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Government Ministers and a small number of other Members of the two Houses can make a written statement to one or both Houses.

Written statements are published below shortly after receipt in Parliament. They also reproduced in the next edition of the Daily Report and of Hansard in the relevant House.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 18 July 2019
Made by: Earl Howe (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence)
Lords

Defence Fire and Rescue Project

I am announcing the outcome of the Defence Fire and Rescue Project which has been examining potential improvements in how Fire and Rescue Services are provided to the Ministry of Defence, both in the United Kingdom and overseas.

In June 2018, I announced the Ministry of Defence’s intention to award the Defence Fire and Rescue Project contract to Capita Business Services Limited and I can today confirm this to be the case. Following a competitive bidding process Capita’s bid was deemed to deliver the best technical solution and the best value for money for Defence. The 12-year contract is worth £525 million and will mark a step change in capability for Defence’s Fire and Rescue capability.

The project will deliver a range of benefits whilst sustaining our worldwide fire and rescue capability. These benefits include improved safety for firefighter personnel and those they protect as well as fire risk management for the Department. This will be achieved through the investment in new equipment, technology and training which the contract will enable to happen faster than it otherwise would. In addition, we expect the contract to deliver significant financial savings over the course of its lifespan; money which can be reinvested into other areas of the Defence budget.

I can assure Parliament that these proposed contractual arrangements with Capita have been subject to thorough scrutiny and due diligence processes conducted across Government, including in the Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Office and HM Treasury. These assurance processes included the financial sustainability of Capita and tested their technical expertise to deliver the contract in a sustainable and resilient manner. Safeguards are in place to ensure there is no break in service provision. Capita have experience in delivering Fire and Rescue service provision as they already operate the internationally recognised Fire Service College at Moreton-in-Marsh.

Initially, around 560 MOD Civil Servants, mainly firefighting personnel, are expected to transfer under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations to Capita as the contract is implemented over the next few years. Fire station managers, their staff and Trade Union representatives of the civilian workforce have been consulted throughout the project and are being formally told of the contract award today. I would like to pay tribute to the work they have and will continue to undertake for Defence. The Royal Air Force and Royal Navy will continue to employ firefighters. Over time there will be a reduction in the number of firefighters in the Royal Air Force due to the introduction of new technology and there may be opportunities in the future for some roles becoming Sponsored Reserves.

I can confirm that existing fire and rescue services provided to the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, the Defence Science and Technical Laboratory in Porton Down and at US visiting forces bases in the United Kingdom are unaffected by these changes. The Defence Fire Training and Development Centre at Manston will close in due course with training transferred to Capita’s existing fire training facility at Moreton-in-Marsh. The award of this contract will enable the Ministry of Defence to vacate large elements of the Manston site which will be released to support economic development, potentially including housing, in the local area.

This has been a complex procurement with a delay in the award of the contract following a legal challenge from Serco Ltd, the other final bidder. We have now mutually agreed an out-of-court settlement of £10 million which provides better value for money for the tax payer than an uncertain and costly court case. I can confirm that the MOD’s Accounting Officer has commissioned an independent review to ensure we learn from this acquisition process. This will be led by Tony Poulter, a non-executive director at the Department for Transport. The findings of the review will be published after the summer.

This statement has also been made in the House of Commons: HCWS1758
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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 18 July 2019
Made by: Mr Tobias Ellwood (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence)
Commons

Defence Fire and Rescue Project

My right hon Friend the Minister of State in the House of Lords (Earl Howe) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am announcing the outcome of the Defence Fire and Rescue Project which has been examining potential improvements in how Fire and Rescue Services are provided to the Ministry of Defence, both in the United Kingdom and overseas.

In June 2018, I announced the Ministry of Defence’s intention to award the Defence Fire and Rescue Project contract to Capita Business Services Limited and I can today confirm this to be the case. Following a competitive bidding process Capita’s bid was deemed to deliver the best technical solution and the best value for money for Defence. The 12-year contract is worth £525 million and will mark a step change in capability for Defence’s Fire and Rescue capability.

The project will deliver a range of benefits whilst sustaining our worldwide fire and rescue capability. These benefits include improved safety for firefighter personnel and those they protect as well as fire risk management for the Department. This will be achieved through the investment in new equipment, technology and training which the contract will enable to happen faster than it otherwise would. In addition, we expect the contract to deliver significant financial savings over the course of its lifespan; money which can be reinvested into other areas of the Defence budget.

I can assure Parliament that these proposed contractual arrangements with Capita have been subject to thorough scrutiny and due diligence processes conducted across Government, including in the Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Office and HM Treasury. These assurance processes included the financial sustainability of Capita and tested their technical expertise to deliver the contract in a sustainable and resilient manner. Safeguards are in place to ensure there is no break in service provision. Capita have experience in delivering Fire and Rescue service provision as they already operate the internationally recognised Fire Service College at Moreton-in-Marsh.

Initially, around 560 MOD Civil Servants, mainly firefighting personnel, are expected to transfer under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations to Capita as the contract is implemented over the next few years. Fire station managers, their staff and Trade Union representatives of the civilian workforce have been consulted throughout the project and are being formally told of the contract award today. I would like to pay tribute to the work they have and will continue to undertake for Defence. The Royal Air Force and Royal Navy will continue to employ firefighters. Over time there will be a reduction in the number of firefighters in the Royal Air Force due to the introduction of new technology and there may be opportunities in the future for some roles becoming Sponsored Reserves.

I can confirm that existing fire and rescue services provided to the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, the Defence Science and Technical Laboratory in Porton Down and at US visiting forces bases in the United Kingdom are unaffected by these changes. The Defence Fire Training and Development Centre at Manston will close in due course with training transferred to Capita’s existing fire training facility at Moreton-in-Marsh. The award of this contract will enable the Ministry of Defence to vacate large elements of the Manston site which will be released to support economic development, potentially including housing, in the local area.

This has been a complex procurement with a delay in the award of the contract following a legal challenge from Serco Ltd, the other final bidder. We have now mutually agreed an out-of-court settlement of £10 million which provides better value for money for the tax payer than an uncertain and costly court case. I can confirm that the MOD’s Accounting Officer has commissioned an independent review to ensure we learn from this acquisition process. This will be led by Tony Poulter, a non-executive director at the Department for Transport. The findings of the review will be published after the summer.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS1720
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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 15 July 2019
Made by: Earl Howe (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence)
Lords

Chemical Weapons Convention - Declaration of Protective Programme for 2018

The UK's chemical protection programme is designed to protect against the use of chemical weapons. Such a programme is permitted by the Chemical Weapons Convention, with which the United Kingdom is fully compliant. Under the terms of the Convention, we are required to provide information annually to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. In accordance with the Government's commitment to openness, I am placing in the Library of the House a copy of the summary that has been provided to the Organisation outlining the UK's chemical protection programme in 2018.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 15 July 2019
Made by: Mark Lancaster (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence)
Commons

Chemical Weapons Convention - Declaration of Protective Programme for 2018

My right hon. Friend the Minister of State for Defence in the House of Lords (The Earl Howe) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The Minister of State for Defence in the House of Lords, The Earl Howe: The UK's chemical protection programme is designed to protect against the use of chemical weapons. Such a programme is permitted by the Chemical Weapons Convention, with which the United Kingdom is fully compliant. Under the terms of the Convention, we are required to provide information annually to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. In accordance with the Government's commitment to openness, I am placing in the Library of the House a copy of the summary that has been provided to the Organisation outlining the UK's chemical protection programme in 2018.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 08 April 2019
Made by: Earl Howe (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence)
Lords

Counter-Daesh Operations

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence (Gavin Williamson) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The House may welcome an update on the military campaign against Daesh in Iraq and Syria. Forces in Iraq and Syria now say that, with the support of the global Coalition, they have liberated all the towns and cities that were once occupied by Daesh. This is a huge achievement, and one in which UK forces should take great pride for the part they played in this success. The Global Coalition assesses there are currently not enough Daesh fighters remaining in Iraq and Syria to make any further significant territorial gains. Nonetheless, it is important to note that this is not the defeat of Daesh as an organisation. Daesh has dispersed into a cellular structure in order to maintain insurgency activity, planting improvised explosive devices, conducting extortion, kidnapping and mounting terrorist attacks. The UK, as a partner in the coalition, is committed to defeating this ongoing threat, in order to guarantee the lasting defeat of Daesh’s ambitions, to build on the stability of the region and protect our interests and our national security.

The UK has contributed sophisticated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to find, identify and enable the Coalition to degrade Daesh’s military capabilities, which is as crucial to the air campaign now as it was at Daesh’s territory height. ISR alone does not make a successful campaign, however; since the beginning of operations over Iraq and Syria, the UK’s Tornado, Typhoon and Reaper aircraft have released over 4,300 weapons against Daesh targets to reduce their military capabilities.

In 2015, the then-Secretary of State for Defence, Sir Michael Fallon, committed to providing Parliament with UK airstrike numbers from the Coalition’s datasets to allow us to compare our contribution with other Coalition partners. This was a move away from using a UK dataset and methodology to calculate our airstrike contribution to the Counter-Daesh fight. Following the House of Commons Defence Committee’s request to provide a biannual breakdown of our air contribution to the Counter-Daesh campaign in Iraq and Syria, I have reviewed the method with which our contribution to the Coalition’s air campaign are calculated and from this decided to discontinue reporting on airstrikes, which can be interpreted differently each time they are viewed, to focus on reporting the number of actual weapon release events.

Under doctrine, an airstrike is one or more weapon releases against the same target by one or more aircraft. With this definition, two aircraft dropping weapons on the same target could be seen by one person as one airstrike, whilst being two airstrikes to another; we do not consider this a reliable method to report our contribution. Whereas, a weapon release event is the employment of a single weapon system, by a single airframe, at one time, against a single target. As such, a weapon release event will always be calculated and reported in the same way and cannot be misinterpreted.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 08 April 2019
Made by: Gavin Williamson (Secretary of State for Defence)
Commons

Counter-Daesh Operations

The House may welcome an update on the military campaign against Daesh in Iraq and Syria. Forces in Iraq and Syria now say that, with the support of the global Coalition, they have liberated all the towns and cities that were once occupied by Daesh. This is a huge achievement, and one in which UK forces should take great pride for the part they played in this success. The Global Coalition assesses there are currently not enough Daesh fighters remaining in Iraq and Syria to make any further significant territorial gains. Nonetheless, it is important to note that this is not the defeat of Daesh as an organisation. Daesh has dispersed into a cellular structure in order to maintain insurgency activity, planting improvised explosive devices, conducting extortion, kidnapping and mounting terrorist attacks. The UK, as a partner in the coalition, is committed to defeating this ongoing threat, in order to guarantee the lasting defeat of Daesh’s ambitions, to build on the stability of the region and protect our interests and our national security.

The UK has contributed sophisticated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to find, identify and enable the Coalition to degrade Daesh’s military capabilities, which is as crucial to the air campaign now as it was at Daesh’s territory height. ISR alone does not make a successful campaign, however; since the beginning of operations over Iraq and Syria, the UK’s Tornado, Typhoon and Reaper aircraft have released over 4,300 weapons against Daesh targets to reduce their military capabilities.

In 2015, the then-Secretary of State for Defence, Sir Michael Fallon, committed to providing Parliament with UK airstrike numbers from the Coalition’s datasets to allow us to compare our contribution with other Coalition partners. This was a move away from using a UK dataset and methodology to calculate our airstrike contribution to the Counter-Daesh fight. Following the House of Commons Defence Committee’s request to provide a biannual breakdown of our air contribution to the Counter-Daesh campaign in Iraq and Syria, I have reviewed the method with which our contribution to the Coalition’s air campaign are calculated and from this decided to discontinue reporting on airstrikes, which can be interpreted differently each time they are viewed, to focus on reporting the number of actual weapon release events.

Under doctrine, an airstrike is one or more weapon releases against the same target by one or more aircraft. With this definition, two aircraft dropping weapons on the same target could be seen by one person as one airstrike, whilst being two airstrikes to another; we do not consider this a reliable method to report our contribution. Whereas, a weapon release event is the employment of a single weapon system, by a single airframe, at one time, against a single target. As such, a weapon release event will always be calculated and reported in the same way and cannot be misinterpreted.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 19 February 2019
Made by: Earl Howe (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence)
Lords

Chemical Weapons Convention - Annual Statement of UK Protective Programme for 2017

The UK's chemical protection programme is designed to protect against the use of chemical weapons. Such a programme is permitted by the Chemical Weapons Convention, with which the United Kingdom is fully compliant. Under the terms of the Convention, we are required to provide information annually to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. In accordance with the Government's commitment to openness, I am placing in the Library of the House a copy of the summary that has been provided to the Organisation outlining the UK's chemical protection programme in 2017.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 19 February 2019
Made by: Mark Lancaster (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence)
Commons

Chemical Weapons Convention - Annual Statement of UK Protective Programme for 2017

My right hon. Friend the Minister in the House of Lords (The Rt Hon The Earl Howe PC) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The UK's chemical protection programme is designed to protect against the use of chemical weapons. Such a programme is permitted by the Chemical Weapons Convention, with which the United Kingdom is fully compliant. Under the terms of the Convention, we are required to provide information annually to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. In accordance with the Government's commitment to openness, I am placing in the Library of the House a copy of the summary that has been provided to the Organisation outlining the UK's chemical protection programme in 2017.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 24 July 2018
Made by: Earl Howe (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence)
Lords

A Better Defence Estate - Update

My right hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans (Tobias Ellwood) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

In November 2016, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) published its estate optimisation strategy 'A Better Defence Estate' outlining how MOD will deliver an estate that is optimised to support Defence capabilities, outputs and communities both now and in the future. This update provides progress against the strategy.

Delivering the strategy remains a priority for the MOD, and the commitment to invest £4 billion to create a smaller, more modern and capability-focused estate between now and 2040 remains. A major Defence-level initiative, the 'Defence Estate Optimisation' Programme, has been mobilised to deliver this strategy, combining military and infrastructure expertise to transform the places where our armed forces live, work and train. The Programme has already delivered nine disposals: Hullavington Airfield, Chalgrove Airfield, Somerset Barracks, MOD facilities at Swansea Airport, Moat House, Rylston Road ARC (London), Newtownards Airfield, Copthorne Barracks and Lodge Hill. The MOD continues to develop integrated plans for sites intended for disposal and re-development for those sites that will see an increase in military units. Good progress has been made with a significant amount of work on the myriad of studies required to enable a programme of this size and complexity. The first half of 2018 saw the major tranche of capacity studies and reviews of re-provision site constraints being completed. Feasibility and assessment studies have been completed for over forty sites in which the MOD will be investing.

The MOD can also confirm the intention to cease RAF use of RAF Linton-on-Ouse (North Yorkshire) in 2020. RAF Linton-on Ouse is the base of the Tucano training aircraft, as the RAF plans to retire this aircraft, the site will no longer be needed. Instead, we will be able to concentrate basic and advanced fast jet training at RAF Valley from 2019.

The MOD will close RAF Scampton (Lincolnshire) in 2022, relocating the RAF Aerobatics Team (RAFAT) and others to locations more fit for purpose. The disposal of the site would offer better value for money and, crucially, better military capability by relocating the units based there.

Given the scale of the strategy and the fact that it will be delivered over 25 years, plans continue to be refined to best support operational capability and Parliament will continue to be updated regularly on our plans.

The Department continues to engage with relevant stakeholders, including Devolved Administrations and Local Planning Authorities, to ensure sites released under the strategy are redeveloped in a way that benefits both Defence and surrounding communities. The MOD remains committed to making the right decisions to provide effective support to Defence capabilities and best value for money for the taxpayer.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 24 July 2018
Made by: Mr Tobias Ellwood (Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence)
Commons

A Better Defence Estate - Update

In November 2016, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) published its estate optimisation strategy 'A Better Defence Estate' outlining how MOD will deliver an estate that is optimised to support Defence capabilities, outputs and communities both now and in the future. This update provides progress against the strategy.

Delivering the strategy remains a priority for the MOD, and the commitment to invest £4 billion to create a smaller, more modern and capability-focused estate between now and 2040 remains. A major Defence-level initiative, the 'Defence Estate Optimisation' Programme, has been mobilised to deliver this strategy, combining military and infrastructure expertise to transform the places where our armed forces live, work and train. The Programme has already delivered nine disposals: Hullavington Airfield, Chalgrove Airfield, Somerset Barracks, MOD facilities at Swansea Airport, Moat House, Rylston Road ARC (London), Newtownards Airfield, Copthorne Barracks and Lodge Hill. The MOD continues to develop integrated plans for sites intended for disposal and re-development for those sites that will see an increase in military units. Good progress has been made with a significant amount of work on the myriad of studies required to enable a programme of this size and complexity. The first half of 2018 saw the major tranche of capacity studies and reviews of re-provision site constraints being completed. Feasibility and assessment studies have been completed for over forty sites in which the MOD will be investing.

The MOD can also confirm the intention to cease RAF use of RAF Linton-on-Ouse (North Yorkshire) in 2020. RAF Linton-on Ouse is the base of the Tucano training aircraft, as the RAF plans to retire this aircraft, the site will no longer be needed. Instead, we will be able to concentrate basic and advanced fast jet training at RAF Valley from 2019.

The MOD will close RAF Scampton (Lincolnshire) in 2022, relocating the RAF Aerobatics Team (RAFAT) and others to locations more fit for purpose. The disposal of the site would offer better value for money and, crucially, better military capability by relocating the units based there.

Given the scale of the strategy and the fact that it will be delivered over 25 years, plans continue to be refined to best support operational capability and Parliament will continue to be updated regularly on our plans.

The Department continues to engage with relevant stakeholders, including Devolved Administrations and Local Planning Authorities, to ensure sites released under the strategy are redeveloped in a way that benefits both Defence and surrounding communities. The MOD remains committed to making the right decisions to provide effective support to Defence capabilities and best value for money for the taxpayer.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 16 May 2018
Made by: Guto Bebb (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence)
Commons

Grant-in-Kind

I have today laid before the House a Departmental Minute describing a package of spares for Challenger 2 Tanks that the UK intends to provide to the Royal Army of Oman. The value of the package is estimated at £0.997 million.

The provision of equipment is being made as a Grant-in-Kind. Following correspondence from the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee in 2016, Departments which previously treated these payments as gifts have undertaken to notify the House of Commons of any such Grant- in- Kind of a value exceeding £300,000 and explaining the circumstances; following Treasury Approval the House is duly notified of this intention.

The Grant-in-Kind in this case is to the Royal Army of Oman. The equipment being granted by the UK will comprise of surplus Assemblies and Line Replaceable Units for the repair and maintenance of Challenger 2 tanks. The provision of this equipment is a direct response to a request made by the Royal Army of Oman to the UK Defence Attaché in Oman and is in support of National Security Council objectives. Releasing this surplus equipment is consistent with wider Defence policy to reduce the number of Challenger 2 in service.

The total cost of the proposed UK package is £0.997 million, including some minor transportation costs within the UK. Delivery from the UK to Oman will be conducted by the Royal Air Force of Oman and will be at no cost to the UK.

The UK is committed to assisting the Royal Army of Oman and the Government of Oman as it remains a key ally in the Gulf region. Contributing to the development of capable and well-led Armed Forces in Oman supports the Government’s aim of enhancing regional stability, developing permanency in Oman and the wider Gulf and cementing our relationship with Oman for the future; this relationship is critical to UK National Security.

All export and licensing requirements have been met and the equipment is expected to be delivered in May 2018.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 16 May 2018
Made by: Earl Howe (The Minister of State for Defence)
Lords

Grant-in-Kind

My hon Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defence Procurement (Mr Guto Bebb) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I have today laid before the House a Departmental Minute describing a package of spares for Challenger 2 Tanks that the UK intends to provide to the Royal Army of Oman. The value of the package is estimated at £0.997 million.

The provision of equipment is being made as a Grant-in-Kind. Following correspondence from the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee in 2016, Departments which previously treated these payments as gifts have undertaken to notify the House of Commons of any such Grant- in -Kind of a value exceeding £300,000 and explaining the circumstances; following Treasury Approval the House is duly notified of this intention.

The Grant-in-Kind in this case is to the Royal Army of Oman. The equipment being granted by the UK will comprise of surplus Assemblies and Line Replaceable Units for the repair and maintenance of Challenger 2 tanks. The provision of this equipment is a direct response to a request made by the Royal Army of Oman to the UK Defence Attaché in Oman and is in support of National Security Council objectives. Releasing this surplus equipment is consistent with wider Defence policy to reduce the number of Challenger 2 in service.

The total cost of the proposed UK package is £0.997 million, including some minor transportation costs within the UK. Delivery from the UK to Oman will be conducted by the Royal Air Force of Oman and will be at no cost to the UK.

The UK is committed to assisting the Royal Army of Oman and the Government of Oman as it remains a key ally in the Gulf region. Contributing to the development of capable and well-led Armed Forces in Oman supports the Government’s aim of enhancing regional stability, developing permanency in Oman and the wider Gulf and cementing our relationship with Oman for the future; this relationship is critical to UK National Security.

All export and licensing requirements have been met and the equipment is expected to be delivered in May 2018.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 23 April 2018
Made by: Earl Howe (The Minister of of State for Defence)
Lords

Contingent Liability

My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Procurement (Guto Bebb) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement. I have today laid before Parliament a Departmental Minute describing a Contingent Liability (CL) in the region of £150 million associated with the Initial Airport Services Contract (IASC) at RAF Brize Norton. This initiative is part of Programme GATEWAY, which was established to develop an Enhanced Operating Model for the Station. The IASC will ensure the continuity of existing contracted technical support services following the expiry of the current Multi Activity Contract (MAC) on 30 September 2018. It will also offer benefits through the contractorisation of additional services, including elements of ground engineering, logistics and support administration. By expanding the existing MAC service provision, it will release military liability to meet the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 growth plan and release Civil Service posts in support of the planned Civil Service headcount reduction. It will also provide a value for money service contract through rationalisation and economies of scale. The maximum CL is in the region of £150 million, which ensured healthy competition from prospective tenderers. There is also a further CL of £2,880,000 associated with the indemnity given to contractors for Terminal Redundancy Liability associated with ex-Authority staff. The Treasury has approved the proposal in principle. If, during the period of fourteen Parliamentary sitting days beginning on the date on which this minute was laid before the House, a Member signifies an objection by giving notice of a Parliamentary Question or a Motion relating to the Minute, or by otherwise raising the matter in the House, final approval will be withheld pending an examination of the objection.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 23 April 2018
Made by: Guto Bebb (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence)
Commons

Contingent Liability

I have today laid before Parliament a Departmental Minute describing a Contingent Liability (CL) in the region of £150 million associated with the Initial Airport Services Contract (IASC) at RAF Brize Norton. This initiative is part of Programme GATEWAY, which was established to develop an Enhanced Operating Model for the Station. The IASC will ensure the continuity of existing contracted technical support services following the expiry of the current Multi Activity Contract (MAC) on 30 September 2018. It will also offer benefits through the contractorisation of additional services, including elements of ground engineering, logistics and support administration. By expanding the existing MAC service provision, it will release military liability to meet the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 growth plan and release Civil Service posts in support of the planned Civil Service headcount reduction. It will also provide a value for money service contract through rationalisation and economies of scale. The maximum CL is in the region of £150 million, which ensured healthy competition from prospective tenderers. There is also a further CL of £2,880,000 associated with the indemnity given to contractors for Terminal Redundancy Liability associated with ex-Authority staff. The Treasury has approved the proposal in principle. If, during the period of fourteen Parliamentary sitting days beginning on the date on which this minute was laid before the House, a Member signifies an objection by giving notice of a Parliamentary Question or a Motion relating to the Minute, or by otherwise raising the matter in the House, final approval will be withheld pending an examination of the objection.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 27 February 2018
Made by: Earl Howe (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence)
Lords

Reporting of all Civilian Casualties Admitted to a UK Military Field Hospital on Future Combat Operations

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Gavin Williamson) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

In all combat operations the Ministry of Defence does everything it can to minimise the risk to civilians through our rigorous targeting processes and the professionalism of the Armed Forces. We recognise, however, that there is always the risk of inadvertent civilian casualties, particularly in complex and congested urban environments.

The Ministry of Defence places a significant value on the preservation of life, both to our own forces and also to civilians. When a field hospital is deployed in support of either combat or humanitarian operations, our Armed Forces regularly and indiscriminately, treat civilian cases, to save life, limb or eyesight. This lifesaving work deserves to be acknowledged.

Recognising the important work being done by a number of UK registered charities, including Every Casualty Worldwide, Save the Children, and AirWars, to ensure that all lives lost to armed violence anywhere in the world are properly recorded, the Ministry of Defence is making a commitment to increase transparency by publishing the number of all civilians admitted to UK military field hospitals. This information will detail the following:

- Type of civilian (e.g. UK civilian, Local civilian, Detainees. The split by type of civilian vary dependent on the nature of the operation)

- Casualty type (e.g. Battle Injury, Non Battle Injury, Disease/Natural causes)

- Disposal (e.g. Death in hospital, Discharged home, Discharged to another hospital)

The information provided will be counts of casualties and not details of individuals (names etc.).

The Ministry of Defence hopes that the release of this information will provide the public with an informed picture of the efforts the UK Government takes whilst undertaking operations to provide urgent medical care to civilians.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 27 February 2018
Made by: Gavin Williamson (Secretary of State for Defence)
Commons

Reporting of all Civilian Casualties Admitted to a UK Military Field Hospital on Future Combat Operations

In all combat operations the Ministry of Defence does everything it can to minimise the risk to civilians through our rigorous targeting processes and the professionalism of the Armed Forces. We recognise, however, that there is always the risk of inadvertent civilian casualties, particularly in complex and congested urban environments.

The Ministry of Defence places a significant value on the preservation of life, both to our own forces and also to civilians. When a field hospital is deployed in support of either combat or humanitarian operations, our Armed Forces regularly and indiscriminately, treat civilian cases, to save life, limb or eyesight. This lifesaving work deserves to be acknowledged.

Recognising the important work being done by a number of UK registered charities, including Every Casualty Worldwide, Save the Children, and AirWars, to ensure that all lives lost to armed violence anywhere in the world are properly recorded, the Ministry of Defence is making a commitment to increase transparency by publishing the number of all civilians admitted to UK military field hospitals. This information will detail the following:

- Type of civilian (e.g. UK civilian, Local civilian, Detainees. The split by type of civilian vary dependent on the nature of the operation)

- Casualty type (e.g. Battle Injury, Non Battle Injury, Disease/Natural causes)

- Disposal (e.g. Death in hospital, Discharged home, Discharged to another hospital)

The information provided will be counts of casualties and not details of individuals (names etc.).

The Ministry of Defence hopes that the release of this information will provide the public with an informed picture of the efforts the UK Government takes whilst undertaking operations to provide urgent medical care to civilians.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 22 February 2018
Made by: Earl Howe (Minister of State, Ministry of Defence)
Lords

Combat Air Strategy

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence (The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The British Aerospace industry has underpinned the Operational Advantage and Freedom of Action of the British military since the birth of airpower. It has long been an engine of national and local prosperity: made up of close to 2,500 companies, it generates more than £33.5 billion in turnover, and employs more than 128,000 people, some 26,000 of them in highly skilled research, design and engineering jobs. The Defence elements of that industry are particularly valuable: of the £73 billion brought into this country through Defence-related exports over ten years, around 85% was generated by aerospace, much of it specifically by the combat air sector[1].

The Government is committed to supporting growth and prosperity across British Industry, and Defence has a critical role to play in that commitment. My colleague the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy recently published an Industrial Strategy which reinforces our comprehensive support to the UK economy and our vision for a modern, internationally competitive UK industrial base. Following on from that my own Department published the Defence Industrial Policy refresh in December 2017 which made it clear that in a very few cases, a deeper analysis may be needed to establish whether our national security objectives would be served by specific sector approaches which help deliver long term value for money, Operational Advantage or Freedom of Action. Combat Air is one of these sectors.

Delivery of battle-winning capability to the UK’s Armed Forces is dependent on a number of vital national technologies and skills. This goes to the heart of our Operational Advantage and Freedom of Action and the Strategy will seek to ensure the UK maintains the ability to operate both independently and as part of international coalitions.

Recognising the importance of the Combat Air sector to UK military capability, Freedom of Action, prosperity and our industrial base, the MOD has decided to develop a Combat Air Strategy as part of the Modernising Defence Programme. Working closely with other Government Departments, industry and international partners, this work will define the UK’s future Combat Air aspirations, building on extant Government and Defence policies to identify the industrial capacity and capabilities necessary to deliver that ambition. In doing so, we will consider operational capability, technological advantage, economic benefits, industrial capability, capacity and skills, as well as international partnering, wider prosperity and export potential. The aim is to set the framework and timeline to assess options for the UK’s future Combat Air requirements and associated decision making. This should create a strong foundation for industry self-funded Research and Development and investment in skills, capacity and capability, whilst also testing UK industry’s ability to deliver our future requirements, remain sustainable and internationally competitive.

It will set out in practical terms how the MOD can deliver this critical military capability in an affordable way by establishing a more strategic relationship with UK industry, working with international partners and securing a competitive and sustainable industrial base to maximise prosperity.

[1] UK Defence and Security export statistics for 2016 released July 2017.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 22 February 2018
Made by: Gavin Williamson (Secretary of State for Defence)
Commons

Combat Air Strategy

The British Aerospace industry has underpinned the Operational Advantage and Freedom of Action of the British military since the birth of airpower. It has long been an engine of national and local prosperity: made up of close to 2,500 companies, it generates more than £33.5 billion in turnover, and employs more than 128,000 people, some 26,000 of them in highly skilled research, design and engineering jobs. The Defence elements of that industry are particularly valuable: of the £73 billion brought into this country through Defence-related exports over ten years, around 85% was generated by aerospace, much of it specifically by the combat air sector[1].

The Government is committed to supporting growth and prosperity across British Industry, and Defence has a critical role to play in that commitment. My colleague the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy recently published an Industrial Strategy which reinforces our comprehensive support to the UK economy and our vision for a modern, internationally competitive UK industrial base. Following on from that my own Department published the Defence Industrial Policy refresh in December 2017 which made it clear that in a very few cases, a deeper analysis may be needed to establish whether our national security objectives would be served by specific sector approaches which help deliver long term value for money, Operational Advantage or Freedom of Action. Combat Air is one of these sectors.

Delivery of battle-winning capability to the UK’s Armed Forces is dependent on a number of vital national technologies and skills. This goes to the heart of our Operational Advantage and Freedom of Action and the Strategy will seek to ensure the UK maintains the ability to operate both independently and as part of international coalitions.

Recognising the importance of the Combat Air sector to UK military capability, Freedom of Action, prosperity and our industrial base, the MOD has decided to develop a Combat Air Strategy as part of the Modernising Defence Programme. Working closely with other Government Departments, industry and international partners, this work will define the UK’s future Combat Air aspirations, building on extant Government and Defence policies to identify the industrial capacity and capabilities necessary to deliver that ambition. In doing so, we will consider operational capability, technological advantage, economic benefits, industrial capability, capacity and skills, as well as international partnering, wider prosperity and export potential. The aim is to set the framework and timeline to assess options for the UK’s future Combat Air requirements and associated decision making. This should create a strong foundation for industry self-funded Research and Development and investment in skills, capacity and capability, whilst also testing UK industry’s ability to deliver our future requirements, remain sustainable and internationally competitive.

It will set out in practical terms how the MOD can deliver this critical military capability in an affordable way by establishing a more strategic relationship with UK industry, working with international partners and securing a competitive and sustainable industrial base to maximise prosperity.

[1] UK Defence and Security export statistics for 2016 released July 2017.

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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 11 July 2017
Made by: Earl Howe (Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) )
Lords

Chemical Weapons Convention - Annual Statement of UK Protective Programme

The UK's chemical protection programme is designed to protect against the use of chemical weapons. Such a programme is permitted by the Chemical Weapons Convention, with which the United Kingdom is fully compliant. Under the terms of the Convention, we are required to provide information annually to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. In accordance with the Government's commitment to openness, I am placing a copy of the summary that has been provided to the Organisation outlining the UK's chemical protection programme in 2016 in the Library of the House.
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Ministry of Defence
Made on: 11 July 2017
Made by: Mark Lancaster (Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) )
Commons

Chemical Weapons Convention - Annual Statement of UK Protective Programme

My right hon. Friend the Minister of State in the House of Lords (The Earl Howe) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement. The Defence Minister for the House of Lords, Lord Howe: The UK's chemical protection programme is designed to protect against the use of chemical weapons. Such a programme is permitted by the Chemical Weapons Convention, with which the United Kingdom is fully compliant. Under the terms of the Convention, we are required to provide information annually to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. In accordance with the Government's commitment to openness, I am placing a copy of the summary that has been provided to the Organisation outlining the UK's chemical protection programme in 2016 in the Library of the House.
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