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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
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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: 22 February 2018
Department for International Trade
Food: Scotland
Commons
What steps his Department is taking to promote the sale of Scottish food and drink to the international market.
A
Answered by: Graham Stuart
Answered on: 22 February 2018

This Department actively supports companies throughout the UK to promote food and drink exports. In 2017 UK food and drink exports totalled £22 billion, an increase of 7.7% in real terms on 2016. Scottish companies contribute significantly to our effort.

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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
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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 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
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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 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
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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 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.

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: 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.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 15 January 2018
Scotland Office
Carillion: Northern Ireland and 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 future of those jobs provided under the Carillion Scotland and Northern Ireland region contract.
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
Telecommunications: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on improving the provision of telecommunications services in rural Scotland.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 18 January 2018

I have regular discussions with both the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Minister of State for Digital to discuss a wide range of issues, including connectivity across 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: 11 January 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Surgical Mesh Implants: Males
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to investigate the causes of pain and suffering to male patients by mesh implants; and what corrective procedures are being developed by Government health experts.
A
Answered by: Jackie Doyle-Price
Answered on: 16 January 2018

The main reported complication following abdominal and hernia repair and urogynaecological procedures for both men and women identified by the the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency Yellow Card Scheme, is post-operative pain, which may be temporary, but may become a chronic complication and this can happen even in the absence of a repair using a synthetic implant.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced a number of guidance documents regarding mesh implants for both men and women. These include the technology appraisal guidance on laparoscopic surgery for inguinal hernia repair which was last reviewed in February 2016 and is available at:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ta83

The medical technologies guidance on the PolySoft hernia patch used with ONSTEP technique to treat inguinal hernias which was published in August 2014 is available at:

https://www.nice.org.uk/advice/mib9

NICE is also currently producing guidance relating to ‘Persistent pain: assessment and management’, with a draft guidance consultation due between 22 July -3 September 2019 and the final publication date currently being projected for 20 January 2020, and guidance into laparoscopic ventral mesh rectopexy for internal rectal prolapse which will include men and is expected to be published on 20 June 2018.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 19 December 2017
Ministry of Defence
HMS Queen Elizabeth
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the total cost to repair the leak on HMS Queen Elizabeth.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 28 December 2017

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH is undergoing a programme of sea trials to find any teething problems and rectifying them. Sea trials will continue as scheduled in the New Year. There has been no damage caused to the ship by the leak. Any costs to repair it will be borne by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance and there will be no additional cost to the British taxpayer.

Grouped Questions: 120294
Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 19 December 2017
Ministry of Defence
HMS Queen Elizabeth
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to repair any damage caused by the recent leak on HMS Queen Elizabeth.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 28 December 2017

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH is undergoing a programme of sea trials to find any teething problems and rectifying them. Sea trials will continue as scheduled in the New Year. There has been no damage caused to the ship by the leak. Any costs to repair it will be borne by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance and there will be no additional cost to the British taxpayer.

Grouped Questions: 120293
Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 19 December 2017
Ministry of Defence
Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse is of the recent order of 14 F-35 fighter jets.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 28 December 2017

The UK has taken delivery of 14 F-35B Lightning II aircraft between 2012 and 2017. The total unit flyaway cost for these aircraft is $1920 million.

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: 29 November 2017
Scotland Office
Offshore Structures: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether there are any plans to identify a redundant floating oil exploration platform and convert it into a museum of the history of Scotland and North Sea Oil.
A
Answered by: David Mundell
Answered on: 04 December 2017

The UK Government currently has no such plans, but my officials would be happy to discuss any proposals brought forward.

A substantial part of the Aberdeen Maritime museum is dedicated to Oil and Gas and there is also a cross industry and academic project, supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy called ‘Capturing the Energy’ which aims to archive and digitise important information about the UK offshore oil and gas industry.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 20 November 2017
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he will take to ensure that people paid weekly do not lose universal credit entitlements in months that contain five Fridays.
A
Answered by: Damian Hinds
Answered on: 28 November 2017

No one on Universal Credit, who are weekly paid, will see a drop in their total income from earnings and benefits in any assessment period with 5 paydays in it. In contrast because of the way UC works in 5 payday assessment periods, the total income a claimant will receive in that month will always be higher, whether their UC is reduced or extinguished

For example if someone is weekly paid at a rate of £200, and has a gross UC entitlement of £1400 a month their total UC entitlement (assuming no work allowance) is £896 a month and £800 from earnings. Total income in the month, benefits and earnings of £1696.

In a five payday month their earnings rise to £1000, UC falls to £770. Total income from benefits and earnings £1770.

For someone on higher earnings of £450 a week, with the same UC gross entitlement of £1400 will receive in a four payday month earnings of £1800 and UC of £266 a month with a total monthly income of £2066. In a five week month their total earnings rise to £2250, UC entitlement zero but total income in that month is higher than in the four payday month.

Everyone who is weekly paid will have a higher income in the 5 payday month, either through a combination of UC and earnings or on straight earnings. The UC taper ensure that people keep every pound of their earnings, with only a 63% reduction in UC entitlement. This is how the system works and how we make work pay. Media reports to the contrary were wrong, misleading and alarmist for UC claimants and I welcome the opportunity to put the record straight.

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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 20 November 2017
Department for Transport
Electric Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to incentivise manufacturers to produce more affordable electric cars.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 28 November 2017

Through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK, the Department for Transport is investing over £200m to support UK businesses to build on their strengths in electric vehicle technology and the design, development and manufacture of electric vehicles. The Government is also incentivising the purchase of electric vehicles with a grant of up to £4500 to consumers to offset the cost of this technology.

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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 20 November 2017
Department for Transport
Electric Vehicles: Rural Areas
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the provision of suitably located charging points in remote and rural areas.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 28 November 2017

The vast majority of charging takes place at home, overnight. To support this, the Government provides funding for the installation of both on-street and off-street charging infrastructure. In addition, support exists UK-wide, including for rural areas, to enable workplaces to install infrastructure for use of employees and fleets.

The UK also now has over 11,500 publically accessible chargepoints, including over 900 rapid chargepoints. This is one of the largest rapid networks in Europe.

In addition, the Automated and Electric Vehicle Bill, currently going through Parliament, will give powers to the UK Government to expand deployment of infrastructure at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers, UK-wide.

As announced at Autumn Budget 2017, a new £400m electric car Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund (£200m new Government investment to be matched by private investors) will accelerate the roll-out of charging infrastructure by providing access to finance to companies that deliver chargepoints.

Grouped Questions: 114643
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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 20 November 2017
Department for Transport
Electric Vehicles
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many publicly available charging points for electric cars there are in the UK; and what plans he has to increase the number of charging points.
A
Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 28 November 2017

The vast majority of charging takes place at home, overnight. To support this, the Government provides funding for the installation of both on-street and off-street charging infrastructure. In addition, support exists UK-wide, including for rural areas, to enable workplaces to install infrastructure for use of employees and fleets.

The UK also now has over 11,500 publically accessible chargepoints, including over 900 rapid chargepoints. This is one of the largest rapid networks in Europe.

In addition, the Automated and Electric Vehicle Bill, currently going through Parliament, will give powers to the UK Government to expand deployment of infrastructure at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers, UK-wide.

As announced at Autumn Budget 2017, a new £400m electric car Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund (£200m new Government investment to be matched by private investors) will accelerate the roll-out of charging infrastructure by providing access to finance to companies that deliver chargepoints.

Grouped Questions: 114642
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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: 18 October 2017
HM Treasury
Bank Services: Rural Areas
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to ensure rural and remote communities have access to local bank branches.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 24 October 2017

The Government recognises the need to support local communities adapt to changes to banking, including when branches close. The Access to Banking Standard commits banks to communicate with and assist customers when a branch closes. And since January, 99% of personal and 75% of business customers are able to bank at one of Post Office’s 11,600 branches nationwide. Ultimately, decisions on the opening and closing of individual bank branches are a commercial decision for the banks involved.

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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: 04 September 2017
HM Treasury
Cash Dispensing: Rural Areas
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment the Government has made of the effect of closure of ATMs in rural areas on the economies and communities of those areas.
A
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 07 September 2017

The Government believes that widespread free access to cash remains extremely important to the day-to-day lives of many consumers and businesses in the UK.

The Government has made no assessment of the effect of closure of ATMs on rural economies and communities, but is monitoring developments within the UK’s ATM network – LINK - as is the Payment Systems Regulator.

The number of ATMs has increased from 36,000 in 2001 to over 70,000 in 2016. LINK also runs a financial inclusion programme which subsidises free to use ATMs in areas without existing access. LINK has identified 1,700 rural and/or deprived ‘target’ areas, and the majority of these areas are now served by 1,110 ATMs, up from 171 in 2007.

The Government regularly engages with industry on access to payment services.

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