15 Dec 11. Military Casualties: Defence Committee Report. The Defence Committee published (15 Dec 11) a Report on The Armed Forces Covenant in Action? Part I: Military Casualties. The Report is divided between: Medical treatment and rehabilitation; Return to military service or civilian life; Support for former Service personnel and Relationship with the charitable sector. Volume I of the Report, together with formal minutes and evidence, is published as HC 762 for £23:00.
Comment: No one doubts that “excellent medical care” is being delivered to injured Service personnel, but the Report questions whether support for the injured will be sustainable over the long term. There remains a question mark over whether “the Government as a whole fully understands the likely future demands and related costs” of medical attention. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 12/01, 02 Jan 12)
21 Dec 11. The Committees on Arms Export Controls – Select Committee evidence. The Committees publish further information about arms export licences issued in January to March 2010. As part of its scrutiny of the Government’s Strategic Export Controls the Committees for Arms Export Controls analyse the information about arms export licences issued published quarterly by the Government. As part of their scrutiny the Committees submit additional questions to the Government. The Committees published their unclassified questions and the Government’s unclassified answers for the period January to March 2011. These are attached to this press notice. The Committees are also publishing their unclassified questions to the Government for the quarters July – September 2010 and October-December 2010. The Committees are still in discussion with the Government regarding publication of the Government’s answers to these questions. Attachments to the Press Notice:
* The Committees’ unclassified questions and the Government’s unclassified answers for the period January – March 2011
* The Committees’ unclassified questions for the period July – September 2010
* The Committees’ unclassified questions for the period October – December 2010
House of Lords Written Answers for Tuesday 20th December 2011
Asked by Lord Empey
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of research and development funding they are making available to the United Kingdom aerospace sector in the financial years (1) 2011-12, (2) 2012-13, and (3) 2013-14.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Wilcox): Government have committed over £47 million for Aerospace research and technology projects in 2011-12, In addition, there are already further commitments of £33 million in 2012-13 and £3.4 million in 2013-14. The Government are working with the sector through the joint Government/Industry Aerospace Growth Partnership to identify future research priorities. In addition, the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has identified between £3 million and £5 million in each of the three financial years to support aerospace Research and Development (R&D). The TSB will work closely with the industry and the Aerospace and Defence Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) to determine how those funds can be most effectively used to accelerate technology development and commercialisation. The sector can also benefit from other support provided by the TSB such as through the KTN and the recently launched High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre, as well as competitions in cross-cutting technology areas suitable for wide industrial application.
The Government also provide repayable loans in the form of launch investment to help fund the development of new aircraft programmes. The most recent of these have been to Airbus and GKN (for the development of the Airbus A350 XWB) and to Bombardier (for the CSeries). The total value of loans for these programmes is approximately £514 million.
House of Commons Hansard Written Answer