin's invasion. The Government of Ukraine has established a National Recovery Council, which will develop its National Recovery Plan, to be announced at the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Lugano, Switzerland on 4-5 July. We are working with the Council to develop our support. We will be guided by Ukraine's priorities in harnessing the best of UK development, business and civil society capabilities in support of its recovery and reconstruction. The UK's total financial support for Ukraine so far totals $3.6 billion, including military, humanitarian and fiscal support.
James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to help protect women and girls from the use of rape and sexual violence in conflict.

The UK is a global leader on action to tackle conflict-related sexual violence, committing £50m since the launch of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative in 2012. This includes providing £2.7m to the Global Survivors Fund since it was established in 2019. In November 2021, the Foreign Secretary announced that she is determined to strengthen the global response to conflict-related sexual violence and build a new consensus to prevent these atrocities. We will host a conference in November to secure commitments from partners and drive coordinated action on this issue.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to provide humanitarian aid in Ethiopia.

This year nearly 30 million people throughout Ethiopia will require life-saving humanitarian aid. Conflict, environmental pressures, COVID-19 and the inflationary impacts of Russia's invasion of Ukraine are the main drivers of humanitarian suffering.

The UK is a major humanitarian donor to the East Africa region including Ethiopia. In financial year 2021/2022 the UK provided more than £230 million towards humanitarian crises across the region of which £86 million was to Ethiopia. UK-funded activities are making a difference. In Ethiopia through the World Food Programme nearly 900,000 people have been provided with food assistance and over 200,000 with nutrition support. Beyond UK finances, the UK is working to secure improved humanitarian access to northern Ethiopia and to improve the performance of UN agencies in Ethiopia. I have written to World Bank President Malpass this week urging further action on food security in the Horn of Africa.

Vicky Ford
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, when the Embassy in Afghanistan will be reopened.

The British Embassy in Kabul suspended in-country operations on 14 August 2021. We intend to establish a diplomatic presence in Kabul when the security and political situation in the country allows and are coordinating this effort with allies.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
11th May 2020
What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UN Security Council in tackling the covid-19 pandemic.

The UK is playing a major role in the global response as we galvanise support for our Four-Point Plan: 1) co-ordinating the global health response; 2) accelerating the search for a vaccine, treatments and testing; 3) securing a sound economic response; and 4) bringing our people home.

The Foreign Secretary and Ministerial team are carrying out extensive bilateral and multilateral engagement, including with G7/G20 counterparts, and working with international companies to tackle the crisis.

We are also working closely with UN Security Council members and the UN Secretary-General to address pandemic and secondary impacts, including instability.

Through our international engagement, we have repeatedly made clear that measures taken by States to tackle CV19 must be necessary, proportionate, time-bound, transparent and regularly reviewed.

Wendy Morton
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on consultancy fees in each year since 2017.

The Home Office does hold information on consultancy spending and reports this in the Annual Report and Accounts.

Refer to the links and pages below for the available published information that relates to consultancy spending.

Pages 99-101 of the 2020-21 Home Office Annual Report and Accounts

HO annual report and accounts 2020-21 (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Pages 88-89 of the 2019-20 Home Office Annual Report and Accounts

Home Office annual report and accounts 2019 - 2020 (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Pages 79-80 of the 2018-19 Home Office Annual Report.

Home Office Annual Report and Accounts 2018-19 (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Pages 71-72 of the 2017-18 Home Office Annual Report.

Home Office Annual Report - 2017-18 (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Pages 59-61 (Pages 61-63 on the PDF reader) of the 2016-17 Home Office Annual Report.

ho_annual_report_and_accounts_2016_2017.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Information relating to financial year 2021-22 will be available once the Home Office Annual Report and Accounts have been laid before Parliament. This is expected to be prior to the summer recess.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason the UKVI MP Urgent Inquiries line closed at least 20 minutes early on 17 June 2022.

Due to an unexpected spike in calls a large queue of callers built. To ensure those in the queue were able to speak with an agent before 5pm the line closed to NEW callers at 3.15pm (45 minutes earlier than normal). Agents continued to assist queued callers up until 6pm. We continue to closely monitor and review call volumes to match staffing capacity to anticipated demand.

Analysis of the spike on 17th June is currently being undertaken to ensure a closure of this nature is not required in the future.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to prevent spiking incidents at music festivals over summer 2022.

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

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to tackle knife crime and serious violence in Bournemouth East constituency.

Tackling knife crime and serious violence is a priority for this Government and we are supporting the police by recruiting an additional 20,000 police officers by March 2023.

As of 31 March 2022, Dorset Police has recruited 121 additional uplift officers against a combined year 1 and 2 allocation of 99 officers. The force has been allocated 67 additional uplift officers in the final year of Uplift.

Police funding is also increasing and on 2 February 2022, the Government published a total police funding settlement of up to £16.9 billion in 2022/23. Dorset Police’s funding will be up to £159.1m in 2022/23, an increase of up to £8m when compared to 2021/22.

The Government has also made £130m available this financial year (22/23) to tackle serious violence, including murder and knife crime. This includes:

£64m for Violence Reduction Units (VRUs) which bring together local partners in the 20 areas most affected by serious violence, to tackle the drivers of violence in their area. VRUs are delivering a range of early intervention and prevention programmes to divert people away from a life of crime. They have reached over 260,000 vulnerable young people in their second year alone.

Our £30m ‘Grip’ programme operates in these same 20 areas as VRUs and is helping to drive down violence by using a highly data-driven process to identify violence hotspots – often to individual street level – and target operational activity in those areas. In 2020, a 90-day trial of this approach in Southend resulted in an overall fall in violence in the hotspots of around 30% over the period of the trial.

The combination of these two programmes has prevented an estimated 49,000 violent offences in their first two years of activity.

We are also providing £200m over 10 years for the Youth Endowment Fund, to test and evaluate what works to ensure those young people most at risk are given the opportunity to turn away from violence and lead positive lives.

Kit Malthouse
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice) (jointly with Home Office)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to support people fleeing war in Ukraine.

The Home Office has introduced specific visa routes for those affected by the conflict in Ukraine to come to or remain in the UK. Details can be found on Gov.uk by following this link:

Immigration Rules - Immigration Rules Appendix Ukraine Scheme - Guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

We have issued over 130,000 visas to date.

Kevin Foster
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of Army personnel hold the rank of major or higher as of 27 June 2022.

As at 1 April 2022, 9.0% of Regular Trade Trained Army personnel held the Paid Rank of Major or above (6,580 out of 73,310 Regular Trade Trained personnel). These numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

These figures are for the Trade Trained Regular Army only and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service, Mobilised Reserves, Army Reserve and all other Reserves, but includes those personnel that have transferred from Gurkha Trained Adult Male (GTAM) to UK Trained Army Personnel (UKTAP). Figures as at 1 April 2022 have been provided, in line with the most recently published Service Personnel Statistics (SPS).

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of upgrading the Warrior.

The decision not to extend the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme (CSP) was announced by the Defence Secretary in 2021.. The intent remains to withdraw Warrior from service in conjunction with entry of new capabilities and concepts. We will continue to ensure the Warrior fleet remains effective until new capabilities are introduced into service.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made any decisions to purchase more E-7 Aircraft.

There are currently no plans to purchase additional E-7 Wedgetail aircraft.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many anti-tank Javelin missiles the army has as of 20 June 2022.

For Operational Security reasons, I cannot comment on stock numbers for anti-tank Javelin missiles. However, I can assure the right hon. Member that we monitor stock availability for UK forces and take action, where required, to maintain appropriate stock levels.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on (a) management and (b) other consultancy fees in each year since 2017.

The Department maintains a central record of overall Consultancy expenditure although not by the categories referenced in the right hon. Member's question. The Department discloses this expenditure as part of our Annual Report and Accounts (ARAC) and for ease of reference the values reported for all Consultancy since 2016 are as follows:

FY2020-21 £109.668 million [ARAC 20/21 page 171]

FY2019-20 £98.080 million [ARAC 20/21 page 171]

FY2018-19 £116.914 million [ARAC 19/20 page 126]

FY2017-18 £49.955 million [ARAC 18/19 page 147]

FY2016-17 £60.500 million [ARAC 16/17 page 113]

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Chinooks are in operational service and deployable across the three service arms.

The British Army holds and maintains an appropriate amount of all vehicles to meet operational requirements. For Operational Security reasons, I cannot comment on how many Apache or Chinook platforms are currently deployable.

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

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: UK_Armed_Forces_Equipment_and_Formations_2021_tables.xlsx (live.com)

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Order of Battle is of the British Army.

A breakdown of Army units by corps, is provided in the attached table. The units are listed in corps order of precedence and the table includes both reserve and regular units, including training regiments.

Under Future Soldier Plans, the Army is currently reshaping its structures. This means that some details will change as Future Soldier continues to be developed and implemented.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel left the British Army in each year from 2017 to date.

The information requested can be found in the following table.

Army Regular Outflow by Financial Year 2016-17 – 2021-22

Financial Year

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

Army Outflow

9,775

9,650

9,046

9,533

7,431

8,856

Trained*

7,881

8,329

7,985

7,669

5,361

6,684

Untrained

1,894

1,321

1,061

1,864

2,070

2,172

Officers

949

906

904

936

745

856

Trained*

894

848

854

900

715

805

Untrained

55

58

50

36

30

51

Other Ranks

8,826

8,744

8,142

8,597

6,686

8,000

Trained*

6,987

7,481

7,131

6,769

4,646

5,879

Untrained

1,839

1,263

1,011

1,828

2,040

2,121

*These figures are for all personnel who have outflowed having completed Phase 1 training and include personnel outflowing from Trade Trained Strength and personnel outflowing from Phase 2 training.

Notes/caveats:

  1. The figures are for Regular Army only and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service, Mobilised Reserves, Army Reserve and all other Reserves, but includes those personnel that have transferred from GURTAM to UKTAP.
  2. Figures show outflow from the Regular Army, both trained and untrained, including personnel leaving the Services, deaths and recalled reservists on release. They do not include promotion from Ranks to Officers or personnel who leave the Army to join the Royal Navy, Royal Marines or Royal Air Force.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability will be rolled out as standard to all three service arms.

Since the signing of the Letter of Intent October 2020, the UK has guided the NATO Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC) project through the Pre-Concept stage. Since the signing of the NGRC Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 16 June 2022, the project now moves into the Concept Phase over the next three years.

We expect the NATO NGRC project to ultimately develop a Transformational Next Generation Rotorcraft that will remain relevant against future threats and will be a suitable candidate to replace the current fleet of Medium Helicopters in service with the UK and NATO Allies.

The UK is fully engaged with the NATO NGRC project in order to develop options for potential replacements across the three services.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected capabilities are of the Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability project.

Since the signing of the Letter of Intent October 2020, the UK has guided the NATO Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC) project through the Pre-Concept stage. Since the signing of the NGRC Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 16 June 2022, the project now moves into the Concept Phase over the next three years.

We expect the NATO NGRC project to ultimately develop a Transformational Next Generation Rotorcraft that will remain relevant against future threats and will be a suitable candidate to replace the current fleet of Medium Helicopters in service with the UK and NATO Allies.

The UK is fully engaged with the NATO NGRC project in order to develop options for potential replacements across the three services.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department has taken with international allies on the development of the Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC); and if he will make a statement.

Since the signing of the Letter of Intent October 2020, the UK has guided the NATO Next Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC) project through the Pre-Concept stage. Since the signing of the NGRC Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 16 June 2022, the project now moves into the Concept Phase over the next three years.

We expect the NATO NGRC project to ultimately develop a Transformational Next Generation Rotorcraft that will remain relevant against future threats and will be a suitable candidate to replace the current fleet of Medium Helicopters in service with the UK and NATO Allies.

The UK is fully engaged with the NATO NGRC project in order to develop options for potential replacements across the three services.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Next generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAWs) the British Army has in stores as of 20 June 2022.

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

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of creating permanent garrisons in Eastern Europe in collaboration with allies outside of the already existing Nato enhanced forward presence.

The UK is the Framework Nation for NATO's enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) in Estonia, currently providing a permanent Headquarters and two Battle Groups to Estonia. UK Personnel are also deployed in the US led eFP in Poland. NATO leaders have agreed to strengthen the Alliance's deterrence and defence posture, and the forthcoming NATO summit will bolster the Eastern flank and ensure every inch of allied territory is defended. Permanent personnel contributions to NATO countries will be considered by Allies as NATO's Deterrence and Defence of the Euro-Atlantic Area (DDA) is developed, and any contributions will be aligned with SACEUR's regional plans. The UK will continue to work and exercise extensively with Eastern European Allies and partners going forward, both through NATO and the Joint Expeditionary Force.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing Panther KF51s to supplement the British Army's current stock of Main Battle Tanks while they wait for Challenger 3 to be completed.

The Ministry of Defence is progressing Challenger 3. We have no current intention of procuring Panther KF51 when it is ready for production (which is not the case at present).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel left the Royal Air Force in each year from 2017 to date.

The information requested is provided in the following table.

Financial Year

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

Totals

2,269

2,434

2,495

2,600

2,000

2,259

Trained

2,071

2,223

2,223

2,231

1,783

1,938

Untrained

198

211

272

369

217

321

Officers

449

492

429

459

372

350

Trained

424

478

409

435

360

331

Untrained

25

14

20

24

12

19

Other Ranks

1,820

1,942

2,066

2,141

1,628

1,909

Trained

1,647

1,745

1,814

1,796

1,423

1,607

Untrained

173

197

252

345

205

302

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel left the Royal Navy in each year from 2017 to date.

The information requested is provided in the following table:

Financial Year

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

RN/RM total outflow

3,003

3,088

3,092

3,322

2,868

3,518

Trained

2,252

2,428

2,460

2,390

1,942

2,494

Untrained

751

660

632

932

926

1,024

Officer

429

460

440

433

359

414

Trained

364

390

355

352

288

360

Untrained

65

70

85

81

71

54

Other Ranks

2,574

2,628

2,652

2,889

2,509

3,104

Trained

1,888

2,038

2,105

2,038

1,654

2,134

Untrained

686

590

547

851

855

970

1. Figures show outflow from UK Regular Forces, both trained and untrained, including personnel leaving the Services, deaths and recalled reservists on release. They do not include promotion from Ranks to Officers or flows between Services.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reservists are currently able to be deployed should the reserve be mobilised.

The requested information cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

Any reservist, be they a volunteer or an ex-Regular who is liable to be recalled for permanent service, must respond to a call-out notice. As of 1 January 2022, there were 31,920 trained volunteer reservists and 35,188 ex-Regular reservists with a recall liability. In addition, there were also 2,033 sponsored reserves.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the three services will see kit specifically tailored to women readily available for servicewomen.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 17 June 2022 to Question 14580 to the hon. Member for Barnsley East (Stephanie Peacock).

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment his Department has made of whether 72,000 regular army service personnel is sufficient to protect the UK both at home and abroad.

Through Future Soldier, the Army will have a whole force of over 100,000 comprising of 73,000 Regular Service Personnel and 30,100 Army Reserves. This will deliver a modern force that is more integrated, agile, and lethal, fit for the threats of the future not the battles of the past.

The Army will be balanced to deliver right across the Defence spectrum: Protect the Homeland; Engage with allies and partners overseas; Constrain the aggressive activities of our adversaries; and Fight wars if required.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Order of Battle is for the Royal Air Force.

Order of Battle is not a term commonly applied by the Royal Air Force (RAF). The information that is presented in the UK Armed Forces Equipment and Formations data, published at the following link https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-armed-forces-equipment-and-formations-2021, provides the size and shape of the RAF in tables 7, 8 and 9 for 2021.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the effect of implementation of Military Aid to Civil Authorities on the ability of the armed forces to defend the UK.

Defence support under the Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA) system is carefully calibrated to ensure there is no impact on the ability of the Armed Forces to defend the UK. Defence of the UK is of course our highest priority. The nature, scale and volume of requests under MACA means that the majority are met by assigning latent capacity that can be reprioritised in the short term, and do not therefore impact upon core Defence tasks. MACA tasks may occasionally have a modest impact on training schedules, though in some cases the task itself provides training opportunities (particularly in highly specialist areas such as explosive ordnance disposal, medical evacuation, diving, cyber or intelligence).

Where there is a risk of impact upon core Defence tasks, Ministers are made aware of the risks and costs of diverting resources to support a MACA task in order that they can judge the balance of priorities. This was the approach taken with COVID-19. In the early stages of the pandemic, a number of lower priority Defence tasks were paused or halted to allow the establishment of the COVID Support Force. It should be noted that even at the height of military support to the COVID-19 response, critical Defence tasks and operations were maintained.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to replenish stocks of equipment gifted to Ukraine to support them in their war against Russia.

Defence continually manages and reviews its stocks of weapons and munitions. These considerations have also informed the numbers of munitions granted in kind to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. There are regular strategic supplier conversations throughout Defence and the department is fully engaged with industry, allies and partners to ensure that all equipment and munitions granted in kind are replaced as expeditiously as possible.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has assessed the potential impact of drone warfare on the Army doctrine.

The Army is continually assessing the potential impacts of technology on the character of land conflict. The emergence of uncrewed air systems technology on the battlefield is of great interest to the Army both as a threat and opportunity. The Army has conducted numerous experiments into how to harness this technology to its advantage. Similarly, the Army has drawn lessons from the use of uncrewed air systems in Ukraine, Nagorno-Karabakh, Iraq, Syria, and Libya and is considering how to apply them effectively in doctrine.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of type 23 Frigates are (a) fit for operational use, (b) in long term maintenance and (c) being retired and sold.

Twelve Type 23 frigates remain in service with the Royal Navy.

As of 1 April 2022, HMS ARGYLL, IRON DUKE, SUTHERLAND and ST ALBANS are in long term refit, the remaining eight are available for operations. MONMOUTH has been decommissioned and is awaiting disposal.

On current plans, HMS MONTROSE's out of service date is 2023.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has considered returning medals to those who were dishonourably discharged from the armed forces due to their sexual orientation.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 25 May 2022 to Question 3460 to the hon. Member for North Wiltshire (James Gray).

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is taking steps to encourage employers to provide a minimum two weeks additional leave for all British Army reservists.

The Ministry of Defence works very closely with reservist employers to maximise the support we provide to our reservists in all three Services. As part of this, we encourage employers to provide a minimum of 10 days additional paid leave to allow reservists to complete their training throughout the year.

At the present time, we judge 10 days additional leave to be the right balance between employment and reserve service, allowing employees to fulfil their commitments both to their employer and to the nation.

At the end of May 2022, a total of 8,691 employers and organisations had signed the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC). AFC signings have shown sustained and consistent growth in the past few years. Each of these organisations has a relationship with Defence managed by the Defence Relationship Management team, either nationally via one of a number of National Account Managers, or regionally via a Regional Employer Engagement Director (REED).

Once organisations have signed the AFC, we encourage them to join the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). Currently we have 493 Gold ERS winners, 1,265 Silver, and 4,573 Bronze. Silver ERS winners are required to provide at least five days additional paid leave for reservist training. Gold winners are required to provide 10 days additional paid leave for training. We therefore have a growing cohort of employers seeking a formal relationship with Defence, each of which is encouraged to provide additional paid leave for training.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to levels of peer to peer conflict in Europe, if his Department will recommit to a strategic review of the Army doctrine.

The Army has recently conducted a wholesale review of its doctrine that has brought the balance of its focus towards peer on peer conflict.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the British Army's capability of engaging a near peer threat.

The ability to conduct high-end warfighting remains at the core of the British Army, including remaining a leading contributor to the NATO alliance and the ability to field a warfighting Division.

In accordance with Defence's corporate governance structures and processes, the Army reports quarterly on its Performance against the goals and objectives set by the Defence Strategy and Defence Plan. The Army is always ready to fulfil the task of protecting the nation and holds various people, units and equipment at various levels of readiness.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many working Huskys were in service in the British Army as of 15 June 2022.

The British Army holds and maintains an appropriate amount of all vehicles to meet operational requirements. I am withholding further information on the number of in service vehicles as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

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: UK_Armed_Forces_Equipment_and_Formations_2021_tables.xlsx (live.com)

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many working Bulldog vehicles are in service in the British Army as of 15 June 2022.

The British Army holds and maintains an appropriate amount of all vehicles to meet operational requirements. I am withholding further information on the number of in service vehicles as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

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: UK_Armed_Forces_Equipment_and_Formations_2021_tables.xlsx (live.com)

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many working Scimitar vehicles are in service in the British Army as of 15 June 2022.

The British Army holds and maintains an appropriate amount of all vehicles to meet operational requirements. I am withholding further information on the number of in service vehicles as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

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: UK_Armed_Forces_Equipment_and_Formations_2021_tables.xlsx (live.com)

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many working Foxhound vehicles are in service in the British Army as of 15 June 2022.

The British Army holds and maintains an appropriate amount of all vehicles to meet operational requirements. I am withholding further information on the number of in service vehicles as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

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: UK_Armed_Forces_Equipment_and_Formations_2021_tables.xlsx (live.com)

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many working Panther vehicles were in service in the British Army as of 15 June 2022.

The British Army holds and maintains an appropriate amount of all vehicles to meet operational requirements. I am withholding further information on the number of in service vehicles as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

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: UK_Armed_Forces_Equipment_and_Formations_2021_tables.xlsx (live.com)

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many working Challenger 2 tanks are in service in the Army as of 15 June 2022.

The British Army holds and maintains an appropriate amount of all vehicles to meet operational requirements. I am withholding further information on the number of in service vehicles as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

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: UK_Armed_Forces_Equipment_and_Formations_2021_tables.xlsx (live.com)

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many working Warrior vehicles were in service in the Army as of 15 June 2022.

The British Army holds and maintains an appropriate amount of all vehicles to meet operational requirements. I am withholding further information on the number of in service vehicles as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

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: UK_Armed_Forces_Equipment_and_Formations_2021_tables.xlsx (live.com)

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the number of working Jackal vehicles in the Army as of 15 June 2022.

The British Army holds and maintains an appropriate amount of all vehicles to meet operational requirements. I am withholding further information on the number of in service vehicles as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

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: UK_Armed_Forces_Equipment_and_Formations_2021_tables.xlsx (live.com)

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many active regular service personnel there were in the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Air Force as of 15 June 2022.

Statistics for the number of Regular and Reserve personnel in the Armed Forces are published on a quarterly basis in the Quarterly Service Statistics Publication. The next quarterly edition, scheduled for publication on 23 June 2022, will provide the data from 1 January 2022 up to 1 April 2022. Data thereafter up to 1 July 2022 will be published in due course in the summer release of the Quarterly Service Statistics Publication.

Armed Forces Regular and Reserves statistics up until 1 January 2022 can be found in Tables 1, 2a, 2b, and 2c therein at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/quarterly-service-personnel-statistics-2022

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many active reservists were serving in the (a) army, (b) navy and (c) air force as of 15 June 2022.

Statistics for the number of Regular and Reserve personnel in the Armed Forces are published on a quarterly basis in the Quarterly Service Statistics Publication. The next quarterly edition, scheduled for publication on 23 June 2022, will provide the data from 1 January 2022 up to 1 April 2022. Data thereafter up to 1 July 2022 will be published in due course in the summer release of the Quarterly Service Statistics Publication.

Armed Forces Regular and Reserves statistics up until 1 January 2022 can be found in Tables 1, 2a, 2b, and 2c therein at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/quarterly-service-personnel-statistics-2022

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were recruited to the Royal Air Force in each year since 2017.

The information requested is provided in the following table.

31-Dec-2017

31-Dec-2018

31-Dec-2019

31-Dec-2020

31-Dec-2021

Totals

2,004

2,225

2,607

2,247

2,449

untrained

1,956

2,170

2,478

2,058

2,394

trained

48

55

129

189

55

Officers

330

420

359

342

331

untrained

311

392

313

228

313

trained

19

28

46

114

18

Other Ranks

1,674

1,805

2,248

1,905

2,118

untrained

1,645

1,778

2,165

1,830

2,081

trained

29

27

83

75

37

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were recruited to the Royal Navy in each year since 2017.

The information requested is provided in the following table:

31-Dec-2017

31-Dec-2018

31-Dec-2019

31-Dec-2020

31-Dec-2021

Total Regular Intake

3,016

3,088

3,481

3,850

3,752

Untrained

2,957

3,011

3,442

3,780

3,702

Trained

59

77

39

70

50

Officers

372

354

373

342

333

Untrained

368

346

365

324

323

Trained

4

8

8

18

10

Other Ranks

2,644

2,734

3,108

3,508

3,419

Untrained

2,589

2,665

3,077

3,456

3,379

Trained

55

69

31

52

40

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were recruited to the Army in each year since 2017.

The Trained and Untrained Intake to the Regular Army by calendar year since 2017 can be found in the below table.

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Total Regular Intake

8,024

5,779

9,743

9,797

8,943

Untrained

7,365

5,305

9,210

9,098

8,561

Trained

659

474

533

699

382

Officers

697

649

623

713

695

Untrained

633

629

580

658

670

Trained

64

20

43

55

25

Other Ranks

7,327

5,130

9,120

9,084

8,248

Untrained

6,732

4,676

8,630

8,440

7,891

Trained

595

454

490

644

357

Source: Analysis (Army)

Notes/caveats:

  1. Untrained = Individuals entering Basic Training
  2. Trained = Individuals entering having completed Basic Training, i.e., entering Initial Trade Training or entering as Trade Trained
Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) infantry, (b) artillery, (c) armoured and (d) support battalions there were in the British Army as of 15 June 2022.

Number of Battalions/Regiments

Regular

Reserve

Infantry

32

16

Artillery

12

6

Armoured

9

4

Support

63

46

Table notes:

  1. Support regiments and battalions are made up of Royal Engineers, Royal Signals, Army Air Corps, Royal Logistics Corps, Royal Army Medical Corps, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and the Intelligence Corps.

  1. Units without an operational output have been excluded. For example, 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland which perform a purely ceremonial function, and training regiments such as 2 (Training) Regiment, Army Air Corps.

  1. Army regiments/battalions in other TLBs, for example UK Strategic Command, have been included.

  1. This data is a single Service estimate and is not official statistics produced by Defence Statistics.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the present capacity of the British Army to fully equip and deploy its two divisions to an active kinetic engagement while maintaining the UK's other defence commitments around the world.

The ability to conduct high-end warfighting remains at the core of the British Army, including remaining a leading contributor to the NATO alliance and the ability to field a warfighting Division. The Army has two deployable divisions: 1 (UK) Division who provide a wide range of capabilities both at home and overseas; and 3 (UK) Division, the Army's primary armoured warfighting force.

In accordance with Defence's corporate governance structures and processes, the Army reports quarterly on its Performance against the goals and objectives set by the Defence Strategy and Defence Plan. For security reasons, the details of any Command's report on capability is held at higher classifications.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer given on 11 June 20220 to Question 135700, on Army: Training, if his Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of building and improving the Army's physical urban training environments to include (a) high rise buildings, (b) multi-story car parks and (c) other features found in modern cities, to allow the Armed Forces to train in a realistic urban physical context that represents the modern operating environment.

Between both the Army's Collective Training Establishment Transition Programme (CTETP) and the Collective Training Transformation Programme (CTTP), the Army is continuing to invest in urban training environments for use in physical training exercises, which includes the infrastructure that the right hon. Member describes.

Together these investments will represent a step change in collective training capability that better prepares the Army in challenging, realistic, multi-domain and world-leading physical urban environments. These funded enhancements include instrumentation and the development of subterranean and multi-storey capabilities, delivered together across our current urban training facilities.

In 2021, the Secretary of State for Defence approved the procurement for the first elements of a Mobile Urban Training Facilities capability, for use in Oman. This is one part of the proposed development of a Combined Regional Joint Training and Experimentation Centre being developed near Duqm. Additionally, the Army will also use the Bundeswehr's urban training facility at Altmark, Germany, for Army collective training from 2023.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department expects the order of battle of the Navy to be by 2030.

In 2030, the Royal Navy will maintain its primary outputs of Homeland Defence, Carrier Strike, Littoral Strike and Persistent Engagement with more advanced capabilities, as part of Integrated Force 30.

By this point, the transition from Vanguard to Dreadnought will be moving at pace, maintaining the nation's ultimate safeguard, while the Multi Role Ocean Surveillance programme will be monitoring and protecting our Critical National Infrastructure at sea.

UK Carrier Strike will have reached Full Operating Capability, providing our conventional deterrent.

All five Type 31 frigates will have been delivered and will be forward deployed around the world. The first batch of Type 26 frigates will be on operations, protecting our aircraft carriers and the nuclear deterrent, and the transition from crewed to autonomous minehunting through the Mine Hunting Capability programme will also be well advanced.

The UK's Commando Forces will have been persistently engaged for over five years by this point, engaging with our allies and partners every day, while being ready to respond to crisis.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date he expects the Challenger III programme to be completed.

I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the right hon. Member for North Durham (Kevan Jones) to Question 638 on 18 May 2022.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of reforming its procurement process.

The Department believes that it must maintain continuous reform of its procurement process to make it more agile and ensure it delivers the best possible value for money. Our continuing improvement agenda across Defence acquisition covers five themes:

· Improving cost estimating and cost control

· Improving relationships with industry

· Delivering strategic intent and Defence priorities through our requirements

· Empowering and enabling programme leadership

· Streamlining acquisition and approvals processes and addressing project resourcing challenges.

At a tactical level the Department is very focussed on, for example, enhancing the training of its personnel and availability of SROs.

This is consistent with our commitment in the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy, published in March 2021, to increasing the pace and agility of our acquisition processes.

Meanwhile the Department is supporting the Cabinet Office-led reforms to the UK's public procurement regime, leading on sector specific rules for Defence and Security.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent progress his Department has made on the development of the Ajax vehicle; and if he will make a statement.

The focus for General Dynamics remains on ensuring vehicles comply with General Dynamics' contractual obligations. We want Ajax to succeed and to deliver what the British Army requires. I regularly update the House through written and oral statements and will continue to do so.

The MOD will not accept a vehicle that is not fit for purpose.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his timetable is for removing the Warrior armoured fighting vehicle from operational service; and where he plans for those vehicles to go.

The detailed plan for transition from Warrior to Boxer is currently under development; the current Out of Service Date for Warrior, which is kept under review, is December 2025.

If and when vehicles are declared for disposal, potential options may include a Government to Government sale, commercial sale or recycling.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish details of (a) the Type 23 Frigates in service in the Royal Navy and (b) the current status of those frigates in relation to (i) operational availability, (ii) training and (iii) maintenance.

As of 31 August 2021, of the 12 Type 23 frigates in service in the Royal Navy, eight are operationally available.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is taking steps to develop the (a) Boxer and (b) Warrior into a reconnaissance vehicle to replace the Scimitar.

As announced in the Defence Command Paper “Defence in a Competitive Age”, Warrior is being retired from service and Boxer will be the primary mechanised infantry platform for the army. AJAX will replace CVR(T) in reconnaissance roles. CVR(T) is expected to go out of service in 2023 and there may be a requirement for Warrior to be used in some reconnaissance roles until AJAX is brought into service.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the origin is of using the name AJAX for the new Army reconnaissance combat vehicle.

The then Chief of the General Staff directed that the SCOUT vehicle should be renamed to better reflect the multi-role capability that the platform would become under the Armoured Cavalry 2025 programme. The name was recommended by senior officials as one that, with the other variant names, sat within one family. The choice was approved by the then CGS before being formally revealed at DSEI in 2015.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there are plans to sail the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait during its visit to the Indo-pacific in July 2021.

I can confirm that no element of the Carrier Strike Group sailed through the Taiwan Strait in July 2021. The Royal Navy will next navigate the Taiwan Strait when navigationally expeditious to do so and in accordance with international law and operational requirements. To preserve operational security, the Royal Navy does not discuss the specifics of the operational routings of ships in advance.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the armed forces personnel that departed from the UK to participate in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali received (a) no, (b) one and (b) two covid-19 vaccinations.

Rotation one of the Long Range Reconnaissance Group (LRRG) force deployed in December 2020 before the national vaccination programme began – whilst deployed vaccinations were given.

Rotation two of the LRRG are now deployed. On 24 June 2021 97% had received their first COVID-19 vaccination dose and 85% their second.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of personnel at sea as part of the Queen Elizabeth Carrier battle group have received two covid-19 vaccinations.

Service personnel currently deployed on the UK's Carrier Strike Group have been fully vaccinated with two doses.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of covid-19 there have been among UK armed forces personnel participating in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali to date.

There have been 24 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 amongst Service personnel deployed under Operation NEWCOMBE in Mali. Of these, 15 have been in the UK force providing support to Operation BARKHANE and nine cases amongst the Long Range Reconnaissance Group who support the UN mission.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role his Department (a) has or (b) plans to have in (i) monitoring and (ii) identifying international virus outbreaks in the future via an early bio-security warning system.

The UK Health Security Agency was established in April 2021, with part of its remit to detect and monitor infectious diseases and other hazards to health including through surveillance, analysis, horizon scanning and early warning systems. Defence is working extremely closely with DHSC and partners across Government to establish how we might best support this work.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to reduce the size of the fleet of RAF C-17 transport planes.

There are no plans to reduce the C-17 Globemaster fleet from its current size of eight aircraft.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will provide details of the (a) variants and (b) respective numbers of Boxer that have been ordered and financed for the Army.

Details of the variants of Boxer currently on order by quantity can be found in the table below. The Department is looking to enhance and uplift the size of the total UK Boxer order as we work to implement the Integrated Review. This may include new variants and partnering opportunities with industry and our Allies.

Variants and Roles

Numbers

MIV Varient

Build Configurations (BC)

Role

By Role

By BC

Armoured Personnel Carriers

Infantry Carrying Vehicle (ICV)

ICV

85

85

Specialist Carrier Vehicle (SCV)

Engineer Section Vehicle (ESV)

60

200

Recce/Fire Support Vehicle (Recce/FSV)

62

Mortar Carrying Variant (MCV)

28

Equipment Support

ES Repair (Rep)

50

Command, Control, Communication, Computers & Information (C4I)

Command Post

Command & Control Vehicle (C2V)

123

177

C2-Utility (C2U) Vehicle

Observation Post Vehicle (OPV)

19

Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS)

24

Electronic Warfare & SIGINT (ESWI)

11

Ambulance (Amb)

(Amb)

(Amb)

61

61

Totals:

523

523

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Boxer variant for the infantry ordered to replace Warrior is classified as an (a) Armoured Fighting Vehicle or (b) Armoured Personnel Carrier.

Boxer is an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), which is a sub-category of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs).

AFVs are defined as “Land platforms designed to conduct mounted close combat”. These include: Main Battle Tanks (MBTs, such as Challenger 2), Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs, such as Warrior), Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs, such as Boxer) and reconnaissance vehicles that operate in the Forward Edge of the Battle Area (Ajax).

Boxer is not directly replacing the Warrior IFV but will be part of a new networked combat system of systems operating concept.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Minister is responsible for deciding what Royal Navy ships may pass through the Taiwan Strait in 2021.

As with all operational policy, naval deployments are a Ministry of Defence Departmental responsibility under the Secretary of State for Defence. Where Defence activity has broader policy implications for other Government Departments, it is usual for the Defence Secretary to consult with Cabinet colleagues before issuing his direction.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel were (a) killed, (b) injured and (c) injured with life changing injuries during Operation Herrick.

There were 457 fatalities on, or subsequently due to, Op HERRICK. Of which 403 were due to hostile action. Op HERRICK ran between 1 January 2006 and 30 November 2014, during which there were 10,382 UK Service personnel casualties. Of these 5,705 were injuries, and the remainder being illness or disease.

Between 1 January 2006 and 31 March 2021, there were 645 UK Service personnel who were categorised as Very Seriously Injured (VSI), Seriously Injured (SI) or who sustained a traumatic or surgical amputation due to Op HERRICK. This includes any amputations in recent years that were elective or necessary during treatment as a result of previous injuries sustained.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost of Operation Herrick is as at 18 May 2021.

As at May 2021, the total cost of Operation HERRICK to Her Majesty's Treasury Special Reserve is £22.2 billion.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) NATO and (b) UK personnel will remain in Afghanistan after the drawdown from that country.

The UK's contribution to NATO's Resolute Support Mission will draw down along with Allies and partners within a few months. The nature of NATO's future relationship with Afghanistan, including out of country training and the Senior Civilian Representative's office, is a matter for the UK to agree with the US and other Allies.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish details of UK military equipment worth over £10,000 that will be left in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of UK forces.

The majority of UK military equipment will be returned to the UK. Some equipment may be de-militarised and disposed of in Theatre should it be deemed uneconomical to recover to the UK. Should the Department propose to gift any equipment to the Government of Afghanistan, this will be reported to the House in line with established parliamentary procedure.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the (a) build completion and (b) operational capability for each of the astute class submarines; and if he will make a statement.

Astute submarines HMS ASTUTE, HMS AMBUSH, and HMS ARTFUL are in service with the Royal Navy. HMS AUDACIOUS was handed over to the Royal Navy in April 2020 and is currently undertaking sea trials.

ANSON, AGAMEMNON, and AGINCOURT are in various stages of build at the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, with ANSON having been successfully launched in April 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for Tempest to operate at sea.

The UK’s Combat Air strategy operates across a broad force mix. The maritime combat air role is undertaken by the UK's F35B Lightning aircraft from the UK's Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The Future Combat Air System (FCAS), seeks to replace Typhoon once it retires from service and provide an international next generation Combat Air System, and high tempo military capabilities for decades to come.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to (a) test and (b) purchase unmanned aerial vehicles for use on aircraft carriers.

Autonomy and uncrewed systems are at the forefront of our developmental thinking, and of the Future Maritime Aviation Force. The intent is to expand experimentation of Uncrewed Air Systems with Royal Navy vessels, including the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, in the coming years.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what air, land and sea attack missile capabilities will be included in the Type 26 frigate.

The Type 26 frigate will be equipped with a Sea Ceptor anti-air missile defence system. Type 26 will also be capable of embarking a Merlin anti-submarine warfare helicopter or Wildcat maritime attack helicopter, which will be able to deploy the Sea Venom and Martlet variants of the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what long term military presence the UK will have in Afghanistan after the drawdown of troops from that country announced on 14 April 2021.

NATO partners, including the UK, confirmed on 14 April that an orderly and coordinated withdrawal of NATO forces will begin by May. As agreed by NATO Foreign and Defence Ministers, the withdrawal of Resolute Support Mission forces from Afghanistan will be complete within a few months. The UK's Operation TORAL forms a part of the Resolute Support Mission and as such we will draw down this operation in line with our NATO Allies and Partners. No decisions have been made on any future presence.

Our support and training of Afghan institutions, including the National Directorate of Security, Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army has strengthened the ability of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) to counter security threats. That and other capacity-building work are aimed at increasing the self-reliance of Afghan forces in the fight against terrorism and other threats. Despite significant challenges, Afghan forces have led security in Afghanistan since 2014.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the Royal Navy to visit the Taiwan strait.

The Royal Navy will next navigate the Taiwan Strait when navigationally expeditious to do so and in accordance with international law and operational requirements.

To preserve operational security, the Royal Navy does not discuss the specifics of the operational routings of ships in advance.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel are based in India.

There are currently four UK military personnel permanently based in India. In addition, there are five other military personnel temporarily in India. Four of these are undergoing training on Indian courses, whilst one is a temporary member of staff supporting those personnel permanently based there.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the (a) building, (b) handover and (c) seaworthiness of the Astute class submarines; and if he will make a statement.

Astute submarines HMS ASTUTE, HMS AMBUSH, and HMS ARTFUL are in service with the Royal Navy. HMS AUDACIOUS was handed over to the Royal Navy in April 2020 and is currently undertaking sea trials.

ANSON, AGAMEMNON, and AGINCOURT are in various stages of build at the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, with ANSON having been successfully launched in April 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's military objective is in Mali.

The UK has two distinct, but complementary, military commitments in Mali, each with clear objectives that support HMG multilateral and bilateral objectives.

We have deployed 300 personnel to the UN's peacekeeping mission, MINUSMA. Our overall objective is to help the Mission to address and prevent conflict, and reduce the spread of insecurity across Mali and the wider Sahel, by contributing to its efforts to protect civilians and support sustainable peace.

Fulfilling a gap identified by the UN, the UK task force is designed for long-range reconnaissance, meaning they seek to understand the threats to civilians and to the Mission, and provide this information to support mission planning and effective operations.

In parallel, the UK also contributes CH47 helicopters deployed to the French-led counter-terror mission, Operation BARKHANE. Our objective is to support France and other partner nations address terrorist threats across the Sahel. Our CH47s fulfil a non-combat, logistics role, with the aim of helping troops and equipment safely transport around the vast operating environment.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timetable is for the delivery of all the Ajax vehicles ordered by his Department; and whether the first batch will be delivered on time.

The AJAX delivery schedules are currently being reviewed by the Ministry of Defence and GDLSUK. 14 non-turreted AJAX vehicles at Capability Drop 1 have been delivered to date. A further 12 turreted AJAX vehicles are currently going through General Acceptance Testing.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what equipment used on the Ajax vehicle is also operable on (a) Boxer, (b) Challenger and (c) Warrior vehicles.

The Army seeks to exploit the benefits of the commonality and re-use of mission systems that can be integrated onto its vehicles. For example, Ajax, Boxer and Challenger are being configured with digital architectures that will enable greater mission system commonality in communications systems, electronic countermeasures and digital management systems. Specifically, Ajax and Boxer will use a Remote Weapon Station from a common family, and common shot detection systems; whilst Ajax and Challenger 3 share common sights and chain gun.

Although some of these common mission systems can also be fitted to Warrior, as part of the recent Integrated Review, the decision has been made not to take the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme forward.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Type 45 destroyers are undergoing refit.

Two Type 45 Destroyers, HMS Daring and HMS Duncan, are currently undergoing planned deep maintenance. Work is also underway on HMS Dauntless, the first ship to enter the Type 45 Power Improvement Project.

It is planned that all six Type 45 ships will have received the Power Improvement Project upgrade by the mid-2020s. The programme is dependent on the availability of ships to undertake the upgrade, balanced against the Royal Navy's standing and future operational commitments.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Type 31 frigates will be built; and how many his Department has ordered.

Five Type 31 frigates have been ordered to be built by Babcock at Rosyth.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to put the Type 32 frigate out for competition; and if he will make a statement.

In the Defence Strategies published earlier this year we outlined plans to procure up to five Type 32 frigates. Work is ongoing to develop the operational concept and the programme and procurement strategy for the Type 32 will be decided following the concept phase.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the retirement date is of the Royal Navy's mine hunters.

I refer my right hon. Friend to the answers I gave on 7 December 2020 and 20 March 2021 to Questions 122598 and 172897 to the right hon. Member for North Durham (Kevan Jones).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list all the types of helicopters in use in (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the British Army and (c) the RAF.

Pilot operated helicopters in service with each of the Armed Forces are provided in the following table:

Royal Navy

Army

RAF

Wildcat Mk1

Wildcat Mk1

Chinook Mk5

Wildcat HMA Mk2

Apache Mk1

Chinook Mk6

Merlin HM2

Gazelle Mk1

Chinook Mk6a

Merlin Mk3/3a/iMk3

Puma Mk2

Merlin Mk4/4a

Juno HT1

Jupiter HT1

In addition, the Ministry of Defence has access to civilian owned helicopters provided through commercial arrangements with industry.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the types of munitions held on board the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for its planned tasking to south east Asia.

We do not disclose the types of munitions carried on board individual ships for operational security reasons as this would likely prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the new Ranger Brigade will be formed; and what its manned strength will be.

The newly announced Ranger Regiment will initially form up in August 2021 and is to be seeded from the current Specialised Infantry Battalions with a strength of around.1,000 soldiers. This regiment will form the heart of the new Army Special Operations Brigade, receiving a share of a £120 million investment over the next four years, and will be supported by a variety of enablers. The Army will use the spring and early summer 2021 to refine and test its designs, capabilities and structures before more detailed announcements can be made.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the helicopter variants in use by the UK's armed forces.

The following helicopter variants are currently in use by the UK's Armed Forces:

Apache Mk1

Chinook Mk6a

Chinook Mk6

Chinook Mk5

Gazelle Mk1

Juno HT1

Jupiter HT1

Merlin HM2

Merlin Mk3/3a/iMk3

Merlin Mk4/4a

Puma Mk2

Wildcat AH Mk1

Wildcat HMA Mk2

The Ministry of Defence also has access to a number of helicopter types provided through contracts with industry which support discrete requirements.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the Integrated Review.

As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister stated to the House earlier today the full conclusions of the Integrated Review will be announced in the new year.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he is making on upgrading the (a) Challenger and (b) Warrior; and if he will make a statement.

The Challenger 2 Life Extension Project is being taken to the Ministry of Defence's Investment Approvals Committee for a main investment decision before the end of the year. The Warrior Capability Sustainment Project is currently in the Demonstration Phase. The Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for the WCSP Manufacture Phase was released to Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) in June 2020 with continued dialogue between the parties. LMUK's formal response to the ITN is anticipated in December 2020. It would not be appropriate to comment further on this ongoing commercial activity.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the types of threats posed by China; and if he will make a statement.

The Department keeps the threats from, and opportunities for cooperation with, China under regular review. China's production of an increasingly wide array of advanced weapons systems and its willingness to challenge the international rules-based system to suit its interests present a growing challenge for the UK and its allies.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his has Department received any military aid to the civil authorities requests on the rollout of a covid-19 vaccine.

As of 19 November 2020, the Ministry of Defence has deployed 60 planners to both DHSC and BEIS to support them with the procurement and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Defence is yet to receive a request to support the operational rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, but it stands ready to fill such a role should it be required.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military assistance the Government is providing to Libya.

The Government is actively engaged in diplomatic efforts to secure an end to the fighting and a return to the UN-led political process. The Government is currently providing no military assistance to Libya.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the upgrade programmes of (a) the Warrior and (b) Challenger II.

Since re-baselining the project in September 2017, the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme has held to schedule. The Demonstration Phase is due to be completed in 2021. Neither the ongoing System Requirement Acceptance nor the Reliability Growth Trials have identified major issues or concerns.

In April 2019, the Investment Approvals Committee approved an expanded assessment phase to address enhancements to the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank's lethality and survivability. Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land presented a proposal in February 2020 to upgrade the tank. A Full Business Case approval is scheduled for late 2020.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of UK armed forces have participated in supporting the Government's efforts to tackle the covid-19 outbreak.

Since the start of COVID-19, approximately 14,000 Defence Personnel have contributed to COVID-19. This number includes approximately 7,850 deployed personnel (including Operations RESCRIPT and BROADSHARE) and approximately 6,150 at reachback.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to reduce the order of F35's from the original number of 138.

As set out in the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, funding has been approved for the procurement of 48 Lightning aircraft out to 2025. These are being procured in lots and we have taken delivery of 18 aircraft and have contracted for 17 new airframes to be delivered between 2020 and 2022. Negotiations for further lots are ongoing.

The guiding principle of the Integrated Review is to identify the threat and the appropriate capability to meet it. Any decisions on the future direction of the Lightning programme as a result of the Integrated Review will be firmly based on those principles.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mid air refuelling system the F35B uses; and how that system differs from the one used by the Typhoon.

The UK's F-35 Lightning and Typhoon fleets both use the 'probe and drogue' air to air refuelling system, utilising the RAF Voyager fleet.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)