Results 141–160 of 4926 for speaker:Lord Lancaster of Kimbolton

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

Mark Lancaster: Let us just see whether we can debunk this myth that Army numbers are somehow in freefall. On 1 May, the total size of the British Army, including the Brigade of Gurkhas, both trained and untrained, was 85,430. As of 1 June, one month later, according to the most recent figures that we have, the total size of the British Army, including the Brigade of Gurkhas, both trained and untrained,...

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

Mark Lancaster: As we enter the 21st century, we must accept that the armed forces are about more than simply mass. That is precisely why we are investing in technology, and it is why the battlefield of the 21st century will be a very different beast from that of the 20th. I am concerned about the drop below that figure that we have seen in recent years, but, as I have just demonstrated, we are turning the...

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

Mark Lancaster: I am not going to predict exactly what that date will be. We are seeing an increase month on month, but that does not apply to all establishments: for example, Sandhurst has only three intakes per year and Harrogate has only one. I cannot give the exact date when the target will be hit, and I do not think that the hon. Gentleman would really expect me to, but I believe that we are now heading...

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

Mark Lancaster: My hon. Friend makes a very important point. Indeed, there are many good reasons why young people would wish to join the armed forces, not least because our armed forces are now the largest provider of apprenticeships in the United Kingdom.

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

Mark Lancaster: That is quite a complicated question, particularly when we get into the question of readiness and the ability to hold people at the appropriate readiness for the threat that we face. As I have said, technology has changed significantly; for example, not every aircraft we have in the air is now manned by a pilot. We are investing in a number of things which mean that we require less overall...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary are MOD civil servants. Their terms and conditions, including their pay, are subject to civilian rules for the wider public sector. As such, pay is subject to HM Treasury civil servant pay guidance. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary continues to engage with the maritime trade unions and has further meetings planned to discuss pay.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: I think it is fair to say that the whole House values the role of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Indeed, last summer I spent the most fascinating week on board RFA Mounts Bay in the Caribbean to see the work being done in preparation for the hurricane season. I have explained the conditions under which the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s pay is reviewed, as civil servants, but I reassure the House that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: I think the figures I have quoted speak for themselves; we are now increasing the size of the British Army.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Having achieved initial operating capability from land in December 2018, and with the successful completion of its first operation, the Lightning programme is now focused on delivering initial operational capability for carrier strike, which is planned for December 2020.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: I declare my interest as deputy commander of the 77 Brigade, which means this is a subject close to my heart. Hybrid threats present themselves in many domains, so 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 the Fusion doctrine, to support that approach.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: My hon. Friend raises an important point. We continue to utilise reserves and now have a target to ensure that they are used on operations, which helps with retention. I am pleased to say that the size of our reserve forces continues to grow.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: I thank my hon. Friend for the question. May I also thank him for inviting me to Armed Forces Day in Stirling last weekend? He was a wonderful host. There has been a project to try to reduce what we call the time of flight. I am delighted to say that that has had good results, with the time of flight now being halved, and we are looking to roll that out across the whole of the recruiting...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (8 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The announcement on Fort George under the better defence estate strategy remains as it is, but the hon. Gentleman will know of our commitment to our armed forces personnel in Scotland. I am sure that he is delighted that he will shortly have the whole of the submarine fleet based in Scotland.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Autonomous Weapons: Training (4 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The Ministry of Defence provides both individual and collective training on the operation of weapons systems. There is a requirement to train all Recruits and Officer Cadets to operate a personal weapon system in Phase 1 (Basic) training. After that, the training requirement depends on the Training Needs Analysis. Those trainees who will be required to operate other weapons systems as part of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Syria: Air Force (4 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: RAF aircraft form part of the UK contribution to the counter-Daesh Coalition campaign in Iraq and Syria and perform a wide range of tasks. The Ministry of Defence does not hold a central record of the information requested.

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

Mark Lancaster: Army training meets the requirements of the Army through the provision of a skilled and capable force progressing from basic training to trade training, followed by collective and, where relevant, mission specific training. For the personnel it provides a challenging and rewarding experience. Courses are regularly reviewed and refreshed, against current military doctrine and knowledge, to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Cybercrime (3 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: Cyber security is vital to defence and training our personnel is of paramount importance to us. The Defence Cyber School, which celebrated its first year anniversary in March this year, is a centre of excellence for cyber training established to meet the needs of defence and its partners, addressing all aspects of cyber training and education. Since it's opening, the Defence Cyber School has...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Warships: Territorial Waters (3 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: The protection of UK Territorial waters is a shared responsibility between the Ministry of Defence; Border Force; Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs; and, in relation to fisheries, the Marine Management Organisation in England, Marine Scotland and Northern Ireland's Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. As part of the Ministry of Defence's contribution to the Government's...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: US Air Force: Lincolnshire (3 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: There are no specific restrictions that apply solely to United States Air Force (USAF) flights over South Lincolnshire. Rather, the USAF adhere to UK Military Aviation Authority regulations when flying in the airspace above South Lincolnshire, and this includes the regulations for flights in the UK Low Flying System.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: US Air Force: Lincolnshire (3 Jul 2019)

Mark Lancaster: All flights by United States Air Force (USAF) aircraft in the airspace over South Lincolnshire are conducted in accordance with UK Military Aviation Authority regulations. There is no requirement to implement specific safety measures for flights by USAF aircraft over South Lincolnshire.


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