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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 12 September 2018
Ministry of Defence
Tornado Aircraft: Accidents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4 July 2018 to Question 158760 on Tornado aircraft: accidents, whether the GQ 5000 parachute was fitted as part of modification 2198 in 2007 and not 2010 as indicated in that answer.
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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 29 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Tornado Aircraft: Safety Measures
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 10 March 2016 to Question 30091, whether the Traffic Collision Avoidance System fitted to Tornado GR 4 aircraft is the Honeywell TCAS II system and not TCAS I as indicated in a number of AIRPROX (Near miss) reports.
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Answered by: Guto Bebb
Answered on: 05 July 2018

The Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) fitted to Tornado GR4 aircraft is the Honeywell TCAS II system and not TCAS I, as incorrectly indicated in a small number of Airprox reports.

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Asked on: 02 July 2018
Ministry of Defence
NATO Countries: Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which NATO countries provided Maritime Patrol Aircraft for use in UK airspace between 25 June and 2 July 2018.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 05 July 2018

Maritime Patrol Aircraft from the United States and Canada were temporarily deployed to RAF Lossiemouth during the period in question.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 28 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Tornado Aircraft: Accidents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th June 2018 to Question 152201 on Tornado Aircraft Accidents, on what date Tornado parachute training was adjusted to cover GQ 5000 operations in response to the recommendation made in para 5.3.3 of QINETIQ/AT&E/CR00782/1; and whether the crew of Tornado aircraft (a) ZD812 (ABBOT 2) and (b) ZD743 (ASTON 1) had undergone that training at the time of the Moray Firth accident.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 04 July 2018

There was no requirement for changes to Tornado parachute training after the introduction of the GQ 5000 parachute in 2010 as it had no effect on the drills completed by the individual upon ejection. The aircrew involved in the Moray Firth accident were up to date with their parachute training at the time of the accident.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 28 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Tornado Aircraft: Accidents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place into the Library, information on the (a) barometric altitude, (b) radio altitude, (c) bank angle, (d) bank rate, (e) speed, (f) pitch angle and (g) cabin pressure data from the aircraft data recorder (R-ADR) of Tornado ZD812 on the 3 July 2012, from 10 seconds before the collision to 30 seconds after, at the normal sample rate.
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Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 04 July 2018

I can confirm that the Ministry of Defence holds some of the requested information from the aircraft data recorder (R-ADR). The R-ADR only has recorded data for six seconds after the collision. This information is currently being compiled into a presentable format and I will write to the hon. Member in due course.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 18 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Navy: Scotland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times Royal Navy (a) Type 23 frigates and (b) Type 45 destroyers have made port calls in Scotland in each year since 2013.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 26 June 2018

From available records the number of Royal Navy Type 23 Frigates and Type 45 Destroyers that made port calls in Scotland in each calendar year since 2013 is as follows:

Type 23

Type 45

2013

9

3

2014

2

2

2015

6

4

2016

9

2

2017

12

3

2018 (to 19 June)

6

1

This data represents the number of port calls made in Scotland, not the number of nights or days in ports in Scotland.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Syria: Military Intervention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing greater transparency on the deployments of British soldiers embedded with partner forces following the death of a serving member of the Armed Forces in Syria on Thursday 29 March, 2018; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 19 June 2018

The then Defence Secretary's Written Ministerial Statement of 17 December 2015 (HCWS431) informed Parliament of some details relating to UK Service personnel that are embedded in another nations armed forces, who are deployed on operations together with those who work on operations in deployed coalition or single nation headquarters roles. These details are updated through the Ministry of Defence's Annual Report and Accounts. The Ministry of Defence remains committed to being as transparent as possible about the UK's embedded forces programme. However, for personal and operational security reasons, we are limited to the detail that can be provided.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Tornado Aircraft: Accidents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what training was provided for Tornado crew members in the operation and control of the GQ 5000 parachute prior to the collision of two Tornado aircraft over the Moray Firth in July 2012.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 19 June 2018

Tornado aircrew are required to undertake a range of parachute training, including parachute flight and landing drills. Training covers canopy handling, safe landing procedures, actions to be carried out when bailing out over water, the effects of drift, parachute dragging on the ground and in water, and harness release. This training should be undertaken every two years, and has not changed since 2012.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Deployment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK armed forces personnel are embedded with partner forces; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 15 June 2018

Information on UK Service personnel embedded in other nations armed forces is available at the following link:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/629769/MoD_AR16-17_gov_Web-Optimised.pdf

Updated information will be published in the next Annual Report and Accounts in July 2018.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 11 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Syria: Military Intervention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will launch an inquiry into the circumstances that led to the death of a serving member of the UK armed forces in Syria on 29 March 2018; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Mark Lancaster
Answered on: 14 June 2018

The Government will not provide any additional information on the circumstances surrounding the death of Sgt Matt Tonroe at this time.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 06 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Tornado Aircraft
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18th May 2018 to Question 142876 on Tornado Aircraft, if he will provided a copy of AL 1 of the relevant page, along with the actual dates of the AL 1 and AL 2 introduction.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 June 2018

The minimum ejection height graphs provided in answer to question 142876 on Tornado aircraft have remained unchanged since January 2005. The change in the amendment status of the pages is purely as a result of editorial action on other pages or the re-issue of the section. There is, therefore, no difference between the AL1 and AL2 version of the page.

AL1 was introduced in May 2006 and AL2 in May 2008.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 06 June 2018
Ministry of Defence
Tornado Aircraft: Accidents
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place a copy of Part 2.9 (Schedule of Non Germane Information) of the Service Inquiry report into the Tornado collision over the Moray Firth in July 2012 in the Library.
A
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 12 June 2018

I can confirm that the Ministry of Defence holds a copy of Part 2.9 (Schedule of Non Germane Information), which is currently being retrieved from our archives and will be placed in the Library of the House in due course.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 01 June 2018
Prime Minister
Members: Correspondence
Commons
To ask the Prime Minister, when her office plans fully to respond to the letter of the hon. Member for West Dunbartonshire dated 25 April 2018 on his constituent, Jagtar Singh Johal.
A
Answered by: Mrs Theresa May
Answered on: 11 June 2018

A reply has been sent by my Rt Hon Friend, the Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific.

Q
(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 23 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Cryptocurrencies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recommendations were made to her Department as a result of the trials that GovCoin undertook on the use of blockchain technology for the welfare and benefits system; and whether the findings of those trails will be published.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 07 June 2018

In 2016, DWP ran a trial proof of concept on a small scale and the findings concluded that it was not viable due to limited take up potential and the expenses it would incur. No other companies were involved in the trial and no benefit or personal data was shared with GovCoin (DISC) on claimants.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 24 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Cryptocurrencies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether other companies have been involved in the GovCoin contract to undertake trials on the use of blockchain technology for the welfare and benefits system; and whether any claimant information was shared with (a) those other companies and (b) GovCoin during the period of that contract.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 07 June 2018

In 2016, DWP ran a proof of concept pilot to explore GovCoin’s (DISC) capability. No other companies were involved in the pilot and no benefit or personal data was shared with GovCoin (DISC) on claimants.

Q
(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 23 May 2018
Department for International Development
Ukraine: Military Aid
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will publish information on the recent programme with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence Reforms Project Office to develop a housing system for the armed forces of Ukraine; and what the cost to the public purse was of that programme.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 06 June 2018

This project provided technical assistance to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence to support modernisation of the accommodation system for Ukrainian military personnel. It supported delivery of the UK’s objective to help Ukraine reform its Defence/armed forces to eliminate corruption and increase civilian oversight and rule of law, strengthening the resilience and stability of the State. The total cost over some 15 months was £414,930. The project successfully delivered its four main outputs: a proposal for a trusted and transparent centralised process for queue management; a policy for new accommodation maintenance, procurement and contracting standards for the Ukraine defence forces; new construction tender requirements and contracting guidelines; and a concept paper for a new defence housing system and detailed reform implementation plan for at least 2 years.

Q
(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 23 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Cryptocurrencies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when her Department contracted GovCoin to undertake trials on the use of blockchain technology for the welfare and benefits system.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 05 June 2018

In 2016, we ran a proof of concept pilot to explore GovCoin’s (DISC) capability. The pilot came to an end in early 2017.

The are no contractual obligations with Govcoin and we have no plans to do any further work with GovCoin

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 23 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Cryptocurrencies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was paid from the public purse to GovCoin to undertake trials on the use of blockchain technology for the welfare and benefits system.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 05 June 2018

In 2016, we ran a proof of concept pilot to explore GovCoin’s (DISC) capability. The pilot came to an end in early 2017.

No public money was paid to Govcoin. Equally, Govcoin made no payment to the Government for this exploratory exercise. We have no plans to do any further work with GovCoin.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 23 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Social Security Benefits: Cryptocurrencies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department's contract with GovCoin to undertake trials on the use of blockchain technology for the welfare and benefits system has concluded.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 05 June 2018

In 2016, we ran a proof of concept pilot to explore GovCoin’s (DISC) capability. The pilot came to an end in early 2017.

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(West Dunbartonshire)
Asked on: 18 May 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Hyperactivity: Employment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of workplace assessments in Scotland for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in each year since 2015.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 23 May 2018

We have interpreted your questions to be about Access to Work workplace assessments.

The data requested are not held centrally and to provide them would incur disproportionate cost.

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