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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 30 January 2018
Ministry of Defence
Warships
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships of the Royal Navy surface fleet, excluding the aircraft carriers, were at sea on the first of each month in 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 February 2018

At sea has been interpreted as referring to ships outside a port or harbour. Royal Navy records show that the following number of ships (excluding aircraft carriers) were at sea on the first of each month during 2016.

Month

Number of ships at sea

January

5

February

16

March

23

April

10

May

15

June

16

July

17

August

10

September

15

October

15

November

14

December

13

Notes:

1. Other vessels may be alongside in the United Kingdom or foreign ports.

2. Full records are not available for P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft.

3. The number of Royal Navy vessels at sea will change on a daily basis.

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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Warships: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships of the Royal Navy surface fleet excluding its aircraft carriers were under repair or being refitted on 1 January 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Royal Navy ships may conduct a repair at any time, whether deployed at sea or alongside. It is therefore not possible from available records to determine the number of vessels conducting a repair on any particular day.

The number of ships (excluding aircraft carriers) that were designated as in refit on the first of each month during 2016 as follows:

Month

Number of ships in refit

January

5

February

5

March

5

April

6

May

6

June

6

July

6

August

6

September

6

October

6

November

6

December

6

Notes:

1. Full records are not available for P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft.

Grouped Questions: 126590 | 126591 | 126593 | 126595 | 126597 | 126600 | 126602 | 126604 | 126605 | 126608 | 126611
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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Warships: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships of the Royal Navy surface fleet excluding its aircraft carriers were under repair or being refitted on 1 February 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Royal Navy ships may conduct a repair at any time, whether deployed at sea or alongside. It is therefore not possible from available records to determine the number of vessels conducting a repair on any particular day.

The number of ships (excluding aircraft carriers) that were designated as in refit on the first of each month during 2016 as follows:

Month

Number of ships in refit

January

5

February

5

March

5

April

6

May

6

June

6

July

6

August

6

September

6

October

6

November

6

December

6

Notes:

1. Full records are not available for P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft.

Grouped Questions: 126588 | 126591 | 126593 | 126595 | 126597 | 126600 | 126602 | 126604 | 126605 | 126608 | 126611
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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Warships: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships of the Royal Navy surface fleet excluding its aircraft carriers were under repair or being refitted on 1 March 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Royal Navy ships may conduct a repair at any time, whether deployed at sea or alongside. It is therefore not possible from available records to determine the number of vessels conducting a repair on any particular day.

The number of ships (excluding aircraft carriers) that were designated as in refit on the first of each month during 2016 as follows:

Month

Number of ships in refit

January

5

February

5

March

5

April

6

May

6

June

6

July

6

August

6

September

6

October

6

November

6

December

6

Notes:

1. Full records are not available for P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft.

Grouped Questions: 126588 | 126590 | 126593 | 126595 | 126597 | 126600 | 126602 | 126604 | 126605 | 126608 | 126611
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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Warships: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships of the Royal Navy surface fleet excluding its aircraft carriers were under repair or being refitted on 1 April 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Royal Navy ships may conduct a repair at any time, whether deployed at sea or alongside. It is therefore not possible from available records to determine the number of vessels conducting a repair on any particular day.

The number of ships (excluding aircraft carriers) that were designated as in refit on the first of each month during 2016 as follows:

Month

Number of ships in refit

January

5

February

5

March

5

April

6

May

6

June

6

July

6

August

6

September

6

October

6

November

6

December

6

Notes:

1. Full records are not available for P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft.

Grouped Questions: 126588 | 126590 | 126591 | 126595 | 126597 | 126600 | 126602 | 126604 | 126605 | 126608 | 126611
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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Warships: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships of the Royal Navy surface fleet excluding its aircraft carriers were under repair or being refitted on 1 May 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Royal Navy ships may conduct a repair at any time, whether deployed at sea or alongside. It is therefore not possible from available records to determine the number of vessels conducting a repair on any particular day.

The number of ships (excluding aircraft carriers) that were designated as in refit on the first of each month during 2016 as follows:

Month

Number of ships in refit

January

5

February

5

March

5

April

6

May

6

June

6

July

6

August

6

September

6

October

6

November

6

December

6

Notes:

1. Full records are not available for P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft.

Grouped Questions: 126588 | 126590 | 126591 | 126593 | 126597 | 126600 | 126602 | 126604 | 126605 | 126608 | 126611
Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Warships: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships of the Royal Navy surface fleet excluding its aircraft carriers were under repair or being refitted on 1 June 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Royal Navy ships may conduct a repair at any time, whether deployed at sea or alongside. It is therefore not possible from available records to determine the number of vessels conducting a repair on any particular day.

The number of ships (excluding aircraft carriers) that were designated as in refit on the first of each month during 2016 as follows:

Month

Number of ships in refit

January

5

February

5

March

5

April

6

May

6

June

6

July

6

August

6

September

6

October

6

November

6

December

6

Notes:

1. Full records are not available for P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft.

Grouped Questions: 126588 | 126590 | 126591 | 126593 | 126595 | 126600 | 126602 | 126604 | 126605 | 126608 | 126611
Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Warships: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships of the Royal Navy surface fleet excluding its aircraft carriers were under repair or being refitted on 1 July 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Royal Navy ships may conduct a repair at any time, whether deployed at sea or alongside. It is therefore not possible from available records to determine the number of vessels conducting a repair on any particular day.

The number of ships (excluding aircraft carriers) that were designated as in refit on the first of each month during 2016 as follows:

Month

Number of ships in refit

January

5

February

5

March

5

April

6

May

6

June

6

July

6

August

6

September

6

October

6

November

6

December

6

Notes:

1. Full records are not available for P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft.

Grouped Questions: 126588 | 126590 | 126591 | 126593 | 126595 | 126597 | 126602 | 126604 | 126605 | 126608 | 126611
Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Warships: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships of the Royal Navy surface fleet excluding its aircraft carriers were under repair or being refitted on 1 August 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Royal Navy ships may conduct a repair at any time, whether deployed at sea or alongside. It is therefore not possible from available records to determine the number of vessels conducting a repair on any particular day.

The number of ships (excluding aircraft carriers) that were designated as in refit on the first of each month during 2016 as follows:

Month

Number of ships in refit

January

5

February

5

March

5

April

6

May

6

June

6

July

6

August

6

September

6

October

6

November

6

December

6

Notes:

1. Full records are not available for P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft.

Grouped Questions: 126588 | 126590 | 126591 | 126593 | 126595 | 126597 | 126600 | 126604 | 126605 | 126608 | 126611
Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Warships: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships of the Royal Navy surface fleet excluding its aircraft carriers were under repair or being refitted on 1 September 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Royal Navy ships may conduct a repair at any time, whether deployed at sea or alongside. It is therefore not possible from available records to determine the number of vessels conducting a repair on any particular day.

The number of ships (excluding aircraft carriers) that were designated as in refit on the first of each month during 2016 as follows:

Month

Number of ships in refit

January

5

February

5

March

5

April

6

May

6

June

6

July

6

August

6

September

6

October

6

November

6

December

6

Notes:

1. Full records are not available for P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft.

Grouped Questions: 126588 | 126590 | 126591 | 126593 | 126595 | 126597 | 126600 | 126602 | 126605 | 126608 | 126611
Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Warships: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships of the Royal Navy surface fleet excluding its aircraft carriers were under repair or being refitted on 1 October 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Royal Navy ships may conduct a repair at any time, whether deployed at sea or alongside. It is therefore not possible from available records to determine the number of vessels conducting a repair on any particular day.

The number of ships (excluding aircraft carriers) that were designated as in refit on the first of each month during 2016 as follows:

Month

Number of ships in refit

January

5

February

5

March

5

April

6

May

6

June

6

July

6

August

6

September

6

October

6

November

6

December

6

Notes:

1. Full records are not available for P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft.

Grouped Questions: 126588 | 126590 | 126591 | 126593 | 126595 | 126597 | 126600 | 126602 | 126604 | 126608 | 126611
Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Warships: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships of the Royal Navy surface fleet excluding its aircraft carriers were under repair or being refitted on 1 November 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Royal Navy ships may conduct a repair at any time, whether deployed at sea or alongside. It is therefore not possible from available records to determine the number of vessels conducting a repair on any particular day.

The number of ships (excluding aircraft carriers) that were designated as in refit on the first of each month during 2016 as follows:

Month

Number of ships in refit

January

5

February

5

March

5

April

6

May

6

June

6

July

6

August

6

September

6

October

6

November

6

December

6

Notes:

1. Full records are not available for P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft.

Grouped Questions: 126588 | 126590 | 126591 | 126593 | 126595 | 126597 | 126600 | 126602 | 126604 | 126605 | 126611
Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 05 February 2018
Ministry of Defence
Warships: Repairs and Maintenance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many ships of the Royal Navy surface fleet excluding its aircraft carriers were under repair or being refitted on 1 December 2016.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 February 2018

Royal Navy ships may conduct a repair at any time, whether deployed at sea or alongside. It is therefore not possible from available records to determine the number of vessels conducting a repair on any particular day.

The number of ships (excluding aircraft carriers) that were designated as in refit on the first of each month during 2016 as follows:

Month

Number of ships in refit

January

5

February

5

March

5

April

6

May

6

June

6

July

6

August

6

September

6

October

6

November

6

December

6

Notes:

1. Full records are not available for P2000 Fast Inshore Patrol Craft.

Grouped Questions: 126588 | 126590 | 126591 | 126593 | 126595 | 126597 | 126600 | 126602 | 126604 | 126605 | 126608
Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 29 January 2018
Ministry of Defence
Military Aircraft
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the Royal Airforce aircrafts (a) Panavia Tornado GR4, (b) Eurofighter Typhoon and (c) Chinook Helicopters were serviceable on the first day of each month of 2016.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 06 February 2018

The number of RAF Tornado and Typhoon aircraft and Chinook helicopters in the Forward and Sustainment Fleets at the beginning of each month for 2016 is shown below:

Tornado

Typhoon

Chinook

Month 2016

Forward Fleet

Sustainment Fleet

Forward Fleet

Sustainment Fleet

Forward Fleet

Sustainment Fleet

January

49

37

92

40

35

25

February

49

36

91

41

37

23

March

51

32

89

43

40

20

April

49

32

91

41

43

17

May

47

33

90

42

41

19

June

46

32

91

41

43

17

July

45

31

91

43

44

16

August

48

26

89

45

41

19

September

48

26

88

46

40

20

October

48

24

88

46

40

20

November

44

26

90

44

41

19

December

46

23

90

44

42

18

The Forward Fleet comprises serviceable and short term unserviceable aircraft. Typically, the short term unserviceable aircraft are undergoing minor works, forward maintenance or any other unforeseen rectification or technical inspection that can arise on a day-to-day basis. The sustainment fleet includes aircraft airframes undergoing upgrade or maintenance or being held in storage. The number of aircraft available varies day-to-day, according to normal fleet management activities.

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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 25 January 2018
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Hill Farming
Commons
What plans he has to support the livelihood of English and Welsh upland farmers in the event that the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 26 January 2018

Leaving the EU presents a major opportunity for us to design new policies which are based on public money for public goods. Traditional upland landscapes provide many environmental and cultural benefits which we value. The Government is looking at the implications of proposed policy changes and will consult before the introduction of the Agriculture Bill.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 17 January 2018
Ministry of Defence
Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the cost of F-35 Lightenings being purchased for the British Armed Forces will be accrued by UK contractors involved in their production.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 25 January 2018

Approximately 15% by value of every one of the 3,000 aircraft in the worldwide F-35 programme will be produced in the UK, bringing significant economic benefits to the nation.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 15 January 2018
Scotland Office
Carillion: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the effect of the liquidation of Carillion plc on jobs in Scotland.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 18 January 2018

My Department is in regular contact with other departments across Government, making representations on a wide range of matters with impact in Scotland. I have regular discussions with all my Cabinet colleagues about matters of importance to Scotland.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 15 January 2018
Ministry of Defence
Carillion
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support he will provide to those Scottish military sites which had planned to use Carillion facilities management contracts.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 18 January 2018

All of the services directly provided to Service personnel and their families worldwide, including catering and housing, will remain unchanged; this has been communicated to Service personnel through the chain of command.

The facilities management contracts, which provide services to Service personnel and their families which involved Carillion, are all with Incorporated Joint Ventures (JVs). These are independent legal entities and the partners to those JVs are required to deliver the requirements of the JV if one of the partners fails.

We are working with the relevant JV partners to ensure that they continue to deliver the required services.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Scotland Office
Military Bases: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on finding a replacement organisation for facilities management of those military sites in Scotland which were due to be under Carillion facilities management.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 18 January 2018

My Department is in regular contact with other departments across Government, making representations on a wide range of matters with impact in Scotland. I have regular discussions with all my Cabinet colleagues about matters of importance to Scotland.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
[N]
Close

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 15 January 2018
Scotland Office
Ministry of Defence: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the cost of replacing Carillion facilities management of his Department's sites in Scotland.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 18 January 2018

My Department is in regular contact with other departments across Government, making representations on a wide range of matters with impact in Scotland. I have regular discussions with all my Cabinet colleagues about matters of importance to Scotland.

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