Results 121–140 of 4926 for speaker:Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Estonia: Military Exercises (16 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The UK led Joint Expeditionary Force provides, through collaboration with the partnering nations, an increased profile and presence in the Baltic Sea and High North region across multiple domains. Both operationally and through collective training, the UK's engagement in the coming years will be characterised by smaller scale, but more frequent activities in co-operation with all regional...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Army Reserve: Training (16 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Army continues to integrate the Army Reserve into the Army and Defence training exercise programme in both participating and supporting roles. The Army Reserve is involved in all of the Army's collective training exercises. All reserve overseas training exercises have an element of Regular Army participation.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Army Reserve: Training (16 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Army has budgeted over £100 million for Army Reserve training for the current financial year. This covers Army Reserve Units only and does not include training for Reservists in staff roles in Brigade or Army HQ which would be picked up by the parent unit. The Reserve training budget provides for activity such as classroom-based lessons, physical training, trade training and field...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Arctic: Defence (16 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Strategy, which will be titled The UK's Defence Contribution in the High North, will be published shortly.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: EU Defence Policy (15 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: As we leave the EU, we remain committed to playing a leading role on Euro-Atlantic security. NATO remains the cornerstone of our defence. Nonetheless, the UK and the EU will continue to face common threats, which are evolving and growing in complexity, and we share the same values. That is why we have agreed the outline terms, through the Political Declaration, of a flexible and scalable...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Army (15 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The proposal for a regular Army of 82,000 emerged from work that followed the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: EU Defence Policy (15 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Government continues to ensure that parliamentary accountability for UK-EU defence cooperation is maintained. In addition to the public speeches made by the Prime Minister and the white paper of last July, the Government provided further clarification in September, in its response to the House of Commons Defence Committee report, on its proposals for a future security partnership with the...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (11 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: National Implementation Plans under the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) may refer to either Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) or civilian CSDP. As the UK is not a PESCO participating Member State and is not subject to the PESCO binding commitments, we have not developed a National Implementation Plan for PESCO. We are considering whether a National Implementation Plan...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Germany (9 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: In October 2018, a Joint Vision Statement was signed, reaffirming the continuing importance of close defence co-operation with Germany. This committed the UK to a combined river crossing capability with shared facilities in Minden. Elements of an Engineer Squadron are already operating at Minden, alongside our German partners. We continue to grow the UK elements of this capability and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Brexit (9 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: As a responsible Government, we've been preparing to minimise any disruption in the event of a no deal for nearly three years. We are putting in place a range of mitigations, these include a central team who deal exclusively with Defence issues relating to the UK's decision to leave the EU, including preparations for a no deal scenario. This team draws on subject matter experts from across...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Electronic Warfare (9 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Cyber is a tier 1 threat and remains a national priority. The National Cyber Security Strategy, published on 1 November 2016, sets out ambitious policies to protect the UK in cyber space, supported by a £1.9 billion transformational investment. Our vision for 2021 is that the UK is secure and resilient to cyber threats, prosperous and confident in the digital world. To operate and defend our...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: USA: Military Alliances (9 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The US remains the UK's primary defence and security ally and our forces are designed to operate seamlessly alongside the US either bilaterally, in a NATO or other coalition construct. The Department is committed to improving interoperability with the US and conducts a programme of regular exercises to maintain momentum. The UK and US have embedded personnel across each other's militaries in...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Arctic: Navy (9 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Royal Navy has the capability to project force using a variety of assets in the High North and Arctic, dependent on the location, season and threat, including amphibious assets focused around 3 Commando Brigade and Commando Helicopter Force who have well-established expertise in cold weather warfare. It has one purpose-built Ice Patrol Ship (HMS Protector) and the UK will maintain an...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Brexit (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Defence Ministers have not had any discussions so far with the Welsh Government on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without an agreement. However, Defence personnel, including Military resilience liaison officers based in Wales, engage regularly with the Welsh Government and other stakeholders on a range of matters including resilience and No Deal planning.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: NATO: Military Exercises (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The UK assets participating in Exercise Dynamic Mongoose 19 are due to conclude their deployment on 12 July 2019.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Saudi Arabia: Military Alliances (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Saudi Arabia is a key ally in a strategically important region. It is an important partner in trade and investment, education, counter terrorism, defence, and energy security. We are committed to maintaining and developing the relationship.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Iran: Politics and Government (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: We are extremely concerned by Iran's breach of the nuclear deal and we are working intensively to keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in place. We remain clear that the nuclear deal is still the best option in the interests of global security. It is critical that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons and this deal makes the world a safer place by taking the prospect of a nuclear-armed...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Maritime Patrol Aircraft: Procurement (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Initial build of the first UK aircraft is complete. Painted in RAF livery, its first flight is scheduled for later this week. Delivery, as the RAF’s first P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, is expected in October. Manufacture of the second aircraft, for delivery in January 2020, is under way. The first two aircrew courses have graduated and engineering training is ongoing....

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: National Security (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Hybrid threats present themselves in many domains. Therefore, we utilise a ‘whole of government’ approach to protecting the UK against such activity. The MOD works collaboratively with other government departments, in line with Fusion Doctrine, to support this approach. It is important that the UK continues to work with and support our international partners in NATO and the EU,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Armed Forces Personnel (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: We remain committed to maintaining the overall size of the armed forces, including the Army. A range of measures are under way to improve recruitment and retention, and those measures are kept under constant review. Importantly, the services continue to meet all their current commitments, keeping the country and its interests safe.


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