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Asked by Jamie Stone
(Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Asked on: 19 June 2018
Cabinet Office
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.
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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
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.
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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
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.
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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
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.
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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: 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]
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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: 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.

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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
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.

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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: 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.

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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: 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.

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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.

Q
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
Ministry of Defence: Empty Property
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
Ministry of Defence: Empty Property
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
Ministry of Defence: Empty Property
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
Ministry of Defence: Empty Property
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
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