Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department's Investment Approvals Committee plans to confirm its acquisition strategy for the planned Mechanised Infantry Vehicle programme.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the first delivery of vehicles from the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) programme will take place in 2021; and whether the date for the first MIV-equipped battlegroup to reach an initial operational capability is set for the start of 2023.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was paid from the public purse to civilian staff from (a) Network Rail and (b) the German Federal Railway Die Bahn to oversee the loading of armoured vehicles to trains and certifying them as safe to move in each of the last five years.
Kevan Jones: Carillion is notorious in the subcontracting industry as a company that pays its bills very late—over 90 days in most cases. The Minister has talked about public sector contractors that will need to be paid, but what support will the Government give small business in the north-east and elsewhere that are in non-Government contracts and are still waiting to be paid?
Kevan Jones: In 2015, the Conservative party was very clear that the size of the Army should be 82,000. Will the Secretary of State give a commitment today that on his watch the size of the Army will not drop below 82,000, and if it does, will he resign?
Kevan Jones: The national shipbuilding strategy states that overseas nations will order 40 Type 31 frigates. It is nearly 40 years since we last successfully exported any frigates, so will the Minister explain how that figure was arrived at? Is there any fact behind it, or is it just optimistic spin?
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2017 to Question 119078, who paid for that Christmas drinks reception held at his Department.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2017 to Question 119078, what his Department's policy is on the holding of party political events in (a) his Department's main building and (b) other departmental property.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which British Army units have received upgraded SA80 L85A3 rifles; and how many of those weapons have been produced for his Department to date.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has received from the Government of Germany on planned UK-Turkey defence cooperation following that country's decision to freeze defence exports to Turkey.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost of dualling schemes of the A1 north of Newcastle within England; and when he expects those projects to be completed.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2017 to Question 116427, on defence: finance, which sections and sub-heads within his Department's Estimates have been subject to virement in the last financial year; and what the value was of any transferred budget.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect on his Department's polices of the proposed European Council and Parliament regulation to establish a European Defence Industrial Development Programme.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 16 of Defence Equipment & Support Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17, if he will provide further details of the cost overruns associated with demonstration and manufacture phase projects under the DG Nuclear Command Acquisition and Support Plan.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to announce the awarding of contracts for his Department's Air Support to Defence Operational Training programme.
Kevan Jones: Yes, I recognise that.
Kevan Jones: From a sedentary position on the Treasury Bench, the hon. Gentleman says that I was wrong, but I was not. In Durham and other places, the flat budget for police funding from central Government will have to be made up by local taxpayers. Taking into account the pay increase and inflation, that will amount to a real-terms cut.
Kevan Jones: Will the Minister give way?
Kevan Jones: For counter-terrorism, the Minister is correct; there will be more money for counter-terrorism. But unless he can read the tea leaves and predict that every single policy authority will put the maximum on local precepts, he cannot give the undertaking on frontline policing that he has just given.
Kevan Jones: The hon. Lady should look at the detail of today’s announcement. No extra Government funding has been announced at all. What is happening is that the cash from central Government is being kept flat and her local taxpayers will be asked to fund the gap.