Parliamentary Answers – to 7th February 2013

The usual collection of written answers and questions

 

Equipment and Capabilities

Thomas Docherty (Dunfermline and West Fife, Labour)
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Government will publish the written evidence received as part of the Trident Alternatives Review.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c44W)

Danny Alexander (Chief Secretary, HM Treasury; Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Liberal Democrat)
I have been asked to reply

as the Minister responsible for the Trident Alternatives Review.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to Jeremy Corbyn on 31 October 2012, Hansard, column 249W: there are no plans to publish the information that the review draws upon due to its highly classified nature.

 

 


Thomas Docherty (Dunfermline and West Fife, Labour)
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultations the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has had with counterparts and defence ministers from each of the NATO member states as part of the Trident Alternatives Review; and when such meetings took place.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c44W)

Danny Alexander (Chief Secretary, HM Treasury; Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Liberal Democrat)
I have been asked to reply

as the Minister responsible for the Trident Alternatives Review.

None.

 

 


Thomas Docherty (Dunfermline and West Fife, Labour)
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister

(1) whether the Trident Alternatives Review will include detailed (a) through-life costings and (b) capital costs of all alternative deterrent systems the Review has considered, with timelines for any such costs;

(2) whether the Trident Alternatives Review will consider the industrial implications of all alternative weapons systems the Review has considered;

(3) whether the Trident Alternatives Review will consider and publish the infrastructure costs of all alternative weapons systems the Review has considered.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c45W)

Danny Alexander (Chief Secretary, HM Treasury; Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Liberal Democrat)
holding answer 1 February 2013

I have been asked to reply

as the Minister responsible for the Trident Alternatives Review.

In accordance with its terms of reference, the review will assess the costs of alternatives and consider industrial implications.

I will not speculate about what detail might be published.

 

 


Bob Ainsworth (Coventry North East, Labour)
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what alternatives to the continuous at-sea deterrence policy the Trident Alternatives Review is considering.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c45W)

Danny Alexander (Chief Secretary, HM Treasury; Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Liberal Democrat)
I have been asked to reply

as the Minister responsible for the Trident Alternatives Review.

In accordance with its terms of reference, the review is considering alternative systems and alternative nuclear postures. I will not comment further on the precise detail of what is being examined by the review.

 

 


Thomas Docherty (Dunfermline and West Fife, Labour)
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which serving and former one star and above officers the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has met as part of the Trident Alternatives Review.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c45W)

Danny Alexander (Chief Secretary, HM Treasury; Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Liberal Democrat)
I have been asked to reply

as the Minister responsible for the Trident Alternatives Review.

I have met the following senior officials in my role as the Minister overseeing the Trident Alternatives Review:

Deputy National Security Adviser, Foreign and Defence Policy;

Assistant Chief of Defence Staff Nuclear and Chemical, Biological, MOD;

Chief Strategic Systems Executive, MOD;

Head of Defence and Counter-Proliferation, Cabinet Office;

Head of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Policy, MOD;

Head of the Strategic Weapons Project Team, MOD.

 

 


David Crausby (Bolton North East, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the future of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c78W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend Mr Hammond, on 5 July 2012, Hansard, column 1086, in which he stated that the Regular component of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will remain unchanged under Army 2020. It is intended that the regular battalions will form part of the adaptable force and will fulfil light role and light protected mobility roles.

Decisions on the future structure of the Territorial Army, including the 4th Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, will be subject to a ministerial announcement later this year.

 

 


Bob Ainsworth (Coventry North East, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the annual costs associated with utilising alternative capabilities to fulfil the role that would otherwise have been undertaken by Nimrod MRA4 aircraft.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c80W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given by the Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, my hon. Friend Mr Dunne, on 22 October 2012, Hansard, column 616W, in which he stated that the maritime patrol capability previously provided by the Nimrod MRA4 is being mitigated by a range of assets. These assets have other primary roles and conduct other tasking, which makes it impossible to estimate and isolate the cost of the maritime patrol aircraft role.

 

 


Menzies Campbell (North East Fife, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Moray of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 569W, on RAF Lossiemouth, when the Quick Reaction Alert North duties will be transferred from RAF Leuchars to RAF Lossiemouth;

(2) when the phased relocation of the RAF Leuchars element of the Typhoon Force is scheduled to be completed.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c80W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 28 January 2013, Hansard, column 569W, to Angus Robertson.

As planning work is ongoing, dates have yet to be finalised for the transfer of Quick Reaction Alert North responsibility and the completed relocation of the RAF Leuchars element of the Typhoon Force to RAF Lossiemouth.

 

 


Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Moor View, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) how many joint exercises between the Territorial Army and Reserves are planned for each of the next seven years;

(2) how many joint training exercises the Territorial Army has conducted with regular forces in each of the last seven years.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c81W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
holding answer 1 February 2013

Information on the number of joint exercises involving Territorial Army and regular forces conducted over the last seven years is not held in the format requested. However, many Army units have reserve and regular forces as part of their structure and conduct integrated exercises as a matter of course.

As the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend Mr Hammond, said in his statement on 8 November 2012, Hansard, column 1025, on Future Reserves, reserve units will be paired with, train with, and achieve the same standards, as their regular counterparts. They will also deploy routinely, together with regular forces, on major overseas exercises.

In the future the Army will be planning for approximately 13 major exercises per annum both in the UK and abroad. These exercises are each expected to have over 500 participants. Reserve elements will take part in these exercises operating alongside regular units. The level of integration will depend upon the units involved, the requirements of the exercise and the scenario upon which it is based.

 

 


Angus Robertson (Moray, Scottish National Party)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the grounding of the F35-B aircraft due to improper crimping of the fueldraulic lines; and when the aircraft will resume testing.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 February 2013, c203W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
The investigation into the fueldraulic fault on the F-35B has revealed a manufacturing quality control discrepancy. Out of tolerance units have been removed from aircraft and returned to the F-35 propulsion system prime contractor for replacement. Corrective actions to improve quality control processes and ensure part integrity have been instituted by the contractor.

Ground testing of the F-35B remains unaffected. The F-35 Joint Program Office, Naval Air Systems Command and the UK are developing a return to flight plan, which, once approved will inform when F-35B will return to flight.

 

 


David Crausby (Bolton North East, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Rivet Joint RC-35 surveillance aircraft to (a) be delivered and (b) enter operational service.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 February 2013, c207W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
The Ministry of Defence is acquiring three RC-135W Rivet Joint aircraft, as part of the Airseeker signals intelligence capability. The first of these aircraft will be delivered in December 2013, followed by further deliveries in 2015 and 2017. Airseeker is expected to enter service in October 2014.

 

 


David Crausby (Bolton North East, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft will remain in service beyond 2015.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c235W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
The 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) announced the Ministry of Defence (MOD) intention to withdraw Sentinel from service once it is no longer required to support operations in Afghanistan.

However, the Department is currently considering how it might retain Sentinel beyond 2015, with the final decision to be taken as part of the next SDSR.

 

 

 

Other

Russell Brown (Dumfries and Galloway, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts have been signed regarding the logistical withdrawal of equipment from Afghanistan to date; and with whom.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c73W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
holding answer 31 January 2013

Redeployment of equipment from Afghanistan began in earnest and as planned on 1 October 2012. Records show that since this date we have not placed any new contracts specifically relating to redeployment, though we have amended an existing Seafast contract which provides a weekly freight forwarding capability out of and into Afghanistan.

 

 


Russell Brown (Dumfries and Galloway, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many agreements have been reached with national governments regarding the logistical withdrawal of equipment from Afghanistan.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c73W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
holding answer 31 January 2013

We have a substantial number of extant agreements with allies in Europe and the middle east, which are utilised to allow movement into and out of Afghanistan through the use of established transit routes including via Pakistan.

NATO has established reverse surface transit permissions with Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia, as well as use of the Russian airbase at Ulyanovsk for cargo flown direct from Afghanistan and which is then transferred to rail for onward transport.

We are also seeking to increase resilience by negotiating bilateral surface and air reverse transit agreements with the Central Asian Republics. These negotiations are at varying stages of development. Once ratified, the bilateral agreements will provide a range of options for the redeployment of UK personnel and equipment via northern lines of communication.

 

 


Russell Brown (Dumfries and Galloway, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) who will be responsible for the protection of UK military trainers in Afghanistan after 2014;

(2) who will be responsible for force protection of military trainers in Afghanistan after 2014.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c73W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
Other than our commitment to lead the international contribution to the Afghan national army officer academy in Kabul, no final decision has been made on the UK’s post 2014 presence in Afghanistan.

The Afghan national officer academy is being built within the perimeter of an Afghan facility, the perimeter of which will be defended by Afghan troops. Inside this Afghan National Army perimeter, UK personnel based at the Academy will operate from within a coalition force Operating Base where they will be protected by UK or coalition military personnel.

The ability to provide force protection will be a key consideration for any additional contribution we may decide to make.

 

 


Russell Brown (Dumfries and Galloway, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what the status of forces agreement will be for UK service personnel serving in Afghanistan after 2014; and who will any agreement cover;

(2) what the rules of engagement will be for UK service armed forces personnel serving in Afghanistan post-2014.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c74W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
At the NATO Chicago conference nations agreed, at the request of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, to a new NATO led post-2014 mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces. Final decisions on the legal basis and rules of engagement for the post-2014 mission have not yet been taken.

 

 


Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military trainers are (a) in Mali, (b) travelling to Mali and (c) in North West Africa.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c74W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
We are still awaiting the outcome of meetings regarding contributions to the European Union Training Mission. There are no UK military trainers either in or travelling to Mali. We currently have 35 UK military personnel employed in training roles in Sierra Leone and Nigeria as part of our long-term programmes of defence engagement.

 

 


Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry, DUP)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions military personnel were deployed on the streets of Northern Ireland in 2012 to deal with explosive devices.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c77W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
The Explosive Ordnance Device teams in Northern Ireland respond with great professionalism to all requests for assistance. We will continue to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland in the most operationally effective way.

During 2012, Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel have responded on 318 occasions to incidents in Northern Ireland.

 

 


Russell Brown (Dumfries and Galloway, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the per-week cost to the UK will be of deploying two C-17 aircraft to Mali.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c77W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
holding answer 31 January 2013

We are currently supporting French operations in Mali with one C-17 for which the additional cost to the UK per week is currently approximately £1 million. This is expected to be paid for by the Cross-Government Conflict Pool.

 

 


John Mann (Bassetlaw, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the state of repair of the headstone and plot of Trooper Anthony Dykes of the Blues and Royals in Harworth Cemetery, Bassetlaw; and who is responsible for the upkeep of this headstone and plot.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c77W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is responsible for the maintenance of Trooper Dykes’ grave. Unfortunately the grave was not listed on our maintenance database, and this accounts for regular maintenance not being undertaken. Arrangements have now been made for the maintenance contractor to conduct an urgent inspection of the grave within the next seven days, and any remedial work necessary will be undertaken.

I thank the hon. Gentleman for bringing this matter to our attention.

 

 


Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Moor View, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress he has made on the organisational redesign of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation; and whether any outside consultants have been employed to advise his Department on that matter in the last full year for which data is available.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c78W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
The Defence Infrastructure (DIO) Enhanced Operating Model will be established from April 2013. The organisational design has been completed and the progress to populate the organisation is currently under way with appropriate trade unions consultation.

A new Management Information System was recently procured through IBM to underpin both revised processes and organisational structure implementation. DIO has utilised consultants for some elements of the transformation programme since January 2011, following both departmental and Cabinet Office approvals.

 

 


Julian Huppert (Cambridge, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 18 January 2013, Official Report, column 964W, on depleted uranium, what studies have been conducted on civilians in Iraq to assess levels of, and the health effects arising from, exposure to depleted uranium during the 2003 conflict in that country.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c78W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
Such studies, if necessary, would be the responsibility of the Iraqi Government, and we are not aware of any such studies being conducted. Monitoring of UK veterans and range workers was conducted for purposes of reassurance; our own environmental monitoring and that carried out by the UN Environment Programme in areas where depleted uranium (DU) munitions have been used has confirmed the presence of DU at levels far too low to have any detectable health impact.

 

 


Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of British military involvement in Operation Garron; and if he will make a statement.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c79W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
holding answer 31 January 2013

A full internal operational lessons study was undertaken into Operation Garron, the Defence contribution to the DFID-led UK response to the international humanitarian disaster relief operation in the countries affected by the tsunami in the Indian ocean on 26 December 2004. Lessons identified from such operations have and will help shape any future military response to humanitarian disaster relief.

 

 


Angie Bray (Ealing Central and Acton, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is his Department’s policy not to release film footage relating to the life and works of the late Lord Britten of Aldeburgh as a consequence of his being categorised as a deserter and a pacifist.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c79W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
Ministry of Defence (MOD) has no policies which would prevent the release of film footage relating to the life and work of Lord Britten of Aldeburgh as a result of the categorisation described.

 

 


David Crausby (Bolton North East, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether unmanned drones are operational in Mali; and whether any such drones have been moved into the region.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c79W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
There are currently no UK unmanned aircraft systems operational in Mali, nor have any been moved into the region.

 

 


Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of British troop commitments to the African-led International Support Mission to Mali; how many troops from participating Economic Community of West African States countries are (a) committed and (b) being trained as part of this mission; and if he will make a statement.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c79W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
The international community is still developing specific proposals for the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA). The UK is prepared to contribute up to 200 personnel to provide training to troops from Anglophone West African countries contributing to AFISMA, although the numbers required will be dependent upon the requirements of the AFISMA contributing nations.

 

 


Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops have been earmarked for involvement in the EU training mission to Mali; and if he will make a statement.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c79W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend Mr Hammond, on 29 January 2013, Hansard, column 792, in which he stated that the UK is looking at offering up to 40 military personnel for EUTM Mali.

The force generation process has not yet been completed and as such offers and allocations have not been confirmed.

The next stage of force generation will take place in Brussels on 5 February 2013.

 

 


Russell Brown (Dumfries and Galloway, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where all the UK Sentinel aircraft were deployed on 24 January 2013.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c80W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
holding answer 31 January 2013

The RAF operates five Sentinel R1 aircraft. On 24 January 2013, one aircraft was deployed in the Gulf in support of Op Herrick and four aircraft were at their home base RAF Waddington. One of these four has since deployed to west Africa in support of French military operations in Mali.

 

 


Kevan Jones (North Durham, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the Royal Corps of Signals, by rank, are liable for redundancy under tranche 3.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c81W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
holding answer 1 February 2013

The number of personnel in the Royal Corps of Signals who are required to be made redundant under tranche 3 of the armed forces redundancy programme is as follows:

Number
Captain 20
Warrant Officer Class 2 2
Staff Sergeant 7
Corporal 72
Lance Corporal 246
Private 111

 

 


Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) how many senior officials in his Department (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main place of employment is their home address and that they are entitled to claim travel and subsistence expenses for visiting departmental offices;

(2) how many senior officials in his Department’s arm’s-length bodies (a) have and (b) have had during 2012-13 terms of employment that specify that their main place of employment is their home address and that they are entitled to claim travel and subsistence expenses for visiting the offices of the arm’s-length body;

(3) how many chairs in his Department’s arm’s-length bodies are paid on the basis that they are exempt from personally meeting any tax liability in respect of travel and subsistence payments for attending meetings at the offices of the arm’s-length body;

(4) how many senior officials of his Department’s arm’s-length bodies are paid on the basis that they are exempt from personally meeting any tax liability in respect of travel and subsistence payments for attending meetings at the offices of the arm’s-length body.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 4 February 2013, c81W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) fully supports a policy of alternative working practices, however no senior officials in the MOD or its trading funds have terms of employment that specify their main place of employment as their home address. Similarly, on that basis there is no tax liability issue.

 

 


Kevan Jones (North Durham, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the Adjutant General’s Corps are liable for redundancy under tranche 3.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 February 2013, c202W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
As part of the January 2013 redundancy announcement for Tranche 3 that earmarked 5,300 posts, the number of personnel in the Adjutant General’s Corps who are required to be made redundant are:

Number
Major 22
Captain 9
Warrant Officer Class 1 2
Sergeant 15
Corporal 35
Lance Corporal 19
Private 53

 

 


Gemma Doyle (West Dunbartonshire, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of his Department’s programmes, are currently operational in (a) Mali, (b) Niger, (c) Nigeria, (d) Algeria, (e) Mauritania, (f) Burkina Faso, (g) Chad, (h) Libya, (i) Sudan, (j) South Sudan, (k) Ethiopia, (l) Somalia, (m) Kenya and (n) Western Sahara.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 February 2013, c202W)

Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire, Conservative)
holding answer 1 February 2013

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is conducting an active programme of defence engagement, including liaison and training, with Nigeria, Algeria, Libya, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.

With regard to Mali, I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend Mr Hammond, on 29 January 2013, Hansard, column 781.

 

 


Kevan Jones (North Durham, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the Army Air Corps are liable for redundancy under tranche 3, by rank.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 February 2013, c203W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
As part of the January 2013 redundancy announcement for Tranche 3 that earmarked 5,300 posts, the number of personnel in the Army Air Corps who are required to be made redundant are:

Number
Lance Corporal 10
Private 60

 

 


Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the potential consequences are of making a false statement to his Department as part of the requirement scrutiny obligation.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 February 2013, c203W)

Philip Dunne (Ludlow, Conservative)
holding answer 4 February 2013

The military requirement for any acquisition is carefully scrutinised as part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) approvals process. This involves the submission of a business case together with supporting evidence as directed by the relevant technical scrutineers.

The scrutiny process is designed to test thoroughly and independently the validity of the assertions made against the available evidence. Any misrepresentation of the facts would, if identified during the approval process or thereafter, be brought to the attention of the approving authority and they would take a view on the appropriate action.

 

 


Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if there is a military memorandum of understanding with any Economic Community of West African States country; and if he will make a statement.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 February 2013, c203W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
The United Kingdom Government has extant military memoranda of understanding with the following members of the Economic Community of West African States: The Gambia, Senegal, Cape Verde, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Mali. These bilateral arrangements provide for military training, cooperation and support for both the UK and the host nation.

 

 


Russell Brown (Dumfries and Galloway, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who will be responsible for the protection of UK military trainers in Mali.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 February 2013, c207W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
The UK is offering up to 40 military personnel for the EU Training Mission (EUTM) Mali, primarily in a training role. Provision of force protection elements, including medics, is the responsibility of EUTM, and a force generation process is under way to generate these elements. Until this process concludes, the allocation of specific elements to nations will not be confirmed.

The Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend Mr Hammond, and Prime Minister have made it clear that the UK does not plan to offer force protection for EUTM Mali.

 

 


Bridget Phillipson (Houghton and Sunderland South, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) when he expects to announce the basing review;

(2) when he expects to announce his plans for the drawdown of troops from Germany.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 February 2013, c207W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
The basing review and the timetable for the drawdown of troops from Germany will be announced later this year.

 

 


Andrew Rosindell (Romford, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Royal Navy will be represented at the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review in Sydney in October 2013.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 February 2013, c207W)

Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire, Conservative)
No decision has yet been taken on the nature of the United Kingdom’s representation at the Royal Australian Navy’s centenary fleet review in 2013.

 

 


Madeleine Moon (Bridgend, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with NATO on the signing of a Status of Forces Agreement with Qatar; and if he will make a statement.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 February 2013, c207W)

Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire, Conservative)
The Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend Mr Hammond, has not had specific discussions with NATO on the signing of a Status of Forces Agreement with Qatar but we are aware that NATO remains in dialogue with Qatar in pursuit of such an agreement.

 

 


Kevan Jones (North Durham, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the Royal Army Dental Corps are liable for redundancy under tranche 3, by rank.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 February 2013, c208W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
As part of the January 2013 redundancy announcement for Tranche 3 that earmarked 5,300 posts, the number of personnel in the Royal Army Dental Corps who are required to be made redundant are:

Number
Officers (may be of any rank) 7
Staff Sergeant 2
Sergeant 6
Corporal 12
Lance Corporal 6
Private 4

 

 


Kevan Jones (North Durham, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the Royal Army Medical Corps are liable for redundancy under tranche 3, by rank.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 February 2013, c208W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
As part of the January 2013 redundancy announcement for tranche 3 that earmarked 5,300 posts, the number of personnel in the Royal Army Medical Corps who are required to be made redundant are:

Number
Officers (may be of any rank) 4
Soldiers (may be of any rank) 10

 

 


Kevan Jones (North Durham, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the Royal Logistic Corps are liable for redundancy under tranche 3, by rank.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 February 2013, c208W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
As part of the January 2013 redundancy announcement for tranche 3 that earmarked 5,300 post, the number of personnel in the Royal Logistic Corps who are required to be made redundant are:

Number
Lt Col 12
Major 22
Captain 14
Warrant Officer Class 2 1
Staff Sergeant 1
Sergeant 33
Corporal 95
Lance Corporal 90
Private 399

 

 


Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 569W, on the Royal Engineers, whether the Royal Engineers 507 Specialist Team has been tasked to Afghanistan to assist with (a) infrastructure programmes in moving mineral wealth and (b) connecting the major cities to the border point and the international railway networks.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c223W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
The Royal Engineers 507 Specialist Team has not been tasked to Afghanistan to assist with any projects.

 

 


Bob Russell (Colchester, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the number and proportion of armed forces family households that are in fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c224W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
holding answer 4 February 2013

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not track the personal finances of Service personnel nor has any reason to monitor their spending patterns. The MOD therefore has no mechanism for determining what proportion of armed forces families may or may not be in fuel poverty.

Service personnel are given clear guidance, through the chain of command, that if they or their family are encountering financial problems the welfare services can provide assistance in identifying the relevant agencies for help.

 

 


Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which languages are compulsorily taught to members of the armed forces.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c224W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
holding answer 5 February 2013

Very low-level Pashto or Dari are taught compulsorily to all members of the armed forces during pre-deployment training for Op Herrick. These short training courses support cultural familiarisation and basic social protocols. Similar training is provided to support other operations when necessary. Training above this level is undertaken by volunteers.

Service personnel can volunteer to learn any language essential to a post or career trade to which they are likely to be assigned.

 

 


Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which languages members of the armed forces can choose to learn; and at what stage in their career such training can begin.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c226W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
holding answer 5 February 2013

Service personnel can volunteer to learn any language essential to a post or career trade to which they are likely to be assigned. Languages include most European languages and those required to support operations, including Pashto, Dari and Arabic. However, training will only be offered to those actually selected for such assignments and the selection process will take account of several relevant factors, including aptitude. There are also opportunities for language training as part of single service personal development schemes, using standard and enhanced learning credits.

The Army also has a limited language scholarship scheme that can access service training. Training can take place at any time, optimally just prior to a related assignment.

 

 


Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what period of time before departing for Afghanistan service personnel will be exempt from redundancy under tranche 3.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c228W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
There is no fixed period of time, because preparation time for deployment may vary. Those personnel who, on the day the redundancy notices are issued, have been notified that they are liable to deploy with their units to Afghanistan in autumn 2013 will be exempt from tranche 3 unless they are an applicant. As a result of the drawdown plans already announced, those units liable to deployment will not be confirmed until April 2013.

 

 


Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will have discussions with the armed forces champions for the boroughs of (a) Redcar and Cleveland and (b) Middlesbrough about the effect of armed forces cuts on communities on Teesside.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c228W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
holding answer 4 February 2013

I have no current plans to do so.

I am aware that the Community Covenant Grant Scheme recently approved an application from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in late December 2012 to support a 12 week programme to be run from 102 Brigade’s REME TA centre to introduce young people to engineering. Participants, young people aged between 16 to 19, not in education employment or training from the local area will be supported by Army engineers to build a fully-working Go Kart from scratch. They will work towards a series of accredited qualifications in basic engineering principles, basic mechanical principles, and assembly of components while also seeking to improve general life and social skills. This is a fine example of how the Community Covenant Grant Scheme, under the auspices of the Community Covenant, is helping to bring the Armed Forces Community together with those in the local community.

 

 


Angus Robertson (Moray, Scottish National Party)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what consideration he has given to delaying the consultation on the implementation of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation Enhanced Operating Model until all appeals made by civil personnel are heard;

(2) how many (a) appeals have been made and (b) posts have been mapped in each region during the implementation of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation Enhanced Operating Model;

(3) what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) staff pay, (b) travel and (c) subsistence related to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation Enhanced Operating Model (i) appeals process and (ii) appeal hearings.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c234W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
In line with Ministry of Defence (MOD) post-mapping guidance, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) will not conclude the appeals process prior to the completion of the trade unions consultation process. Consultation cannot be concluded until all appeals are complete.

Over 2,000 posts were subject to post-mapping across the DIO in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and overseas locations. The departmental process is currently taking place.

It is not possible to estimate the costs associated with the appeals process as the information has not been collated within the normal course of business and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

 

 


Nick Harvey (North Devon, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Life Extension Programme that the CHARM-3 propellant charge is subject to will involve re-licensing the existing charge or manufacturing new charges.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c234W)

Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire, Conservative)
The Life Extension Programme for the CHARM-3 propellant charge will not itself involve re-licensing the existing charge nor the manufacture of new charges. During 2013 we expect the Life Extension Programme to determine whether the safe life of the charge can be extended.

 

 


Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received on the progress of the referral of the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice for failure to implement fully Directive 2009/81/EC on defence and security procurement.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c234W)

Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire, Conservative)
The Ministry of Defence has not received any direct reports from the European Commission on the progress of the referral of the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice. According to the European Court of Justice’s own website, under an application dated 25 January 2013, an entry will be placed shortly in the Official Journal, stating that the Commission is taking the Netherlands to court for having yet to transpose Directive 2009/81/EC.

 

 


Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he has made an international comparative assessment of the use of Article 346 in relation to EC defence and security procurement.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c234W)

Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire, Conservative)
We are unable to make any definitive assessment on how much other EU member states are using Article 346 in relation to EC defence and security procurement as this information is not readily available at this time.

 

 


Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the Stabilisation Unit is represented on the current commitments team for Mali.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c234W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
The Mali current commitments team comprises members from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defence, which are the parent departments of the Stabilisation Unit.

The Stabilisation Unit has provided input to cross-Government and military planning on Mali, and is currently scoping future UK stabilisation support to multilateral missions in Mali and the region.

 

 


Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK forces from each service have been deployed in Mali to date.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c235W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
holding answer 5 February 2013

There are currently around 20 personnel deployed in Bamako as part of a tri-service team supporting operations.

The precise number of personnel deployed may fluctuate on a daily basis for a variety of reasons, including the roulement of forces, visits and a range of other factors. We do not, therefore, publish actual figures for personnel deployed or, for deployments of this size, a breakdown by service.

 

 


Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost is of UK involvement in Mali to date; from which budget this is drawn; and whether any funding has yet been recouped from the government of France.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c235W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
holding answer 5 February 2013

As this is an emerging operation the costs are currently being compiled, and will be available in due course. The source of funding is being discussed with the Treasury. The UK has not charged the Government of France for our contribution to operations in Mali.

 

 


Menzies Campbell (North East Fife, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) what the purpose is of the current and proposed refurbishment of (a) 1 hangar annexes, (b) 3 hangar and (c) C41 Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what recent discussions have taken place between (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department and BAe Systems on the provision of Typhoon availability services at RAF Lossiemouth;

(3) what recent discussions have taken place between (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department and Rolls-Royce on the provision of Rolls-Royce personnel at RAF Lossiemouth in support of the Typhoon fleet;

(4) whether a Typhoon transition team have been created at (a) RAF Leuchars and (b) RAF Lossiemouth; and if he will make a statement.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c236W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
Number 1 Hangar annexes, Number 3 Hangar and the C4I Squadron are being refurbished as part of the enabling work at RAF Lossiemouth to facilitate the phased relocation of the RAF Leuchars element of the Typhoon Force to RAF Lossiemouth.

To oversee the planning for the Typhoon transition from RAF Leuchars to RAF Lossiemouth, a dedicated Fast Jet Basing Programme Management Team was established at RAF Lossiemouth in September 2011. This transition team and other officials are in regular ongoing discussions with the contractors that provide Typhoon availability services and support, including both BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce, to ensure their support requirements are fully integrated during the transition. There is no record of this subject being discussed recently with Ministers, although they have regular meetings with the two companies, who are both major defence suppliers.

 

 


Bridget Phillipson (Houghton and Sunderland South, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department’s new employment model will apply to reservists.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c236W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
Yes. The overall objective of the programme is to design and deliver a new employment model (NEM) which supports a whole force approach to manning, and which is sufficiently attractive to recruit and retain personnel of the right quality, is affordable within planned resources, and enables agility through improved organisational efficiency, flexibility and adaptability.

Reserves service personnel are an integral part of defence capability. The Reserve Proposition put forward within the recent consultation exercise is designed to structure and prepare our reserve forces to be used as an essential element of our nation’s armed forces. It will inform the NEM programme and the subsequent changes to terms and conditions of service that will be required to attract, challenge and reward volunteers to enable the delivery of operational capability.

 

 


Bridget Phillipson (Houghton and Sunderland South, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the funding allocated to the Reserves will be drawn from his Department’s core budget.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c237W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
holding answer 4 February 2013

I can confirm that the funding allocated to the Reserves will be drawn from the Ministry of Defence core budget.

 

 


Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British military personnel are currently deployed in Algeria; and what their purpose is.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 7 February 2013, c382W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
holding answer 5 February 2013

There are currently six British military personnel in Algeria: the defence attaché whose role is defence engagement; a sergeant who is a temporary augmentee assisting the defence attaché; and four members of a close protection team for Her Majesty’s ambassador to Algeria.

 

 


Bob Russell (Colchester, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the sourcing of meat for consumption by members of HM armed forces.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 7 February 2013, c382W)

Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire, Conservative)
All food procured for UK armed forces must comply with MOD Food Quality Standards. These standards, which are reviewed and updated every six months, comply with all UK and EU production standards, Farm Assurance or equivalent.

 

 


Bridget Phillipson (Houghton and Sunderland South, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to publish an updated version of its defence industrial strategy.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 7 February 2013, c383W)

Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire, Conservative)
Our approach to purchasing equipment, support and technology for the UK armed forces is set out in the National Security Through Technology White Paper (Cm 8278) published in February 2012. This will be revisited at the time of the next strategic defence and security review. Building on the White Paper, the Defence Growth Partnership led by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will be looking at how to improve the competitiveness of the UK defence sector.

 

 


Adrian Sanders (Torbay, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to encourage the inclusion of ethical education in the training of Malian troops by UK or EU personnel.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 7 February 2013, c383W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
The mandate for the EU Training Mission includes ethical education of all Mali Armed Forces personnel. The syllabus will specifically include the promotion of Human Rights and Gender Issues. The UK has offered to be in the lead for this element of the training and provide three civilian trainers. The UK’s final contribution to this training mission has yet to be determined.

 

 


Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expected duration is of Operation Newcombe; and how many troops he anticipates will be involved.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 7 February 2013, c383W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend Mr Hammond, on 29 January 2013, Hansard, column 785, to Mr Ainsworth, in which he outlined the current situation regarding Op Newcombe.

In addition, the EU Training Mission (Mali) has a proposed mandate of 15 months from the mission launch. The earliest this is expected is 12 February 2013, but no decisions have been taken on the duration of any British contribution.

With regards to the number of troops involved in Op Newcombe, I refer the hon. Member to the Statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence regarding the deployment of personnel to Mali on 29 January 2013, Hansard, column 781.

In addition, there are currently around 30 people in France supporting the CI7 deployment.

 

 


Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he first received a request from the French government for military support in operations in Mali.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 7 February 2013, c384W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
holding answer 5 February 2013

The Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend Mr Hammond, first received a request from the French Government for military support to operations in Mali on 12 January 2013.

 

 


Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the rules of engagement and their interaction with floating armories; and if he will make a statement.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 7 February 2013, c384W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
UK naval ships will have only routine interaction with vessels being used as Floating Armouries and therefore standard Royal Navy guidelines apply.

 

 


Bob Russell (Colchester, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of the Red Arrows air display team; and if he will make a statement.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 7 February 2013, c384W)

Andrew Robathan (South Leicestershire, Conservative)
There are no plans to disband the Red Arrows.

 

 


Bob Russell (Colchester, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the future of Trooping the Colour commemoration; and if he will make a statement.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 7 February 2013, c384W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
The Ministry of Defence has no intention of changing the format or frequency of Trooping the Colour.

 

 


 

Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which languages are spoken among the armed forces.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c224W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
holding answer 5 February 2013

The following languages are spoken amongst members of the armed forces, regular and volunteer reserve, either tested by Defence or self-declared linguists. Military personnel are out of date three years after being examined. Figures are provided to illustrate the provenance of the capability.

 

Militarily tested Not tested
Number of personnel in date Number of personnel out of date Self-declared personnel
Afrikaans 0 1 86
Akan 0 0 40
Albanian 0 22 7
Arabic (all dialects) 78 310 246
Bahasa (Malaysian) 0 0 5
Bengali 0 0 4
Bulgarian 0 1 3
Cambodian 0 0 1
Chewa 0 0 15
Chinese (Cantonese) 0 2 39
Chinese (Mandarin) 2 5 14
Chinyanja 0 0 3
Creole 0 0 19
Czech 0 1 3
Dagbani 0 0 4
Danish 0 12 5
Dari 229 25 92
Dutch 7 73 16
Ewe 0 0 5
Fanti 0 0 7
Farsi (incl Persian) 54 75 30
Fijian 0 0 32
Finnish 0 1 2
Flemish 0 0 1
French 101 242 1450
Ga 0 0 17
Gaelic (all dialects) 0 0 17
Ganda 0 0 4
German 25 399 824
Ghanian 0 0 36
Gikuyu 0 0 4
Greek 1 8 21
Gujarati 0 0 2
Gurkhali 0 0 2
Hebrew 0 2 2
Hindi 1 3 63
Hindustani 0 0 4
Hungarian 0 1 2
Iban 0 0 1
Icelandic 0 0 1
Indian 0 0 11
Indo/Bahasa 0 0 1
Indonesian 1 3 4
Italian 11 94 83
Japanese 2 7 21
Kashmiri 0 0 3
Kikongo 0 0 1
Korean 2 0 3
Krio 0 0 1
Lepcha 0 0 1
Lingala 0 0 1
Lozi 0 0 1
Malagasy 0 0 1
Malay 1 15 36
Malayalam 0 0 2
Mandinka 0 0 14
Marathi 0 0 1
Ndbele 0 0 6
Nepali 19 21 149
Nigeria (all languages/dialects) 0 0 32
Norwegian 4 44 9
Nyanja 0 0 6
Pakistan (miscellaneous languages) 0 0 4
Panjabi 0 24 47
Pashto 484 156 120
Polish 4 3 15
Portuguese (all dialects) 1 14 17
Romanian 0 1 2
Runyakitara 0 0 1
Russian 16 181 99
Sanskrit 0 0 3
Serbo-Croat (alt dialects) 1 39 99
Shona 0 0 26
Singhalese 0 0 2
Sinhala 0 0 2
Slovak 0 1 3
Somali 1 1 1
Sotho 0 0 3
Spanish (all dialects) 43 362 548
Swahili 4 4 37
Swedish 2 5 9
Tangalog 0 0 3
Tamil 0 0 3
Thai 1 0 7
Tongan 0 0 2
Tswana 0 0 9
Tumbuka 0 0 4
Turkish 6 17 12
Ukranian 1 5 3
Urdu 8 16 48
Welsh 0 0 206
Wolof 0 0 19
Xhosa 0 0 5
Zulu 0 0 18

 

 


 

Jim Murphy (East Renfrewshire, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which consultancies have been given contracts with his Department since May 2010; and what the (a) cost, (b) purpose and (c) scope of work conducted under each such contract was.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c228W)

Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford, Conservative)
holding answer 10 December 2012

A list of consultancies that have been awarded Ministry of Defence (MOD) contracts since May 2010 is provided as follows. The table includes contract value and a broad description of the requirement. Contracts awarded by MOD agencies and trading funds are included, but the list excludes contracts awarded under the Framework Agreement for Technical Support and those classified by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation as Principal Service Providers; these contracts are defined separately from consultancy services.

Total MOD expenditure on consultancy for the last five financial years is listed as follows. These figures include spend by MOD trading funds. The table shows that between 2007-08 and 2011-12 expenditure on consultancy fell by 84%.

Total MOD expenditure on consultancy
£ million
2007-08 120
2008-09 106
2009-10 79
2010-11 26
2011-12 19

MOD consultancy contracts awarded since May 2010

The contract value represents the limit of liability against which expenditure may be incurred and actual expenditure against individual contracts may be lower.

Start date Consultancy name Description of requirement Contract value (£)
1 May 2010 Harness ITConsulting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Project—Implementation and Development—Project Team Costs 216,843
20 May 2010 Criterion Leadership Forum design 16,800
21 May 2010 Cap Gemini plc Barcoding Project—Transition and Project Management Consultancy 43,236
21 May 2010 Cap Gemini plc Barcoding Project—third party services and software 41,150
21 May 2010 Pinsent Mason Legal services for Project Delphi 60,000
27 May 2010 KPMG Operational Efficiency Programme/Asset Management Review 101,592
7 June 2010 Criterion Amendments to questionnaire 18,500
7 June 2010 Criterion Update the Managing Performance V3 course 5,600
29 June 2010 Dr Mukulika Banerjee Provision of subject matter expert advice to the Chief of the Defence Staff Strategic Advisory Forum 2,000
12 July 2010 Libra Advisory Group External Assistance (EA) for Afghan Counter Insurgency Centre 18,250
23 July 2010 Criterion Creation of Abstract Reasoning Test 17,000
01/08/2010 Cap Gemini plc ERP Project—Implementation and Development—Technical Services 15,000
1 August 2010 Worldwide Technology UK Ltd ERP Project— Implementation and Development—Project Team Costs—Cutover Management 120,006
1 August 2010 Ipsos Mori Fleet Auxiliary Flotilla Survey 17,990
10 August 2010 Inventures EA on Defence Training Rationalisation Fall Back Plan 15,000
10 August 2010 Concerto Consulting Ltd EA on Defence Training Rationalisation Fall Back Plan 11,000
16 August 2010 Pinsent Mason Career Levelling—Legally Privileged 1,675
16 August 2010 Zenst Provide coaching to support nominated senior managers 999
24 August 2010 QinetiQ Support to Develop IA Training Courses 17,663
8 September 2010 Criterion One Day Consultant design 2,800
27 September 2010 KPMG Cost Assurance and Analysis Development Programme 12,000,000
5 October 2010 SCS Ltd Field Army Stock Efficiency 31,500
6 October 2010 InterCultures Ltd The provision of cultural advice and guidance to Commander Task Force Helmand and his staff covering political, economic, social and development environments, as well as civil-military issues 49,770
11 October 2010 CPCR To tweak and update current Line Managers course 3,220
12 October 2010 Atkins Ltd EA for Defence Acquisition Reform Programme (DARP) Partnering for skills Project Management Scoping Study 218,144
20 October 2010 TMP Review of AIB 25,450
31 October 2010 Cranfield University NATO Capability Culture Scoping Study 49,000
1 November 2010 Deloitte External Assistance to the Re-Negotiation Process 120,000
5 November 2010 SCS Ltd SO2 mission specific training resource management 100,000
23 November 2010 C.O.I BFBS Media Broadcast Tech Support 40,000
20 December 2010 CPCR Development of a one day Bringing the Business Plan To Life event 1,610
7 January 2011 Quatrosystem Ltd Carry out a soft issues assessment of the six bidders competing for new ISP contracts 103,177
10 January 2011 KPMG EA for Puma Mk2 Simulator and Synthetic Training Upgrade 64,578
14 January 2011 Transcend To undertake work for the new operating model for DIO 48,500
4 February 2011 Criterion Design of first Learning Community session. 2,800
4 February 2011 Criterion Design of one day event for Line Managers of Technical Consultants 7,000
15 February 2011 Criterion Graduate Development line manager training design. 1,400
16 February 2011 Mayo Learning Training design 3,500
28 February 2011 In Partnership Coaching and Organisation change projects 4,344
2 March 2011 Catalyze Ltd Request for Technical Support to Assist in Down Selection of Site Options 15,000
10 March 2011 Bray Leino Graduate Development Programme—Team build design 638.00
15 March 2011 Criterion Design of a two day training event for technical consultants 9,000
15 March 2011 Criterion Research and development of simulation 9,000
21 March 2011 Freight Transport Association External Support for Driver Certificate of Professional Competences 7,051
25 March 2011 KPMG Admiralty Holdings Limited strategic review 110,762
1 April 2011 Deloitte External Assistance for Defence Infrastructure Transformation Programme 441,000
19 April 2011 In Partnership Coaching and Organisation change projects 12,150
20 April 2011 Criterion Additional development costs for the extension of the Building Technical Consulting Excellence event 4,200
29 April 2011 Serco Ltd Continued Provision of Technical Support to Defence Crisis Management Centre 177,760
9 May 2011 Deloitte Assist in the design and delivery of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) Transformation Programme 5,000.000
26 July 2011 Ernst and Young Future Defence Storage and Distribution Project (FDSDP) EA Support 222,000
14 November 2011 QiResults Provision of a Phase 2 Efficiency in Support Leader to Support the Materiel Strategy—Business Case/Investment Appraisal 72,000
29November 2011 Deloitte MCS Ltd Sale of Marsh wood 99,900
29 November 2011 Ernst and Young EA for the Commercial Development of RAF Northolt 94,000
1 January 2012 PricewaterhouseCoopers SDSR Renegotiation of PFI Projects 169,465
4 January 2012 Deloitte MCS Ltd EA to the Army 2020 study 106,000
16 January 2012 Ernst and Young External Assistance Support To The FDSDP Tender Exercise 470,000
17 February 2012 Deloitte LLP The provision of a Benchmarking exercise for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary against the Royal Navy and commercial operators 850,000
1 April 2012 Ernst and Young Study into retaining part of Defence Support Group (DSG) within the MOD on sale of DSG 39,000
12 June 2012 Detica Ltd Delivery of Cross Government ICT Strategy Outputs 149,430
13 June 2012 Deloitte LLP The provision of consultancy support services to deliver improved leadership behaviours 1,529,912
1 July 2012 Prof J F Alder Provision of specialist support and advice on chemical and explosives activities 5,000
6 July 2012 Catalyze Ltd External Assistance to the Change Programme Team at RAF Lyneham 10,000
9 July 2012 Deloitte MCS Ltd EA to support Army 2020 Study 70,000
13 July 2012 LEK Business Strategy Partner for Materiel Strategy 1,950,625
18 July 2012 Change Partners Provision of services to support Corporate Intervention 2 20,000
31 July 2012 Atos Ltd External Assistance for Logistic Commodities Category Management Assessment 16,500
10 August 2012 Maxxim Consulting LLP Corporate Strategy Review and Development 51,325
14 August 2012 Deloitte MCS Ltd Consultancy for the provision of technical advice and support to progress management and liabilities and rationalisation in the warship build sector 599,836
10 October 2012 Bell Pottinger Public Affairs Ltd The provision of consultancy support services to the MOD DIO transformation Project to support the Change Leadership and Communication requirements of the transformation programme 995,000
10 October 2012 PWC The provision of consultancy support services to the MOD DIO transformation Project to support the Portfolio Integration and Management requirements of the transformation programme 942,560
10 October 2012 Deloitte The provision of consultancy support services to the MOD DIO transformation Project to support the Enhanced Operating Model and Technology Solution Implementation requirements of the transformation programme and the Strategic Business Partner Procurement 5,922,928
15 October 2012 Deloitte The provision of consultancy support services to the MOD DIO transformation Project to support the Footprint Strategy of the transformation programme 253,341
18 October 2012 Deloitte EA for the Defence Fire and Rescue Project 426,474
19 November 2012 KPMG The provision of consultancy support services to the MOD Material Strategy Project to support the construction of business cases, investment appraisals and benefits realisations for the transformation programme 1,145,250

 

 


Menzies Campbell (North East Fife, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on hardened aircraft shelters at RAF Lossiemouth in each of the last five years.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 6 February 2013, c236W)

Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire, Conservative)
The amount spent on hardened aircraft shelters at RAF Lossiemouth in each of the last five financial years is shown in the following table:

£
2008-09 350,197
2009-10 67,689
2010-11 67,092
2011-12 134,849
2012-13 (to date) 30,095

 

 


Gemma Doyle (West Dunbartonshire, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent in (a) Mali, (b) Niger, (c) Nigeria, (d) Algeria, (e) Mauritania, (f) Burkina Faso, (g) Chad, (h) Libya, (i) Sudan, (j) South Sudan, (k) Ethiopia, (l) Somalia, (m) Kenya and (n) Western Sahara in 2011-12.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 7 February 2013, c382W)

Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire, Conservative)
holding answer 1 February 2013

During 2011-12 the Ministry of Defence conducted Defence Engagement, including liaison and the provision of training, in Nigeria; Algeria; Libya; Sudan; South Sudan; Ethiopia; Somalia and Kenya. The cost to the Defence budget and to tri-departmental conflict pool funds of these activities for financial year 2011-12 is provided in the following table:

Nigeria 2,302,000
Algeria 18,000
Libya(1) 1,523,000
Sudan 1,638,000
South Sudan 629,000
Ethiopia 1,201,000
Somalia 246,000
Kenya(2) 323,000
£
(1) The figure provided for Libya excludes costs associated with Operation Ellamy which were met from the Treasury Reserve. (2) The figure provided for Kenya excludes conflict pool funding for the British Peace Support Team (East Africa) who conduct training activity throughout the East Africa region including Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, at a total annual cost of £4.5 million. Note: 1. The figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000, and exclude counter-terrorism related activity, due to its sensitive nature, and the costs of maintaining Defence attachés and advisers. 2. In addition, the figures provided do not take into account the costs of training by UK forces, principally the extensive training which takes place routinely in Kenya. Other miscellaneous expenditure, for example costs associated with senior visits or transit flights, is not collated centrally.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Parliamentary Answers – to 7th February 2013

  1. John Hartley

    Classic evasion on Maritime Patrol.
    The UK should hang its head in shame if we cannot get an RN ship to Australia in October for the centenial.

  2. mickp

    We should hang our heads in shame for both

    “These assets have other primary roles and conduct other tasking”

    In other words hardly ever available for MPA

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