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Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (4 Jul 2016)

Transport: Rail technology: signalling and traffic management. 4:05 pm; Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Alistair McPhee, Vice President, Ground Transportation Systems, Thales Paul Copeland, Managing Director, Siemens Rail Automation Nick Crossfield, Managing Director UK and Ireland, Alstom Andy Course, Chief Operating Officer, Eversholt Rail Malcolm Brown, Chief Executive, Angel Trains Tim Gilbert, Engineering Director, Porterbrook Leasing

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (28 Jun 2016)

Mary Robinson: The Greater Manchester region is a huge supporter of apprenticeships, with 30,000 starts last year alone. I recently met the young apprentices from Thales in my constituency, who are doing excellent and innovative work on the development of underwater sonar systems. Will the Minister outline what additional support his Department is giving to the city region to increase apprenticeship uptake?

Women and Equalities: STEM Careers (26 May 2016)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I recently visited the Thales site in Crawley and saw some wonderful high-quality engineering jobs; unfortunately, not enough of them are held by women. Will the Government heed the recent findings of the CBI that over 90% are not receiving the careers advice they need, and support face-to-face careers advice from age 11, which would assist more women to enter engineering careers?

Northern Ireland Economy (11 May 2016)

Ben Wallace: ...’s businesses for something that is within the Executive’s power to put right. I will do everything I can to help with that. It is great that we have some real blue chip companies based in Northern Ireland. Thales is doing well, and I was delighted that 80 new jobs were announced this week in AXA over in Derry. That is all going in the right direction, but I understand that...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Government Departments: Procurement (19 Apr 2016)

Matthew Hancock: ...Trillium 640m 1.5% BT Group Plc 620m 1.4% Airtanker Limited 490m 1.1% Atos 490m 1.1% The Boeing Company 460m 1.1% Qinetiq Limited 440m 1.0% Connect Ltd 430m 1.0% Serco Limited 400m 0.9% Thales Group 380m 0.9% Interserve Plc 350m 0.8% Airwave Solutions 340m 0.8% Carillion Plc...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Unmanned Air Vehicles (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Campbell of Pittenweem: To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Thales Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle to come into full service.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Unmanned Air Vehicles (17 Dec 2015)

Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicles purchased from Thales have been handed over to the British Army.

Strategic Defence and Security Review — Motion to Take Note (3 Dec 2015)

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom: ...and current Defence Ministers, and how thankful I am that I have only four minutes, which has to limit the number of mistakes I can make—but time will tell. I declare my interests in that I advise Thales UK; Pure Storage, the computer storage company; and the strategic company SC Strategy Ltd. I am also an unpaid adviser for the Electric Infrastructure Security Council of the United...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Unmanned Air Vehicles (26 Nov 2015)

Philip Dunne: Development costs are not separately identified as they are included within the main Demonstration, Manufacturing and Initial Support contract with Thales UK. The current total financial approval for development and delivery of Watchkeeper to Full Operating Capability is 927 million.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: National Procurement Contracts (25 Nov 2015)

Gavin Robinson: I know that the Minister, like me, is proud of the contribution that Thales, Bombardier and Harland and Wolff, which are in my constituency, make. However, following Monday’s strategic defence and security review, will the Minister, alongside the aerospace, defence and security group, undertake to organise a round table, where companies in east Belfast and across Northern Ireland can...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Trident Nuclear Weapons Programme (24 Nov 2015)

Gordon Dunne: ...from 2016 to the late 2020s through the 40 billion replacement scheme. The defence industry sustains thousands of jobs across the United Kingdom, including jobs in Northern Ireland. Firms such as Thales, which leads on defence research and development, and Caterpillar, among others, are major local employers that are involved in the defence supply chain. Indeed, the Prime...

Foreign Ownership of UK Assets — Motion to Take Note (19 Nov 2015)

Viscount Hanworth: ...foreign nationalised industries or state-sponsored industries. We have seen that this has been the case throughout our transport network and in our electricity-generating industry. It is also true of our aerospace and defence industries. The Thales Group—or “Groupe Thales”, as it would be in French pronunciation—which has taken ownership of some of the leading UK...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Aerospace Industry (10 Nov 2015)

Sajid Javid: ...: Jeppesen-Boeing has a fantastic flight training and service facility, which includes the largest number of Boeing Dreamliner simulators in the world; and of course the area is also home to Thales and London Gatwick airport. I commend my hon. Friend on the work he has done to promote this industry.

[Mr David Amess in the Chair] — Arms Sales (Human Rights) (17 Sep 2015)

Jo Stevens: ...of 42 million worth of military equipment to Israel, and have purchased from Israel targeting systems, drone technology and drones. The latter were developed by Israel’s Elbit Systems in a joint venture with Thales UK under a contract awarded by the Ministry of Defence. Members of the Israeli military have attended education courses for military personnel in the UK, and Israeli...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Unmanned Air Vehicles (13 Jul 2015)

Richard Burgon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many jobs have been created in the UK by the French-Israeli Thales/Elbit Joint Venture for Watchkeeper.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Unmanned Air Vehicles (28 Oct 2014)

Philip Dunne: The Hermes 450 Unmanned Air System was procured by the Ministry of Defence from Thales UK as a service provision in response to an Urgent Operational Requirement. The Department has therefore never owned the equipment and does not have access to the unit cost. Watchkeeper is a system delivering an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capability and comprising a number of elements...

Previous Business – Lords: Select Committee (27 Oct 2014)

Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment (EU Sub-Committee B): Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)/Civil Drones. 4:00 pm; Room 2, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: (at 4.15pm) evidence will be heard from Dr Sue Wolfe, Callen Lenz; Ray Mann, National Aeronautical Centre; and Thales UK and (at approximately 5.15pm) from Captain Andy Brown, Chairman RPAS Working Group, British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA); Gary Clayton, UAVS Group and Keith Hayward, Royal Aeronautical Society.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Tram-train Project (23 Oct 2014)

Mike Kane: ...week, the new Metrolink line to Manchester airport will open. At 14.5 km, it has been one of the biggest civil engineering projects in the country. Will the Minister join me in thanking the M-Pact Thales consortium, which has delivered the project a year ahead of schedule, as well as Transport for Greater Manchester and the good people of Wythenshawe, who have endured the disruption with...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Unmanned Air Vehicles (13 Oct 2014)

Lord Astor of Hever: None. The Ministry of Defence is procuring 54 Watchkeeper air vehicles from Thales UK. We expect deliveries to be complete by March 2016.

Written Answers — Defence: Unmanned Air Vehicles (5 Sep 2014)

Philip Dunne: None. UAV Tactical Systems Ltd, a joint venture company owned by Elbit and Thales, is a sub-contractor of Thales UK, the prime contractor for the Watchkeeper programme. It is the responsibility of prime contractors to select and manage the performance of their sub-contractors.


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