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Tobias Ellwood

Conservative - Bournemouth East

Tobias Ellwood is not a member of any APPGs
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jun 2017 - 27th Jul 2019
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
15th Jul 2014 - 14th Jun 2017
Armed Forces Bill Committee
17th Jan 2011 - 8th Mar 2011
Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)
2nd Jul 2007 - 6th May 2010
Opposition Whip (Commons)
10th May 2005 - 2nd Jul 2007
Environmental Audit Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 23rd Jan 2006


Select Committee Meeting
Monday 17th January 2022
16:00
National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) - Oral evidence
Subject: Critical national infrastructure and climate adaptation
17 Jan 2022, 4 p.m.
At 4.30pm: Oral evidence
Professor Jim Hall - Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks at University of Oxford
John Hetherington, Head of London Resilience
Stuart Marshall - Chief Emergency Planning Officer and LRF Manager at Cleveland Local Resilience Forum
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Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 18th January 2022
14:00
Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 8th February 2022
17:00
Division Votes
Tuesday 11th January 2022
Household Energy Bills: VAT
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 320 Conservative No votes vs 1 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 229 Noes - 319
Speeches
Thursday 13th January 2022
Covid-19 Update
I very much welcome the reduction of the self-isolation time to five days, which will be appreciated by the hospitality …
Written Answers
Monday 6th September 2021
Warrior Armoured Vehicle
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his timetable is for removing the Warrior armoured fighting vehicle from …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
None available
Tweets
Friday 14th January 2022
22:39
MP Financial Interests
Monday 13th December 2021
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Sir Bani Yas Forum, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Address of donor: PO Box 1, Abu Dhabi …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Tobias Ellwood has voted in 319 divisions, and 6 times against the majority of their Party.

9 Feb 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Tobias Ellwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 31 Conservative No votes vs 318 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 318 Noes - 303
19 Jan 2021 - Trade Bill - View Vote Context
Tobias Ellwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 34 Conservative No votes vs 319 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 319 Noes - 308
30 Dec 2020 - Sittings of the House - View Vote Context
Tobias Ellwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 13 Conservative No votes vs 328 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 335 Noes - 212
23 Nov 2021 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Tobias Ellwood voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 18 Conservative Aye votes vs 276 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 219 Noes - 280
7 Dec 2021 - Nationality and Borders Bill - View Vote Context
Tobias Ellwood voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 15 Conservative Aye votes vs 289 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 251 Noes - 296
14 Dec 2021 - Public Health - View Vote Context
Tobias Ellwood voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 97 Conservative No votes vs 224 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 369 Noes - 126
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Ben Wallace (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Defence
(28 debate interactions)
Dominic Raab (Conservative)
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
(21 debate interactions)
Boris Johnson (Conservative)
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, and Minister for the Union
(15 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Ministry of Defence
(47 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(29 debate contributions)
Department of Health and Social Care
(14 debate contributions)
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Bournemouth East 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).

Petitions with highest Bournemouth East signature proportion
Petition Debates Contributed

Being the first to close and still no clue as to when we can open, this seasonal industry is losing its summer profits that allows them to get through the first quarter of next year.

Even if we are allowed to open in December, 1 months profit won't be enough to keep us open in 2021. We need help

The UK hospitality industry. Responsible for around 3m jobs, generating £130bn in activity, resulting in £38bn in taxation. Yet, unlike the Arts or Sports, we do not have a dedicated Minister.

We are asking that a Minister for Hospitality be created for the current, and successive governments.


Latest EDMs signed by Tobias Ellwood

Tobias Ellwood has not signed any Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Tobias Ellwood, 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.


3 Urgent Questions tabled by Tobias Ellwood

Wednesday 23rd June 2021
Tuesday 20th April 2021
Monday 24th February 2020

Tobias Ellwood has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

Tobias Ellwood has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

Tobias Ellwood has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


48 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
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to make a statement about the department's relationship with the War Grave's Commission.

The Department does not currently have a direct relationship with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, however Historic England and the Commission have recently published a Joint Policy Statement that establishes a shared understanding of how the Commission cares for and manages memorials in cemeteries and churchyards to servicemen and women who have lost their lives in service for this country. The statement also establishes a common understanding of the Commission’s on-going responsibilities towards this aspect of our heritage.

Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
24th Nov 2020
What plans the Government has for the publication of the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

The Prime Minister commissioned the Integrated Review as the most ambitious review of our foreign policy since the Cold War. The Prime Minister set out in his speech to the House on 19 November how the UK will support a world order in which open societies and economies flourish. The Indo-Pacific is of central importance.

The Prime Minister is clear: Global Britain will be more active and engaged around the world. The FCDO is central to delivery and we will integrate development and diplomatic expertise to maximise UK impact as a force for good. We will apply a more strategic lens to our use of ODA to ensure it delivers both for the ‘bottom billion’ and in the UK’s national interest.

James Cleverly
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
11th May 2020
What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UN Security Council in tackling the covid-19 pandemic.

The UK is playing a major role in the global response as we galvanise support for our Four-Point Plan: 1) co-ordinating the global health response; 2) accelerating the search for a vaccine, treatments and testing; 3) securing a sound economic response; and 4) bringing our people home.

The Foreign Secretary and Ministerial team are carrying out extensive bilateral and multilateral engagement, including with G7/G20 counterparts, and working with international companies to tackle the crisis.

We are also working closely with UN Security Council members and the UN Secretary-General to address pandemic and secondary impacts, including instability.

Through our international engagement, we have repeatedly made clear that measures taken by States to tackle CV19 must be necessary, proportionate, time-bound, transparent and regularly reviewed.

Wendy Morton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his timetable is for removing the Warrior armoured fighting vehicle from operational service; and where he plans for those vehicles to go.

The detailed plan for transition from Warrior to Boxer is currently under development; the current Out of Service Date for Warrior, which is kept under review, is December 2025.

If and when vehicles are declared for disposal, potential options may include a Government to Government sale, commercial sale or recycling.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish details of (a) the Type 23 Frigates in service in the Royal Navy and (b) the current status of those frigates in relation to (i) operational availability, (ii) training and (iii) maintenance.

As of 31 August 2021, of the 12 Type 23 frigates in service in the Royal Navy, eight are operationally available.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department is taking steps to develop the (a) Boxer and (b) Warrior into a reconnaissance vehicle to replace the Scimitar.

As announced in the Defence Command Paper “Defence in a Competitive Age”, Warrior is being retired from service and Boxer will be the primary mechanised infantry platform for the army. AJAX will replace CVR(T) in reconnaissance roles. CVR(T) is expected to go out of service in 2023 and there may be a requirement for Warrior to be used in some reconnaissance roles until AJAX is brought into service.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the origin is of using the name AJAX for the new Army reconnaissance combat vehicle.

The then Chief of the General Staff directed that the SCOUT vehicle should be renamed to better reflect the multi-role capability that the platform would become under the Armoured Cavalry 2025 programme. The name was recommended by senior officials as one that, with the other variant names, sat within one family. The choice was approved by the then CGS before being formally revealed at DSEI in 2015.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether there are plans to sail the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait during its visit to the Indo-pacific in July 2021.

I can confirm that no element of the Carrier Strike Group sailed through the Taiwan Strait in July 2021. The Royal Navy will next navigate the Taiwan Strait when navigationally expeditious to do so and in accordance with international law and operational requirements. To preserve operational security, the Royal Navy does not discuss the specifics of the operational routings of ships in advance.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of personnel at sea as part of the Queen Elizabeth Carrier battle group have received two covid-19 vaccinations.

Service personnel currently deployed on the UK's Carrier Strike Group have been fully vaccinated with two doses.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
21st Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of covid-19 there have been among UK armed forces personnel participating in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali to date.

There have been 24 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 amongst Service personnel deployed under Operation NEWCOMBE in Mali. Of these, 15 have been in the UK force providing support to Operation BARKHANE and nine cases amongst the Long Range Reconnaissance Group who support the UN mission.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role his Department (a) has or (b) plans to have in (i) monitoring and (ii) identifying international virus outbreaks in the future via an early bio-security warning system.

The UK Health Security Agency was established in April 2021, with part of its remit to detect and monitor infectious diseases and other hazards to health including through surveillance, analysis, horizon scanning and early warning systems. Defence is working extremely closely with DHSC and partners across Government to establish how we might best support this work.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has plans to reduce the size of the fleet of RAF C-17 transport planes.

There are no plans to reduce the C-17 Globemaster fleet from its current size of eight aircraft.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will provide details of the (a) variants and (b) respective numbers of Boxer that have been ordered and financed for the Army.

Details of the variants of Boxer currently on order by quantity can be found in the table below. The Department is looking to enhance and uplift the size of the total UK Boxer order as we work to implement the Integrated Review. This may include new variants and partnering opportunities with industry and our Allies.

Variants and Roles

Numbers

MIV Varient

Build Configurations (BC)

Role

By Role

By BC

Armoured Personnel Carriers

Infantry Carrying Vehicle (ICV)

ICV

85

85

Specialist Carrier Vehicle (SCV)

Engineer Section Vehicle (ESV)

60

200

Recce/Fire Support Vehicle (Recce/FSV)

62

Mortar Carrying Variant (MCV)

28

Equipment Support

ES Repair (Rep)

50

Command, Control, Communication, Computers & Information (C4I)

Command Post

Command & Control Vehicle (C2V)

123

177

C2-Utility (C2U) Vehicle

Observation Post Vehicle (OPV)

19

Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS)

24

Electronic Warfare & SIGINT (ESWI)

11

Ambulance (Amb)

(Amb)

(Amb)

61

61

Totals:

523

523

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Boxer variant for the infantry ordered to replace Warrior is classified as an (a) Armoured Fighting Vehicle or (b) Armoured Personnel Carrier.

Boxer is an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), which is a sub-category of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs).

AFVs are defined as “Land platforms designed to conduct mounted close combat”. These include: Main Battle Tanks (MBTs, such as Challenger 2), Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs, such as Warrior), Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs, such as Boxer) and reconnaissance vehicles that operate in the Forward Edge of the Battle Area (Ajax).

Boxer is not directly replacing the Warrior IFV but will be part of a new networked combat system of systems operating concept.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Minister is responsible for deciding what Royal Navy ships may pass through the Taiwan Strait in 2021.

As with all operational policy, naval deployments are a Ministry of Defence Departmental responsibility under the Secretary of State for Defence. Where Defence activity has broader policy implications for other Government Departments, it is usual for the Defence Secretary to consult with Cabinet colleagues before issuing his direction.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel were (a) killed, (b) injured and (c) injured with life changing injuries during Operation Herrick.

There were 457 fatalities on, or subsequently due to, Op HERRICK. Of which 403 were due to hostile action. Op HERRICK ran between 1 January 2006 and 30 November 2014, during which there were 10,382 UK Service personnel casualties. Of these 5,705 were injuries, and the remainder being illness or disease.

Between 1 January 2006 and 31 March 2021, there were 645 UK Service personnel who were categorised as Very Seriously Injured (VSI), Seriously Injured (SI) or who sustained a traumatic or surgical amputation due to Op HERRICK. This includes any amputations in recent years that were elective or necessary during treatment as a result of previous injuries sustained.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost of Operation Herrick is as at 18 May 2021.

As at May 2021, the total cost of Operation HERRICK to Her Majesty's Treasury Special Reserve is £22.2 billion.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) NATO and (b) UK personnel will remain in Afghanistan after the drawdown from that country.

The UK's contribution to NATO's Resolute Support Mission will draw down along with Allies and partners within a few months. The nature of NATO's future relationship with Afghanistan, including out of country training and the Senior Civilian Representative's office, is a matter for the UK to agree with the US and other Allies.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
18th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish details of UK military equipment worth over £10,000 that will be left in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of UK forces.

The majority of UK military equipment will be returned to the UK. Some equipment may be de-militarised and disposed of in Theatre should it be deemed uneconomical to recover to the UK. Should the Department propose to gift any equipment to the Government of Afghanistan, this will be reported to the House in line with established parliamentary procedure.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the (a) build completion and (b) operational capability for each of the astute class submarines; and if he will make a statement.

Astute submarines HMS ASTUTE, HMS AMBUSH, and HMS ARTFUL are in service with the Royal Navy. HMS AUDACIOUS was handed over to the Royal Navy in April 2020 and is currently undertaking sea trials.

ANSON, AGAMEMNON, and AGINCOURT are in various stages of build at the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, with ANSON having been successfully launched in April 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for Tempest to operate at sea.

The UK’s Combat Air strategy operates across a broad force mix. The maritime combat air role is undertaken by the UK's F35B Lightning aircraft from the UK's Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The Future Combat Air System (FCAS), seeks to replace Typhoon once it retires from service and provide an international next generation Combat Air System, and high tempo military capabilities for decades to come.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
12th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to (a) test and (b) purchase unmanned aerial vehicles for use on aircraft carriers.

Autonomy and uncrewed systems are at the forefront of our developmental thinking, and of the Future Maritime Aviation Force. The intent is to expand experimentation of Uncrewed Air Systems with Royal Navy vessels, including the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, in the coming years.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what air, land and sea attack missile capabilities will be included in the Type 26 frigate.

The Type 26 frigate will be equipped with a Sea Ceptor anti-air missile defence system. Type 26 will also be capable of embarking a Merlin anti-submarine warfare helicopter or Wildcat maritime attack helicopter, which will be able to deploy the Sea Venom and Martlet variants of the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what long term military presence the UK will have in Afghanistan after the drawdown of troops from that country announced on 14 April 2021.

NATO partners, including the UK, confirmed on 14 April that an orderly and coordinated withdrawal of NATO forces will begin by May. As agreed by NATO Foreign and Defence Ministers, the withdrawal of Resolute Support Mission forces from Afghanistan will be complete within a few months. The UK's Operation TORAL forms a part of the Resolute Support Mission and as such we will draw down this operation in line with our NATO Allies and Partners. No decisions have been made on any future presence.

Our support and training of Afghan institutions, including the National Directorate of Security, Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army has strengthened the ability of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) to counter security threats. That and other capacity-building work are aimed at increasing the self-reliance of Afghan forces in the fight against terrorism and other threats. Despite significant challenges, Afghan forces have led security in Afghanistan since 2014.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the Royal Navy to visit the Taiwan strait.

The Royal Navy will next navigate the Taiwan Strait when navigationally expeditious to do so and in accordance with international law and operational requirements.

To preserve operational security, the Royal Navy does not discuss the specifics of the operational routings of ships in advance.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK military personnel are based in India.

There are currently four UK military personnel permanently based in India. In addition, there are five other military personnel temporarily in India. Four of these are undergoing training on Indian courses, whilst one is a temporary member of staff supporting those personnel permanently based there.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the (a) building, (b) handover and (c) seaworthiness of the Astute class submarines; and if he will make a statement.

Astute submarines HMS ASTUTE, HMS AMBUSH, and HMS ARTFUL are in service with the Royal Navy. HMS AUDACIOUS was handed over to the Royal Navy in April 2020 and is currently undertaking sea trials.

ANSON, AGAMEMNON, and AGINCOURT are in various stages of build at the BAE Systems shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, with ANSON having been successfully launched in April 2021.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government's military objective is in Mali.

The UK has two distinct, but complementary, military commitments in Mali, each with clear objectives that support HMG multilateral and bilateral objectives.

We have deployed 300 personnel to the UN's peacekeeping mission, MINUSMA. Our overall objective is to help the Mission to address and prevent conflict, and reduce the spread of insecurity across Mali and the wider Sahel, by contributing to its efforts to protect civilians and support sustainable peace.

Fulfilling a gap identified by the UN, the UK task force is designed for long-range reconnaissance, meaning they seek to understand the threats to civilians and to the Mission, and provide this information to support mission planning and effective operations.

In parallel, the UK also contributes CH47 helicopters deployed to the French-led counter-terror mission, Operation BARKHANE. Our objective is to support France and other partner nations address terrorist threats across the Sahel. Our CH47s fulfil a non-combat, logistics role, with the aim of helping troops and equipment safely transport around the vast operating environment.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timetable is for the delivery of all the Ajax vehicles ordered by his Department; and whether the first batch will be delivered on time.

The AJAX delivery schedules are currently being reviewed by the Ministry of Defence and GDLSUK. 14 non-turreted AJAX vehicles at Capability Drop 1 have been delivered to date. A further 12 turreted AJAX vehicles are currently going through General Acceptance Testing.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what equipment used on the Ajax vehicle is also operable on (a) Boxer, (b) Challenger and (c) Warrior vehicles.

The Army seeks to exploit the benefits of the commonality and re-use of mission systems that can be integrated onto its vehicles. For example, Ajax, Boxer and Challenger are being configured with digital architectures that will enable greater mission system commonality in communications systems, electronic countermeasures and digital management systems. Specifically, Ajax and Boxer will use a Remote Weapon Station from a common family, and common shot detection systems; whilst Ajax and Challenger 3 share common sights and chain gun.

Although some of these common mission systems can also be fitted to Warrior, as part of the recent Integrated Review, the decision has been made not to take the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme forward.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Type 45 destroyers are undergoing refit.

Two Type 45 Destroyers, HMS Daring and HMS Duncan, are currently undergoing planned deep maintenance. Work is also underway on HMS Dauntless, the first ship to enter the Type 45 Power Improvement Project.

It is planned that all six Type 45 ships will have received the Power Improvement Project upgrade by the mid-2020s. The programme is dependent on the availability of ships to undertake the upgrade, balanced against the Royal Navy's standing and future operational commitments.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Type 31 frigates will be built; and how many his Department has ordered.

Five Type 31 frigates have been ordered to be built by Babcock at Rosyth.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
11th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to put the Type 32 frigate out for competition; and if he will make a statement.

In the Defence Strategies published earlier this year we outlined plans to procure up to five Type 32 frigates. Work is ongoing to develop the operational concept and the programme and procurement strategy for the Type 32 will be decided following the concept phase.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the retirement date is of the Royal Navy's mine hunters.

I refer my right hon. Friend to the answers I gave on 7 December 2020 and 20 March 2021 to Questions 122598 and 172897 to the right hon. Member for North Durham (Kevan Jones).

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list all the types of helicopters in use in (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the British Army and (c) the RAF.

Pilot operated helicopters in service with each of the Armed Forces are provided in the following table:

Royal Navy

Army

RAF

Wildcat Mk1

Wildcat Mk1

Chinook Mk5

Wildcat HMA Mk2

Apache Mk1

Chinook Mk6

Merlin HM2

Gazelle Mk1

Chinook Mk6a

Merlin Mk3/3a/iMk3

Puma Mk2

Merlin Mk4/4a

Juno HT1

Jupiter HT1

In addition, the Ministry of Defence has access to civilian owned helicopters provided through commercial arrangements with industry.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the types of munitions held on board the Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier for its planned tasking to south east Asia.

We do not disclose the types of munitions carried on board individual ships for operational security reasons as this would likely prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
13th Apr 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the new Ranger Brigade will be formed; and what its manned strength will be.

The newly announced Ranger Regiment will initially form up in August 2021 and is to be seeded from the current Specialised Infantry Battalions with a strength of around.1,000 soldiers. This regiment will form the heart of the new Army Special Operations Brigade, receiving a share of a £120 million investment over the next four years, and will be supported by a variety of enablers. The Army will use the spring and early summer 2021 to refine and test its designs, capabilities and structures before more detailed announcements can be made.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the helicopter variants in use by the UK's armed forces.

The following helicopter variants are currently in use by the UK's Armed Forces:

Apache Mk1

Chinook Mk6a

Chinook Mk6

Chinook Mk5

Gazelle Mk1

Juno HT1

Jupiter HT1

Merlin HM2

Merlin Mk3/3a/iMk3

Merlin Mk4/4a

Puma Mk2

Wildcat AH Mk1

Wildcat HMA Mk2

The Ministry of Defence also has access to a number of helicopter types provided through contracts with industry which support discrete requirements.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the Integrated Review.

As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister stated to the House earlier today the full conclusions of the Integrated Review will be announced in the new year.

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he is making on upgrading the (a) Challenger and (b) Warrior; and if he will make a statement.

The Challenger 2 Life Extension Project is being taken to the Ministry of Defence's Investment Approvals Committee for a main investment decision before the end of the year. The Warrior Capability Sustainment Project is currently in the Demonstration Phase. The Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for the WCSP Manufacture Phase was released to Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) in June 2020 with continued dialogue between the parties. LMUK's formal response to the ITN is anticipated in December 2020. It would not be appropriate to comment further on this ongoing commercial activity.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the types of threats posed by China; and if he will make a statement.

The Department keeps the threats from, and opportunities for cooperation with, China under regular review. China's production of an increasingly wide array of advanced weapons systems and its willingness to challenge the international rules-based system to suit its interests present a growing challenge for the UK and its allies.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
16th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his has Department received any military aid to the civil authorities requests on the rollout of a covid-19 vaccine.

As of 19 November 2020, the Ministry of Defence has deployed 60 planners to both DHSC and BEIS to support them with the procurement and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Defence is yet to receive a request to support the operational rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, but it stands ready to fill such a role should it be required.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what military assistance the Government is providing to Libya.

The Government is actively engaged in diplomatic efforts to secure an end to the fighting and a return to the UN-led political process. The Government is currently providing no military assistance to Libya.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the upgrade programmes of (a) the Warrior and (b) Challenger II.

Since re-baselining the project in September 2017, the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme has held to schedule. The Demonstration Phase is due to be completed in 2021. Neither the ongoing System Requirement Acceptance nor the Reliability Growth Trials have identified major issues or concerns.

In April 2019, the Investment Approvals Committee approved an expanded assessment phase to address enhancements to the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank's lethality and survivability. Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land presented a proposal in February 2020 to upgrade the tank. A Full Business Case approval is scheduled for late 2020.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of UK armed forces have participated in supporting the Government's efforts to tackle the covid-19 outbreak.

Since the start of COVID-19, approximately 14,000 Defence Personnel have contributed to COVID-19. This number includes approximately 7,850 deployed personnel (including Operations RESCRIPT and BROADSHARE) and approximately 6,150 at reachback.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to reduce the order of F35's from the original number of 138.

As set out in the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, funding has been approved for the procurement of 48 Lightning aircraft out to 2025. These are being procured in lots and we have taken delivery of 18 aircraft and have contracted for 17 new airframes to be delivered between 2020 and 2022. Negotiations for further lots are ongoing.

The guiding principle of the Integrated Review is to identify the threat and the appropriate capability to meet it. Any decisions on the future direction of the Lightning programme as a result of the Integrated Review will be firmly based on those principles.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
1st Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what mid air refuelling system the F35B uses; and how that system differs from the one used by the Typhoon.

The UK's F-35 Lightning and Typhoon fleets both use the 'probe and drogue' air to air refuelling system, utilising the RAF Voyager fleet.

Jeremy Quin
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)