22 Nov 11. The Committees on Arms Export Controls. Select Committee Announcement. CAEC 10/10-12 –22 November 2011. The Committees probe the Government further on the United Kingdom Strategic Export Controls Annual report 2010. The Committees on Arms Export Controls today published the attached letter and Annex of 19 October from the Chairman of the Committees, Sir John Stanley, to the Foreign Secretary. The letter asks the Foreign Secretary to answer a number of questions raised by the Committees relating to the Government’s report United Kingdom Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2010 (HC1402). The Committees are currently undertaking an inquiry which includes examination of the Government’s 2010 Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls. The inquiry is also examining the 2010 (and in part) 2011 Quarterly reports, the Government’s review of arms exports to North Africa and the Middle East, and wider arms control issues. (See Committees Press Notice (CAEC 09/10-12) of 9 September 2011 for more details regarding the inquiry).
House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for Friday 25 August 2011
Craig Whittaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) original budget, (b) projected final cost, (c) expected timescales for delivery, (d) primary contractor and (e) identity of additional consortium members are in relation to the Typhoon Future Capability Programme.
Peter Luff [holding answer 14 November 2011]: The original budget for the Typhoon Future Capability Programme was £449 million. The projected final cost is £458 million as at 31 March 2011. This increase is due to foreign exchange rate fluctuations. Both of these figures include the assessment, and demonstration and manufacture phases. The expected time scale for delivery, as set out in the 2011 Major Projects Review (in-service date) is June 2012. The primary contractor is the Eurofighter GmbH consortium, which comprises Alenia, BAE Systems and Cassidian.
Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2011, Official Report, columns 413-4W, on the Navy, when the announcement was made that HMS Trafalgar had been declared surplus; and what the status is of HMS Turbulent.
Peter Luff [holding answer 24 November 2011]:HMS Trafalgar was withdrawn from service on 31 December 2009 and is currently being decommissioned and prepared for storage afloat at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport prior to final disposal through the Submarine Dismantling Project. It is not normal practice to formally announce the decommissioning of Royal Navy submarines. HMS Turbulent is currently deployed on operations.
In my answer to the hon. Member on 10 November 2011, Official Report, columns 413-14W, I stated that HMS Triumph has been declared surplus. It has since been brought to my attention that this is not the case. I apologise for the error made and this answer corrects the Official Report.
Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assets with a value of £250,000 or more his Department has bought since May 2010; for what purpose; and if he will make a statement.
Peter Luff: A list detailing assets with a value of over £250,000 that the Ministry of Defence has bought since May 2010 will be placed in the Library of the House. We are not able to provide a purpose for each item without incurring disproportionate cost. Information on every item bought has not been listed for the purpose of safeguarding national security.
Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what contracts his Department has awarded for design services since May 2010; and what information his Department holds on the location of such companies;
(2) how much his Department has spent on design in respect of (a) logos, (b) buildings, (c) advertising, (d) stationery and (e) campaigns in the last year for which figures are