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Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (25 Oct 2017)

Defence: Work of the Department 2017. 2:30 pm; Room 6, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence Lieutenant General Mark Poffley, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff for Military Capability Peter Watkins CBE, Director General Security Policy, Ministry of Defence

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: USA: Counter-terrorism (19 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: I am not aware of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) having obtained information specifically under the provisions of the USA Patriot Act. However, the UK Government, including the MOD, receives a broad range of classified information from the United States under existing bilateral and multilateral information-sharing arrangements.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: North Korea: Nuclear Weapons (19 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: In line with long standing commitments and ongoing defence engagement, the UK provides a small number of staff officers to United Nations Command in Korea and other headquarters across the Asia Pacific region. The UK as a Sending State is committed to upholding peace and maintaining stability on the Korean peninsula. We will continue to work with our international partners to exert political...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: USA: Military Aid (19 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: We do not routinely comment on other nations' operations or on any intelligence matters.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: USA: Counter-terrorism (16 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: My discussions with the US Defense Secretary have not included the use of force outside of armed conflict.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Deployment (16 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: The Government has initiated a review of national security capabilities in support of the continued implementation of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, to ensure the UK's investment in national security capabilities is as joined-up, effective and efficient as possible. Defence is contributing to this cross-Departmental effort, which is being overseen by the National Security...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Strategic Defence and Security Review (16 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: The Government has initiated work on a review of national security capabilities in support of the continued implementation of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, to ensure the UK's investment in national security capabilities is as joined-up, effective and efficient as possible in the face of intensifying threats. Defence is contributing to this cross-Departmental effort, which is...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Strategic Defence and Security Review (13 Oct 2017)

Michael Fallon: In the light of the rapidly changing international situation and the intensification of the threats identified in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, the Government is conducting a National Security Capability Review to ensure our capabilities are as effective and efficient as possible. Defence is playing a full role in this work - undertaken to look again at the specific...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Yemen: Military Intervention (12 Sep 2017)

Michael Fallon: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has monitored alleged International Humanitarian Law (IHL) violations arising from airstrikes reportedly conducted by the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen since March 2015. To date, the MOD has monitored 293 such incidents. The Saudi-led Coalition is best placed to investigate alleged IHL violations. It has publicly stated that it is doing so and that lessons will be...

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Defence: Gifting of Equipment to Libya (12 Sep 2017)

Michael Fallon: I have today laid before the House a Departmental Minute describing a package of Counter Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) equipment that the UK intends to gift to the Government of National Accord of Libya. The value of the package is £2,977,374.91, plus around £60,000 for packaging and shipping. The provision of this equipment is to support a C-IED training programme for...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Yemen: Military Intervention (11 Sep 2017)

Michael Fallon: We continue to keep the situation in Yemen under close scrutiny based on the most up-to-date information and analysis available, providing regular advice to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to inform their ongoing assessment of Saudi Arabian compliance with international humanitarian law.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Nuclear Weapons (7 Sep 2017)

Michael Fallon: The UK has neither a first use nor a no first use policy for our nuclear weapons. It is essential that we do not assist our potential adversaries by defining precisely when, how and at what scale we would contemplate employing them in the most extreme circumstances of self-defence, including the defence of our NATO allies.

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

Michael Fallon: I am grateful to the hon. Lady—I think that that was a welcome for the strategy, even though she had some detailed questions. Let me try to answer the, I think, seven of them. First, Sir John Parker did report at the end of last November and we initially hoped to publish the strategy in early summer. The hon. Lady asked why it had been delayed. I think I recall a general election around...

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

Michael Fallon: The light, general-purpose frigate is specifically designed to avoid that fault, which, as my right hon. Friend said, has plagued previous programmes. My right hon. Friend took us back to the 1970s. Perhaps only he and I now remember them and what happened then. I note his comments about the number of ships. I gently say that today’s ships are of course much more powerful than those...

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

Michael Fallon: First, let me make it very clear that it ill behoves members of the Scottish National party to pose as friends of the Clyde when they would decommission our nuclear submarines, which would halt work on the Clyde on the frigates that would protect those submarines. Secondly, the hon. Gentleman is wrong about the frigate factory. There is a frigate factory on the Clyde, namely the Govan and...

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

Michael Fallon: We will indeed be able to set our own procurement rules, free of some of the constraints that have resulted from our membership of the European Union. It is true that we need to improve the way we have procured our naval vessels in the past, and to start sending new-build ships out across the world again. Many other navies in the world are looking for lighter frigates, offshore patrol vessels...

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

Michael Fallon: I think that my right hon. Friend the Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis), the Chairman of the Select Committee, was on better ground when he drew attention to the problems we had in the past when the design was constantly tinkered with, and indeed added to, and the ships that were planned became heavier and heavier and more expensive and late. There have been significant delays in the...

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

Michael Fallon: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his election to the Select Committee; I look forward to discussing these matters when I am next summoned to appear before the Committee. I also thank him for the work that he has done, since leaving the Department, on the reserves, and the need for us to improve the offer that we make to them. We are studying that report. I will certainly consider my...

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

Michael Fallon: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman. It is true that the monopoly that the Clyde has enjoyed for so long in warship building is ending, but, equally, the Clyde yards—we are talking not just about BAE Systems; there is the Ferguson yard as well—are perfectly free to compete for this work, in addition to the work on the heavy frigates that they are already building. I, too, am...

National Shipbuilding Strategy (6 Sep 2017)

Michael Fallon: Absolutely. As I have said, the Clyde already has 20 years’ worth of guaranteed work on the eight heavier anti-submarine frigates. When I was on the Clyde in July to cut steel on the first, HMS Glasgow, there was a unanimous welcome from the workforce for the commitment that the Government are following through in awarding that contract. Today, however, we are doing more than that, in...


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