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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

12 Jan 12. The Committees on Arms Export Controls. 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. Recently 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. The Chairman of the Committees, Sir John Stanley, said “The publication of the Committees on Arms Export Controls’ unclassified quarterly questions and the Government’s unclassified quarterly answers is an important step forward for transparency on arms export controls. I believe that both the Committees questions and the Government’s answers, where currently available, will be found to be illuminating.”
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 Commons Hansard Written Answers for Tuesday 10 Jan 2012

A400M Aircraft

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate hehas made of the cost to the public purse of the effect of changes in exchange rates on the cost of purchasing A400M aircraft.

Peter Luff: The multinational A400M design and production phase acquisition contract is priced in euros, so exchange rate variations will have a bearing on the cost, and the effect of any such change is dealt with as part of the planning round process. I am, however, withholding the precise figures as their disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice commercial interests of Airbus Military, and A400M Partner Nations, because it would disclose financial information about how much each country is paying for their individual aircraft and would therefore give information valuable to Airbus Military’s competitors.

Air Force: Ammunition

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether WE.177
munitions have been stored at (a) RAF Kinloss, (b) RAF Lossiemouth, (c) RAFLeuchars and (d) RAF Machrihanish.

Peter Luff: Due to the length of time that WE.177 munitions have been out of service, a search of archived records is required. I will write to the hon. Member when this search is complete.

Aircraft Carriers

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the current catapult and trap design for the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and the compatibility of the F-35C aircraft with its main 7.1 foot landing gear to arrestor hook distance.

Peter Luff: Our investigations into the conversion of the operational Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier are still ongoing, but it remains our intent that the catapult and arrestor gear equipment to be installed will be fully compatible with the more capable F-35C strike fighters.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what comparison he has made of the size of the traps planned for the (a) Queen Elizabeth class and (b) Gerald Ford class aircraft carriers.

Peter Luff: Our investigations into the conversion of the operational Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier are still ongoing, but at this stage, the arrangement and size of the arrestor gear system is the same as that used in the Gerald R. F

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