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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

House of Commons and House of Lords Hansard Written Answers

Q

Asked by Jonathan Edwards

(Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)

Asked on: 25 June 2019

Ministry of Defence

Defence: Diversification

269029

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of creating a defence diversification agency to ensure the sustainability of the defence sector.

A

Answered by: Stuart Andrew

Answered on: 03 July 2019

The defence sector makes a significant contribution to the capability of our Armed Forces and supports hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs throughout the UK. Our refreshed Defence Industrial Policy, published in December 2017, sets out our commitment to encouraging a thriving and globally competitive UK defence sector as an integral part of the Government’s overall Industrial Strategy. This includes encouraging the wider application of our investment in research. Ploughshare Innovations Ltd was established specifically to support the responsible transfer of defence research into the civilian market. On 14 March 2019 we provided an update to Parliament on the Defence Prosperity Programme (HCWS1411); this programme includes a specific strand of work aimed at sustaining an internationally competitive and productive Defence sector for the UK.

Q

Asked by Lord Browne of Belmont

Asked on: 20 June 2019

Northern Ireland Office

Counter-terrorism: Northern Ireland

HL16535

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they have provided to date to address terrorism in Northern Ireland under the Defence and Security Review of 2015.

A

Answered by: Lord Duncan of Springbank

Answered on: 03 July 2019

Policing is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland and the PSNI’s main budget is allocated by the Department of Justice from the Northern Ireland block grant, through the Policing Board.

The UK Government has provided the PSNI with the additional security funding it has asked for and needs to ensure that they have the resource (including officers) to tackle the SEVERE threat from Northern Ireland related terrorism. This additional security funding boosts PSNI’s ability to tackle the terrorist threat while ensuring day-to-day policing isn’t compromised.

PSNI received £230m additional security funding in the last parliament, and £160m in this one. They have also received the £16.5m requested for this financial year to help manage pressures and contingencies arising from EU exit preparations.

Q

Asked by Jonathan Edwards

(Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)

Asked on: 26 June 2019

Ministry of Defence

Armed Forces: Cybercrime

269705

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of cyber security training in the armed forces.

A

Answered by: Mark Lancaster

Answered on: 03 July 2019

Cyber security is vital to defence and training our personnel is of paramount importance to us. The DefenceCyber School, which celebrated its first year anniversary in March this year, is a centre of excellence for cyber training established to meet the needs of defence and its partners, addressing all aspects of cyber training and education.

Since it’s opening, the Defence Cyber School has delivered over 4,000 days of training to personnel across its range of courses. Training has been wide ranging from practical networking taught to Junior and Senior Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs), cyber awareness to Senior NCOs, officers and strategic level cyber awareness to one-star masterclasses.

It is essential that we continue to operate effectively in the fast-moving and evolving digital world. The Defence Cyber School team, in an exciting step for the cyber community, are currently redesigning all their courses. The new courses being developed will form the Cyber Foundation Pathway, envisioned to give a baseline grounding for our Armed Forces in cyber roles in the Ministry of Defence and in time, for staff in cyber roles in wider Government.

Q

Asked by Andrew Rosindell

(Romford)

Asked on: 26 June 2019

Ministry of Defence

Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

269672

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps her Department is taking to minimise the time taken to dispose of retired nuclear submarines.

A

Answered by: Stuart Andrew

Answered on: 03 July 2019

An established programme of work is in place to dispose of our decommissioned nuclear submarines as soon as practicable. Good progress has been made and the initial phase of dismantling of the first submarine, SWIFTSURE, has been completed. Work continues on the removal of low level radioactive waste from the second boat, RESOLUTION. We expect to have a fully developed process for steady state disposal ready by 2026. In parallel, we continue to examine techniques and processes that can maximise the efficiency of this work.

Q

Asked by Mr Kevan Jones

(North Durham)

Asked on: 25 June 2019

Ministry of Defence

Defence: Modernisation

269007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timetable is for the publication of the DefenceTechnology Framework.

A

Answered by: Stuart Andrew

Answered on: 02 July 2019

The Ministry of Defence is planning to publish the Defence Technology Framework in 2019.

Q

Asked by Andrew Rosindell

(Romford)

Asked on: 26 June 2019

Ministry of Defence

Maritime Patrol Aircraft

269669

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Poseidon MRA Mk1 (P-8A) will be operational.

A

Answered by: Stuart Andrew

Answered on: 02 July 2019

The first UK Poseidon MRA Mk1 (P-8A) is scheduled to arrive in the UK in early 2020 and we expect to have reached initial operating capability during 2020.

Q

Asked by Mr Mark Francois

(Rayleigh and Wickford)

[N]

Asked on: 25 June 2019

Ministry of Defence

Future Large Aircraft

269009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 June to Question 266855 on Future Large Aircraft, what the cost to the public purse is of the anticipated work programme to improve the reliability of the A400M; what the planned length of time is for the completion of that programme; what the key features are of that programme; and whether that work programme will take place at RAF Brize Norton.

A

Answered by: Stuart Andrew

Answered on: 01 July 2019

There is no additional cost to the public purse of the work programme to improve the reliability of the A400M, which is funded by industry. This is planned to conclude by the third quarter of 2020 and will comprise work to upgrade the engines, gearboxes and the Bleed Air Leak Detection System. A separate package of work will provide an avionics update. The work is being undertaken both at RAF Brize Norton and Airbus facilities in Spain (Seville and Getafe).

Q

Asked by Mr Mark Francois

(Rayleigh and Wickford)

[N]

Asked on: 25 June 2019

Ministry of Defence

Warrior Armoured Vehicle

269010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether she has plans to cancel the Warrior Capability Upgrade Programme; and if she will make a statement.

A

Answered by: Stuart Andrew

Answered on: 01 July 2019

The capability the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme will deliver constitutes a crucial part of the Army’s planned modernised Armoured Infantry Brigade. There are no plans to cancel it.

Q

Asked by Mr Mark Francois

(Rayleigh and Wickford)

[N]

Asked on: 25 June 2019

Ministry of Defence

European Fighter Aircraft

269011

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Typhoon aircraft have been delivered to the RAF; and how many Typhoon aircraft on order are (a) Tranche 1, (b) Tranche 2 and (c) Tranche 3 aircraft.

A

Answered by: Stuart Andrew

Answered on: 01 July 2019

To date, the Royal Air Force has taken delivery of 156 Typhoon aircraft. There are four remaining aircraft on order, all of which are Tranche 3.

Q

Asked by Mr Mark Francois

(Rayleigh and Wickford)

[N]

Asked on: 25 June 2019

Ministry of Defence

Future Large Aircraft

269012

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what requirements for troops to parachute from the A400M were included in the original specification for that aircraft; whether the A400M has been cleared to deliver that capability; on how many occasions the A400M has delivered that capability; and what assessment she has made of potential technical issues that would prevent the parachuting of troops from the A400M.

A

Answered by: Stuart Andrew

Answered on: 01 July 2019

The original A400M specification included the requirements to dispatch troops via static line at low and high altitude and freefall from high altitude from both the rear parachute side doors and cargo ramp. Trials have demonstrated that A400M can safely dispatch parachutists via the cargo ramp and using a single side door. At this time that capability has not been used by the UK. Airbus have demonstrated a technical solution to the well-publicised technical challenges of dispatching parachutists simultaneously from both side doors, which is under-going evaluation through the ongoing contracted Airbus development programme.

 

 

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