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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

House of Commons and House of Lords Hansard Written Answers

Question

Mr Kevan Jones

Labour

North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much money from the public purse has been spent on support costs for the (a) Husky, (b) Panther, (c) Foxhound, (d) Jackal, (e) Mastiff and (f) Ridgeback vehicles since 2010.

Answer

Jeremy Quin, Conservative, Horsham

Answered on

15 October 2020

Support costs, including for post design services, spares support and maintenance activity, for the last three financial years (FY) are provided in the following table. Records prior to that date are not held in a format that allows them to be easily retrieved and would incur disproportionate cost.

Platform FY17/18 £m (VAT Incl) FY18/19 £m (VAT Incl) FY19/20 £m (VAT Incl)

Husky    2.687   3.745  2.798

Panther  3.350   3.280  1.868

Foxhound 8.016  11.346  12.187

Jackal (also includes Coyote)

6.59    3.983   6.698

Cougar platform (Mastiff, Ridgeback, Wolfhound)

10.104    5.578   5.146

Total DE&S Support Spend

30.751   27.931   28.696

Notes:

(a) Support costs exclude those for provision of infrastructure and training.

(b) It is not possible to separate Cougar platform support costs (Mastiff, Ridgeback and Wolfhound) as there is a high degree of commonality between these vehicles and they have a single financial support line. Jackal and Coyote also share a single support line.

USA: RAF Croughton

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 907478, tabled on 13 October 2020

Stephen Timms

Labour

East Ham

What information the US Administration is required to provide to his Department on its activities at RAF Croughton.

Answer

Wendy Morton

Conservative

Aldridge-Brownhills

Answered on

13 October 2020

The US military stationed at RAF Croughton are covered by the Ministry of Defence and governed by the NATO Status of Forces Agreement and Visiting Forces Act. Under an arrangement reached in 1995 there is also an Annex of the US Embassy in London based at RAF Croughton. The US Embassy, including the Croughton Annex, is under the same obligations as any other diplomatic mission.

Under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations they must notify us of the appointment of members of the mission, their arrival and their final departure or the termination of their functions; and the arrival and final departure of members of their families. They must also notify us if someone becomes, or ceases to be, a member of such a family. These obligations apply as much to US Embassy staff at the Annex at RAF Croughton as they do in London.

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