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Chris Evans

Labour (Co-op) - Islwyn

Shadow Minister (Defence)

(since May 2021)
Petitions Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 13th Jul 2021
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 21st Sep 2020
Public Accounts Committee
11th Sep 2017 - 6th Nov 2019
Public Accounts Committee
26th Oct 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Environmental Audit Committee
10th Dec 2012 - 18th Mar 2014
Justice Committee
12th Jul 2010 - 10th Dec 2012
Draft Defamation Bill (Joint Committee)
24th Mar 2011 - 12th Oct 2011


Department Event
Tuesday 6th September 2022
09:25
Ministry of Defence
Third Delegated Legislation Committee - Debate - General Committee
6 Sep 2022, 9:25 a.m.
The draft Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2022
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Division Votes
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Speeches
Wednesday 20th July 2022
Anti-social Behaviour Awareness Week
I congratulate the hon. Member for Redcar (Jacob Young) on securing an important debate.

This week marks a year since …
Written Answers
Friday 15th July 2022
Armed Forces: Food
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average daily food charge was for armed forces personnel stationed …
Early Day Motions
Tuesday 4th February 2020
Use of the whip in British horseracing
That this House notes that racehorses are routinely beaten with a whip under rules set by the industry's regulatory body, …
Bills
Monday 26th March 2012
Banking (Disclosure, Responsibility and Education) Bill 2010-12
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will …
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
Monday 8th August 2022
1. Employment and earnings
Payment of £225 expected for a survey completed on 2 August 2022. Hours: approx. 1 hr. (Registered 05 August 2022)
EDM signed
Monday 13th September 2021
Emma Raducanu, 2021 US Open women's champion
That this House is delighted, amazed and inspired by the performances of Emma Raducanu in winning the US Open without …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 22nd July 2020
Welfare (Terminal Illness) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to make provision about terminally ill people in the welfare system.

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Chris Evans has voted in 427 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Kevan Jones (Labour)
(59 debate interactions)
Johnny Mercer (Conservative)
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)
(20 debate interactions)
Jeremy Quin (Conservative)
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
(12 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(97 debate contributions)
Ministry of Defence
(19 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Finance Act 2020
(3,648 words contributed)
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Islwyn Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

Currently, it is not compulsory for primary or secondary school students to be educated on Britain's role in colonisation, or the transatlantic slave trade. We petition the government to make education on topics such as these compulsory, with the ultimate aim of a far more inclusive curriculum.

The SNP government appears solely intent on getting independence at any cost.

12 kids in the UK are diagnosed with cancer daily. 1 in 5 will die within 5 years, often of the deadliest types like DIPG (brainstem cancer) - fatal on diagnosis & other cancers on relapse. Yet there has been little, or no, funding for research into these cancers and little, or no, progress.

All students should be reimbursed of this years tuition fees as universities are now online only due to COVID-19, with only powerpoints online for learning materials which is not worthy of up to £9,250. Furthermore, all assessments are being reconsidered to ‘make do’ and build up credits.

As students are unable to access facilities or continue with their eduction at their university setting in the following semester, we would like to request that the government considers refunding tuition payments for Semester 3.

The quality of online lectures is not equal to face-to-face lectures. Students should not have to pay full tuition fees for online lectures, without experiencing university life. The Government should require UK universities to partially refund tuition fees while online teaching is implemented.

Students across the UK have returned to University to be told our learning will be predominantly online for the foreseeable future. The Government should therefore lower our tuition fees and we should receive a partial refund for the effects this will have on our learning and university experience.

The University and College Union has repeatedly called on its members to strike. However, strikes are ineffective if students, not employees are the main source of revenue. For this to change, government needs to step in and require universities to reimburse tuition fees lost due to strike action.

The UK Government plans to introduce “Magnitsky law”, a law which targets people who commit gross human rights violations. Through this law or alternative means, this petition urges the UK Government to impose sanctions on China for their human rights violations on the Uyghur people.


Latest EDMs signed by Chris Evans

13th September 2021
Chris Evans signed this EDM as a sponsor on Monday 13th September 2021

Emma Raducanu, 2021 US Open women's champion

Tabled by: Toby Perkins (Labour - Chesterfield)
That this House is delighted, amazed and inspired by the performances of Emma Raducanu in winning the US Open without losing a set; notes that she is the first qualifier in the history of tennis to win a grand slam event; congratulates Emma and all those involved in her success; …
21 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Oct 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 8
Scottish National Party: 5
Conservative: 4
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Independent: 1
Liberal Democrat: 1
16th March 2020
Chris Evans signed this EDM on Monday 4th May 2020

Temporary universal basic income

Tabled by: Kevin Brennan (Labour - Cardiff West)
That this House calls on the Government to introduce a temporary universal basic income or an emergency measure to help freelancers and the self-employed effected by the covid-19 outbreak.
100 signatures
(Most recent: 15 Sep 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 51
Scottish National Party: 27
Liberal Democrat: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Independent: 4
Alba Party: 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Chris Evans, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Chris Evans has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Chris Evans

Monday 20th June 2022

1 Bill introduced by Chris Evans


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision for the collection from the UK banking sector of financial inclusion audits and data on financial transactions, including commodity trading; to make provision for further obligations on the appropriate financial regulator regarding financial consumer protection and education; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Monday 26th March 2012

123 Written Questions in the current parliament

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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
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of requests for Internal Review of refused FOI requests were (a) referred to and (b) decided by a Minister during the 2021 calendar year.

In line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, officials will refer to Ministers any requests which require the opinion of a qualified person as to whether or not the exemption at section 36 is engaged.


The Cabinet Office does not gather statistics on the number of referrals made to Ministers.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many and what proportion of Freedom of Information Act requests were (a) referred to and (b) decided by a Minister in the 2021 calendar year.

In line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, officials will refer to Ministers any requests which require the opinion of a qualified person as to whether or not the exemption at section 36 is engaged.


The Cabinet Office does not gather statistics on the number of referrals made to Ministers.

Michael Ellis
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Attends Cabinet)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether an official in his Department informed any employee or official of Southampton University prior to 5 August 2011 that it would be unlawful for that university to give public access to any of (a) the private diaries of Lord or Lady Mountbatten and (b) their letters to each other.

As the hon. Member will be aware, there are several FOI exemptions that remain in place for historic records. As I said in previous answers, this case is currently before the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) and it would not be appropriate to make further comment whilst this is subject to ongoing legal proceedings.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether there was any communication from his Department to the University of Southampton prior to 5 August 2011 which mentions (a) the diaries of Lord or Lady Mountbatten or (b) any of their letters to each other.

As the hon. Member will be aware, there are several FOI exemptions that remain in place for historic records. As I said in previous answers, this case is currently before the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) and it would not be appropriate to make further comment whilst this is subject to ongoing legal proceedings.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department had any involvement in the drafting of the Ministerial Direction dated 5 August 2011 under section 9 of the National Heritage Act 1980 vetting the Mountbatten Archive in the University of Southampton.

As the hon. Member will be aware, there are several FOI exemptions that remain in place for historic records. As I said in previous answers, this case is currently before the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) and it would not be appropriate to make further comment whilst this is subject to ongoing legal proceedings.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government has a timeframe for the full release of the Broadlands Archive, including the letters and diaries of Earl Mountbatten.

As the hon. member will be aware, there are several FOI exemptions that remain in place for historic records. As I said in previous answers, this case is currently before the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) and it would not be appropriate to make further comment whilst this is subject to ongoing legal proceedings.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has had sight of the independent QC-led review into the conduct of the Professional Footballer’s Association; and whether her Department plans to take any actions as a result of that review.

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) is a trade union and has private membership. It is for the relevant National Governing Body of sport to take action in this area, but the government will take a keen interest in the findings.

We will continue to work closely with these bodies across the sports sector more broadly to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to protect participants from harm.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to introduce the ability to rehome section one listed dogs to prevent their euthanasia.

Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 prohibits the owning or keeping of four types of dog: the Pit Bull terrier, the Dogo Argentino, the Fila Brasileiro and the Japanese Tosa.

Despite the general prohibitions on these types of dog, an individual prohibited dog can be kept by its owner or by the person for the time being in charge of the dog if a court judges that the dog is not a danger to public safety. In its assessment, the court must consider the temperament of the dog and its past behaviour, whether the proposed keeper is a fit and proper person, and may consider any other relevant circumstances, such as whether the dog can be kept in a suitable environment. If the court considers these criteria to be met, the dog can be listed on the Index of Exempted Dogs and must be kept under strict conditions, including being on a lead and muzzled in public.

The Dangerous Dogs Exemption Schemes (England and Wales) Order 2015 sets out the circumstances where an exempted prohibited dog may be transferred to a new keeper should the current keeper become seriously ill or die. The Government is not planning to introduce additional abilities to enable exempted prohibited dogs to be transferred to new keepers.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to ban supertrawlers from fishing in UK waters.

As set out in the Withdrawal Agreement, during the transition period, we have agreed that we will continue to apply current fisheries rules and shared access to waters will continue until the end of 2020. When the transition period ends, we will be able to restrict the fishing activities of all vessels, including supertrawlers, throughout our waters.

The UK will be able to decide what vessels can access our waters to fish and the new licensing framework within the Fisheries Bill will allow us to apply conditions to the activities of all vessels fishing in UK waters. Any vessels granted access to fish in our waters, regardless of nationality, will need to abide by UK rules including those on sustainability.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many soliped and equidae were imported from Ireland for slaughter in Great Britain in (a) 2019 and (b) in each month of 2020.

TRACES (Trade Control and Expert System) is a European Commission system used by EU member states to facilitate and record animal/animal product movements into and throughout the EU. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), as the competent authority, is able to extract information from TRACES for imports of live animals into the UK.

Based on the information available, there were no solipeds or equidae certified for slaughter which had been imported from Ireland in 2019 or 2020.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what quantity of horse meat was exported from the UK in 2019.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) issues Export Health Certificates (EHCs) for animals and products of animal origin exported to non-EU countries. In 2019, APHA did not issue any EHCs for the export of horse meat to non-EU countries.

APHA is not able to provide any data regarding the quantity of horse meat exported from the UK to the EU in 2019. Data for such trade is currently drawn from EU systems based on movements of animals to the EU that require an Intra-Trade Animal Health Certificate (ITAHC). An ITAHC was not required for movements of meat between the UK and the rest of the EU in 2019.

Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
11th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the British Horseracing Authority on that organisation's consultation on the rules and penalties for misuse of a whip in racing; and whether that consultation will follow Government principles for consultations.

Defra officials have regular discussions with the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), including recently on its Horse Welfare Board’s five-year Horse Welfare Strategy “A life well-lived”. The Strategy recommends that the BHA should consult as soon as possible and ideally by October 2020 on increased penalties for whip offences. The Strategy also recommends that this consultation should gather views on future restrictions on whip use and on a possible ban. As part of ongoing regular discussions, Defra officials will be advising the BHA about how to follow Government principles for conducting consultations, and Defra will be taking a close interest in how this progresses.

21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations officials in her Department have made to the British Horseracing Authority on banning the use of the whip in horseracing.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Ealing Central and Acton, Dr Rupa Huq, on 20 January 2020 PQ 1916.

Defra officials are in regular dialogue with the British Horseracing Authority to discuss the safety and welfare of racehorses and will continue to work with the industry to safeguard horse welfare.

George Eustice
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish a timetable for the vaccination of all care home (a) residents and (b) staff in England.

We met our target to offer a first vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups, as identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation by 15 February. This included all residents in a care homes for older adults and their carers.

Second vaccination visits to care homes are taking place over the next month to offer vaccinations to staff or residents who were unavailable on the day of the first visit. Everyone will receive their second dose within 12 weeks of their first.

Nadhim Zahawi
Chancellor of the Exchequer
10th Feb 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to enable the re-introduction of close contact care home visits in England.

New visiting arrangements have started on 8 March. Every care home should ensure that each resident can nominate one named person who can have regular, indoor visits.

Those residents with the highest care needs can also receive visits from a family member or friend who is an ‘essential care giver’. Following agreement between the care home, resident and their family or friends, these visitors will be able to visit more often in order to provide care that is critical to the resident’s immediate health and wellbeing. They will have the same testing and personal protective equipment arrangements as care home staff so that they can also provide extra support, such as help with washing and dressing or eating well.

We will assess the data and take a decision on opening up further opportunities for visiting, setting out a plan for the next phase of visits for people in residential care.

7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will undertake a review on the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of mould sickness in the UK.

Public Health England published a review in 2019 on bioaerosols, which include mould, related to composting and intensive farming, and their potential effects on the health of those living nearby. This followed two other reviews published in 2018.

NHS England is aware of how damp and mould can lead to respiratory problems, infections, allergies, asthma and affect the immune system. Aspergillus is a group of moulds common in the home. Most people are naturally immune and do not develop disease caused by Aspergillus. The European Respiratory Society have produced guidelines for the diagnosis and management of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis.

7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will make an assessment of the knowledge of mould sickness among doctors, and what steps he plans to take to improve the diagnosis of mould sickness.

Public Health England published a review in 2019 on bioaerosols, which include mould, related to composting and intensive farming, and their potential effects on the health of those living nearby. This followed two other reviews published in 2018.

NHS England is aware of how damp and mould can lead to respiratory problems, infections, allergies, asthma and affect the immune system. Aspergillus is a group of moulds common in the home. Most people are naturally immune and do not develop disease caused by Aspergillus. The European Respiratory Society have produced guidelines for the diagnosis and management of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis.

7th Dec 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of whether personal protective equipment used in the NHS has been made by forced labour in the Xinjaing province of China.

Detailed Government guidance is provided to public sector contracting authorities on how to assess and mitigate the risks of modern slavery in procurement. Contracts routinely include clauses requiring Good Industry Practice to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in supply chains. In the event that allegations of modern slavery are substantiated in relation to a supplier, we will consider all available options.

16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many soliped and equidae were slaughtered for meat in UK abattoirs in each month of 2020.

The Food Standards Agency holds the following data. For each month of 2020 the following numbers of soliped and equidae were slaughtered for meat in United Kingdom abattoirs:

Month / Year

Numbers (Throughput)

January 2020

53

February 2020

123

March 2020

183

April 2020

107

May 2020

112

June 2020

65

July 2020

95

August 2020

105

Note: Numbers are recorded under one heading of ‘soliped’.

No soliped or equidae were slaughtered in Northern Ireland in 2020.

16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many horses slaughtered in UK abattoirs in (a) 2018, (b) 2019 and (c) 2020 held horse passports issued by Weatherbys passport issuing agencies.

We are unable to provide the information requested as it is commercially sensitive.

16th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many soliped and equidae were slaughtered at each abattoir licensed to slaughter horses in 2019.

The Food Standards Agency holds the following data.

In 2019, the numbers of soliped and equidae slaughtered at each abattoir licensed to slaughter horses was 2,146 and 24, totalling 2,170.

Notes: Numbers are recorded under one heading of ‘soliped’. No soliped or equidae were slaughtered in Northern Ireland in 2019.

11th Feb 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of GP practices who have adopted the care for young carers package launched by NHS England.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer the then Minister of State for Care (Caroline Dinenage MP) gave to the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon MP) on 4 February 2020 to Question 8280.

21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many schools have mental health teams.

Our Green Paper on children and young people’s mental health aims to improve the provision of services in England. One of the key proposals of the Green Paper is to create new Mental Health Support Teams in and near groups of schools and colleges in their areas.

In December 2018, we announced 25 Trailblazer sites to run the first wave of 59 Mental Health Support Teams.

Initial estimates suggested that each of these teams should be working with 15-20 education settings, though this will vary depending on the number of pupils in each setting. We are collecting data as Mental Health Support Teams are established and will confirm the number of education settings they are working with once that process is complete.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made in improving access to specialist mental health support for children.

We have introduced two waiting times: for 95% of children (up to 19 years old) with eating disorders to receive treatment within a week for urgent cases and four weeks for routine cases, and for 50% of patients of all ages experiencing a first episode of psychosis to receive treatment within two weeks of referral. We are on target to meet these aims.

Our Children and Young People’s Green Paper sets out how we plan are piloting a four-week waiting time to improve access to services and are introducing new Mental Health Support Teams. In December 2018, we announced Trailblazer sites to test our Green Paper proposals. Twelve of these sites will trial four-week waiting times.

We have also committed at least a further £2.3 billion a year to mental health services by 2023/24. The NHS Long Term Plan and Mental Health Support Teams will see at least an additional 345,000 children and young people aged 0-25 will be able to access support by 2023/24.

Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) is the best, and currently only, way to monitor and constrain Iran's nuclear programme. But Iran's continued systematic non-compliance with its JCPoA commitments is undermining the non-proliferation benefits of the deal and jeopardising our efforts to preserve it. In his call with President Rouhani on 10 March, the Prime Minister stressed that while the UK remains committed to making the JCPoA a success, Iran must stop all nuclear activity that breaches the terms of the deal and come back into compliance.

We are particularly concerned by Iran's announcement on 16 April that it has started uranium enrichment up to 60% using advanced centrifuges. As the E3 said in a statement on 14 April, the production of highly enriched uranium constitutes an important step in the production of a nuclear weapon. Iran has no credible civilian need for enrichment at this level.

We continue to work with the parties to the JCPoA and the new US Administration to find a diplomatic way forward that realises the benefits of the deal, and call upon Iran not to take any further steps which violate its JCPoA commitments and make a return to mutual compliance harder to achieve.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the creation of the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

The UK remains committed to making progress towards a two-state solution. We support the objectives of the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace and continue to engage with the Alliance for Middle East Peace and Biden administration to discuss the Fund's development.

James Cleverly
Secretary of State for Education
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken to help tackle religious persecution and gender based violence of Christian women in countries around the world.

The UK is committed to defending freedom of religion or belief for all. We recognise that women and girls from religious minorities can often suffer because of both their gender and their faith. That is why we ensure our human rights policy work considers the intersectionality of human rights, including the importance of addressing the specific vulnerabilities experienced by women and girls from religious minority communities.

The UK is recognised as a global leader in tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG) in all its forms, by pioneering approaches around the world that have shown that VAWG is preventable. In the DRC, a project with faith leaders and community action groups halved women's experience of intimate partner violence from 69% to 29%. Preventing and responding to conflict-related sexual violence remains a top priority for the FCDO. In November, the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, launched the Declaration of Humanity by faith and belief leaders which calls for the prevention of sexual violence in conflict and denounces the stigma faced by survivors, including by children born of rape. Through UK Aid Connect, FCDO has supported the Creid programme (managed by the Institute of Development Studies) to work with women from religious minorities in five countries in Africa and Asia to understand the problems they face and identify effective approaches to tackle these issues.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support and counsel persecuted Christian women who are stigmatised by sexual violence overseas.

The UK is committed to defending freedom of religion or belief for all. We recognise that women and girls from religious minorities can often suffer because of both their gender and their faith. That is why we ensure our human rights policy work considers the intersectionality of human rights, including the importance of addressing the specific vulnerabilities experienced by women and girls from religious minority communities.

The UK is recognised as a global leader in tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG) in all its forms, by pioneering approaches around the world that have shown that VAWG is preventable. In the DRC, a project with faith leaders and community action groups halved women's experience of intimate partner violence from 69% to 29%. Preventing and responding to conflict-related sexual violence remains a top priority for the FCDO. In November, Lord Ahmad launched the Declaration of Humanity by faith and belief leaders which calls for the prevention of sexual violence in conflict and denounces the stigma faced by survivors, including by children born of rape. Through UK Aid Connect, FCDO has supported the Creid programme (managed by the Institute of Development Studies) to work with women from religious minorities in five countries in Africa and Asia to understand the problems they face and identify effective approaches to tackle these issues.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of trends in the level of gender-specific religious persecution of women from religious minorities abroad.

The UK is committed to defending freedom of religion or belief for all. We recognise that women and girls from religious minorities can often suffer because of both their gender and their faith. That is why we ensure our human rights policy work considers the intersectionality of human rights, including the importance of addressing the specific vulnerabilities experienced by women and girls from religious minority communities.

The UK is recognised as a global leader in tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG) in all its forms, by pioneering approaches around the world that have shown that VAWG is preventable. In the DRC, a project with faith leaders and community action groups halved women's experience of intimate partner violence from 69% to 29%. Preventing and responding to conflict-related sexual violence remains a top priority for the FCDO. In November, the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, launched the Declaration of Humanity by faith and belief leaders which calls for the prevention of sexual violence in conflict and denounces the stigma faced by survivors, including by children born of rape. Through UK Aid Connect, FCDO has supported the Creid programme (managed by the Institute of Development Studies) to work with women from religious minorities in five countries in Africa and Asia to understand the problems they face and identify effective approaches to tackle these issues.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on potential sanctions on the people responsible for human rights abuses against Uyghurs in China.

On 6 July, the UK Government established the Global Human Rights sanctions regime. It is not appropriate to speculate who may be designated in the future, as to do so could reduce the impact of the designations. We will keep all evidence and potential listings under close review.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what diplomatic steps he is taking to support independent (a) tribunals and (b) assessments on China's treatment of its Uyghur population.

We have serious concerns about gross violations of human rights occurring in Xinjiang and welcome any additional analysis on the situation in Xinjiang that is rigorous, balanced and raises awareness of the situation faced by Uyghurs and other minorities in China. At the UN Human Rights Council and UN Third Committee, the UK has repeatedly used both its national statements and joint statements with international partners to call on China to grant unfettered access to Xinjiang for UN experts and observers, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. We did so alongside 38 countries at the UN Third Committee on 6 October.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chinese Government on allowing Human Rights Monitors access to Xinjiang's camps.

The UK is deeply concerned about the gross human rights violations taking place in Xinjiang. The Foreign Secretary reiterated the UK's longstanding calls for China to allow unfettered access to Xinjiang for independent experts, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Xinjiang directly with his Chinese counterpart in July. We have also repeatedly called on China to allow UN experts unfettered access to Xinjiang at the UN, including in a recent joint statement with 38 other countries at the UN Third Committee on 6 October.

Nigel Adams
Minister of State (Cabinet Office) (Minister without Portfolio)
21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK will continue to take part in the EU monitoring mission in Georgia after leaving the EU on 31 January 2020.

The United Kingdom currently has six secondees in the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia. Whilst the Withdrawal Agreement provides for continued British participation in the EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) operations and missions during the transition period, all six will leave the mission when their current contracts come to an end on 31 January. This follows decisions taken by the European External Action Service (EEAS) to meet the operational needs and ensure the business continuity of the mission.

The United Kingdom is proud to have contributed personnel to EUMM Georgia since its inception in 2008, and we continue to support the objectives of the mission.

29th Jun 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Financial Conduct Authority's Mortgage Prisoner Review published on 29 November 2021, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of that report.

In November 2021, I laid before Parliament a review on the issue of mortgage prisoners conducted by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This review found that there are 47,000 mortgage prisoners who might benefit from switching to a new mortgage deal but are considered too high risk to do so, despite being up to date with payments.

The review makes clear that the reasons mortgage prisoners are unable to switch are complex and varied, including a high proportion of interest-only mortgage borrowers with no clear repayment plan and pre-financial crisis legacy issues such as borrowers self-certifying their income on their loan applications. A comprehensive understanding of the circumstances of mortgage prisoners is therefore crucial in progressing work and the FCA’s review provides the key insight necessary to facilitate this. Following this and previous interventions to help borrowers switch, the Government is working with industry to determine if any further solutions that can be found to help mortgage prisoners.

This further work must consider the practicality of solutions and their effects on the wider mortgage market, including the resilience of firms and fairness to other borrowers. A cap on the Standard Variable Rates (SVRs) charged by inactive firms would be an unprecedented market intervention and would undermine the principle of risk-based pricing which underlies the mortgage market. It would entail risks to the financial stability of firms which would be unable to vary their rates in line with their costs of funding and would be deeply unfair to borrowers in the wider mortgage market who pay similar rates to mortgage prisoners. It is worth noting that the SVRs charged by inactive firms are in line with those paid by borrowers in the active market.

The Government continues to examine what further practical and proportionate solutions existing to help mortgage prisoners which do not pose unacceptable financial stability risks or are unfair to other borrowers in the mortgage market.

29th Jun 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to cap standard variable mortgage rates for inactive lenders to protect people who cannot move their mortgages.

In November 2021, I laid before Parliament a review on the issue of mortgage prisoners conducted by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This review found that there are 47,000 mortgage prisoners who might benefit from switching to a new mortgage deal but are considered too high risk to do so, despite being up to date with payments.

The review makes clear that the reasons mortgage prisoners are unable to switch are complex and varied, including a high proportion of interest-only mortgage borrowers with no clear repayment plan and pre-financial crisis legacy issues such as borrowers self-certifying their income on their loan applications. A comprehensive understanding of the circumstances of mortgage prisoners is therefore crucial in progressing work and the FCA’s review provides the key insight necessary to facilitate this. Following this and previous interventions to help borrowers switch, the Government is working with industry to determine if any further solutions that can be found to help mortgage prisoners.

This further work must consider the practicality of solutions and their effects on the wider mortgage market, including the resilience of firms and fairness to other borrowers. A cap on the Standard Variable Rates (SVRs) charged by inactive firms would be an unprecedented market intervention and would undermine the principle of risk-based pricing which underlies the mortgage market. It would entail risks to the financial stability of firms which would be unable to vary their rates in line with their costs of funding and would be deeply unfair to borrowers in the wider mortgage market who pay similar rates to mortgage prisoners. It is worth noting that the SVRs charged by inactive firms are in line with those paid by borrowers in the active market.

The Government continues to examine what further practical and proportionate solutions existing to help mortgage prisoners which do not pose unacceptable financial stability risks or are unfair to other borrowers in the mortgage market.

24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the impact of delays in answering calls to the 101 non emergency line on reporting of anti-social behaviour.

Police forces are operationally independent and the handling of 101 calls is a matter for them. It is for Chief Constables and elected Police and Crime Commissioners or Mayors to decide how to handle communications with the public, based on their experience and knowledge of the communities they serve.

However, the Home Office is clear that any call to the 101 number should be answered in a timely manner, and after providing details of the incident the caller should be given a crime reference number to track progress or request an update from the police on the case. In its Beating Crime Plan the Government committed to improving the responsiveness of local police to 101 and 999 calls by developing league tables for call answering times and ensuring that the public know how responsive their local force is when they call them for help.

On 31 May we published national data on answering times to 999 calls and later this year we are planning to publish performance data for all forces showing responsiveness to 101 calls.

The Home Office is making sure that the police have the resources they need to beat crime, which remains one of the Government’s top priorities.

This includes £14m in funding to the NPCC’s Digital Public Contact Programme to support delivery of the Single Online Home national policing digital platform. This provides a digital 101 service, an online facility to make it easier for victims of ASB to report incidents.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department are taking to reduce waiting times on the 101 non-emergency line.

Police forces are operationally independent and the handling of 101 calls is a matter for them. It is for Chief Constables and elected Police and Crime Commissioners or Mayors to decide how to handle communications with the public, based on their experience and knowledge of the communities they serve.

However, the Home Office is clear that any call to the 101 number should be answered in a timely manner, and after providing details of the incident the caller should be given a crime reference number to track progress or request an update from the police on the case. In its Beating Crime Plan the Government committed to improving the responsiveness of local police to 101 and 999 calls by developing league tables for call answering times and ensuring that the public know how responsive their local force is when they call them for help.

On 31 May we published national data on answering times to 999 calls and later this year we are planning to publish performance data for all forces showing responsiveness to 101 calls.

The Home Office is making sure that the police have the resources they need to beat crime, which remains one of the Government’s top priorities.

This includes £14m in funding to the NPCC’s Digital Public Contact Programme to support delivery of the Single Online Home national policing digital platform. This provides a digital 101 service, an online facility to make it easier for victims of ASB to report incidents.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking ensure all off road bikes are registered to new owners when ownership is transferred.

The Government recognises that misuse of off-road bikes can cause nuisance and distress to communities. The Minister for Safeguarding set out the Government’s approach to dealing with this problem in an adjournment debate on 20 June 2022. Data on the number of incidents is not held centrally.

Between May and September 2021, the Government held a consultation seeking views on new levels of fees applied to the removal and storage of vehicles under the Police Reform Act 2002 in England and Wales. The consultation also sought views on whether aspects of the regulations and legislation are adequate to provide a sustainable service for vehicle recovery. However, the consultation did not include plans to amend the Section 59 powers. We will shortly announce the next steps following our consultation.

The Government does not believe that the introduction of a mandatory registration scheme for off-road quad bikes would be the most effective way to tackle dangerous and anti-social use. It would also place a burden and cost on law abiding citizens who would be most impacted by the requirements.

We will continue to support the police to enforce road traffic legislation and will use every available measure to confront the scourge of antisocial behaviour.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department will take to help ensure that (a) all off road bikes are registered and (b) all owners of those types of bikes are identifiable.

The Government recognises that misuse of off-road bikes can cause nuisance and distress to communities. The Minister for Safeguarding set out the Government’s approach to dealing with this problem in an adjournment debate on 20 June 2022. Data on the number of incidents is not held centrally.

Between May and September 2021, the Government held a consultation seeking views on new levels of fees applied to the removal and storage of vehicles under the Police Reform Act 2002 in England and Wales. The consultation also sought views on whether aspects of the regulations and legislation are adequate to provide a sustainable service for vehicle recovery. However, the consultation did not include plans to amend the Section 59 powers. We will shortly announce the next steps following our consultation.

The Government does not believe that the introduction of a mandatory registration scheme for off-road quad bikes would be the most effective way to tackle dangerous and anti-social use. It would also place a burden and cost on law abiding citizens who would be most impacted by the requirements.

We will continue to support the police to enforce road traffic legislation and will use every available measure to confront the scourge of antisocial behaviour.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of amending Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 to include vehicles which transport illegal off road bikes.

The Government recognises that misuse of off-road bikes can cause nuisance and distress to communities. The Minister for Safeguarding set out the Government’s approach to dealing with this problem in an adjournment debate on 20 June 2022. Data on the number of incidents is not held centrally.

Between May and September 2021, the Government held a consultation seeking views on new levels of fees applied to the removal and storage of vehicles under the Police Reform Act 2002 in England and Wales. The consultation also sought views on whether aspects of the regulations and legislation are adequate to provide a sustainable service for vehicle recovery. However, the consultation did not include plans to amend the Section 59 powers. We will shortly announce the next steps following our consultation.

The Government does not believe that the introduction of a mandatory registration scheme for off-road quad bikes would be the most effective way to tackle dangerous and anti-social use. It would also place a burden and cost on law abiding citizens who would be most impacted by the requirements.

We will continue to support the police to enforce road traffic legislation and will use every available measure to confront the scourge of antisocial behaviour.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of off road bike use in incidents of anti-social behaviour.

The Government recognises that misuse of off-road bikes can cause nuisance and distress to communities. The Minister for Safeguarding set out the Government’s approach to dealing with this problem in an adjournment debate on 20 June 2022. Data on the number of incidents is not held centrally.

Between May and September 2021, the Government held a consultation seeking views on new levels of fees applied to the removal and storage of vehicles under the Police Reform Act 2002 in England and Wales. The consultation also sought views on whether aspects of the regulations and legislation are adequate to provide a sustainable service for vehicle recovery. However, the consultation did not include plans to amend the Section 59 powers. We will shortly announce the next steps following our consultation.

The Government does not believe that the introduction of a mandatory registration scheme for off-road quad bikes would be the most effective way to tackle dangerous and anti-social use. It would also place a burden and cost on law abiding citizens who would be most impacted by the requirements.

We will continue to support the police to enforce road traffic legislation and will use every available measure to confront the scourge of antisocial behaviour.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what agency will take responsibility for the cases open by Action Fraud as at 21 September 2021.

Victims will continue to be able to report frauds centrally to allow us to best tackle the frauds that affect millions of people across the country. The Home Office is working with the City of London Police (CoLP) on plans to replace the current Action Fraud service. The new service will improve the service to victims, provide greater intelligence and insight to policing on fraud and cybercrime affecting communities, and allow for greater prevention and disruption at scale. Home Office officials are engaging a wide range of partners ahead of publication of a Fraud Action Plan after the Spending Review is finished.

In the meantime, we continue to work closely with the City of London Police, who manage the service, and a number of improvements to the existing system have been put in place over the last year to ensure a smooth transition to the new service.

Reports submitted to Action Fraud are considered by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). Where enough evidence is available and viable leads are identified, the case is sent to the appropriate local police force to consider whether enforcement activity should take place. Reports not deemed viable for investigation by local police forces are not closed but remain under constant consideration for links to newly reported crimes. The intelligence is also used to identify opportunities to disrupt offenders, protect victims, and prevent further frauds.

It is important that victims of fraud receive the support that they are entitled to. The Action Fraud Economic Crime Victim Care Unit delivers services to vulnerable victims of fraud and cyber crime to help them recover and prevent them from becoming victims in the future. Including those whose cases are not disseminated for investigation. Action Fraud also provides protective advice to individuals who contact the service. Further advice is currently available online at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.

21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to assist people whose cases have not been progressed by Action Fraud.

Victims will continue to be able to report frauds centrally to allow us to best tackle the frauds that affect millions of people across the country. The Home Office is working with the City of London Police (CoLP) on plans to replace the current Action Fraud service. The new service will improve the service to victims, provide greater intelligence and insight to policing on fraud and cybercrime affecting communities, and allow for greater prevention and disruption at scale. Home Office officials are engaging a wide range of partners ahead of publication of a Fraud Action Plan after the Spending Review is finished.

In the meantime, we continue to work closely with the City of London Police, who manage the service, and a number of improvements to the existing system have been put in place over the last year to ensure a smooth transition to the new service.

Reports submitted to Action Fraud are considered by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). Where enough evidence is available and viable leads are identified, the case is sent to the appropriate local police force to consider whether enforcement activity should take place. Reports not deemed viable for investigation by local police forces are not closed but remain under constant consideration for links to newly reported crimes. The intelligence is also used to identify opportunities to disrupt offenders, protect victims, and prevent further frauds.

It is important that victims of fraud receive the support that they are entitled to. The Action Fraud Economic Crime Victim Care Unit delivers services to vulnerable victims of fraud and cyber crime to help them recover and prevent them from becoming victims in the future. Including those whose cases are not disseminated for investigation. Action Fraud also provides protective advice to individuals who contact the service. Further advice is currently available online at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.

21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions officials in her Department have had with relevant stakeholders on tackling fraud in the context of the closing of Action Fraud.

Victims will continue to be able to report frauds centrally to allow us to best tackle the frauds that affect millions of people across the country. The Home Office is working with the City of London Police (CoLP) on plans to replace the current Action Fraud service. The new service will improve the service to victims, provide greater intelligence and insight to policing on fraud and cybercrime affecting communities, and allow for greater prevention and disruption at scale. Home Office officials are engaging a wide range of partners ahead of publication of a Fraud Action Plan after the Spending Review is finished.

In the meantime, we continue to work closely with the City of London Police, who manage the service, and a number of improvements to the existing system have been put in place over the last year to ensure a smooth transition to the new service.

Reports submitted to Action Fraud are considered by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). Where enough evidence is available and viable leads are identified, the case is sent to the appropriate local police force to consider whether enforcement activity should take place. Reports not deemed viable for investigation by local police forces are not closed but remain under constant consideration for links to newly reported crimes. The intelligence is also used to identify opportunities to disrupt offenders, protect victims, and prevent further frauds.

It is important that victims of fraud receive the support that they are entitled to. The Action Fraud Economic Crime Victim Care Unit delivers services to vulnerable victims of fraud and cyber crime to help them recover and prevent them from becoming victims in the future. Including those whose cases are not disseminated for investigation. Action Fraud also provides protective advice to individuals who contact the service. Further advice is currently available online at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.

3rd Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that customer service staff are protected from abuse during the covid-19 lockdown.

Any such abuse is unacceptable, and the Government is working closely with the National Retail Crime Steering Group (NRCSG) to deliver a programme of work which aims to provide better support to victims, improve reporting, increase data sharing and raise awareness of this despicable crime.

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 provides the police, local authorities and other local agencies with a range of flexible tools and powers that can be used to respond quickly and effectively to anti-social behaviour.

The Government continues to work with these different agencies throughout the pandemic to ensure anti-social behaviour is tackled. This includes marshals, stewards and ambassadors being deployed to engage members of the public and businesses to explain COVID-19 Secure guidelines and restrictions, and the police who continue to enforce where necessary.

Kit Malthouse
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
8th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average daily food charge was for armed forces personnel stationed in UK barracks in the latest period for which data is available.

The daily food charge for Service personnel undertaking training in Phase 1 and Phase 2 establishments is £5.61.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
8th Jul 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was the cost of catering services for armed forces personnel who were (a) deployed and (b) undertaking training in the latest period for which data is available.

It is not possible to separate the deployed costs from those undertaking training. The total amount spent on the provision of catering to all serving personnel engaged on duty, including training, in financial year 2021-22 was £57.629 million. In addition, £16.747 million worth of Operational Ration Packs were consumed in that year. These figures are inclusive of VAT.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many electronic purchasing cards were held by people for the purposes of making purchases against his departmental budget as of 31 March 2022; and how many of those people were (a) civilian staff permanently employed by his core Department, (b) non-permanent civilian employees of his core Department, (c) ministers and special advisers and (d) members of the armed forces.

As of 30 June 2022, 11,920 electronic purchasing cards were held for the purposes of making purchases against the Ministry of Defence budget.

Comprehensive data on the roles of individual card holders is not readily accessible. However, all cards are issued to military, civilian, and contractor personnel in accordance with the regulations contained in Joint Service Publication 322 – Low Value Purchasing.

No electronic purchasing cards are held by Ministers or Special Advisors.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of purchases made by his Department via electronic purchasing cards were subject to assurance checks in 2021-22; and if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of the level of those checks in reducing risk of misuse.

The Ministry of Defence has robust assurance measures in place in relation to transactions using electronic purchasing cards, as set out in Joint Service Publication (JSP) 332 - Low Value Purchasing (LVP). Each month cardholders must reconcile their transaction logs against bank statements received and inform LVP Managers immediately of any discrepancies. In addition, LVP Managers must conduct 100% cross-checks of all LVP transaction logs, bank statements and receipts provided by cardholders and ensure that documentation is submitted in a timely manner.

An appointed checking officer must also complete a locally agreed sample check (currently a minimum of 10%, but up to 100% depending on the size, complexity and assurance level of the accounts) of all transactions, including associated documentation. This is to ensure that all purchases made were appropriate and comply with MOD policy, that correct procedure has been followed and that audit trails are complete.

A revised version of JSP 332 is planned for publication later this year. This will provide an even greater level of assurance, through phasing in 100% sample checks by the Checking Officer.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much and what proportion of the £6.6 billion committed to research, development and experimentation over the next four years in the Defence Command Paper of 2021 has been committed to future projects.

Supplementary estimates were published on 22 February 2022 which show our current in-year (financial year 21/22) forecast of £1.5 billion on capital research and development.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the conversion bay class support ship committed to in the Defence Command Paper of 2021 will be delivered.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Minister for the Armed Forces to the Rt hon. Member for North Durham (Kevan Jones) on 9 December 2021 in response to Question number 87610.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Defence Accommodation Strategy will be published; and for what reason that strategy was not published as part of the defence command paper of 2021.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 18 February 2022 to Question 125482 to the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (Luke Pollard).

The Defence Command Paper was published in March 2021 whilst the Ministry of Defence only made the commitment to publishing a Defence Accommodation Strategy (DAS) in June 2021, in response to a recommendation from the Public Accounts Committee's report Living in Single Living Accommodation. There was, therefore, never any intention for the DAS to be published as part of the Defence Command Paper, as the Paper pre-dates the conception of the DAS.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many projects so far have been funded by £6.6 billion committed to research, development and experimentation over the next four years in the defence command paper.

The £6.6 billion research and development (R&D) ringfence announced as part of Speding Round (SR)20 and includes existing R&D spend across the defence programme in addition to the new investment totalling £1.1 billion over the SR period. This aims to implement a set of R&D pipelines which will address critical and enduring military capability challenges to deliver a decisive strategic edge for our armed forces now and in the future. This new investment consists of around seven programmes and 16 projects, including the following capabilities:

  • Enhanced command and control
  • Anti Submarine Warfare
  • Multi Domain Integrated Swarms
  • Directed Energy Weapons
  • Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
  • Integrated Space
  • Cyber Defence and Artificial Intelligence

Other defence-wide investment in R&D includes the Defence Innovation Fund which has funded over 60 projects this financial year, and R&D in support of the equipment programme such as Future Combat Air System.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much and what proportion of the £800 million committed to a new automated mobile fires platform in the next ten years in the Defence Command Paper of 2021 has been committed to future projects.

Around £166K was spent on the Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) project between February 2021 and January 2022. As the MFP project is still in the Concept Phase, the remainder of the £800 million provisioned has yet to be committed to future projects.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much and what proportion of the £800 million committed to a new automated mobile fires platform over the next ten years in the Defence Command Paper 2021 has been spent in the last twelve months.

Around £166K was spent on the Mobile Fires Platform (MFP) project between February 2021 and January 2022. As the MFP project is still in the Concept Phase, the remainder of the £800 million provisioned has yet to be committed to future projects.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Defence Command Paper, published March 2021, how much of the £6.6 billion allocated for research, development, and experimentation over four years has been spent in the last year.

Supplementary estimates were published on 22 February 2022 which show our current in-year (financial year 21/22) forecast of £1.5 billion on capital research and development. The department is currently forecasting to exceed the ringfence over four years. The final annual spend will be confirmed in the Annual Report and Accounts.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Defence Command Paper, published March 2021, how much of the £2 billion in funding for strategic investment in the Future Combat Air System has been spent in the last year.

The March 2021 Defence Command Paper highlighted that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) would make a strategic investment of £2 billion in the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) over the following four years. Since March 2021, the MOD has spent approximately £296.4 million on FCAS.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Defence Command Paper, published March 2021, how much of the £4.3 billion in funding for the Defence Estates Optimisation plan has been spent in the last year.

The Defence Estate Optimisation Portfolio (DEOP) remains on target to invest £4.3 billion over the next decade, having invested over £50 million in new homes, working and training facilities for our Armed Forces over the last year.

In addition to DEOP, the Ministry of Defence has invested more than £750 million in SFA improvements over the last six years. During financial year 2020/2021, c£190 million (including £68 million of Government Fiscal Stimulus funding) was invested to improve the quality of SFA.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Defence Command Paper, published March 2021, how many new highly skilled jobs were created by the UK combat air industry in 2021.

The March 2021 Defence Command Paper noted that 18,000 people were employed in the UK combat air sector and that the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme had created 1,800 skilled jobs. FCAS is expected to be the primary driver for new recruitment into the combat air industry and from consultation with our industry partners we understand that by the end of 2021 over 2,000 skilled professionals were employed on the programme.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Defence Command Paper, published in March 2021, how much of the £1.5 billion of funding for improving single living accommodation has been allocated to future projects.

The £1.5 billion is split across multiple different programmes, some of which are contracts for builds that are cross-cutting to other accommodation types. I will write to the hon. Member with further detail.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to table 4.2 on page 231 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21, Published on 20 January 2022, HC692, if he will to provide a breakdown of spending between the three categories of training, safety and welfare.

The expenditure regarding training, safety and welfare (including medical costs) encompasses the following cost categories in the Department’s accounts.

DESCRIPTION

Total in 2020-21 Accounts

Training - External Training - Military

£178,968,840.57

Training - External Training - Civilian

£36,408,734.46

Welfare - Medical-Non Hospital treatment

£6,509,528.78

Welfare - Medical - Health Services

£32,442,697.20

Welfare - Medical Supplies Direct Supply

£6,675,968.11

Welfare - Schools & Community Relations

£16,455,451.19

Welfare Services

£44,270,793.37

Welfare - Specific Grants to Charities

£11,400,914.55

Welfare - Social and Recreation

£4,244,310.85

Welfare - Food Services

£22,748,261.30

Welfare Food - Purchase

£50,028,772.60

Safety - Clothing Services

£17,004,183.44

Safety - Clothing - Purchase/Repair

£25,616,993.82

Welfare - Life Support

£32,554,259.90

Welfare - Medical-Support Equipment

£13,782,084.41

Safety - Regulation

£23,428,805.56

Total

£522,540,600.11

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to table 4.2 on page 231 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21, Published on 20 January 2022, HC692, if he will provide examples of spending recorded as training, safety and welfare.

The expenditure regarding training, safety and welfare (including medical costs) encompasses the following cost categories in the Department’s accounts.

DESCRIPTION

Total in 2020-21 Accounts

Training - External Training - Military

£178,968,840.57

Training - External Training - Civilian

£36,408,734.46

Welfare - Medical-Non Hospital treatment

£6,509,528.78

Welfare - Medical - Health Services

£32,442,697.20

Welfare - Medical Supplies Direct Supply

£6,675,968.11

Welfare - Schools & Community Relations

£16,455,451.19

Welfare Services

£44,270,793.37

Welfare - Specific Grants to Charities

£11,400,914.55

Welfare - Social and Recreation

£4,244,310.85

Welfare - Food Services

£22,748,261.30

Welfare Food - Purchase

£50,028,772.60

Safety - Clothing Services

£17,004,183.44

Safety - Clothing - Purchase/Repair

£25,616,993.82

Welfare - Life Support

£32,554,259.90

Welfare - Medical-Support Equipment

£13,782,084.41

Safety - Regulation

£23,428,805.56

Total

£522,540,600.11

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
28th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to table 4.2 on page 231 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21, Published on 20 January 2022, HC692, how training, safety and welfare is defined.

The expenditure regarding training, safety and welfare (including medical costs) encompasses the following cost categories in the Department’s accounts.

DESCRIPTION

Total in 2020-21 Accounts

Training - External Training - Military

£178,968,840.57

Training - External Training - Civilian

£36,408,734.46

Welfare - Medical-Non Hospital treatment

£6,509,528.78

Welfare - Medical - Health Services

£32,442,697.20

Welfare - Medical Supplies Direct Supply

£6,675,968.11

Welfare - Schools & Community Relations

£16,455,451.19

Welfare Services

£44,270,793.37

Welfare - Specific Grants to Charities

£11,400,914.55

Welfare - Social and Recreation

£4,244,310.85

Welfare - Food Services

£22,748,261.30

Welfare Food - Purchase

£50,028,772.60

Safety - Clothing Services

£17,004,183.44

Safety - Clothing - Purchase/Repair

£25,616,993.82

Welfare - Life Support

£32,554,259.90

Welfare - Medical-Support Equipment

£13,782,084.41

Safety - Regulation

£23,428,805.56

Total

£522,540,600.11

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason omitted estimates and data for jobs supported by MOD expenditure have been delayed for the report entitled MOD regional expenditure with UK industry and commerce and supported employment 2020/2021; and when that data will be published.

The omitted estimates and data for jobs supported by Ministry of Defence expenditure have been delayed due to a delay in the availability of the latest employment and turnover data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), caused by the impact of COVID-19 on the ONS Business Surveys. The ONS figures are required for the calculation of employment estimates. Subject to the availability of data from the ONS, we estimate that we will be able publish a revision of the bulletin to include the jobs estimates for 2020-21 in early summer 2022.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many army personnel have been medically downgraded as a result of hearing loss in each year for the last 10 years.

The below table presents the number of UK Army personnel who were medically downgraded with an ICD-10 code for Hearing Loss cited as the principal or contributory cause from 1 April 2015 to 1 April 2021. Both principal and contributory causes have been included as it is possible for personnel to be medically downgraded for multiple medical reasons.

The information provided is for Army personnel who have had restrictions (both short term or longer term) as a result of hearing loss which will require a limitation in their military duties. It is a snapshot in time of each year therefore someone who is downgraded at one timepoint can also be included in the count at a later timepoint. The personnel represented in this response may have since had their limitations lifted and returned to their previous levels of medical fitness. Reasons for medical downgrading are only presented from 2015 due to data availability.

Table 1: UK Army1 personnel medically downgraded with Hearing Loss cited as the principal or contributory cause, by year2, from 1 April 2015 to 1 April 2021

Date

Number

1 Apr 15

767

1 Apr 16

896

1 Apr 17

917

1 Apr 18

1,152

1 Apr 19

998

1 Apr 20

1,001

1 Apr 21

1,068

1 Figures includes full time trade trained and serving against requirement.

2 Numbers downgraded for hearing loss as at 1 April in each year.

Leo Docherty
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with which company he has placed the contract for headsets used by army personnel on the (a) Ajax, (b) Warrior and (c) CVRT family of armoured fighting vehicles.

The headsets in use with Warrior, CVR(T) fleets, and intended for use in AJAX (once fielded), are provided by Racal Acoustics Ltd. Additionally, a small number of headsets, from various manufacturers, have been trialled in small numbers for research and niche users across the platforms.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the investigations into the concerns that headsets used by personnel in armoured fighting vehicles were causing hearing problems have concluded; and what the results of the investigation have been to date.

Investigations remain ongoing. As it becomes available, the data from this testing will be combined with our knowledge of the in-service Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) operating environment to ensure safety advice and guidance to operational commanders remains current.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there is still a time restriction placed on personnel using the (a) Ajax, (b) Warrior and (c) CVRT family of armoured vehicles in response to concerns over the headsets.

Armoured vehicles are inherently noisy so statutory restrictions are mandated across the Armoured Fighting Vehicle fleet. The department was made aware of some concerns regarding AFV headsets so have imposed tighter restrictions on the use of some vehicles, including Ajax, Warrior and CVRT fleet whilst further investigation work is conducted.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the statement on the Defence Command Paper, published 22 March 2021, whether his Department plans to increase the F-35 fleet beyond 48 aircraft as committed to within that Statement.

The 2021 Integrated Review confirmed our ambition to continue the growth of the UK Lightning Force beyond 48 aircraft. We are currently undertaking a period of detailed analysis to evaluate the scale and timeline for procurement of our second tranche of F35B Lightning aircraft together with associated infrastructure and support requirements.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the future procurement of the F-35.

The 2021 Integrated Review confirmed our ambition to continue the growth of the UK Lightning Force beyond 48 aircraft. We are currently undertaking a period of detailed analysis to evaluate the scale and timeline for procurement of our second tranche of F35B Lightning aircraft together with associated infrastructure and support requirements.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the safety of the F-35 fleet following a crash off the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The Aviation Duty Holders for Lightning have reviewed the initial and emerging evidence following the crash of the F-35B Lightning from HMS Queen Elizabeth and remain satisfied that Risks to Life remain Tolerable and As Low As Reasonably Practicable. A Service Inquiry has been convened and it will be inappropriate to comment on the nature of that evidence while the Inquiry continues. However, if any new safety critical evidence emerges during the Inquiry process this will be considered further by the Aviation Duty Holders.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
3rd Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has been made of the risk to flight crew following the crash of an F-35 from the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The Aviation Duty Holders for Lightning have reviewed the initial and emerging evidence following the crash of the F-35B Lightning from HMS Queen Elizabeth and remain satisfied that Risks to Life remain Tolerable and As Low As Reasonably Practicable. A Service Inquiry has been convened and it will be inappropriate to comment on the nature of that evidence while the Inquiry continues. However, if any new safety critical evidence emerges during the Inquiry process this will be considered further by the Aviation Duty Holders.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Watchkeeper's are in service as of 24 November 2021.

As at 1 April 2021, the Ministry of Defence had 46 Watchkeeper Aircraft in active fleet management, of which 11 were in service. The remainder are held in the sustainment fleet in storage or being used in test and evaluation.

I am withholding the number that are operational, as its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of the Watchkeeper fleet are operational as of 24 November 2021.

As at 1 April 2021, the Ministry of Defence had 46 Watchkeeper Aircraft in active fleet management, of which 11 were in service. The remainder are held in the sustainment fleet in storage or being used in test and evaluation.

I am withholding the number that are operational, as its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any Watchkeeper WK450's have been exported since 2018.

No Watchkeeper WK450 UAVs have been exported since 2018.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flying hours have been undertaken by Watchkeeper in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021 as of 24 November 2021.

The number of flying hours undertaken for watchkeeper for 2019, 2020 and 2021 as of 24 November 2021 is shown in the below table.

Calendar Year (01 January – 31 December)

Total

2019

199 hours 20 mins

2020

406 hours 36 min

2021

432 hours 34 mins

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the procurement of headsets for use by personnel in the Ajax armoured vehicles is included in the contract with General Dynamics.

The in-service headsets used by Ministry of Defence (MOD) personnel on Ajax are provided to General Dynamics by the MOD as Government Furnished Equipment.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel will be given hearing tests, subsequent to using headsets that have had a time limit put on them in the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance family.

All Army personnel, regardless of role, are directed to have their hearing tested at least every 24 months, increasing to every 12 months for those in high risk roles. Personnel working on armoured vehicles fall into this high-risk category.

In response to concerns over the performance of some AFV headsets, the Army will assure compliance with the 12 monthly audiograms for all armoured vehicle users and will establish additional targeted sample surveillance (by vehicle type) to monitor the effectiveness of the safety constraints under the safety cases.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel will be given hearing tests, subsequent to using headsets that have had a time limit put on them in the Warrior vehicles.

All Army personnel, regardless of role, are directed to have their hearing tested at least every 24 months, increasing to every 12 months for those in high risk roles. Personnel working on armoured vehicles fall into this high-risk category.

In response to concerns over the performance of some AFV headsets, the Army will assure compliance with the 12 monthly audiograms for all armoured vehicle users and will establish additional targeted sample surveillance (by vehicle type) to monitor the effectiveness of the safety constraints under the safety cases.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department’s total expenditure for Research and Development was in each year between 2010-11 and 2020-21.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) produces an annual 'Research and development expenditure by the UK Government' publication which provides detail of research and development expenditure for UK Government Departments including the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The total net R&D spend for MOD in each year since 2010/11, in current prices, is summarised in the table below.

£million

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

Total R&D expenditure

1,693

1,306

1,460

1,516

1,704

1,636

1,623

1,634

1,647

1,017


The ONS publications covering expenditure in financial years 2010-11 to 2019-20 can be found here: Research and development expenditure by the UK government Statistical bulletins - Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk).

The detail of MOD's net research and development expenditure for 2020- 21 will be published by the ONS in April 2022. MOD's audited Annual Report and Accounts, which will include total R&D spend in financial year 2020-21, is expected to be published in November.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department’s planned Research and Expenditure spend is for (a) this financial year and (b) each of the next four financial years.

The 2020 Spending Review (SR) Settlement sets out a ringfence for defence R&D amounting to at least £6.6 billion over four years from 2021-22. This funding will support next generation capabilities from satellites and automation to AI and novel weapons.

For this financial year, current plans indicate that we will spend in excess of the £960 million ringfence as reported at Main Estimates. Investment plans for the subsequent 4 years are still subject to change and will be considered in annual budgeting cycles. However, R&D investment is expected to meet the £6.6 million ringfence by financial year 2024-2025.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total procurement spend was by his Department with small- and medium-sized enterprises in 2020-21.

In Financial Year 2019-20, the most recent year for which figures are available, the Ministry of Defence is estimated to have spent £4.505 billion directly and indirectly with small and medium-sized enterprises. This represents procurement spend for the core department and DSTL only. All other Executive Agencies and NDPBs are excluded.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the total procurement spend by his Department has been spent with small- and medium-sized enterprises in 2020-21.

In Financial Year 2019-20, the most recent year for which figures are available, 21.3% of MOD's total procurement spend is estimated to have gone directly and indirectly to small and medium-sized enterprises. This represents procurement spend for the core department and DSTL only. All other Executive Agencies and NDPBs are excluded.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected costs are of the (a) additional trials for the Ajax vehicle and (b) modifications to that vehicle being tested.

The cost of the Millbrook trials are commercially sensitive. The trials are essential to allow us to safely bring Ajax into service. We have a firm price contract with General Dynamics Land Systems which requires them to deliver 589 vehicles that meet the agreed specification for a cost of £5.5 billion.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of the number of personnel affected by noise exposure on the Ajax project are in need of medical treatment.

I refer the hon. Member to HCWS260, the written statement I laid in this House on Monday 6 September which provided a comprehensive update on the Armoured Cavalry (Ajax) programme and my commitment to provide further information in due course.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which officials in his Department were notified that a design upgrade to the Ajax vehicle was required; and what steps his Department took in response to that notification.

I refer the hon. Member to HCWS260, the written statement I laid in this House on Monday 6 September which provided a comprehensive update on the Armoured Cavalry (Ajax) programme. As I stated, extensive work has been undertaken on the Health and Safety aspects of the Noise and Vibration concerns raised on Ajax. A report is being undertaken independently of the Ajax Delivery Team by the MOD’s Director of Health and Safety. I will publish this report once it is finalised, which will contain a full timeline in relation to Health and Safety issues.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which officials in his Department were informed of vibration issues in respect of Ajax before trials started; and on what dates those officials were informed.

I refer the hon. Member to HCWS260, the written statement I laid in this House on Monday 6 September which provided a comprehensive update on the Armoured Cavalry (Ajax) programme. As I stated, extensive work has been undertaken on the Health and Safety aspects of the Noise and Vibration concerns raised on Ajax. A report is being undertaken independently of the Ajax Delivery Team by the MOD’s Director of Health and Safety. I will publish this report once it is finalised, which will contain a full timeline in relation to Health and Safety issues.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many investigations his Department has conducted into leaked information in the last 18 months.

All incidents relating to leaks of classified documents in the past 18 months are currently being investigated by the Ministry of Defence. It would not be appropriate to provide numbers and details of cases while they are still open and the outcomes of investigations not yet formalised.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many investigations his Department has conducted into leaked information in the last 12 months.

All incidents relating to leaks of classified documents in the past 18 months are currently being investigated by the Ministry of Defence. It would not be appropriate to provide numbers and details of cases while they are still open and the outcomes of investigations not yet formalised.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many leaks of classified documents his Department is aware of in the last 18 months.

All incidents relating to leaks of classified documents in the past 18 months are currently being investigated by the Ministry of Defence. It would not be appropriate to provide numbers and details of cases while they are still open and the outcomes of investigations not yet formalised.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many leaks of classified documents his Department is aware of in the last 12 months.

All incidents relating to leaks of classified documents in the past 18 months are currently being investigated by the Ministry of Defence. It would not be appropriate to provide numbers and details of cases while they are still open and the outcomes of investigations not yet formalised.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many investigations his Department has conducted into leaked information in the last six months.

All incidents relating to leaks of classified documents in the past 18 months are currently being investigated by the Ministry of Defence. It would not be appropriate to provide numbers and details of cases while they are still open and the outcomes of investigations not yet formalised.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many leaks of classified documents his Department is aware of in the last six months.

All incidents relating to leaks of classified documents in the past 18 months are currently being investigated by the Ministry of Defence. It would not be appropriate to provide numbers and details of cases while they are still open and the outcomes of investigations not yet formalised.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jul 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department (a) has made an assessment of the circumstances in which information regarding Challenger 2 has been leaked and (b) is conducting an investigation into that matter.

I assume the hon. Member is asking about the recent publication on a gaming website of a number of Challenger 2 specifications.

This incident was reported to the Army Warning, Advisory and Reporting Point on 19 Jul 2021 and a security investigation into the circumstances instigated. The investigation has since been transferred to the Royal Military Police and is ongoing. The Department takes protection of its information extremely seriously and will continue to take firm action in response to such incidents.

James Heappey
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost is of the JAGM Air-to-Ground Missile for the AH-64E Apache helicopter.

The delivery date for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile has not yet been determined.

To date, a very small quantity of missiles have however been procured to support technical assessments and trials, to enable clearance of the weapon on the Apache AH-64E helicopter. I am withholding information about the cost paid for a single missile as its disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the delivery date is for the new JAGM missile systems for the AH-64E Apache helicopter.

The delivery date for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile has not yet been determined.

To date, a very small quantity of missiles have however been procured to support technical assessments and trials, to enable clearance of the weapon on the Apache AH-64E helicopter. I am withholding information about the cost paid for a single missile as its disclosure would prejudice commercial interests.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will ensure that technical data packages are included in his Department's New Medium Helicopter Programme contract.

A range of technical information is required as part of the Department's procurement process for equipment. This may include, for example, technical publications, operating and systems manuals to ensure that equipment can be safely operated, maintained and configured through life.

The procurement strategy for the new Medium Helicopter programme is under development and a contract has not yet been placed with industry. The contract will include technical publications in order that the aircraft can be maintained and configured through life.

The eventual manufacture contract for the Fleet Solid Support ships will similarly contain provisions for all such information to be provided.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will ensure that technical data packages are included in any fleet solid support ship contract.

A range of technical information is required as part of the Department's procurement process for equipment. This may include, for example, technical publications, operating and systems manuals to ensure that equipment can be safely operated, maintained and configured through life.

The procurement strategy for the new Medium Helicopter programme is under development and a contract has not yet been placed with industry. The contract will include technical publications in order that the aircraft can be maintained and configured through life.

The eventual manufacture contract for the Fleet Solid Support ships will similarly contain provisions for all such information to be provided.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department's contract for the procurement of Typhoon aircraft included technical data packages.

A range of technical information is required as part of the Department's procurement process for equipment. This may include, for example, technical publications, operating and systems manuals to ensure that equipment can be safely operated, maintained and configured through life.

The contract for the Boxer procurement contains provisions for technical data packages and for Ajax includes Interactive Electronic Technical Publications for all Ajax variants.

The purchase of 14 new Extended Range Chinook and 50 Apache AH-64E helicopters is being made through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) arrangements with the US Government. The FMS cases include the provision of technical publications and services.

Typhoon procurement is delivered through the collaborative international Eurofighter programme between the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain; the UK has taken delivery of all its Typhoon aircraft. The procurement and support contracts include provision of the necessary technical information to support operation, maintenance and configuration of the aircraft through life.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department's contract for the procurement of Ajax vehicles included technical data packages.

A range of technical information is required as part of the Department's procurement process for equipment. This may include, for example, technical publications, operating and systems manuals to ensure that equipment can be safely operated, maintained and configured through life.

The contract for the Boxer procurement contains provisions for technical data packages and for Ajax includes Interactive Electronic Technical Publications for all Ajax variants.

The purchase of 14 new Extended Range Chinook and 50 Apache AH-64E helicopters is being made through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) arrangements with the US Government. The FMS cases include the provision of technical publications and services.

Typhoon procurement is delivered through the collaborative international Eurofighter programme between the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain; the UK has taken delivery of all its Typhoon aircraft. The procurement and support contracts include provision of the necessary technical information to support operation, maintenance and configuration of the aircraft through life.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department's contract for the procurement of new Apache helicopters included technical data packages.

A range of technical information is required as part of the Department's procurement process for equipment. This may include, for example, technical publications, operating and systems manuals to ensure that equipment can be safely operated, maintained and configured through life.

The contract for the Boxer procurement contains provisions for technical data packages and for Ajax includes Interactive Electronic Technical Publications for all Ajax variants.

The purchase of 14 new Extended Range Chinook and 50 Apache AH-64E helicopters is being made through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) arrangements with the US Government. The FMS cases include the provision of technical publications and services.

Typhoon procurement is delivered through the collaborative international Eurofighter programme between the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain; the UK has taken delivery of all its Typhoon aircraft. The procurement and support contracts include provision of the necessary technical information to support operation, maintenance and configuration of the aircraft through life.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department's contract for the procurement of new extended-range Chinook helicopters included technical data packages.

A range of technical information is required as part of the Department's procurement process for equipment. This may include, for example, technical publications, operating and systems manuals to ensure that equipment can be safely operated, maintained and configured through life.

The contract for the Boxer procurement contains provisions for technical data packages and for Ajax includes Interactive Electronic Technical Publications for all Ajax variants.

The purchase of 14 new Extended Range Chinook and 50 Apache AH-64E helicopters is being made through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) arrangements with the US Government. The FMS cases include the provision of technical publications and services.

Typhoon procurement is delivered through the collaborative international Eurofighter programme between the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain; the UK has taken delivery of all its Typhoon aircraft. The procurement and support contracts include provision of the necessary technical information to support operation, maintenance and configuration of the aircraft through life.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department's contract for the Boxer programme included technical data packages.

A range of technical information is required as part of the Department's procurement process for equipment. This may include, for example, technical publications, operating and systems manuals to ensure that equipment can be safely operated, maintained and configured through life.

The contract for the Boxer procurement contains provisions for technical data packages and for Ajax includes Interactive Electronic Technical Publications for all Ajax variants.

The purchase of 14 new Extended Range Chinook and 50 Apache AH-64E helicopters is being made through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) arrangements with the US Government. The FMS cases include the provision of technical publications and services.

Typhoon procurement is delivered through the collaborative international Eurofighter programme between the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain; the UK has taken delivery of all its Typhoon aircraft. The procurement and support contracts include provision of the necessary technical information to support operation, maintenance and configuration of the aircraft through life.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much UK-produced steel has been used in the manufacturing of Astute-class Submarines procured by his Department.

No steel has yet been procured for the Type 31 frigates.

There are no UK suppliers of the specialised steel required in the manufacture of submarine pressure hulls. Other grades of steel used in the manufacture of Astute Class submarines were sourced from a range of suppliers, including a number of UK companies. Owing to the complexity of the Astute programme supply chain and the time that has elapsed since steel for the programme was procured, it is not possible to provide reliable information on the tonnages of steel provided by each supplier.

Steel for our major defence programmes is generally sourced by our prime contractors from a range of UK and international suppliers and that remains the case. This Government is committed to creating the right conditions in the UK for a competitive and sustainable steel industry. It publishes its future pipeline for steel requirements, together with data on how Departments are complying with steel procurement guidance. This enables UK steel manufacturers to better plan and bid for Government contracts.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much UK-produced steel has been used in the manufacturing of Type 31 Frigates procured by his Department.

No steel has yet been procured for the Type 31 frigates.

There are no UK suppliers of the specialised steel required in the manufacture of submarine pressure hulls. Other grades of steel used in the manufacture of Astute Class submarines were sourced from a range of suppliers, including a number of UK companies. Owing to the complexity of the Astute programme supply chain and the time that has elapsed since steel for the programme was procured, it is not possible to provide reliable information on the tonnages of steel provided by each supplier.

Steel for our major defence programmes is generally sourced by our prime contractors from a range of UK and international suppliers and that remains the case. This Government is committed to creating the right conditions in the UK for a competitive and sustainable steel industry. It publishes its future pipeline for steel requirements, together with data on how Departments are complying with steel procurement guidance. This enables UK steel manufacturers to better plan and bid for Government contracts.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much UK-produced steel has been used in the manufacturing of Ajax Armoured Fighting Vehicles procured by his Department.

The majority of the steel for the hull and armour of Ajax being smelted and rolled to create a high hardness specification required for the ballistic properties needed to ensure survivability. This steel being produced is low volume and not available in the UK.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much UK-produced steel has been used in the manufacturing of Boxer Armoured Fighting Vehicles procured by his Department.

While UK steel may be used at component level, the BOXER vehicles being developed and qualified are likely to require significant quantities of specialist steel not available in the UK.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether his Department plans to invest in carbon neutral, climate resilient social homes.

Retrofitting insulation and low carbon heat in social homes is a crucial step in achieving our commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and will contribute towards our Carbon Budget targets and our legally binding fuel poverty targets.

The Government's Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator has awarded £61 million to 18 local authority-led projects across England and Scotland, covering over 2,100 social homes, to test innovative approaches to retrofitting at scale. Beyond these projects up to £160 million total funding will be allocated for the first wave of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund programme in 2021/22. This funding supports the government's commitment to invest in the energy performance of homes.

In the Heat and Buildings Strategy and Net Zero Strategy, launched 19 October 2021, it was announced that a further £800 million has been committed for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund as part of the 2021 Spending Review process.

From 2025, the Future Homes Standard will ensure that new homes produce at least 75% fewer CO2 emissions than those built to current standards.

15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle the trend of fewer social homes being available due to their sale or demolition than are being built each year.

Since 2010, this Government has delivered over 382,300 affordable homes for rent, of which over 149,400 homes for social rent. We are committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing and are investing over £12 billion in affordable housing over 5 years, the largest investment in affordable housing in a decade.

This includes the new £11.5 billion Affordable Homes Programme (AHP), which will deliver more than double the social rent than the current programme, which are typically 50 to 60% of market prices, with around 32,000 social rent homes due to be delivered. These homes for social rent will be available to deliver across the country, providing secure, affordable housing to families who need it most.

In March 2021, the Government introduced a package of reforms to the use of Right to Buy receipts. These reforms will help local authorities build more homes and make it easier to deliver homes for social rent. This set of reforms, combined with the abolition of the borrowing cap in 2018, gives councils substantially increased flexibilities to build new homes.

21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of abolishing prison sentences of six months and less.

We are clear that sentencing must match the severity of the crime, and public protection is our priority. Custody should only be used as a last resort and community sentences will continue to be an important part of punishing and rehabilitating offenders.

In the Queen’s speech in December, the Government announced plans to introduce new sentencing laws. Ahead of any legislation, we intend to canvass proposals in a White Paper. This will contain proposals for community penalties that offer an appropriate level of punishment, while tackling the underlying drivers of re-offending.

21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect of prison sentences of six months on reducing rates of reoffending.

We are clear that sentencing must match the severity of a crime, and public protection is our priority.

The latest proven reoffending rate for adult offenders released from sentences of six months or less in the quarter July to September 2017 was almost two thirds (64.8%).

If we are to break the cycle of reoffending, solutions will often lie in community sentences, including those which address offenders’ behaviour, answer their mental health and alcohol or drug misuse needs, or provide reparation for the benefit of the wider community. However, sentencers should continue to have the option of imposing a short custodial sentence, where appropriate.

In the Queen’s speech in December, the Government announced plans to introduce new sentencing laws. Ahead of any legislation, we intend to canvass proposals in a White Paper. This will contain proposals for community penalties that offer an appropriate level of punishment, while tackling the underlying drivers of re-offending.

21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of women serving custodial sentences are serving a sentence of six months or less.

As at 30 September 2019 (latest available data), 11% of the total female sentenced population were serving sentences of 6 months or less.

Further information is available in Table 1.1 of the document “Prison population: 30 September 2019” at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/offender-management-statistics-quarterly-april-to-june-2019.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of mental healthcare provision in UK prisons.

Health services in prisons are commissioned by NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) who are responsible for making assessments of the current provision of mental health services in the prison system in England. In Wales, health is devolved to the Welsh Government where separate arrangements are made.

We take mental health provision very seriously and are committed to working closely with health partners to ensure that offenders are able to access the treatment and support required for their mental health needs. The health and justice partners include: Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHSE/I, and Public Health England (PHE). In prisons, this relationship has been formally set out in the National Partnership Agreement for Prison Healthcare in England, which has been in place since April 2018. Its associated workplan sets out a detailed programme of work, agreed by health and justice partners, to deliver safe, decent, effective healthcare for offenders.

We recognise the importance of the prison environment for enabling better health outcomes. For example, we have worked to refresh safety training packages, with staff receiving training in key areas such as mental health and substance misuse. Over 25,000 new and existing prison staff (including those who work for other bodies) have now completed at least one module of the revised suicide and self-harm prevention training; 14,000 staff have received all six modules.

We continue to work with our partners to improve mental healthcare in prisons.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
21st Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many women serving a custodial sentence have been a victim of domestic violence.

The latest data available relates to those in custody on 30 June 2019, aged 18 and over. Information is available for individuals whose relationship status had been assessed by that date on the Offender Assessment System, which accounts for 2,437 women and 60,157 men.

From these totals 1,525 female prisoners were identified as having ever been the victim of domestic violence. This equates to 63% of female prisoners.

Figures for the extent of Offender Assessment System coverage exclude “layer 1” assessments, which do not include questions on domestic violence. Previous figures quoted for 2017 in the Answer of 9 October to Question 174010 included these, so percentages for 2019 are increased accordingly.

Lucy Frazer
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the first Minister of Wales on financial support for businesses during covid-19 restrictions; and if he will make a statement.

I have regular discussions with the First Minister of Wales and his Ministerial team on our governments’ responses to Covid-19.

Over the past eight months of this crisis, the UK Government and the Welsh Government have worked together co-operatively on measures to help people in Wales get through the Covid outbreak.

The UK Government has guaranteed £5 billion in further funding to the Welsh Government to support its response to the virus. In addition to the extra funding our Coronavirus Business Loan Scheme has supported over 1,600 Welsh businesses, our Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has protected over 401,000 jobs, our Self-Employed Income Support Scheme has helped over 108,000 self-employed people and we have backed 48,000 bounce back loans.

The Government’s extension of CJRS to the end of March further demonstrates that we are taking the steps needed to provide further financial support to protect jobs and businesses in Wales and right across the UK.

30th Oct 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what steps the Government is taking to help protect employment in the tourism sector in Wales from the effects of the covid-19 outbreak.

The UK Government has protected jobs in Wales’ tourism sector through a far-reaching range of measures, including cuts to VAT, incentives to keep workers in their jobs and the Enjoy Summer Safely campaign, which encouraged thousands of people to get back out and enjoy the best Wales has to offer.

We recognise the challenging times ahead. We are increasing support for businesses and employees in Wales by extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employed Income Support Scheme. Both schemes provide invaluable support to the hard-hit tourism and hospitality sectors that are so crucially important in Wales.

Our Plan for Jobs will also make available up to £30 billion to protect jobs, including those in the tourism sector.