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Defence: Topical Questions (21 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The University of Northampton’s research into the social impact of cadet forces, including those in state schools, suggests that membership can increase social mobility and help children reach their potential because of the activities they undertake. That is precisely why this has been such a successful process.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Syria: Military Intervention (17 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: US troop movements have always been a matter for the US Government and not for us to comment. With regards to the wider counter-Daesh campaign, the UK remains fully committed to the long-term security of the region and to the Global Coalition. Together, we must not lose sight of the threat that Daesh still pose in the region. The UK and US have both made clear our deep regret at the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Navy: Fisheries (17 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Royal Navy (RN) has four River-Class Offshore Patrol Vessels that also conduct fishery protection activities alongside their Defence tasking. They are HMS MERSEY, HMS TYNE, HMS SEVERN and HMS FORTH. They are used to fulfil the RN’s commitments under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Marine Management Organisation,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Bahrain: Military Bases (17 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The UK Naval Support Facility (UK NSF) in the Kingdom of Bahrain demonstrates our strong and enduring bilateral relationship. It supports our deployed naval force in the Gulf, providing maritime security for Bahrain, the wider region, and the global economy. The facility provides engineering and logistics support to maritime units, and can host contingent forces for short periods. Through our...

Battle of Arnhem: 75TH Anniversary (14 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: I can only say that I found the whole experience utterly terrifying and vowed never to repeat it. And that was without a single shot being fired at me. I doubt that even the most starry-eyed historian would recall the Battle of Arnhem as an unmitigated success. Indeed, it is a curious quirk of British history that we tend to memorialise our defeats as much as our victories, from the charge of...

Battle of Arnhem: 75TH Anniversary (14 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: My hon. Friend makes the very powerful point that for many this was not a one-off operation, but the culmination of what had been an incredibly long and tough war. By the standards of today we can only begin to think about the mental impact on so many of those who had served for such a long period of time. We deal with exactly the same mental health issues today, but I hope we are in a much...

Battle of Arnhem: 75TH Anniversary (14 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: My hon. and gallant Friend makes an incredibly important point. Indeed, this is about the contribution of so many who were involved in that operation on that day, both military and civilian, and because of that partnership we see that relationship continue today, as we have highlighted. Despite the appalling deprivations suffered during that battle and after, the Dutch continue to see those...

Battle of Arnhem: 75TH Anniversary (14 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: My right hon. Friend makes the point more powerfully than I could. He is right that it is those relationships that have been among the enduring benefits of what happened 75 years ago. There is no shame in welling up at these events. Indeed, it is important that we do, as it shows just how much we care and how big an impact those events continue to have on us. Historians still debate the...

Battle of Arnhem: 75TH Anniversary (14 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for allowing us to have this debate this evening. I start, of course, by congratulating the hon. and gallant Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis) on securing this debate on the famous Battle of Arnhem as we mark its 75th anniversary this year. As a former paratrooper, his passion for this subject is unsurprising. I know he worked tirelessly to champion those heroes...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Recruitment (8 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Government is committed to maintaining the overall size of the Armed Forces. The Armed Forces continue to meet all their current commitments, keeping the country and its interests safe. They are fully funded to meet their target strength and we continue to increase funding to Defence year on year. The Armed Forces have active and targeted recruitment campaigns which are proving effective;...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Yemen: Military Intervention (8 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Saudi Arabian authorities do not routinely inform us of their military deployments.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Deployment (7 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Whilst the term 'conflict threshold' was used during the oral evidence session for the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee to explain the difference between combat operations and wider military activity, it is not a formal term that the Ministry of Defence uses to define different operations. Broadly speaking there is a difference between military activity overseas...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations (7 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Department currently has no plans to conduct an inquiry into the causes and effects of the Afghanistan operation. Following the conclusion of Operation Herrick in 2014, the Army conducted a thorough internal review. We remain focused on supporting the Government of Afghanistan as part of NATO's Resolute Support Mission.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Yemen: Military Intervention (7 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: We closely monitor the situation in Yemen. The UK Ministry of Defence does not hold an official record of the incident in question.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Army: Young People (7 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Army's review of Junior Entry (JE) enlistment has concluded. The Armed Forces offer some of the best training and education to people anywhere in society. Those opportunities begin at 16 with around 1,300 Junior Soldiers graduating from Harrogate each year. The Army Foundation College at Harrogate is the only JE Phase 1 training establishment in the British Army and the JE is a tried and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Bahamas: Hurricanes and Tornadoes (7 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is tasked to provide a timely and appropriate response to the region and, working with our colleagues from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Department for International Development (DfID), we delivered extensive humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support using our pre-positioned vessel from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA Mounts Bay)....

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Persian Gulf: Navy (7 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The UK is committed to maintaining maritime security in the Gulf region, and safeguarding freedom of navigation. To this end, the Royal Navy has been accompanying Red Ensign Group flagged merchant vessels through the Strait and the UK has also joined the International Maritime Security Construct.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Navy: Fisheries (3 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Fisheries control and enforcement is a devolved matter. As such, it will continue to be for each Devolved Administration to decide how best to control its waters, and what new arrangements may be needed. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) continues to work closely with the Devolved Administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure a coordinated...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Conflict: Children (3 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The UK Ministry of Defence runs a bi-annual Human Security Advisers Course which educates UK and International personnel in the principles of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, Children and Armed Conflict, Human Trafficking and Protection of Civilians. The course also aims to train personnel in how best to implement these principles on operations. Since 2018,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Army (3 Oct 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The British Army's preparedness is being addressed as part of the MOD's overall preparations for the UK leaving the EU.


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