Kevan Jones: Three.
Kevan Jones: rose—
Kevan Jones: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) on securing this debate. She has outlined the importance of this industry to the UK economy. The crisis that we face is of the Government’s making. In 2010, they came into office and took great capability out, scrapping elements such as Nimrod. Then, in the strategic defence and security review two years...
Kevan Jones: At the moment, this clearly hinges on the Qatari order, but does my hon. Friend agree that if that does not come forward and the Government do not bring forward the Red Arrows replacements, we may not have any sovereign capability for building fast jet trainers in this country?
Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that if we lose that sovereign capability, either the Red Arrows will go altogether, or the Red Arrows will in the future be flying Italian, French or possibly South Korean aircraft?
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his policy is on funding for the production of Captor-E active electronically scanned array radars; and if he will make a statement.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many flying hours have been logged on (a) Merlin, (b) Wildcat, (c) Apache, (d) Gazelle, (e) Chinook, (f) Puma, (g) Lynx, (h) Bell 212 and (i) Defender aircraft under Joint Helicopter Command in 2017.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to reduce Joint Helicopter Command's basing footprint.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many trained pilots from (a) the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, (b) the Commando Helicopter Force, (c) the Army Air Corps, (d) RAF units and (e) formations under Joint Helicopter Command have left the regular armed forces in each of the last five years.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many pilots have joined (a) the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, (b) the Commando Helicopter Force, (c) the Army Air Corps, (d) RAF units and (e) formations under Joint Helicopter Command in each of the last five years.
Kevan Jones: I just have a question. Clause 3(5) states: “Section 1 and this section extend to— (a) England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, (b) the Isle of Man, and (c) the British overseas territories, except Gibraltar.” I wonder what the issue is with Gibraltar.
Kevan Jones: I would like to get an understanding of how the housing of someone who works part time will be dealt with. Housing has always been seen as part of the overall remuneration package that armed forces personnel get. We will potentially have a situation where someone who works part time lives in a house next door to someone working full time, with both getting the same housing package. If someone...
Kevan Jones: It is common sense that no one will suddenly be turfed out of accommodation, but can the Minister not see that tensions might rise if someone working part time is living long term next door to someone working full time? He said “as long as that contract continues”, but what happens if the person is still part time and is redeployed somewhere else for new accommodation? Will they...
Kevan Jones: May I suggest that the Minister delve into the bowels of the Ministry of Defence? There was a plan there in 2010 that is clearly gathering dust, but it addresses quite a lot of the issues that he has raised.
Kevan Jones: The Minister has spoken about these new working practices, which I support and which are designed to make the armed forces more attractive to individuals. I can clearly see that people already in the armed forces may well take some of these on board as their lives change—with changing family commitments, for example. Has the Ministry of Defence considered offering part-time posts as...
Kevan Jones: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. I want to expand on some of those issues. As my hon. Friend said, this is a probing amendment, but it goes to the heart of the entire Bill and how it will be implemented in practice. Will the 15% limit operate in the same way across the three services, and how will it work within each individual service? Let us take trades, for...
Kevan Jones: The Minister is right that a person on a ship would be applying for the future, but what would be the decision-making process when putting together a crew for a ship? What percentage of the crew would be allowed to work part time?
Kevan Jones: The Minister says that this proposal comes from the services. How far down the chain of command is there buy-in on this? If anyone in the Navy is asked about their next posting, they will always say, “Put the two at the top that you don’t want and you’ll get the one that you want third.” Will there be a cultural shift so that this is not just something that is...
Kevan Jones: To ask the Prime Minister, when she first became aware of the visit to Israel and meetings with Israeli Ministers and officials by the Secretary of State for International Development
Kevan Jones: To ask the Prime Minister, whether she has received any advice about any potential breach of the ministerial code by the Secretary of State for International Development when she visited Israel in August 2017.