Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, who travelled with him in his delegation to Turkey on Friday 12 January 2018.
Kevan Jones: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am aware that it is up to the Minister whether he gives way, but would it not be courteous to the House if he actually indicated that he was not going to take any interventions, because he just seems to be reading his speech—
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to improve methodology for accounting for and attributing savings more accurately.
Kevan Jones: On the point about an undefined task, we had it from the Minister—I have had it in a written answer—that the ship will not be able to do any NATO tasks, and it will not be able to do any carrier protection work, so can my hon. Friend suggest what the role of this vessel will actually be, apart from being a glorified fishing protection vessel?
Kevan Jones: It is a fact that Britain last exported a frigate over 40 years ago. When I raised that with the new procurement Minister at Defence questions, all I got was an accusation of talking down the British shipbuilding industry. Does my hon. Friend agree that as a matter of urgency the MOD needs to clarify exactly where it sees the market for these 40 frigates?
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to page 6 of the Independent Report to inform the UK National Shipbuilding Strategy, published 29 November 2016, and with reference to paragraphs 99 and 100 of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, published 06 September 2017, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's research on the socio-economic effects of Government...
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's lower and upper cost estimates are for the Fleet Solid Support ships contract.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the current status is of Government involvement in the partnership between BAE Systems and Turkish Aerospace Industries to develop the TF-X fighter aircraft.
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.