Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with representatives of (a) Carmarthenshire County Council and (b) the Welsh Government on the relocation of the Loughor Coastguard to Llanelli.
Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of co-locating the Loughor Coastguard with (a) Llanelli Fire Station, (b) Wales Air Ambulance in Dafen and (c) any other co-location option within the Llanelli area.
Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to the public purse was of providing a plane on standby at RAF Northolt for use by the Prime Minister from 8 to 11 March 2019 inclusive.
Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Overseas Security and Justice Assistance assessments have required ministerial approval from his Department in each financial year since 2015-16.
Nia Griffith: I thank the Minister for advance sight of his statement. I would like to wish the House and all members of our armed forces a very happy St David’s Day for tomorrow. We all recognise that as time passes there is a need to modernise and adapt our defence estate to ensure that it is fit for the 21st century. It is now more than two years since the MOD first announced plans to close some 91...
Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 14 February 2019 to Question 219358 on Armed Forces: Joint Exercises, if he will publish the number of UK personnel that will take part in Exercise Joint Warrior.
Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Answer of 11 February 2019 to Question 219357 on HMS Queen Elizabeth: Deployment, what the full range of capabilities are that will be available to the Maritime Task Group.
Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 13 February to Question 218778 on Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the F-35B testing programme being developed by the Joint Programme Office.
Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 September 2018 to Question 169215 on Army: Vehicles, what recent progress has been made on package one of the Multi-Role Vehicle - Protected programme.
Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of implications of the US Director, Operational Test and Evaluation Annual Report, published in December 2018, for defence procurement policy.
Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the US Director, Operational Test and Evaluation Annual Report, published in December 2018, what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.
Nia Griffith: Before I begin, I echo Mr Speaker’s words from earlier this afternoon, and the very fitting tribute paid by my hon. Friend the Member for Newport East (Jessica Morden), in respect of Paul Flynn, who served Newport West with absolute distinction and tremendous wit. He was also a great friend to many of us and we shall miss him sorely. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Madam...
Nia Griffith: Following on from what was said by the right hon. Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mark Francois), the reality is that the size of the Army has fallen in every year since the Conservatives came to power. For all the talk, the fact is that the initial applications are not turning into enlistments. Will the Minister tell the House what the trained strength of the Army will be at the end of...
Nia Griffith: I do not think that gives us very much reassurance. Let me tell the Minister now that, if the decline continues at the same rate it has been over the time the Conservative party has been in government, by May 2022 the Army will be down to just 68,000. Given that the promise to reach 82,000 soldiers was unceremoniously dumped from the Conservative manifesto at the last election, will the...
Nia Griffith: The Public Accounts Committee’s damning report has found that Ministers have made “little progress” in solving the affordability crisis at the heart of the Ministry of Defence’s budget. Despite a year of bolshie headlines, the Secretary of State has completely failed to get a grip of the equipment plan in the modernising defence programme. Instead of spending his time causing...
Nia Griffith: The Government’s own analysis shows that a no-deal Brexit would cause serious and lasting damage to our GDP. On the basis of sticking to our NATO 2% commitment, that would mean a massive cut of some 9.3% just because of the hit to our economy. With the Government failing so abysmally to manage the defence budget at present, will the Defence Secretary now drop the bravado and finally admit...
Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when HMS Queen Elizabeth will embark on her first deployment; what the total number of personnel in the basic and wider crew expected to be on board is; and what further capabilities will accompany her.
Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel will be provided for Exercise Joint Warrior.
Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the Bomber Command clasp criteria to include aircrew based outside of the UK.
Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's recent announcement, what the estimated cost is of its acquisition of two Littoral Strike Ships.