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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Grant Shapps
Secretary of State for Defence

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

Labour
John Healey (Lab - Wentworth and Dearne)
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

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

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

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

Labour
Lord Coaker (Lab - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)

Liberal Democrat
Richard Foord (LD - Tiverton and Honiton)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence)
Baroness Smith of Newnham (LD - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Defence)

Scottish National Party
Martin Docherty-Hughes (SNP - West Dunbartonshire)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence)

Labour
Baroness Anderson of Stoke-on-Trent (Lab - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Luke Pollard (Lab - Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Shadow Minister (Defence)
Maria Eagle (Lab - Garston and Halewood)
Shadow Minister (Defence)
Steve McCabe (Lab - Birmingham, Selly Oak)
Shadow Minister (Defence)
Ministers of State
James Cartlidge (Con - South Suffolk)
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
Earl of Minto (Con - Excepted Hereditary)
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
Leo Docherty (Con - Aldershot)
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Andrew Murrison (Con - South West Wiltshire)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
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Tuesday 23rd April 2024
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Defence Committee - Private Meeting - Select & Joint Committees
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Tuesday 30th April 2024
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Tuesday 7th May 2024
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Debates
Tuesday 26th March 2024
Wider Service Medal
Written Statements
Select Committee Docs
Tuesday 26th March 2024
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Select Committee Inquiry
Thursday 21st September 2023
Women in the Armed Forces: Follow-Up

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Written Answers
Friday 12th April 2024
Defence: Expenditure
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Secondary Legislation
Thursday 14th March 2024
Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme (Amendment) Order 2024
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Bills
Tuesday 26th January 2021
Armed Forces Act 2021
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Dept. Publications
Saturday 13th April 2024
23:59
UK Military Activity in the Middle East
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Ministry of Defence Commons Appearances

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Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Mar. 25
Oral Questions
Feb. 05
Topical Questions
Mar. 11
Urgent Questions
Mar. 26
Written Statements
Dec. 19
Westminster Hall
Mar. 18
Adjournment Debate
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Bills currently before Parliament

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Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament

Introduced: 26th January 2021

A Bill to continue the Armed Forces Act 2006; to amend that Act and other enactments relating to the armed forces; to make provision about service in the reserve forces; to make provision about pardons for certain abolished service offences; to make provision about war pensions; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 15th December 2021 and was enacted into law.

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 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.

Ministry of Defence - Secondary Legislation

This Order amends the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/527) (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.
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.
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closed 2 years, 2 months ago

We are demanding that the government treats Gurkhas fairly and pays them the same pension as other British veterans of the same rank and service. Many Gurkhas joined the Queen’s Gurkha Army believing their pension would sustain them and their families but sadly this has not been the case.

There is no excuse for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to continue to effectively fund the slaughter of bears for ceremonial headgear since an indistinguishable alternative has been produced, which is waterproof, and mimics real bear fur in appearance and performance.

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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
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
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
Sarah Atherton Portrait
Sarah Atherton (Conservative - Wrexham)
Defence Committee Member since 8th November 2022
Martin Docherty-Hughes Portrait
Martin Docherty-Hughes (Scottish National Party - West Dunbartonshire)
Defence Committee Member since 12th September 2023
Jesse Norman Portrait
Jesse Norman (Conservative - Hereford and South Herefordshire)
Defence Committee Member since 11th December 2023
Jeremy Quin Portrait
Jeremy Quin (Conservative - Horsham)
Defence Committee Member since 17th January 2024
Defence Committee: Upcoming Events
Defence Committee - Private Meeting
23 Apr 2024, 10 a.m.
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30 Apr 2024, 10 a.m.
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7 May 2024, 2 p.m.
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14 May 2024, 10 a.m.
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21 May 2024, 10 a.m.
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4 Jun 2024, 10 a.m.
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11 Jun 2024, 10 a.m.
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Defence Committee: Previous Inquiries
The Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review The Security of 5G SDSR 2015 and the Army inquiry Russia: implications for UK defence and security inquiry Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2015–16 inquiry BBC Monitoring inquiry Defence Acquisition and Procurement inquiry Awards for Valour (Protection) Bill inquiry Naval Procurement: Type 26 and Type 45 inquiry NATO Warsaw summit and Chilcot Report Work of the Department 2017 inquiry F-35 Procurement inquiry North Korea inquiry Indispensable allies: US, NATO and UK Defence relations inquiry Defence Acquisition and Procurement inquiry Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17 inquiry Locally Employed Civilians inquiry The effects of BAE restructuring on UK Defence inquiry National Security Capability Review inquiry The Royal Marines and UK amphibious capability inquiry The Government’s Brexit position paper: Foreign policy, defence and development: a future partnership paper inquiry Military exercises and the duty of care: follow up inquiry Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2016 inquiry UK National Shipbuilding Strategy inquiry The indispensable ally? US, NATO and UK Defence relations inquiry Locally employed interpreters inquiry Trident missile testing inquiry Investigations into fatalities involving British military personnel inquiry SDSR 2015 and the RAF inquiry Defence industrial policy: procurement and prosperity inquiry Military Exercises and the Duty of Care: Further Follow-Up inquiry Evidence from the new Defence Secretary inquiry UK Defence and the Strait of Hormuz inquiry Ministry of Defence Annual Reports and Accounts 2018-19 inquiry Procurement Update inquiry Domestic Threat of Drones inquiry UK Defence and the Far East inquiry Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2018 inquiry Work of the Service Complaints Ombudsman inquiry UK Response to Hybrid Threats inquiry INF Treaty withdrawal inquiry Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18 inquiry Departmental Priorities – Post-NATO Summit inquiry Work of Defence Equipment and Support inquiry Work of the Chief of Defence Staff inquiry Mental Health and the Armed Forces, Part Two: The Provision of Care inquiry Future anti-ship missile system inquiry Statute of limitations – veterans protection inquiry UK Military Operations in Mosul and Raqqa inquiry Mechanised Infantry Vehicle Procurement inquiry Modernising Defence Programme inquiry Departmental priorities inquiry Armed forces and veterans mental health inquiry Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2017 inquiry Global Islamist Terrorism inquiry MoD Annual Report and Accounts 2012-13 Work of the Chief of the Defence Staff MoD Supplementary Estimates 2012-13 Operations in Afghanistan Strategic Defence and Security Review & the National Security Strategy The Armed Forces Covenant in Action? Part 1: Military Casualties Operations in Libya Developing Threats to Electronic Infrastructure The Armed Forces Covenant in Action? Part 2: Accommodation Defence Implications of Possible Scottish Independence Impact on UK Defence of the proposed merger of BAE systems and EADS MoD Main Estimates 2013-14 Towards the next Defence and Security Review: Part One Armed Forces Covenant in Action? Educating Service Personnel Children Armed Forces Covenant in Action? Part 4: Service Personnel Education Defence Acquisition Defence and cyber-security UK Armed Forces Personnel and Legal Framework for Future Operations Future Army 2020 Future Maritime Surveillance Lariam inquiry Publication of the SDSR UK military operations in Syria and Iraq inquiry Shifting the Goalposts? Defence Expenditure and the 2% pledge Flexible Response? An SDSR checklist of potential threats Towards the next defence and security review: Part Three Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2013-14 The situation in Iraq and Syria Decision-making in Defence Policy Future Force 2020 Armed Forces (Services Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill MoD Main Estimates 2014-15 Inquiry Defence Growth Partnership Ministry of Defence Mid Year Report Towards the next Defence and Security Review: Part Two: NATO Afghanistan - Camp Bastion Attack Defence Materiel Strategy Afghanistan The Armed Forces Covenant in Action Part 5: Military Casualties Pre-appointment hearing: Service Complaints Commissioner Defence contribution to the UK’s pandemic response Progress in delivering the British Army’s armoured vehicle capability Foreign Involvement in the Defence Supply Chain The Integrated Review – Threats, Capabilities and Concepts Defence and Climate Change National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh Armed Forces Readiness Future Aviation Capabilities Defence in the Grey Zone Women in the Armed Forces: Follow-Up NATO, US and UK Defence Relations National security and investment Beyond endurance? Military exercises and the duty of care Defence in the Arctic MoD support for former and serving personnel subject to judicial processes Defence in the Arctic (Sub-Committee) Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report 2018 Defence industrial policy: procurement and prosperity Departmental Priorities – Post-NATO Summit Domestic Threat of Drones Evidence from the new Defence Secretary Global Islamist Terrorism INF Treaty withdrawal UK Military Operations in Mosul and Raqqa Future anti-ship missile system Statute of limitations – veterans protection Mental Health and the Armed Forces, Part Two: The Provision of Care Work of Defence Equipment and Support Ministry of Defence Annual Reports and Accounts 2018-19 European Defence Industrial Development Programme Modernising Defence Programme Military Exercises and the Duty of Care: Further Follow-Up Procurement Update Work of the Service Complaints Ombudsman UK Defence and the Far East UK Defence and the Strait of Hormuz UK Response to Hybrid Threats Work of the Chief of Defence Staff

50 most recent Written Questions

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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

26th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how much they have spent on defence as a share of gross domestic product in each year since 2010.

NATO’s published figures for UK defence spending as a percentage of GDP spend since 2010 are below.

Year

Share of gdp

2010

2.47

2011

2.38

2012

2.16

2013

2.24

2014

2.14

2015

2.03

2016

2.09

2017

2.08

2018

2.10

2019

2.08

2020

2.35

2021

2.29

2022

2.29

2023

2.28

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
26th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by The Earl of Minto on 18 March (HL2986), who represents the UK on the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives and how they were chosen.

The Human Security policy team in the Ministry of Defence are the policy owners and experts on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) in Defence. They provide one civilian or active duty representative for the UK at the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives (NCGP). This representative regularly attends NCGP meetings and has supported the revision of NATO’s updated WPS Policy (due to be published in 2024), and the revision of roles and relationships between the NCGP and the NATO Military Committee. UK representation in the NCGP will continue to be provided by the Ministry of Defence.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
26th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what action they propose to take to reduce the approximately 71 per cent of candidates who drop out of the application process for the Armed Forces, and whether the primary cause of such drop outs is the slow process of recruitment.

Recruitment and retention are absolute priorities and we have introduced a range of measures to respond to the current recruitment challenge, which is affecting many other militaries across the world. While it does take time to recruit the right people to our Armed Forces, we have sped up Army recruitment by 9% in the last year, and the majority of regular soldiers join in less than 140 days. There are a multitude of factors which impact on a candidate’s engagement with Armed Forces recruiting systems, and we are actively seeking to address these within our measures.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual budget for the Fires, Infrastructure, and Manoeuvre Support Team at Defence Equipment and Support is for (a) 2023-24, (b) 2024-25 and (c) 2025-26.

The figures presented in this table represent the projected annual operating expenditure budget and forecast costs for the Fires, Infrastructure, and Manoeuvre Support (FIMS) delivery team at Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S).

The FIMS delivery team forecast equipment costs by financial year is as follows:

Financial Year

Contract Spend £M

FY23/24

251.75

FY24/25

420.64

FY25/26

464.49

The FIMS delivery team forecast operating costs by financial year is as follows:

Financial year

Total spend £M

FY23/24

22.14

Notes:

  • It should be noted that the annual operating costs budget for 2024-25 and beyond is not available.
  • Due to the Operating Model work currently underway in DE&S, the current team structure is likely to change significantly, and we anticipate that the way that budgets are apportioned will also change.
James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected annual budget is for the Future and Common Support Services Team in (a) 2023-24, (b) 2024-25 and (c) 2025-26.

The Future and Common Support Services delivery team was established in February 2022 and its primary function is to undertake concept phase work. It does not currently incur capital expenditure on equipment or services, nor does it plan to in 2025-26. In 2023-24, FCSS also managed a small technical demonstration programme, whose budget resides within the Vehicle Support Team.

The Future and Common Support Services delivery team forecast operating costs by financial year is as follows (this does not represent the complete operating costs of the team as some of these costs held within the wider Land Equipment Operating Centre):

Financial Year

Contract Spend £

FY23/24

953,995.20

FY24/25

1,506,720.00

FY25/26

0

Notes:

  • It should be noted that the annual operating expenditure budget beyond 2024-25 is not available.
  • Due to the Operating Model work currently underway in DE&S, the current team structure is likely to change significantly, and we anticipate that the way that budgets are apportioned will also change.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
27th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will release the documents relating to the 1994 Mull of Kintyre Chinook crash.

I refer the Noble Lord to the answers given by my Right Honourable Friend, The Minister for Defence People and Families, in the other place on 26 February 2024 (UIN 13866) and on 15 March 2024 (UIN 17490).

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
25th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they were invited to participate in the recently announced Franco-German Main Ground Combat System which is intended to jointly provide a successor tank to the Leopard and Leclerc.

The Ministry of Defence has requested observer status for the Main Ground Combat System programme.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by The Earl of Minto on 19 March (HL3052), to what extent they take into account (1) the age of nuclear test veterans, and (2) the public interest, when prioritising ministerial diary engagements.

We are grateful to all Service personnel who participated in the British nuclear testing programme and contributed to keeping our nation secure. Ministerial diaries are prioritised across a broad range of issues in accordance with departmental need and parliamentary engagements.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Royal Air Force has spent on diversity and inclusion personnel since 2019.

The Royal Air Force has spent £3,072,249.93 on salaries for people employed in dedicated Diversity and Inclusion roles from 2019 to 2023.

The Royal Air Force has a number of individuals whose roles encompass Diversity and Inclusion. However, all Regular RAF personnel are first and foremost aviators and are paid as such. There are a small number of Civil Servants and Full Time Reserve Service personnel within the team who applied specifically for D&I roles. In February 2024, the Secretary of State for Defence ordered a root and branch review of ethnicity, diversity and inclusivity policies in Defence which is ongoing.

Andrew Murrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Royal Navy has spent on diversity and inclusion personnel since 2019.

The Royal Navy has spent £2,445,980.00 on salaries for people employed in dedicated Diversity and Inclusion policy roles from 2019 to 2023.

The Royal Navy has a number of individuals whose roles encompass Diversity and Inclusion. Service Personnel rotate through postings which can include Diversity and Inclusion roles. Their work is supported by a small number of Civil Servants. Each of these individuals are paid commensurate to their rank and training. In February 2024, the Secretary of State for Defence ordered a root and branch review of ethnicity, diversity and inclusivity policies in Defence which is ongoing.

Andrew Murrison
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on space integrated battlespace in each financial year since 2019-20.

The Space total spend on equipment costs by financial year is as follows:

FY

Total spend (million)

2021-22

£8.511

2022-23

£13.786

The Space delivery team total spend on operating costs by financial year is as follows:

FY

Total spend (million)

2021-22

£2.421

2022-23

£4.683

The Space team, which was stood up in March 2021, is a specific project team in DE&S and the figures above represent the total spend of that team. The figure does not represent the total spend on all space projects across Defence.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the use of RAF planes to transport asylum seekers to Rwanda.

The Secretary of State for Defence has frequent discussions with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on issues affecting their Departments.

Leo Docherty
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)
20th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to address the challenges of integrating advanced technologies into the UK's defence capabilities, to maintain a cutting-edge military in 2024 and beyond.

The Ministry of Defence has set out plans to integrate advanced technologies into the UK's defence capabilities, details of which can be found in the Defence Command Paper Refresh (DCPR), published on 18 July 2023.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the UK's defence spending aligns with the current strategic threat landscape, particularly in the light of emerging hybrid and cyber warfare tactics.

The Defence Command Paper Refresh (DCPR23) recognises the range and complexity of threats globally, including cyberspace, means we must foster a truly integrated approach to deterrence and defence by enhancing integration across all services and domains, across Government, as well as across regions, and the spectrum of conflict.

To support this, the Department has set out our longer-term aspiration to invest 2.5% of GDP on defence as soon as the fiscal and economic circumstances allow. The Chancellor reaffirmed this commitment at the Spring Budget 2024 and the Prime Minister has indicated that the path towards 2.5% will be set out at the next Spending Review.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what support is available for military veterans transitioning back into civilian life.

The Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) supports serving personnel, veterans, the military bereaved, and their families, who have an enduring welfare need or need help to access DWP benefits or injury, bereavement and compensation schemes.

Defence Transition Services (DTS) helps Service leavers and their families, who face challenges as they leave the military and adjust to civilian life.

The support from these two services is available from two years before discharge, through into civilian life and regardless of time served or reason for discharge.

Integrated Personal Commissioning for Veterans (IPC4V) supports Armed Forces personnel who are leaving the services and are suffering from complex and enduring physical, neurological and mental health issues resulting from an injury that is attributable to Service.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to streamline the transition of medical care from military services to the NHS for service leavers.

Where personnel leaving the Armed Forces have an enduring need for medical care, the Defence Medical Services (DMS) works in partnership with the NHS in each of the four nations. Wherever they live in the UK, all veterans are able to receive veteran specific health care support if they need it. Personnel who have been assessed and diagnosed with a mental health need are able to access Ministry of Defence (MOD) Departments of Community Mental Health for up to six months after discharge to provide continuity of care during the transition period until appropriate handover to other services can be completed as required.

DMS facilitates the transfer of healthcare information for all service personnel when they leave the Armed Forces. Programme CORTISONE will provide the ability to transfer a service person’s healthcare record in electronic form to a GP practice at the end of their service.

The Defence Recovery Capability is a MOD-owned capability designed to deliver programmed, command-led and coordinated support to wounded, injured and sick serving personnel. Each person who comes under the Defence Recovery Capability will get a tailored Individual Recovery Plan which enables them to focus on either their return to duty or transition to civilian life.

The Veterans Welfare Service and Defence Transition Service deliver additional support to service leavers and their families who are most likely to face challenges as they leave the Armed Forces, including facilitating access to NHS services.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the New Bletchley Network, Rebuild The Army Now – to Prepare, Prevent, Deter War, published on 27 February.

The Army is alive to many of the themes discussed in this report and, for those that have not already been addressed, is actively and constructively challenging itself in these areas.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure transparency and cost-effectiveness in the procurement of defence equipment, given the increasing complexity and expense of modern military hardware.

The Ministry of Defence is implementing a new Integrated Procurement Model to drive pace in delivery of military capability to UK forces on the front line, so that we stay ahead of our adversaries in a fast changing strategic environment.

A key feature will be a Defence-wide portfolio to prioritise requirements at the departmental level to ensure we achieve greater effect from the available budget.

Spiral development, the delivery of a minimum deployable capability quickly which is then iterated in the light of experience and advances in technology throughout its in-service life, will be supported by new commercial pathways to increase speed and value for money.

As part of a new alliance with industry we will be more transparent about Defence's future acquisition pipeline to help shape markets, focus R&D efforts and build resilience into our industrial base.

In addition, the Procurement Act 2023 will deliver a step change in transparency and openness, with notices mandated for direct awards and publication requirements extended from planning to termination, including contract performance. A single central platform for contract data will give everyone access to certain procurement information, although there will be occasions when information will be withheld from publication on national security grounds.

Finally, we have reformed the Single Source Contract Regulations which provide regulatory assurance on value for money where we procure in the absence of competition. These reforms, which come into effect on 1 April, introduce simplifications and flexibilities to ensure the Regulations continue to adapt to changes in what we buy and how we buy it.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by The Earl of Minto on 19 March (HL3052), when the 150 documents related to the nuclear test veterans were declassified; and who authorised their declassification.

The Minister for Defence People and Families personally examined all 150 records at the Atomic Weapons Establishment on 18 March 2024 and will update the House on plans for their release in due course. The documents consist of around 4,000 pages and were declassified following a review by officials at AWE and the Ministry of Defence which was completed in March this year.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by The Earl of Minto on 19 March (HL3052), how many total pages are contained within the 150 declassified documents related to the nuclear test veterans.

The Minister for Defence People and Families personally examined all 150 records at the Atomic Weapons Establishment on 18 March 2024 and will update the House on plans for their release in due course. The documents consist of around 4,000 pages and were declassified following a review by officials at AWE and the Ministry of Defence which was completed in March this year.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by The Earl of Minto on 19 March (HL3052), whether they will place a copy of the declassified documents concerning the nuclear test veterans in the Library of the House.

The Minister for Defence People and Families personally examined all 150 records at the Atomic Weapons Establishment on 18 March 2024 and will update the House on plans for their release in due course. The documents consist of around 4,000 pages and were declassified following a review by officials at AWE and the Ministry of Defence which was completed in March this year.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on the PULSAR project in each financial year since 2019.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 2 April 2024 to Question 19791.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on multi-mission aircraft in each financial year since 2019-20.

The DE&S Multi-Mission Aircraft Delivery Team total spend on equipment by financial year (FY) is as follows:

FY

Total spend (£million)

2019-20

672.070

2020-21

1,039.994

2021-22

655.910

2022-23

327.614

The Multi-Mission Aircraft delivery team total spend on operating costs by financial year is as follows:

FY

Total spend (£million)

2019-20

11.278

2020-21

16.789

2021-22

15.932

2022-23

17.244

The Multi-Mission Aircraft Delivery Team is a specific project team in DE&S and the figures above represent the total spend of that team. The figure does not represent the total spend on all multi-mission aircraft projects across Defence which would not be held centrally and would not be answerable without a disproportionate cost.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2024 to Question 10351 on Armed Forces: Housing, if he will provide a regional breakdown of those figures.

The table below provides a breakdown per region of the number of Service Family Accommodation (SFA) which have been treated for damp and mould, loss of heating, loss of hot water, loss of water supply, electrical faults, and pest infestation since 1 April 2022.

As previously advised, the damp and mould figures are provided from February 2023 and issues relating to the loss of heating and hot water are not recorded separately as boiler faults often affect both.

The 1,674 SFA properties which had been treated for damp and mould was reported as at 10:00 hours on 18 January 2024 from the live reporting system. The end of day final figure recorded for 18 January 2024 was 1,679, as shown in the table below.

Issue

No. of SFA in South East

No. of SFA in South West

No. of SFA in Central

No. of SFA in North

Total no. of SFA properties

Supporting Notes

Damp and mould (provided from February 2023)

700

656

174

149

1,679

Loss of heating and hot water

8,120

9,117

3,330

3,535

24,102

This figure includes all repairs associated with heating such as condensate pipes freezing in extremely cold weather, a faulty single radiator valve, a lack of hot water to individual taps and are not limited to just a total loss of heating or water loss.

Loss of water supply

9

13

21

5

48

Electrical faults

8,981

9,490

7,371

4,044

29,886

The electrical fault figure includes faults such as light bulb changes, one hob of an electric oven not working and electric shower issues. It does not always relate to any safety issue or total loss of electricity.

Pest infestation

1,874

1,473

1,125

651

5,123

Pest control requests are responded to within 3 hours if an emergency, and within 15 days if routine.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's press release entitled Capability boost for UK's global military operations as contract confirmed for new Chinooks, published on 14 March 2024, what is the Initial Operating Capability of the new Chinook helicopters; and when this will be achieved.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave to him on 15 February 2024 to Question 12919.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's press release entitled Capability boost for UK's global military operations as contract confirmed for new Chinooks, published on 14 March 2024, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the foreign exchange rate on the value of the contract for new Chinook helicopters.

The Foreign Military Sales agreement with the US Government is denominated in US dollars in common with all such cases. The forecasted cost of the programme is based on the most up to date exchange rate predictions from Defence Economics. The risk of future foreign exchange exposure will be mitigated by the Department’s use of forward purchasing arrangements.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of spending on (a) chemical, (b) biological and (c) radiological defence in each financial year since 2019-20.

A number of areas within Defence, including DE&S, the Front Line Commands and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) conduct work or incur costs in these areas and financial information is not held centrally. Accordingly a departmental response can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which hazardous military waste materials are prohibited from being put into landfill as of 21 March 2024.

There are no derogations, exemptions or disapplications for defence activities within waste legislation. Therefore, hazardous military waste is dealt with in the same way as non-military hazardous waste. Hazardous waste prohibited from landfill, of relevance to Ministry of Defence activities, includes liquid waste and waste that would be explosive, corrosive, oxidising, flammable or highly flammable.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were employed in the Typhoon delivery team at Defence Equipment and Support in each year since 2019.

The number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employed within the Typhoon delivery, Lightning II delivery, Military Flying Training Systems and Remotely Piloted Air Systems teams in each Financial Year (FY) since 2019 as at 31 March, is detailed in the table below. The figures include civilian and military employees and workforce substitutes.

Figures for 2023-24 will not be available until the end of the FY.

Financial Year

Typhoon delivery

Lightning II delivery

Military Flying Training Systems

Remotely Piloted Air Systems

2018-19

205.4

139.75

149.6

147.8

2019-20

216.2

155.27

164.77

177.53

2020-21

221.4

164.65

162.81

175.64

2021-22

311.6

197.20

171.83

200.79

2022-23

303.6

202.16

180.12

195.79

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people worked on the Lightning II Team at Defence Equipment and Support in each year since 2019.

The number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employed within the Typhoon delivery, Lightning II delivery, Military Flying Training Systems and Remotely Piloted Air Systems teams in each Financial Year (FY) since 2019 as at 31 March, is detailed in the table below. The figures include civilian and military employees and workforce substitutes.

Figures for 2023-24 will not be available until the end of the FY.

Financial Year

Typhoon delivery

Lightning II delivery

Military Flying Training Systems

Remotely Piloted Air Systems

2018-19

205.4

139.75

149.6

147.8

2019-20

216.2

155.27

164.77

177.53

2020-21

221.4

164.65

162.81

175.64

2021-22

311.6

197.20

171.83

200.79

2022-23

303.6

202.16

180.12

195.79

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were employed in the UK Military Flying Training Systems Team at Defence Equipment and Support on average in each year from 2019 to 2024 as of 20 March 2024.

The number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employed within the Typhoon delivery, Lightning II delivery, Military Flying Training Systems and Remotely Piloted Air Systems teams in each Financial Year (FY) since 2019 as at 31 March, is detailed in the table below. The figures include civilian and military employees and workforce substitutes.

Figures for 2023-24 will not be available until the end of the FY.

Financial Year

Typhoon delivery

Lightning II delivery

Military Flying Training Systems

Remotely Piloted Air Systems

2018-19

205.4

139.75

149.6

147.8

2019-20

216.2

155.27

164.77

177.53

2020-21

221.4

164.65

162.81

175.64

2021-22

311.6

197.20

171.83

200.79

2022-23

303.6

202.16

180.12

195.79

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
20th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were employed in the Remotely-Piloted Air Systems Team at Defence Equipment and Support on average in each year from 2019 to 2024 as of 20 March.

The number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employed within the Typhoon delivery, Lightning II delivery, Military Flying Training Systems and Remotely Piloted Air Systems teams in each Financial Year (FY) since 2019 as at 31 March, is detailed in the table below. The figures include civilian and military employees and workforce substitutes.

Figures for 2023-24 will not be available until the end of the FY.

Financial Year

Typhoon delivery

Lightning II delivery

Military Flying Training Systems

Remotely Piloted Air Systems

2018-19

205.4

139.75

149.6

147.8

2019-20

216.2

155.27

164.77

177.53

2020-21

221.4

164.65

162.81

175.64

2021-22

311.6

197.20

171.83

200.79

2022-23

303.6

202.16

180.12

195.79

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 22 of his Department's UK Armed Forces Defence Accommodation Strategy, published in October 2022, for what reason the target of no more than 10% of service family accommodation properties being vacant by September 2023 was not met; and whether he has set a new vacancy rate target.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) 10% void rate remains a valid target, however, a revised achievement date of 1 November 2026 was agreed with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in June 2023.

The Modernised Accommodation Offer (MAO) will significantly increase eligibility and demand for Service Family Accommodation (SFA), which will be satisfied through the use of void SFA. This has changed the planning assumptions on which the original target was set and to dispose of void SFA ahead of MAO would increase reliance on the Private Rental Sector (PRS), creating additional, avoidable long-term costs to the MOD.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on air systems (a) equipment and (b) training in each financial year since 2019-20.

The DE&S Air Systems Equipment and Training delivery team total spend on equipment by financial year (FY) is as follows:

FY

Total spend (£million)

2019-20

121.768

2020-21

134.955

2021-22

111.061

2022-23

86.736

The DE&S Air Systems Equipment and Training delivery team total spend on operating costs by financial year is as follows. This is not split out into separate Equipment and Training costs:

FY

Total spend (£million)

2019-20

14.726

2020-21

14.078

2021-22

11.299

2022-23

10.709

Air Systems is a specific project team in DE&S and the figures above represent the total spend of that team. The figure does not represent the total spend on all air system project equipment and training across Defence which would not be held centrally and would not be answerable without a disproportionate cost.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on land combat vehicles in each financial year since 2019-20.

The Land Combat Vehicle (LCV) delivery team total spend on equipment and support by financial year is as follows:

FY

LCV total spend(£million)

2019-20

£94.3

2020-21

£208.5

2021-22

£209.3

2022-23

£189.2

The LCV total spend on operating costs by financial year is as follows:

FY

LCV total spend (£million)

2019-20

£12.5

2020-21

£14

2021-22

£12.5

2022-23

£13.2

LCV is a specific project team in DE&S and the figures above represent the total spend of that team. The figures do not represent the total spend on all land combat vehicles across the Department which would not be held centrally and would not be answerable without a disproportionate cost.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 13 December to Question 5174 on Defence Equipment, when he plans to send the response letter to the Rt hon. Member for Garston and Halewood.

I responded to the right hon. Member on 3 April 2024. A copy of my letter has been placed in the Library of the House.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
19th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the varied needs of the families of those serving in the armed forces; what steps they have taken to increase support available to those families; and to what extent they have addressed the recommendations outlined in the report commissioned by the Ministry of Defence, Living in our shoes: understanding the needs of UK Armed Forces Families published in June 2020.

Defence recognises the important role that families play in supporting our Armed Forces, which is why in 2022 we published our UK Armed Forces Families Strategy 2022 – 2032. There is much crossover between the Living in Our Shoes report and the Families Strategy Action Plan, with two authors of the report holding Defence to account via our Families Strategy Steering Group and progress being reported biannually to Ministers and being placed on record in the annual Armed Forces Covenant and Veterans Report.

The needs of families are constantly evolving, which is why Defence undertakes an annual Tri-Service Families Continuous Attitude Survey (FAMCAS). FAMCAS captures the key issues impacting our families which we then work to relieve. This may be achieved through direct intervention, for example via the Defence-funded Wraparound Childcare scheme, or by collaborating closely with other stakeholders or Government Departments, such as with the Office for Students to ensure that Service children are recognised within its Equality of Opportunity Risk Register.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by The Earl of Minto on 11 March (HL Deb col 1805), how will the 138 F35B Lightning aircraft be allocated to squadrons.

The Lightning Force is configured to be flexible and interchangeable as individual aircraft cycle between the Forward Fleet and periods of maintenance. Squadrons will gain aircraft from the available Forward Fleet in line with their readiness cycle, expeditionary deployment requirements, and associated training and exercises. The size of Air Groups for every Carrier deployment are tailored based on the overall balance of Defence requirements at that time.

Specific airframes are not allocated to specific Squadrons on a permanent basis. As is normal across all aircraft fleets, as part of the readiness cycle and routine fleet management across the Front-Line Squadrons and Operational Conversion Unit, the exact number of airframes operated by individual units varies day-to-day. A Squadron held at Very High Readiness will require a full complement of airframes, while a Squadron on lower readiness or undertaking post Operational deployment leave will require fewer airframes for day-to-day pilot currency and competency requirements.

Our plan remains to procure 138 aircraft through the life of the programme. This procurement is phased; our first acquisition phase of 48 aircraft is underway at present, with the second phase consisting of a further 27 aircraft now progressing through the approvals process, which will form the basis of our third Front-line Lightning Squadron with deliveries expected to continue into 2033. The Ministry of Defence will seek approval for further acquisition phases at the appropriate time.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government whether there has been any change to the 2028 Out of Service Date (OSD) of RFA Fort Victoria.

The Royal Navy constantly explore options to ensure optimal availability of the fleet. However, in order to preserve the Operational Security of the Fleet, individual out of service dates are no longer released.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Mar 2024
To ask His Majesty's Government how many operational personnel of the British Army are currently based in (1) England, (2) Wales, (3) Scotland, (4) Northern Ireland, and (5) overseas.

I refer the Noble Lord to the below table which shows the number of Trade Trained Regular Army Personnel by Stationed Location, as of 1 January 2024.

Location

Personnel

England

59,920

Wales

1,350

Scotland

3,520

Northern Ireland

1,370

Overseas

3,010

Notes/Caveats:

  1. The figures are for the Trade Trained Regular Army only and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service, Mobilised Reserves, Army Reserve and all other Reserves, but includes those personnel that have transferred from GURTAM to UKTAP.
  2. Figures include all Trade Trained Regular Army personnel, regardless of whether they are currently deployed on operation. This also includes personnel regardless of their Medical Deployability Status.
  3. Figures include both Officers and Soldiers.
  4. The figures are based on service personnel’s stationed location and not their area of residence – where personnel work isn’t necessarily where they live. Personnel deployed on operations to an area away from their stationed location are shown against their most recent stationed location.
  5. There are approximately 20 personnel with an unallocated location as recorded on the Joint Personnel Administration System (JPA).
  6. Figures have been rounded to 10 for presentational purposes; numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.
  7. Totals and sub-totals have been rounded separately and so may not appear to be a sum of their parts.

Earl of Minto
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department provided for the Influence and Command programme at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in each financial year since 2019.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 2 April 2024 to Question 19791.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department provided for the Land Systems programme at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in each financial year since 2019.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 2 April 2024 to Question 19791.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department provided for the Maritime Systems programme at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in each financial year since 2019.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 2 April 2024 to Question 19791.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department provided for the Missile Defence programme at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in each financial year since 2019.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 2 April 2024 to Question 19791.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department provided for the Security Systems programme at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in each financial year since 2019.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 2 April 2024 to Question 19791.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department provided for the Space Systems programme at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in each financial year since 2019.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 2 April 2024 to Question 19791.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department provided for the Specialist Systems programme at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in each financial year since 2019.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 2 April 2024 to Question 19791.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department provided for the Support and Sustainability programme at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in each financial year since 2019.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 2 April 2024 to Question 19791.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much funding his Department provided for the engineering biology project at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in each financial year since 2019.

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 2 April 2024 to Question 19791.

James Cartlidge
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)