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Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Nuclear Weapons (28 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Ministry of Defence forms its policy considering a wide range of sources. We do not comment on whether, or to what extent, individual pieces of academic writing contribute to or influence policymaking. However, the UK keeps its nuclear deterrence policy and posture under review in light of the international security climate and the actions of our potential adversaries.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Military Aid: Ports (28 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Ministry of Defence has not placed any additional personnel on standby to provide support to ports throughout the UK for Brexit. However, Defence has developed a prudent standby package of 3,300 Defence personnel who are on standby to support civil authorities on a range of tasks if required.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Defence: International Cooperation (24 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: As noted in the report on the Modernising Defence Programme earlier this year, we are continuing to invest in and grow our Global network of Defence personnel. Since the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review we have strengthened existing Defence Sections, established 12 new Defence Sections and created two new deployed regional British Defence Staffs. We also have measures in place to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Army: Finance (24 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Following any major conflict, lessons are identified and reviewed; changes are then made if required. The recent operations in Raqqa and Mosul are no different and have contributed to initiatives improving the equipment of the dismounted soldier in the urban environment.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Defence: Modernisation (24 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Hybrid threats require a whole of Government approach, not just Defence. Accordingly, the UK approach has centred upon using all arms of Government and the levers available to deter, respond to, and counter hostile activity. The Modernising Defence Programme, published in 2018, acknowledged that hybrid threats are one of the driving factors fundamentally changing the character of warfare and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Red Arrows (24 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Red Arrows have a long history of overseas tours showcasing Britain at its best and will continue to undertake them. However, at this stage future overseas tours have not been confirmed. The RAF fully considers the overall benefits of Red Arrows tours around the UK and weighs this against the benefits of displaying overseas. Whilst overseas tours may limit the number of displays the Red...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Recruitment (24 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The requested information is provided in the following table: Proportion of North East of England Intake to the Untrained Regular Armed Forces, by Financial Year and Service Financial Year 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 Royal Navy/Royal Marines 6.5% 7.8% 6.6% 7.0% 5.7% Financial Year 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 Army 5.3% 7.1% 6.7% 5.7%...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Bahrain: Military Bases (22 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Royal Navy maintains a presence in the Kingdom of Bahrain to provide support for our deployed naval force in the Gulf, enabling our maritime security commitment for Bahrain, the wider region, and the global economy. This deployed force is supported by the UK National Support Facility (UK NSF). Since 2014, the money spent on this facility totals approximately £27 million.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Mali: Peacekeeping Operations (22 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Sub-Saharan Africa National Security Strategy Implementation Group and Whitehall Africa Group were consulted throughout the policy development process, and presented their recommendations to the National Security Council where the deployment of UK forces to the UN mission in Mali was considered.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Saudi Arabia (22 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for North East Fife (Stephen Gethins) to Question 286284 on 9 September 2019. 286284 - Ministry of Defence: Saudi Arabia (Word Document, 22.91 KB)

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Syria: Military Intervention (21 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: My right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary spoke with US Defence Secretary, Mark Esper on 14 October 2019 and they discussed the ongoing situation in Northeast Syria. We cannot comment on the movement and actions of US troops as this is a matter for the US Government. My right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary has also spoken with the Turkish Defence Minister, Hulisi Akar on 10 and 16 October...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: HMS Jufair (21 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: There are more than 100 Royal Navy personnel deployed to the UK Naval Support Facility (UK NSF) in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Bahrain: Military Bases (21 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: There are more than 150 UK based military and Civil Service personnel deployed to the UK Naval Support Facility (UK NSF) in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The facility provides support for our deployed naval force in the Gulf, enabling our maritime security commitment for Bahrain, the wider region, and the global economy.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Antisubmarine Warfare (21 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Anti-Submarine Warfare is conducted alongside a range of allies, including NATO, and interoperability with those nations is key to execution of operations. We regularly exercise with our partners. The Royal Navy also maintains a standing seat on the NATO Underwater Capability Group, a subordinate group to the NATO Naval Armaments Group, ensuring capability coherence for interoperability.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Saudi Arabia: Military Aid (21 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 1 April 2019 to Question 237783. Yemen:Overseas Workers (Word Document, 22.5 KB)

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Recruitment (21 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Defence Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, published in October 2018, is based on achieving a vision that reflects our recognition that the recruitment, and inclusion of individuals with diverse skills, perspectives and backgrounds will bring real strength to Defence and wider society. The Armed Forces continue to work towards targets of 10 per cent of recruits to come from Black, Asian or...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Bomb Disposal: Northern Ireland (21 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Incidents requiring explosive ordnance disposal experts in Northern Ireland are dealt with solely by military personnel. Army explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel were called out in Northern Ireland 112 times between 1 January 2016 and 30 June 2016. The information requested is published annually in the Report of the Independent Reviewer of the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: *No heading* (21 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: I refer the right Hon. Member to the answer I gave earlier today to the Members for Harrogate and Knaresborough (Andrew Jones), Harlow (Robert Halfon), Chelmsford (Vicky Ford), Poole (Robert Syms) and Clacton (Giles Watling).

Defence: Army Personnel (21 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Halfway through the recruiting year, approximately 70% of the Army’s regular soldier requirement have either started training or are due to do so. In addition, direct entry officer and reserve recruitment targets are all expected to be achieved.

Defence: Army Personnel (21 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: I think we are doing a lot, actually. As I said, we need only look at this year, where all the signs are very positive. The real challenge we have faced recently has been in the other ranks in the Army. Officer entry is full, and the Army reserve is growing. The target for other ranks in the Army is 9,404. We have already achieved 70% of that target in the first six months. The second we get...


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