Ministry of Defence

We protect the security, independence and interests of our country at home and abroad. We work with our allies and partners whenever possible. Our aim is to ensure that the armed forces have the training, equipment and support necessary for their work, and that we keep within budget.



Secretary of State

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Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Scottish National Party
Angela Crawley (SNP - Lanark and Hamilton East)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence Procurement)
Martin Docherty-Hughes (SNP - West Dunbartonshire)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence Team Member)

Labour
John Healey (LAB - Wentworth and Dearne)
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Lord Coaker (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)

Scottish National Party
Stewart Malcolm McDonald (SNP - Glasgow South)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence)

Labour
Lord Tunnicliffe (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)

Liberal Democrat
Baroness Smith of Newnham (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence)

Plaid Cymru
Hywel Williams (PC - Arfon)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Defence)

Democratic Unionist Party
Gavin Robinson (DUP - Belfast East)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Defence)

Liberal Democrat
Jamie Stone (LDEM - Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence)
Lord Campbell of Pittenweem (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Defence)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Stephen Morgan (LAB - Portsmouth South)
Shadow Minister (Defence)
Chris Evans (LAB - Islwyn)
Shadow Minister (Defence)
Stephanie Peacock (LAB - Barnsley East)
Shadow Minister (Defence)
Ministers of State
Jeremy Quin (CON - Horsham)
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
Baroness Goldie (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
James Heappey (CON - Wells)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
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Monday 20th September 2021
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
20 Sep 2021, 2:30 p.m.
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Tuesday 21st September 2021
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Defence Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
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Debates
Thursday 16th September 2021
Select Committee Docs
Thursday 14th October 2021
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Call for Evidence
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Select Committee Inquiry
Thursday 9th September 2021
Withdrawal from Afghanistan

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Written Answers
Friday 17th September 2021
Armed Forces: Influenza
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on potential use of …
Secondary Legislation
Monday 15th March 2021
Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme (Amendment) Order 2021
This Order amends the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1983 (“the Scheme”), which makes provision for the payment of pensions and …
Bills
Tuesday 26th January 2021
Armed Forces Bill 2021-22
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Dept. Publications
Friday 17th September 2021
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Ministry of Defence Commons Appearances

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Bills currently before Parliament

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Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament

Introduced: 18th March 2020

A Bill to Make provision about legal proceedings and consideration of derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights in connection with operations of the armed forces outside the British Islands.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.

Ministry of Defence - Secondary Legislation

This Order amends the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1983 (“the Scheme”), which makes provision for the payment of pensions and allowances to, or in respect of, civilians who were killed or injured during the 1939-1945 World War.
This Order amends the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/517) (“the principal Order”), which provides for benefits to be payable to, or in respect of, a person by reason of injury, illness or death caused wholly or partly by service in the regular or reserve armed forces.
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Departmental Select Committee

Defence Committee

Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Defence Committee
Tobias Ellwood Portrait
Tobias Ellwood (Conservative - Bournemouth East)
Defence Committee Chair since 29th January 2020
John Spellar Portrait
John Spellar (Labour - Warley)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Gavin Robinson Portrait
Gavin Robinson (Democratic Unionist Party - Belfast East)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Emma Lewell-Buck Portrait
Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour - South Shields)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mark Francois Portrait
Mark Francois (Conservative - Rayleigh and Wickford)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Richard Drax Portrait
Richard Drax (Conservative - South Dorset)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Martin Docherty-Hughes Portrait
Martin Docherty-Hughes (Scottish National Party - West Dunbartonshire)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Sarah Atherton Portrait
Sarah Atherton (Conservative - Wrexham)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Stuart Anderson Portrait
Stuart Anderson (Conservative - Wolverhampton South West)
Defence Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Derek Twigg Portrait
Derek Twigg (Labour - Halton)
Defence Committee Member since 11th May 2020
Kevan Jones Portrait
Kevan Jones (Labour - North Durham)
Defence Committee Member since 11th May 2020
Defence Committee: Upcoming Events
Defence Committee - Oral evidence
The Navy: purpose and procurement
21 Sep 2021, 8:45 a.m.
At 9.00am: Oral evidence
Christopher Pyne, Former Australian Minister of Defence
Professor Tetsuo Kotani - Professor at Meikai University, and Senior Fellow at The Japan Institute of International Affairs

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department

13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the 2021 annual report produced by the Reserve Forces External Scrutiny Team; and if he will place a copy of that report in the Library.

We are very grateful to the External Scrutiny Team for their work. The Ministry of Defence will place their 2021 report in the Library of the House in the next few weeks.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of allegations that drones from Pakistan have been used in the recent fighting in the Panjshir valley.

We continue to monitor the security situation in Afghanistan very carefully. The UK remains committed to working closely with partners in the region to promote stability and secure the best possible outcomes for Afghanistan and its people.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of the Afghan nationals who supported the British armed forces during the conflict and requested to be relocated have now been supported in leaving Afghanistan.

Under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP), around 7,000 Afghans who worked in support of the UK defence and security mission were found eligible and relocated to the UK. This is the vast majority of those found eligible for the scheme prior to OP PITTING.

Regrettably, 311 eligible ARAP applicants were not evacuated from Afghanistan as part of Operation PITTING, however 46 of these individuals have since made their way to a third country or the UK by other means.

The ARAP scheme remains open and we continue to receive and assess applications. From the conclusion of Operation PITTING on 28 August up to 14 August, a further 40 Afghan nationals have been found eligible for the scheme. All those eligible for the scheme will be supported to come to the UK.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated total cost is of the new trials which have recommenced at Millbrook on the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle; and from which Top Level Budget the funding for those trials will come.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the answer I gave on 10 September to question 44327 to the Hon. Member for Islwyn (Mr Evans).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to expand the role of the Veterans Advisory and Pension Committees.

We are currently working with the Veterans Advisory and Pension Committees (VAPCs) to ensure they can continue to make veterans' voices heard within Government, and support both the Ministry of Defence and the Office for Veterans' Affairs as we improve veterans' services and deliver on the Strategy for Our Veterans. This may include, in agreement with the VAPCs, some additional activities over and above their existing statutory functions. We will have an update on this in due course.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether those who apply to the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy scheme receive a receipt or acknowledgment of their application; and what is the timeframe for processing applications following the completion of security checks.

All applicants to the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) are directed to a confirmation screen on completion of the application form, with the option to print or save this as record of their submission.

In the latter stages of Op PITTING and subsequently we have received a very large number of applications, including 12,000 since the end of the operation. The time taken to process applications varies enormously, in particular based on the amount of information the applicant provides. Security checks are principally a Home Office requirement and are conducted once eligibility in principle has been established.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Royal Air Force Regiment was not deployed to support the evacuation operation in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defence deploys the appropriate unit to each operation dependent on a number of factors. These include readiness, capability and the required task, as well taking into account current commitments. Consequently, elements from the RAF Regiment were deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation PITTING.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September 2021 to Question 43388, how many Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy applications were received up to the period 1 to 31 August 2021; and how many of those applications were subsequently rejected.

From the start of the scheme in April to 31 August 2021, 60,000 applications for relocation to the UK under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) were received.

Approximately 52,350 were rejected, either at the initial triage or following detailed casework.

Of the total applications received during this period, 6,800 are still being processed by a casework team. In many cases, more information has been requested so that the most appropriate eligibility decision is made.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to provide support to families in Afghanistan who followed instructions to go to Kabul Airport for military evacuation but were unable to enter the Airport before the evacuation ended.

The MOD is doing everything it possibly can for those called forward but not evacuated under the ARAP scheme. We are in contact with the majority of them and are continuing to press the Taliban for their safe passage. Some may decide to make their way to third countries – we will provide whatever support we can with their journey. We have arrangements in place for their welfare in third countries and their subsequent journey on to the UK.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had discussions with Cabinet colleagues on potential use of the armed forces to transport seasonal flu vaccines in the event that the shortage of HGV drivers continues.

The Armed Forces provide support to the civil authorities where a situation goes beyond the capacity and/or capability of local authorities and other agencies, through a process known as Military Aid Civil Authorities (MACA) process. The Secretary of State for Defence has had discussions with Cabinet Colleagues around Defence’s role in winter resilience, however, at present, there has been no MACA requests for the Armed Forces to transport seasonal flu vaccines in the event that the shortage of HGV drivers continues.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he last met Ministers in the Welsh Government.

My noble. Friend Baroness Goldie is the Defence Minister with responsibility for engagement with the devolved nations. Baroness Goldie last met with Ministers in the Welsh Government on 23 March 2021 and will be meeting them again later this year. Additionally, the Minister for Defence People and Veterans met with the Welsh Deputy Minister for Social Partnership, Hannah Blythyn, on 6 July 2021, and 27 April 2020. I will be meeting with the Ministers in the Welsh Government in October this year.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
9th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Prime Minister's oral contribution on 8 July 2021, Official Report, column 1107, what the evidential basis was for the statement that there was no military path to victory for the Taliban.

The Government made a range of assessments of the military strength and capabilities of the Taliban and the likely speed and success of their efforts to regain control over Afghanistan. However, none suggested that the Taliban assume power through military force alone. As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said during the debate, the Taliban will be aware that there must be 'a peaceful and a negotiated settlement for the political crisis' as well.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the vessel design of the new Royal Yacht will be required to reflect Britannia’s style and appointment.

The National Flagship is not a direct replacement for HMY Britannia and will not therefore be a Royal Yacht. The design criteria against which bids will be assessed will be communicated to bidders in due course as part of the Design competition tender documentation. A wide pool of designers are being taken forward to this next stage of the competition. It would be inappropriate to place this information in the public domain ahead of its disclosure as part of the commercial process. As the National Flagship, the design of the ship must encompass innovative proposals which incorporate the most up to date and sustainable technology, reflecting the UK’s status as an independent trading nation and showcasing the best of what Britain has to offer.

It is the intention of the Government that the National Flagship will be built in the UK to help contribute to the renaissance in the British shipbuilding industry.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the construction of the new Royal Yacht will be completed at a British shipyard by a British firm.

The National Flagship is not a direct replacement for HMY Britannia and will not therefore be a Royal Yacht. The design criteria against which bids will be assessed will be communicated to bidders in due course as part of the Design competition tender documentation. A wide pool of designers are being taken forward to this next stage of the competition. It would be inappropriate to place this information in the public domain ahead of its disclosure as part of the commercial process. As the National Flagship, the design of the ship must encompass innovative proposals which incorporate the most up to date and sustainable technology, reflecting the UK’s status as an independent trading nation and showcasing the best of what Britain has to offer.

It is the intention of the Government that the National Flagship will be built in the UK to help contribute to the renaissance in the British shipbuilding industry.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department will take to prioritise design as a criterion in the tender process for the construction of the new Royal Yacht.

The National Flagship is not a direct replacement for HMY Britannia and will not therefore be a Royal Yacht. The design criteria against which bids will be assessed will be communicated to bidders in due course as part of the Design competition tender documentation. A wide pool of designers are being taken forward to this next stage of the competition. It would be inappropriate to place this information in the public domain ahead of its disclosure as part of the commercial process. As the National Flagship, the design of the ship must encompass innovative proposals which incorporate the most up to date and sustainable technology, reflecting the UK’s status as an independent trading nation and showcasing the best of what Britain has to offer.

It is the intention of the Government that the National Flagship will be built in the UK to help contribute to the renaissance in the British shipbuilding industry.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to have the new Royal Yacht manned by the Royal Navy.

The National Flagship is not a direct replacement for HMY Britannia and therefore, will not be a Royal Yacht. The National Flagship will be crewed by the Royal Navy and is expected to be in service for around 30 years.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria his Department is using to assess applicants for the tendering process for design phase one of the planned new Royal Yacht.

The National Flagship is not a direct replacement for HMY Britannia and will not therefore be a Royal Yacht. The design criteria against which bids will be assessed will be communicated to bidders in due course as part of the Design competition tender documentation. A wide pool of designers are being taken forward to this next stage of the competition. It would be inappropriate to place this information in the public domain ahead of its disclosure as part of the commercial process. As the National Flagship, the design of the ship must encompass innovative proposals which incorporate the most up to date and sustainable technology, reflecting the UK’s status as an independent trading nation and showcasing the best of what Britain has to offer.

It is the intention of the Government that the National Flagship will be built in the UK to help contribute to the renaissance in the British shipbuilding industry.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a date has been set for the next court hearing for the IMS-Modsaf arbitration.

We have not received a further hearing date from the court in respect of this dispute.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date responsibility for the day-to-day activities of IMS Ltd was transferred to his Department, as stated in its 2019-20 company accounts.

Day-to-day activity of IMS Ltd has been overseen by permanent Defence officials since they were appointed to the Board of Directors the 4 of September 2020.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date his Department provided IMS Ltd with formal notice of the reporting requirements and regulations as a designated Arms Length Body of the Government.

IMS Ltd is fully aware of the reporting requirements and regulations associated with its status as an Arms Length Body. These are reviewed and considered through regular dialogue between the company and relevant Defence officials.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to release property from his Department's estate to house refugees from Afghanistan.

The whole of government is rightly focused on delivering the best start to life in the UK for individuals who have supported the UK over the last 20 years of operations in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence is particularly committed to actively supporting the integration of Afghan nationals who have supported Defence wherever we can.

The Ministry of Defence has already offered Local Authorities the opportunity to lease up to one hundred units of Service Family Accommodation to house Afghan evacuees across the United Kingdom. Whilst the provision of accommodation is clearly a crucial part of the resettlement programme, of equal importance is ensuring that Local Authorities have the capacity to provide the right level of access to health and education provision to ensure the integration of Afghan evacuees.

The Ministry of Defence continues to work closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government, and the Home Office support on a cross-Government efforts to identify where we can best support this endeavour. This includes the provision of additional Defence accommodation where appropriate to do so.

Before a decision is made on the provision of additional Defence accommodation, we continue to work with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to assess the impact allocating additional houses to Afghan families would have on our ability to support Service families who are eligible but not currently entitled to occupy surplus Service Families Accommodation.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to prepare properties or repurpose accommodation on his Department's estate to ensure it is fit for habitation by refugees from Afghanistan.

The whole of government is rightly focused on delivering the best start to life in the UK for individuals who have supported the UK over the last 20 years of operations in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence is particularly committed to actively supporting the integration of Afghan nationals who have supported Defence wherever we can.

The Ministry of Defence has already offered Local Authorities the opportunity to lease up to one hundred units of Service Family Accommodation to house Afghan evacuees across the United Kingdom. Whilst the provision of accommodation is clearly a crucial part of the resettlement programme, of equal importance is ensuring that Local Authorities have the capacity to provide the right level of access to health and education provision to ensure the integration of Afghan evacuees.

The Ministry of Defence continues to work closely with the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government, and the Home Office support on a cross-Government efforts to identify where we can best support this endeavour. This includes the provision of additional Defence accommodation where appropriate to do so.

Before a decision is made on the provision of additional Defence accommodation, we continue to work with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to assess the impact allocating additional houses to Afghan families would have on our ability to support Service families who are eligible but not currently entitled to occupy surplus Service Families Accommodation.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have qualified for relocation under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme up to 8 September 2021.

The Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) has been one of the most generous in the world, under which approximately 7,000 Afghan nationals who supported the UK Government in Afghanistan have been relocated to the UK since April 2021.

Prior to 8 September, approximately 1,700 individual cases have been approved under the ARAP scheme. That scheme is not time-limited and will endure. As we continue to receive and assess applications we expect to identify more Afghan nationals who are eligible for relocation under ARAP.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to increase Armed Forces Compensation Scheme tariffs for back injuries.

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme tariff levels are under constant review by the Department to ensure that they remain fair and fit for purpose. As part of this process, the Independent Medical Expert Group provides impartial, evidence-based, medical and scientific advice and recommendations on these issues.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 September 2021 to Question 40676 on Ammunition, what the last safe year of use is for those batches of 30mm ammunition.

The current service life expiry date for each type of ammunition is shown below:

Type of 30mm ammunition

Year of last Purchase

Latest Service Life Expiry Date

Practice

2019

1 Nov 2024

Reduced Range Practice

2014

1 Dec 2021

High Explosive Tracer

2011

1 Jun 2021

Armour Piercing

1991

1 May 2021

As is normal practise for most higher value General Munitions, an assessment process, considering both safety and performance, is ongoing to extend the service life.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
6th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have made available to individuals approved for the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy scheme; and when they anticipate those individuals can be relocated from Afghanistan to the UK.

The Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) for those who worked with the UK in Afghanistan is not time-limited and will endure. We are now looking at all possible avenues to facilitate relocation, from third countries if possible, for those eligible.

To anyone to whom we have made commitments - and who is currently in Afghanistan - we are working urgently with our friends in the region to secure safe passage. As soon as routes are available we will do everything possible to help these eligible individuals to reach safety.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Ministerial statement on Ajax Armoured Vehicle Procurement on Thursday 9 September, what estimate he has made of the total estimated export market for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle; and when he expects the first export sales to be achieved.

Preliminary Market Analysis is being carried out to identify the possible export markets for Ajax, their value to the UK and the likely timescales. Clearly successful exports are dependent on the outstanding issues being resolved.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2021 to Question 40635 on BOWMAN Combat Radio System, which units have (a) tested and (b) accepted BCIP 5.6.

BCIP 5.6 has already been tested and accepted into service. It has been fielded to all units, including those deployed on operations, who are equipped with BCIP. Full Operational Capability was formally declared in December 2020.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 September 2021 to Question 40637 on BOWMAN Combat Radio System, what the forecast RDEL (run cost) is to maintain BCIP 5.6 until its out of service date.

The Ministry of Defence is not able to release financial information regarding forecasted RDEL (run cost) to maintain BCIP 5.6 until its out of service date, as this would prejudice our ability to conduct future negotiations with Industry in order to deliver best value for money.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the ammunition for the CT40 cannon will be manufactured.

The ammunition for the CT40 cannon is manufactured at the BAE Systems Glascoed site in South Wales.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of a single round of 40mm armoured piercing ammunition for the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 6 September to question 40704.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the qualification criteria for the Operational Service Medal (Afghanistan) to ensure that service personnel deployed to theatre during Operation Pitting qualify.

Medallic recognition for the evacuation in Afghanistan will be considered in due course. The current qualifying length of service is 30 days and any decision to change that will take lengthy consideration.

Medals or awards for individual acts of bravery or leadership are separate to the length of deployment criteria and are therefore considered based on a citation by citation basis.

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Military Aid to the Civil Authorities requests have been received for assistance on operations in the English Channel in the last 12 months.

Defence has collaborated with the Home Office on countering illegal migration issues in the English Channel for over a year. Defence has provided a range of support including the provision of surveillance, planning expertise, and assisting in the delivery of trials of novel tactics which could help the Border Force and Home Office better interdict and deter migrant vessels. This has currently amounted to four requests under the mechanism of Military Aid to the Civilian Authority during 2021.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the cost of a single round of 30mm armoured piercing ammunition used by the Warrior Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

The last occasion the Ministry of Defence acquired such 30mm ammunition was in the early 1990's. I will write to my Rt Hon. Friend with further details and place a copy of the letter in the Library of the House.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Defence Procurement of 9 September 2021, Official report, column 485, whether he plans to publish the programmatic review of the Ajax programme.

I refer the Rt Hon. Member to the answer I gave on 8 June 2021 to Question 8558 to the Rt Hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the latest Type 23 frigate to leave Royal Naval service was first advertised for potential sale on the Defence Equipment Sales Authority website.

The Type 23 frigate was first advertised for potential sale through the Defence Equipment Sales Authority on the Gov.UK website in their online brochure published on 6 September 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to tackle potential supply chain delays and disruptions to defence supply chains as a result of the (a) covid-19 outbreak and (b) UK's departure from the EU.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) takes the health and resilience of its supply chains very seriously and we always work with suppliers to understand and take action on any threats that could result in their disruption. The initiatives that are in place include an extensive MOD-wide Supply Chain Resilience and Risk Programme, which aims to map our most critical supply chains to ensure that any potential impact on the delivery of Defence outputs is minimised.

The MOD is also active in the pan-government Global Supply Chains initiative to review those critical supply chains so that vulnerabilities can be assessed, and mitigations considered. In addition, we have worked closely together with industry at all levels and maintained an open dialogue, to identify and put in place the measures needed to protect the supply chains of our key programmes, and to maintain the resilience of the UK's industrial and technology base.

Throughout the COVID crisis the MOD supported the Defence sector with increased government financial assistance including the Cabinet Office led initiative to support strategically important suppliers and the use of payments to maintain business continuity (commonly known as interim payments).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Defence Procurement of 9 September 2021, Official report, column 485, whether Ajax crews will only be permitted to engage enemy targets in battle with single round bursts of 40mm ammunition.

The vehicle is capable of firing a single round or burst engagement and it will be the decision of the vehicle commander at the time, which engagement is most appropriate for the tactical situation.

This capability provides us with enhanced resilience to meet future threats as armour and defence suites evolve.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the armed forces personnel injured during the trials of the Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicle programme will be entitled to compensation under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) is a no-fault scheme which provides benefit for injury, illness or death caused wholly or predominantly by service on or after 6 April 2005. Personnel who have sustained injuries or illness whilst participating in the Armed Forces activities can make a claim under the scheme. Any award made is then offset by any successful common law damages settlement or vice versa to ensure there is no double recovery of compensation.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much public money has been spent on the tendering process of the Fleet Solid Support Ship contract.

Competitive Procurement Phase contracts have now been awarded to four consortia, all including UK companies, to mature their design proposals. The contracts are initially worth around £5 million each.

The majority of the remaining cost to the public purse for the tendering process for the Fleet Solid Support Ships is attributable to the personnel employed in the process, these are primarily existing Defence staff. The department is also supported by legal and professional services.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Sandown Class minehunters were first advertised for potential sale on the Defence Equipment Sales Authority website.

The Sandown Class Minehunters were first advertised for potential sale on the GOV.UK website in their online brochure published on 6 September 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what is the cost of a Charm 3 round of 120mm armoured piercing ammunition used by the Challenger 2 Main battle Tank.

The Charm 3 120mm armoured piercing ammunition used by the Challenger 2 Main battle Tank has not been manufactured since 2001. An estimated cost per round (Armour Piercing shot with necessary Propelling Charge and initiating TVE charge), based on latest prices, is approximately £2,762.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the media buying brief for the 2021 army recruitment campaign, Fail. Learn. Win.

The Media Buying Brief for the 2021 Army recruitment campaign, "Fail. Learn. Win" will be placed in the Library of the House shortly. It is currently being reviewed for any commercial sensitivities.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the media buying brief for the 2021 A Soldier is a Soldier army recruitment campaign.

The Media Buying Brief for the 2021 Army recruitment campaign, "A Soldier is a Soldier" will be placed in the Library of the House shortly. It is currently being reviewed for any commercial sensitivities.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the army to provide drivers to help deliver urgent (1) medical devices, and (2) medicines, across the country as a result of the shortage of lorry drivers.

Defence has not been asked to provide logistical support to the Department for Health and Social Care or National Health Service this winter. The Armed Forces can provide support to the civil authorities at their request where a situation goes beyond the capacity and/or capability of local authorities and other agencies under the Military Aid to Civil Authorities process

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who the Senior Responsible Owner for the Le Tacsis programme is; and whether that person is employed (a) part-time or (b) full-time on Le Tacsis.

The Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for the LE TacCIS programme is currently Major General Jonathan Cole. He combines his duties as SRO on LE TacCIS with being the Army’s Chief information officer.

The SRO is supported by a dedicated Programme Director and programme team and, where appropriate, industry.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the out of service date is for the Bowman tactical communications system.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave on 8 September 2021 to Question 40637 to right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Kevan Jones).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
9th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghans, eligible under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy, have been evacuated to the UK since 28 August 2021.

Since the conclusion of Operation PITTING on 28 August no further evacuation flights have been conducted, however we are aware that some individuals who are eligible for relocation under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) have left the country by their own means.

The ARAP scheme is not time-limited and remains open to all current and former Locally Employed Staff (LES) who worked for the UK Government in Afghanistan. We are working to facilitate the continued relocation of ARAP eligible individuals and their dependants, from third countries if possible. To date, two individuals have been relocated to the UK. We will continue to do all we can to support those Afghans who have supported us, and we are clear that the Taliban must ensure safe passage for these people out of Afghanistan.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the location is of each of the 12 remaining Type 23 frigates in the Royal Navy.

As of 14 September 2021, HMS IRON DUKE, HMS SOMERSET, HMS SUTHERLAND and HMS ST ALBANS are in upkeep/refit at Devonport Royal Dockyard.

HMS RICHMOND and HMS KENT are supporting Carrier Strike Group 2021 in the Far East.

HMS MONTROSE is forward deployed to the Middle East.

The remaining five Type 23 Frigates (HMS ARGYLL, HMS LANCASTER, HMS NORTHUMBERLAND, HMS PORTLAND and HMS WESTMINSTER) are located in UK waters or the North Atlantic and are available for operations. Of these, HMS ARGYLL is supporting Defence at Security Equipment International (DSEI) in London.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)