02 Jul 21. Chair Comment, Defence Sub-Committee. US Department of Defense report on sexual assault in the military a ‘step in the right direction.’
Chair of the Women in the Armed Forces Sub-Committee, Sarah Atherton MP, has responded to the US Department of Defense’s report “Hard Truths and the Duty to Change: Recommendations from the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military”.
The report can be found on the US Department of Defense website.: https://www.defense.gov/
Responding to the US Department of Defense’s report, Chair of the Sub-Committee on Women in the Armed Forces, Sarah Atherton MP, said:
“The US Independent Review Commission’s extensive report on sexual assault in the US Armed Forces demonstrates the sheer scale of this problem and the bold action needed to tackle it.
“It is important that the US is looking at these issues at the same time that we are looking at the female military experience, from recruitment through to veterans, in the UK; the world is waking up to the issue of sexual abuse in the military. This report, and the upcoming report from the House of Commons Sub-Committee on Women in the Armed Forces, is a step in the right direction, towards a world in which women do not face disproportionate challenges while serving their countries.”
House of Commons and House of Lords Hansard Written Answers
Nuclear Weapons: Expenditure
UIN 21809, tabled on 24 June 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on plans for a new replacement warhead (a) prior to his written statement of 25 February 2020 and (b) to date.
30 June 2021
As the replacement warhead is in its early preliminary phases it is too early at this stage to provide a cost estimate. I am however able to provide information relating to completed financial years. The Ministry of Defence spent £116 million up to the end of the financial year (2018-19). A total of £98 million was spent on the Replacement Warhead readiness phase over the subsequent two financial years (2019-20 and 2020-21).
LE TacCIS Programme: Contracts
UIN 21847, tabled on 24 June 2021
Mr Kevan Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the status is of contracts awarded for the Joint Common Remote Viewing Terminal.
2 July 2021
When the initial four year contract period was due to end (October 2020), an initial option to extend the contract with L3Harris to 2023 to continue to provide essential technical support was enacted. Subsequently, supply and repair activity migrated to the recently competed LE TacCIS Logistic Support Contract won by Babcock International Group. There is an option available within the initial (L3Harris) contract to further extend to October 2026 if required.