Results 181–200 of 4926 for speaker:Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Intelligence Services: Detainees (13 Jun 2019)

Mark Lancaster: There are no set criteria for pre-approving sharing of intelligence on individuals. Any criteria would be specific to the operational circumstances and environment encountered at the time that intelligence sharing was considered. This section of the policy has never been used and no such lists have ever existed. This section will be removed from our policy later this year when it is revised...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Saudi Arabia: Military Aid (12 Jun 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Special Instructions (SPINS) are mandatory instructions that all those operating in the air domain are required to comply with to undertake safe operations in designated areas. The SPINS workshop, which took place in January 2017, was designed to share ideas and experience between the UK and Saudi Arabia, and for the UK to gain an insight into RSAF procedures. It consisted of a series of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Intelligence Services: Detainees (11 Jun 2019)

Mark Lancaster: We do not comment on the details of our intelligence sharing arrangements relating to detainees or captured persons as to do so would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces. However, I would like to reassure the hon. Member that this Government stands firmly against torture and does not participate in, solicit, encourage or condone the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Air Force: Training (11 Jun 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Since March 2015, seven International Targeting Courses have been provided by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for Saudi Arabia, which took place on the following dates:27 July - 14 August 20157 - 23 October 201511 - 29 January 201618 July - 5 August 201624 March - 7 April 201722 - 26 October 201713 - 24 January 2019 Since March 2015, one Senior Airmen's Workshop on Special Instructions (SPINS)...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Greece: Military Alliances (11 Jun 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The UK has a close defence and security relationship with Greece, based on a programme of bilateral co-operation and interoperability through NATO, that includes the use of Souda Bay base on Crete. Opportunities for further bilateral co-operation are reviewed through regular consultations at both the political and military level, including the development of a joint vision statement.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Navy: Baltic Sea (11 Jun 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The UK has a longstanding and enduring commitment to the Baltic Sea Region with a significant presence most notably within Estonia. The UK plays a leading role in NATO's Deterrence and Defence strategy by providing the Framework Headquarters and Battlegroup of around 850 personnel in Estonia. This capable force is augmented by an annual rotation of Apache Attack helicopters and Wildcat Lynx...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Sweden: Military Alliances (11 Jun 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The UK's defence and security relationship with Sweden is driven by the 2014 Statement of Intent. This is underpinned by a Programme of Bilateral Defence Co-operation which provides a framework to enhance our bilateral co-operation in a number of key areas, including enhancing levels of interoperability, capability collaboration, concepts and doctrine, operations, training and exercises....

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Denmark: Military Alliances (11 Jun 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The UK has a very close defence and security relationship with Denmark, underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2012. We continue to enhance our levels of bilateral co-operation and interoperability though NATO, joint operational deployments (Denmark contributed a Company to the UK-led battalion based in Estonia in 2018, part of NATO's enhanced Forward Presence), the UK-led...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Nuclear Weapons: Transport (10 Jun 2019)

Mark Lancaster: It is Ministry of Defence policy that we do not comment on the operational details of convoys transporting Defence Nuclear Material, for the purpose of safeguarding national security.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Centre of Excellence for Human Security (6 Jun 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Centre of Excellence is currently the subject of a feasibility study which will provide Ministers with options on timings, scope and costs. At this stage, no decision has been made on when the Centre of Excellence will begin operation.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Yemen: Military Intervention (4 Jun 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Joint Incident Assessment Team has published 136 statements regarding its investigations into alleged violations of international humanitarian law. The reports do not attribute blame.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Army: Recruitment (4 Jun 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The total number of personnel enlisted and commissioned, in the case of Officers, into the regular Army in 2018-19 was 6,985. Of this 6,315 were soldiers and 640 officers. In addition, a further 400 Gurkhas were enlisted into the Brigade of Gurkhas.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Recruitment (4 Jun 2019)

Mark Lancaster: I apologise to the hon. Member for the time taken to respond to his Question 239921. The table below shows how many recruitment applications for the Regular Armed Forces were declined after being classified Permanently Medically Unfit in the last five financial years. 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 14,729 16,937 20,573 22,516 23,043 These figures are single service...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Recruitment (4 Jun 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Medical conditions that are an absolute bar to Service entry are set-out in the Joint Service Manual of Medical Fitness (JSMMF). A copy has been placed in the Library of the House. The JSMMF is updated periodically. The next version will be published in June and placed in the Library of the House. Joint Service Manual of Medical Fitness (PDF Document, 2.26 MB)

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Brexit (29 May 2019)

Mark Lancaster: A total of 257 Ministry of Defence (MOD) civil servants were augmented to Other Government Departments (OGDs) as preparation for the UK to leave the EU. This figure includes those who were augmented in support of Operation Yellowhammer. As at 23 May 2019, 254 had returned to the MOD. Three MOD civil servants remain augmenting OGDs as preparation for the UK to leave the EU. In addition, a...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Centre of Excellence for Human Security (29 May 2019)

Mark Lancaster: We are considering options on the full scope of this centre and suitable location. As part of the development process we will engage civil society and academic institutions to ensure the centre makes best use of national and international expertise.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Yemen: Military Intervention (29 May 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Ministry of Defence has not interviewed Oxfam about these incidents.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: HMS Victory (28 May 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Following a 2011 report on the public consultation in relation to potential options for the management of the HMS VICTORY 1744 wreck site, it was decided to place responsibility for the future management of the site with a charitable trust. In 2012, the Maritime Heritage Foundation was considered to be suitable for the management of the site.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: New Zealand: Military Alliances (28 May 2019)

Mark Lancaster: New Zealand is a close defence partner. We work together on operations and defence capabilities, including the P8 Poseidon, while maintaining regular exchanges of personnel. HMS Montrose visited Auckland in January 2019. This relationship is further underpinned by regular meetings between senior officers and officials. We are also partners under the Five Power Defence Arrangements and as part...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Republic of Ireland: Military Alliances (23 May 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Levels of co-operation with the Republic of Ireland have developed significantly since the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Defence and Security Co-operation in 2015. This is underpinned by an action plan which provides a framework to enhance our bilateral defence and security relationship in a number of key areas, including increased training opportunities, cyber defence, maritime...


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