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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: 10 July 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent progress his Department has made being made on establishing a site for a UK space launch facility.
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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 27 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Sexuality
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel have declared their sexual orientation to be (a) heterosexual, (b) homosexual, (c) bisexual or (d) other.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 06 July 2018

The declaration rate of sexual orientation in the Armed Forces is published in the Ministry of Defence's biannual Diversity Statistics publication. The latest edition is the 1 April 2018 publication, which can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-armed-forces-biannual-diversity-statistics-2018.

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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 27 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Disability
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people employed by the armed forces have a declared disability.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 06 July 2018

The Ministry of Defence recognises disability in Armed Forces personnel as part of a diverse workforce. However, the Armed Forces currently have a disability exemption from the Equality Act 2010 because of their requirement to achieve and maintain operational effectiveness, part of which rests on the need for all personnel to be interoperable and able to carry out a wide range of functions frequently at short notice. Disability declarations are therefore not required from Service personnel.

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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 27 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Sexuality
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more service personnel to declare their sexual orientation.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 06 July 2018

Whilst noting that it is a personal choice, Armed Forces Personnel are encouraged to anonymously declare their sexual orientation on the Armed Forces HR system. A wide range of methods are utilised to encourage personnel to declare. These include communications campaigns, briefings from senior leaders, encouragement at staff college courses/conferences, involvement of the LGBT staff networks and as part of induction procedures for arrivals at a new unit. Personnel are assured of the confidentiality of the data and the benefits of recording it - to ensure policies are relevant, appropriate and informed.

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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 27 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Disability
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people employed by his Department have a declared disability.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 04 July 2018

As at April 2018, 2,560 civilians employed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) had declared a disability.

Further information on diversity within the Department, including the number of civilians who have a declared disability, can be found in the MOD Diversity Dashboard 2018 publication, on the Gov.UK website at the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mod-diversity-dashboard-index

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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 27 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to recruit to the (a) the armed forces and (b) his Department more (i) BAME people, (ii) LGBT people, (iii) people with disabilities and (iv) people from non-Christian religious groups.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 04 July 2018

Over recent years, Defence has increasingly challenged itself to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation. This is not just the right thing do from a moral perspective, there is a business imperative for taking radical action - a diverse and inclusive organisation is a stronger, healthier and more resilient organisation.

Defence is dedicated to achieving a more diverse workforce and is undertaking a wide range of activities to increase the diversity of our people. These include:

  • Community Engagement - Increased and more targeted engagement with communities. Specialist and youth engagement teams have been set up in each of the Services.

  • Using staff networks and diversity champions to support our diverse range of personnel and outreach into the community - The appointment of an Islamic Religious Adviser to the Chief of the Defence Staff, to help improve mutual understanding between Muslim communities and the Armed Forces.

  • Recruitment Process - existing recruitment processes are being examined to remove any unconscious bias and to improve support and mentoring for candidates. For civilian staff, Ministry of Defence has been a Disability Confident leader since 2017.

  • Marketing - increase in targeted marketing activities.

  • Membership of - Business Disability Forum, Business in the Community (for both Gender and Race), Stonewall. This enables benchmarking of Defence’s performance against other public sector organisations and the private sector.
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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 27 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: LGBT People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has issued guidance on support for (a) LGBT and (b) transgender armed forces personnel.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 04 July 2018

All three Services provide guidance on LGBT matters through their web portals, directing personnel to the LGBT champions and active LGBT networks.

Since the lifting of the ban on LGBT personnel serving in the military in the year 2000, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) has welcomed and supported all staff, irrespective of sexual orientation, actively celebrating and supporting the diversity of all our personnel. Service personnel who have indicated a wish to change their gender are given the necessary support during and after transition. Transgender policy/guidance is in place to enable this. Other support is also available including through LGBT champions, both military and civilian, senior LGBT role models, active LGBT networks and over 150 personnel trained by Stonewall as LGBT allies. The single Services and MOD civilians took part in the 2018 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and all were ranked, with both the Royal Navy and Army being placed in the Top 100 Employers. In March 2018, for the second year running, MOD flew the transgender flag to mark Transgender Day of Visibility. MOD will once again be flying the rainbow flag from the top of our Main Building, as LGBT Service personnel march alongside their civilian colleagues at London Pride 2018.

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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 27 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Cadets
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 21 May 2018 to Question 146046, for what reasons no funds have been yet made available for Stonewall’s train-the-trainers courses and (b) other LGBT diversity training.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 04 July 2018

The individual Cadet Forces are responsible for ensuring that all their adult volunteers are trained properly for their specific roles. To achieve this, they identify training needs and then decide on the most suitable delivery mechanisms, which could include using outside agencies if appropriate.

As explained in my answer to Question 146046, Gender Identity guidance has been produced for all Ministry of Defence Cadet Forces.

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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 27 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Equality
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to make diversity training mandatory for all armed forces personnel; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 04 July 2018

Diversity training is mandatory for every member of staff across Defence, including for Service personnel.

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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 19 June 2018
Cabinet Office
Civil Nuclear Constabulary: Pensions
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether the Government’s plans to move Civil Nuclear Constabulary officers onto the Alpha Pensions Scheme from April 2019.
A
Corrected answer by: Oliver Dowden
Corrected on: 28 June 2018
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 27 June 2018.
The correct answer should have been:

The Government has carried out extensive reforms of public service pension schemes to ensure that they are fair and sustainable, including the introduction of new pension schemes for the main public sector workforces in 2015. As part of these reforms the Government plans to move Civil Nuclear Constabulary officers into the Alpha Pension Scheme in due course. Officials are continuing to engage on this issue.

A
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 27 June 2018

The Government has carried out extensive reforms of public service pension schemes to ensure that they are fair and sustainable, including the introduction of new pension schemes for the main public sector workforces in 2015. As part of these reforms the Government plans to move Civil Nuclear Constabulary officers into the Alpha Pension Scheme in due course. Officials are continuing to engage on this issue.

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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: 18 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-UK EU citizens are employed by the Armed Forces; and how many of those non-UK EU citizens are employed in the (a) STEM (b) hospitality field.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 25 June 2018
Holding answer received on 21 June 2018

All candidates for the UK Armed Forces must be British from birth, hold a dual British/other nationality, or be a British National, citizen of the Republic of Ireland (RoI) or a Commonwealth citizen. This means that non-UK EU citizens from Cyprus, Malta and the RoI are eligible to serve in the UK Regular Armed Forces. For some specialisations (e.g. Submarine service), candidates must hold British nationality only. In addition, all applicants must meet Home Office residency requirements (normally five years).

The table below provides the requested information, noting that all non-UK EU Citizens in the UK Regular Armed Forces have a Foreign and Commonwealth nationality.

Untrained and Trained Regular Non-UK EU Citizens in the UK Regular Armed Forces as at 1 April 2018

All non-UK EU Citizens

560

Of which:

STEM

100

Hospitality

10

Notes: STEM consists of Engineering Officers and Other Ranks for the Royal Navy/Marines and the Royal Air Force. For the Army, STEM includes Officers and Other Ranks in the Intelligence Corps, Royal Signals, Royal Engineers, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers, and Soldiers in selected trades in the Royal Logistics Corps.

For the Royal Navy, the definition of ‘Hospitality’ here includes Caterers, Chefs and Stewards. For Royal Air Force, the definition includes Chefs only. Figures do not include Army personnel as Army chefs are not recorded in the hospitality field for statistical purposes.

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10, but when ending in a 5 rounded to the nearest 20 to avoid systemic bias.

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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 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Catering
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many chefs are employed by the Armed Forces; how many of those chefs are non-UK citizens; and how many of those non-UK citizen chefs are EU citizens.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 25 June 2018
Holding answer received on 21 June 2018

All candidates for the UK Armed Forces must be British from birth, hold a dual British/other nationality, or be a British National, citizen of the Republic of Ireland (RoI) or a Commonwealth citizen. This means that non-UK EU citizens from Cyprus, Malta and the RoI are eligible to serve in the UK Regular Armed Forces. For some specialisations (e.g. Submarine service), candidates must hold British nationality only. In addition, all applicants must meet Home Office residency requirements (normally five years).

The table below provides the requested information, noting that all non-UK EU Citizens in the UK Regular Armed Forces have a Foreign and Commonwealth nationality.

Untrained and Trained Chefs employed in the UK Regular Armed Forces as at 1 April 2018

Chefs employed

2,400

Of which, non-UK Citizens

240

Of which, non-UK EU Citizens

10

Notes: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10, but when ending in a 5 rounded to the nearest 20 to avoid systemic bias.

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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 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has made any changes to it's STEM recruitment policies since the vote on the UK leaving the EU.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 21 June 2018

Armed Forces recruitment and retention policy has not changed since the UK's decision to leave the EU.

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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: 07 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Catering
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the number of chefs in the armed forces of the UK leaving the EU.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 12 June 2018

The Ministry of Defence recognises that, given the number of non-UK employees in the catering and hospitality industry, any BREXIT impact in this sector could potentially affect the recruitment and retention of chefs in the Armed Forces.

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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: 07 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the oral evidence of the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Defence to the Public Accounts Committee on 4 June 2018, Q41 and Q135, for what reason his Department has not made any assessment of (a) the potential effect of the UK leaving the EU on the STEM ecosystem and (b) the potential consequential effect of changes in that ecosystem on recruitment to the armed forces; and what assessment his Department will now make of those issues.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 12 June 2018

Following the EU Exit referendum, as part of the formulation of Ministry of Defence strategy, an assessment was undertaken of the potential impact of BREXIT on Armed Forces recruitment and retention. It concluded that BREXIT was unlikely to impact directly on Armed Forces recruitment, given our nationality requirements, but there could be a secondary impact should BREXIT increase demand for scarce skills in the UK. This could, indirectly, impact on Armed Forces recruitment and retention. The Ministry of Defence is preparing its comments on the Public Accounts Committee transcript of 4 June and will provide an appropriate clarification to the Committee.

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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 07 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Warships: Sunderland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to secure an affiliation between a Royal Navy vessel and the city of Sunderland following the decommissioning of HMS Ocean in March 2018.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 June 2018

The Royal Navy will inform Sunderland Council in due course regarding a future affiliation with the city.

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: 05 June 2018
Treasury
Royal Bank of Scotland: Closures
Commons
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department plans to evaluate the effectiveness of the RBS mobile banking service as a result of the closure of RBS branches; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: John Glen
Answered on: 11 June 2018

The Treasury does not make assessments of branch closures, or alternative methods of banking, as these are commercial matters for banks. However, Government believes it is important the impact of branch closures on communities must be understood, considered and mitigated where possible.

The Government supports the industry’s Access to Banking Standard which commits banks to ensure personal and business customers are better informed about branch closures and the reasons for them closing. It also helps customers to understand the options they have locally to continue to access banking services, including specialist assistance for customers who need more help. The Access to Banking Standard is monitored and enforced by the independent Lending Standards Board.

Government also considers it important that all customers, wherever they live and especially those who are vulnerable, can still access over the counter services. That is why the Government supports the Post Office’s Banking Framework Agreement, which enables 99% of banks’ personal and 95% of banks’ business customers to withdraw cash, deposit cash and cheques, and make balance enquiries at a Post Office counter via its network of 11,600 branches.

The Government is committed to ensuring that communities across the UK are fully aware of the important services that remain available to them at their local Post Office, even if their bank branch is closed. The Post Office and UK Finance have committed to work together to raise public awareness of the banking services available at the Post Office for individuals and SMEs, which the Government welcomes.

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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: 06 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the level of recruitment to the armed forces.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 11 June 2018

Following the EU Exit referendum, as part of the formulation of Ministry of Defence strategy, an assessment was undertaken of the potential impact of Brexit on Armed Forces recruitment and retention. It concluded that Brexit was unlikely to impact directly on Armed Forces recruitment, given our nationality requirements, but there could be a secondary impact should Brexit increase demand for scarce skills in the UK. This could, indirectly, impact on Armed Forces recruitment and retention. Given uncertainty over the nature of the final Brexit arrangements and the subsequent impact on the UK skills base there are a range of potential consequences which will inform future Armed Forces recruitment and retention policy.

Grouped Questions: 150752
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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: 06 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the ability of the armed forces to recruit STEM graduates after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 11 June 2018

Following the EU Exit referendum, as part of the formulation of Ministry of Defence strategy, an assessment was undertaken of the potential impact of Brexit on Armed Forces recruitment and retention. It concluded that Brexit was unlikely to impact directly on Armed Forces recruitment, given our nationality requirements, but there could be a secondary impact should Brexit increase demand for scarce skills in the UK. This could, indirectly, impact on Armed Forces recruitment and retention. Given uncertainty over the nature of the final Brexit arrangements and the subsequent impact on the UK skills base there are a range of potential consequences which will inform future Armed Forces recruitment and retention policy.

Grouped Questions: 150751
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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: 14 May 2018
House of Commons Commission
Parliamentary Estate: Recycling
Commons
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of disposable (a) cups, (b) food containers and (c) cutlery used on the parliamentary estate is recycled.
A
Answered by: Tom Brake
Answered on: 21 May 2018

We do not receive a comprehensive breakdown of the totals of these wastes within either our mixed recycling or general waste streams.

Plastic cups can be collected as part of the dry mixed recycling scheme, enabling them to be recycled.

Food containers and cutlery are at present collected as part of our general waste stream due to potential contamination from food and liquids. Instructions for our general waste bins in Parliament are that the only items deposited in this waste steam are non-recyclables and contaminated waste.

Within the single-use avoidable plastics strategy announced on 15 May 2018, the House Authorities committed to replacing the existing catering disposables range, which is predominantly non-recyclable, for a compostable alternative. This will enable the entire range of disposable items provided by the House to be recycled.

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: 14 May 2018
House of Commons Commission
House of Commons: Packaging
Commons
To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the House of Commons spent on (a) disposable cups, (b) disposable food containers and (c) disposable cutlery in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Tom Brake
Answered on: 17 May 2018

In each of the last three years the House of Commons spent the following amounts on disposable cups, disposable food containers and disposable cutlery:

2015

2016

2017

Disposable cups

£37,134

£40,771

£41,258

Disposable food containers

£29,862

£34,391

£37,536

Disposable plastic cutlery

£4,834

£4,631

£5,426

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: 09 May 2018
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Broadband: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on access to broadband in remote parts of Scotland.
A
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 10 May 2018

We are keen to support the Scottish Government through its current procurement and continue to provide every assistance to deliver Superfast broadband along with new fibre networks to Scotland. The Secretary of State recently appeared before the Scottish Affairs committee to discuss digital connectivity in Scotland.

In addition, officials from the department have had regular meetings with their counterparts at the Scottish Government including providing technical advice and guidance to the Scottish Government programme team.

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 April 2018
Ministry of Defence
Russia: Warships
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on (a) how many occasions and (b) which dates UK warships escorted Russian ships out of English territorial waters into international waters during 2017.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 30 April 2018

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my noble Friend, the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Ahmad of Wimbeldon), on 29 March 2018 to Question HL6834 in the House of Lords.

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: 20 April 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria her Department uses for appealing decisions by the first-tier tribunal to award personal independence payments.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 26 April 2018
Holding answer received on 25 April 2018

The Department will only seek to refer decisions of the First-tier Tribunal to the Upper Tribunal, in Personal Independence Payment cases as well as those of other benefits, where we contend that the First-tier Tribunal has made an error in law. Each case is considered on its merits.

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: 20 April 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average waiting time is for a hearing by the Upper Tribunal of an appeal by her Department against a decision by the First-tier Tribunal to allow an award of personal independence payment.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 25 April 2018

The information requested is not held by the Department.

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: 20 April 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Personal Independence Payment: Appeals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial safeguards his Department have put in place to protect vulnerable claimants in the event that their claim is delayed as a result appeals by her Department on the First-tier decision to award personal Independence payments.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 25 April 2018

At any time whilst payment is suspended as a result of a challenge to the tribunal judgement by the Secretary of State, a claimant can request that it is lifted on hardship grounds. Each case is considered on its merits and challenge will only be brought if we believe that a tribunal’s decision is erroneous in law.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 14 March 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Wind Power: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the development of (a) Dounreay TrÍ, (b) Forthwind and (c) Kincardine offshore wind projects on the (i) the UK and (ii) Scottish economy.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 06 April 2018

The potential effect on the UK and Scottish economy would depend upon a number of factors including the size of the projects, their individual procurement plans and the levels of local content achieved. For example, it has been reported that equipment and components for certain elements of these projects could be sourced from a range of locations, including Europe and the Far East.

Whilst floating offshore wind is still at a relatively early stage of development, it could have a role in the long-term decarbonisation and contribute to our Industrial Strategy, if it can demonstrate that it can bring down costs and compete with other forms of low carbon generation.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 27 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Buildings
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16 March 2018 to Question 131729, on Ministry of Defence; buildings, what the average annual rent charged for those properties was.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 05 April 2018

The average annual rent charged for accommodation properties rented to non-military personnel living in Ministry of Defence owned properties is £10,944.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 27 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Buildings
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 26 February 2018 to Question 131729, on Ministry of Defence: Buildings, the location of the accommodation properties owned by his Department which were rented to non-military personnel between January 2016 and January 2017.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 05 April 2018

Between January 2016 and January 2017, non-military personnel were accommodated for varying periods of time in County Antrim, County Down, Devon, Edinburgh, Fife, Hants and Warwickshire.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 14 March 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Wind Power: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits to the Scottish manufacturing sector of the development of floating offshore wind technology.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 28 March 2018

Offshore wind is a success story for the UK. Government support has enabled investment, cost reduction and building a supply chain across different parts of the UK including Scotland. We will look to build on this success as part of our Industrial Strategy.

Floating offshore wind is still at a demonstration phase. However, the technology is eligible to compete in the Contracts for Difference auctions which incentivise developers and supply chains to innovate and reduce costs. If the technology can demonstrate that it can compete with other forms of generation, the manufacturing sector may be able to benefit from UK deployment and potential exports.

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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 14 March 2018
Department for International Trade
Wind Power: Seas and Oceans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the export potential for floating offshore wind technology to the UK economy.
A
Answered by: Greg Hands
Answered on: 22 March 2018

No specific assessment has been made of the export potential for floating offshore wind technology to the UK economy. The global offshore market is a significant opportunity for UK companies.

The Department for International Trade works with key UK suppliers, foreign Governments, sector focussed trade associations and procuring authorities to increase exports in the offshore wind sector.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 14 March 2018
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Wind Power: Seas and Oceans
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the Renewables Obligation support to floating offshore wind projects after October 2018.
A
Answered by: Claire Perry
Answered on: 22 March 2018

The Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme closed to most new projects on 31 March 2017. Floating and demonstration offshore wind projects in Scotland have a grace period until 30 September 2018 to accredit under the scheme. Developers have known about this grace period since it was announced by the Scottish Government in 2013. The expiry dates are set out in legislation and we do not intend to extend them.

The RO is being replaced by the competitive 'Contracts for Difference' (CFD) support scheme. Innovative offshore wind projects are eligible to compete in the next CFD auction, planned for spring 2019. The scheme incentivises developers and the supply chain to innovate and continuously bear down on costs. This will allow the UK to produce more renewable energy at a significantly lower cost for consumers.

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: 12 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Bullying
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many instances of bullying have been recorded in the armed forces in each year since 2013.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 20 March 2018

Statistics on the number of Service complaints for bullying are published annually and can be found at the link below. This does not differentiate between types of bullying.

https://www.servicecomplaintsombudsman.org.uk/service-complaints-ombudsman/publications-and-reports/annual-reports/

Statistics for 2017 will be published in spring 2018.

Grouped Questions: 132095 | 132096 | 132097
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: 12 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Bullying
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many instances of homophobic bullying have been recorded in the armed forces in each year since 2013.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 20 March 2018

Statistics on the number of Service complaints for bullying are published annually and can be found at the link below. This does not differentiate between types of bullying.

https://www.servicecomplaintsombudsman.org.uk/service-complaints-ombudsman/publications-and-reports/annual-reports/

Statistics for 2017 will be published in spring 2018.

Grouped Questions: 132094 | 132096 | 132097
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: 12 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Bullying
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many instances of racially-motivated bullying have been recorded in the armed forces in each year since 2013.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 20 March 2018

Statistics on the number of Service complaints for bullying are published annually and can be found at the link below. This does not differentiate between types of bullying.

https://www.servicecomplaintsombudsman.org.uk/service-complaints-ombudsman/publications-and-reports/annual-reports/

Statistics for 2017 will be published in spring 2018.

Grouped Questions: 132094 | 132095 | 132097
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: 12 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Bullying
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many instances of gender-related bullying have been recorded in the armed forces in each year since 2013.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 20 March 2018

Statistics on the number of Service complaints for bullying are published annually and can be found at the link below. This does not differentiate between types of bullying.

https://www.servicecomplaintsombudsman.org.uk/service-complaints-ombudsman/publications-and-reports/annual-reports/

Statistics for 2017 will be published in spring 2018.

Grouped Questions: 132094 | 132095 | 132096
Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 12 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Retirement
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people have voluntarily retired from (a) the Army, (b) the Navy and (c) the RAF in each year since 2012.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 20 March 2018

Defence Statistics publish information on a regular basis showing voluntary military outflow.

Outflow statistics for the 12 months ending 31 March 2014 through to the 12 months ending 31 December 2017 are available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/quarterly-service-personnel-statistics-2018

Outflow statistics prior to 31 March 2014 are available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-armed-forces-monthly-service-personnel-statistics-2017

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 08 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
MOD Caledonia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the future of Caledonia base in Rosyth.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 16 March 2018

The intent to dispose of Ministry of Defence Caledonia was included in the Department's estate optimisation announcement 'A Better Defence Estate' in November 2016. The estimated disposal date is 2022. The future use of the site is a matter for the new owner, but we will work with Local Authorities and relevant stakeholders to ensure the disposal provides the best outcome for Defence and the local community.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 08 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Dogs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of euthanized military working dogs.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 16 March 2018

Military Working Dogs (MWD) provide an invaluable service to our troops, and every effort is made to rehome them at the end of their service life. The Ministry of Defence's approach to rehoming is in accordance with the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes Code of Practice and is consistent with that taken by high profile, well respected animal charities.

Decisions are taken following an extensive assessment of the dogs and any potential new home. We seek to maximise the number that can be rehomed, including through work with animal charities and external behavioural experts.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 08 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Veterans: Mental Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to extend the armed forces mental health helpline service to veterans.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 16 March 2018

We have recently announced a 24-hour mental health helpline for veterans and their families provided by the charity Combat Stress; the freephone number is 0800 138 1619.

Q
Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 08 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Buildings
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many accommodation properties owned by his Department were rented to non-military personnel between January 2016 and January 2017.
A
Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 16 March 2018

The number of service family accommodation properties owned by the Ministry of Defence that have been rented to non-military personal between January 2016 and January 2017 is given below.

January 2016

February 2016

March 2016

April 2016

May 2016

June 2016

July 2016

August 2016

September 2016

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

January 2017

Average

11

14

15

15

15

15

16

16

16

16

18

18

20

16

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: 08 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many accommodation properties owned by his Department were empty between January 2016 and January 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 13 March 2018

The information requested will take time to collate and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as it is available.

Grouped Questions: 131720 | 131722 | 131723 | 131724
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: 08 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many properties rented by his Department for accommodation were empty between January 2016 and January 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 13 March 2018

The information requested will take time to collate and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as it is available.

Grouped Questions: 131719 | 131722 | 131723 | 131724
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: 08 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-accommodation properties owned by his Department were empty between January 2016 and January 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 13 March 2018

The information requested will take time to collate and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as it is available.

Grouped Questions: 131719 | 131720 | 131723 | 131724
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: 08 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Housing
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-accommodation properties rented by his Department were empty between January 2016 and January 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 13 March 2018

The information requested will take time to collate and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as it is available.

Grouped Questions: 131719 | 131720 | 131722 | 131724
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: 08 March 2018
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Buildings
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, now many non-accommodation properties owned by his Department were rented to non-military personnel between January 2016 and January 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 13 March 2018

The information requested will take time to collate and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as it is available.

Grouped Questions: 131719 | 131720 | 131722 | 131723
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: 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.

Q
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.

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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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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Named Day

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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.

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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.

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(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
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Named Day

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Asked on: 15 January 2018
Scotland Office
Carillion: Insolvency
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.

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(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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
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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
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Asked by Jamie Stone
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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.

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(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
[N]
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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.

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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
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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]
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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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