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(North East Fife)
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civilian staff in his Department based in the UK, (b) military personnel based in the UK, (c) civilian staff in his Department based in Saudi Arabia and (d) military personnel based in Saudi Arabia were employed by the (i) Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project and (ii) Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Project on 1 April 2019.
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Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The number of civilian and military personnel based in the UK and Saudi Arabia who were employed by the Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project (SANGCOM) and the Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Projects (MODSAP) on 1 April 2019 is shown below. The Saudi Arabian Government reimburses the UK Ministry of Defence for these staff costs and there is, therefore, no cost to the UK taxpayer.

Manpower number as at 1 April 2019

SANGCOM

MODSAP

UK-based Civilian Staff

4

69

UK-based Military Staff

0

35

Saudi-based Civilian Staff

51

38

Saudi-based Military Staff

20

66

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(North East Fife)
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Ministry of Defence
Saudi Arabia: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) expenditure was for the financial year 2018-19 and (b) budget is for 2019-20 for (i) the Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project and (ii) the Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Project.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The expenditure of the Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project (SANGCOM) is recovered from the Saudi Arabian Government, but SANGCOM operates under a separate Memorandum of Understanding from Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Project (MODSAP), under which the details of such recoveries are confidential to the two Governments.

The expenditure by the MODSAP in financial year 2018-19 amounted to £66.43 million. The budget however for financial year 2019-20 is £69.08 million. The costs of MODSAP are met from a management fee received from the Saudi Arabian Government.

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(Hornsey and Wood Green)
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Asked on: 04 March 2019
Ministry of Defence
Saudi Arabia: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civilian staff and (b) military personnel based in (i) the UK and (ii) Saudi Arabia were employed on the (A) Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project and (B) Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Project on 1 April 2018.
A
Answered by: Stuart Andrew
Answered on: 07 March 2019

The number of civilian and military personnel based in the UK and Saudi Arabia who were employed by the Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project (SANGCOM) and the Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Projects (MODSAP) on 1 April 2018 is shown below. The Saudi Arabian Government reimburses the UK Ministry of Defence for these staff costs and there is, therefore, no cost to the UK taxpayer.

Manpower number as at 01 April 2018

SANGCOM

MODSAP

UK-based Civilian Staff

2

66

UK-based Military Staff

0

33

Saudi-based Civilian Staff

52

38

Saudi-based Military Staff

22

69

Q
(Hornsey and Wood Green)
[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: 04 March 2019
Ministry of Defence
Saudi Arabia: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) expenditure was in the financial year 2017-18 and (b) budget is for 2018-19 for the (i) Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project and (ii) Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Project.
A
Answered by: Stuart Andrew
Answered on: 07 March 2019

The costs incurred by the Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Projects (MODSAP) in financial year 2017-18 amounted to £74.75 million. The budget for financial year 2018-19 is £63.64 million. The costs of MODSAP are met from a management fee received from the Saudi Arabian Government.

The costs of the Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project (SANGCOM) are similarly recovered from the Saudi Arabian Government, but SANGCOM operates under a separate Memorandum of Understanding from MODSAP, under which the details of such recoveries are confidential to the two Governments.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 31 October 2017
Ministry of Defence
Saudi Arabia: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expenditure was on the (a) Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project and (b) Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Project in the 2016-17 financial year; and what the budget is for each of those projects for the 2017-18 financial year.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 08 November 2017

The costs incurred by the Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Projects (MODSAP) in financial year 2016-17 amounted to £66.62 million. The budget for financial year 2017-18 is £60.18 million. The costs of MODSAP are met from a management fee received from the Saudi Arabian Government.

The costs of the Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project (SANGCOM) are similarly recovered from the Saudi Arabian Government, but SANGCOM operates under a separate Memorandum of Understanding from MODSAP, under which the details of such recoveries are confidential to the two Governments.

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Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)
Asked on: 31 October 2017
Ministry of Defence
Saudi Arabia: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) of his Department's civilian staff based in the UK, (b) UK military personnel based in the UK, (c) of his Department's civilian staff based in Saudi Arabia and (d) UK military personnel based in Saudi Arabia were employed by the (i) Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project and (ii) Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Project respectively on 1 April 2017.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 08 November 2017

The number of civilian and military personnel based in the UK and Saudi Arabia who were employed by the Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project (SANGCOM) and the Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces (MODSAP) Projects on 1 April 2017 is shown below. The Saudi Arabian Government reimburses the UK Ministry of Defence for these staff costs and there is, therefore, no cost to the UK taxpayer.

Manpower number as at 1 April 2017

SANGCOM

MODSAP

UK-based Civilian Staff

2

73

UK-based Military Staff

0

36

Saudi-based Civilian Staff

40

36

Saudi-based Military Staff

20

63

Q
(Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
Asked on: 28 June 2016
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) of his Department's civilian staff based in the UK, (b) military personnel based in the UK, (c) of his Department's civilian staff based in Saudi Arabia and (d) military personnel based in Saudi Arabia were employed by the (i) Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project and (ii) Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Project on 1 April in each of the last six years.
A
Answered by: Michael Fallon
Answered on: 05 July 2016

The number of civilian and military personnel based in the UK and Saudi Arabia who were employed by the Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project (SANGCOM) and the Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Projects (MODSAP) on 1 April in each of the last six years is shown in the table below. The Saudi Arabian Government reimburses the UK MOD for these staff costs and there is, therefore, no cost to the UK taxpayer.

Manpower as at 1 April 2016

SANGCOM Project

MODSAP

UK-based Civilian Staff

2

73

UK-based Military Staff

0

31

Saudi Arabia-based Civilian Staff

31

37

Saudi Arabia-based Military Staff

20

68

Manpower as at 1 April 2015

UK-based Civilian Staff

2

71

UK-based Military Staff

0

35

Saudi Arabia-based Civilian Staff

34

33

Saudi Arabia-based Military Staff

20

61

Manpower as at 1 April 2014

UK-based Civilian Staff

1

69

UK-based Military Staff

0

42

Saudi Arabia-based Civilian Staff

28

32

Saudi Arabia-based Military Staff

20

50

Manpower as at 1 April 2013

UK-based Civilian Staff

1

69

UK-based Military Staff

0

44

Saudi Arabia-based Civilian Staff

28

31

Saudi Arabia-based Military Staff

21

46

Manpower as at 1 April 2012

UK-based Civilian Staff

1

69

UK-based Military Staff

0

44

Saudi Arabia-based Civilian Staff

26

34

Saudi Arabia-based Military Staff

19

48

Manpower as at 1 April 2011

UK-based Civilian Staff

1

75

UK-based Military Staff

0

46

Saudi Arabia-based Civilian Staff

21

32

Saudi Arabia-based Military Staff

19

60

Q
Asked by Cat Smith
(Lancaster and Fleetwood)
Asked on: 28 October 2015
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training is provided to officials of his Department working on the Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Programme and the Saudi Arabia National Guard Communications Project on responding to whistleblowers from the private sector.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 05 November 2015

Members of the MOD Saudi Armed Forces Projects (MODSAP) and Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications (SANGCOM) Project attend a mandatory bribery and fraud awareness workshop which explains current legislation in this area, assists members to understand their responsibilities under the provisions of the legislation and identifies areas of risk of bribery and fraud within the workplace. This training highlights the statutory protection against dismissal and victimisation provided to whistleblowers under the provisions of the Public Disclosure Act 1998 and provides advice on reporting suspicious activity.

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 10 September 2015
Ministry of Defence
Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civilian staff of his Department based in the UK, (b) military personnel based in the UK, (c) civilian staff of his Department based in Saudi Arabia and (d) military personnel based in Saudi Arabia were employed by the Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project on 1 April 2015.
A
Answered by: Michael Fallon
Answered on: 17 September 2015

The number of civilian and military staff based in the UK and in Saudi Arabia working on the Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications (SANGCOM) Project on 1 April 2015 is shown below. The Saudi Arabian Government reimburses the UK Ministry of Defence for these staff costs and there is, therefore, no cost to the UK taxpayer.

Manpower number as at 1 April 2015

SANGCOM Project

UK-based Civilian Staff

2

UK-based Military Staff

0

Saudi Arabia-based Civilian Staff

34

Saudi Arabia-based Military Staff

20

Q
(Brighton, Pavilion)
Asked on: 02 September 2014
Ministry of Defence
Saudi Arabia
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) civilian staff of his Department based in the UK, (b) military personnel based in the UK, (c) civilian staff of his Department based in Saudi Arabia and (d) military personnel based in Saudi Arabia were employed by the (i) Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications Project and (ii) Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Project on 1 April 2014; and what the function is of each of those projects.
A
Answered by: Mr Philip Dunne
Answered on: 09 September 2014

The number of civilian and military staff based in the UK and in Saudi Arabia working on both the Saudi Arabian National Guard Communications (SANGCOM) Project and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Saudi Armed Forces Projects (MODSAP) on 1 April 2014 is shown in the table. The Saudi Arabian government reimburses the UK MOD for these staff costs and there is, therefore, no cost to the UK taxpayer.

Manpower number as

at 1 April 2014

SANGCOM Project

MODSAP

UK-based Civilian Staff

1

69

UK-based Military Staff

0

42

Saudi Arabia-based Civilian Staff

28

32

Saudi Arabia-based Military Staff

20

50

The function of the SANGCOM Project is to support the United Kingdom’s commitment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by acquiring and supporting modern communications capabilities for the Saudi Arabian National Guard.

The function of the Ministry of Defence Saudi Armed Forces Projects is to support the United Kingdom’s commitment to the defence of Saudi Arabia through the supply of modern military aircraft, naval vessels, weapons and associated support services to the Saudi Armed Forces.

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