Results 1–20 of 2148 for speaker:Guto Bebb

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Defence (16 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I am grateful to my hon. friend the Member for Ludlow for his work in undertaking this review, which supports both the National Security Objective to Promote Prosperity as well as the goals set out the Industrial Strategy White Paper published last November. This is an important piece of work. The Government will now consider his recommendations in detail and publish a response in due course.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Type 26 Frigates (16 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: The Ministry of Defence has ordered long-lead items for the first batch of three Type 26 Frigates. This included investment in the wider supply chain and covered key equipment purchases including the diesel generators, gas turbines and steering gear systems. We will define the list of long-lead items required for the remaining five ships and place the orders at the appropriate time.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Contracts (16 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave her on 23 April 2018 to Question 136457. 136457 - WQnA on MOD Contracts (Word Document, 22.05 KB)

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Trident Submarines (16 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: The UK has benefited greatly from the long-standing collaboration on nuclear deterrence and nuclear propulsion with the US. Under the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement, both nations are able to exchange information and material which enables us to maintain safe, secure and effective nuclear stockpiles, propulsion and weapons systems. Collaboration and co-operation brings enormous advantages for...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Serco (13 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: The Ministry of Defence has 31 contracts with Serco; a full list is in the attached table. In some instances, the contract end date is in the past. This could either be because outstanding payments are still to be made under the terms of the existing contract, or the contract has been extended and the database has not yet been updated to reflect this. Under longstanding convention, the...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: It is a pleasure to respond to this important debate. I think that we have had 12 passionate speeches on this matter. [Interruption.] I thank the right hon. Member for North Durham (Mr Jones). Although we all agree about the importance of the future of our shipbuilding sector, there is clearly a differential between my views and those of the Ministry of Defence, and the views of many...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I just want to place on the record a clarification of the comments made by the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood). He was correct in saying that UK companies were involved in the MARS tanker competition and procurement process, but Opposition Members are also correct in saying that there was no British company involved in a...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I remind the hon. Gentleman of the comment by my hon. Friend the Member for Torbay: we won the contest to build OPVs for the Irish navy. Again, that seems to be ignored. I find it very odd that Members who claim to speak up for shipyard workers throughout the United Kingdom seem to dismiss our success in ensuring that we had that contract delivered for the Irish navy.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I need to make some progress because I must cover some of the points that were touched on. From a defence perspective, we are trying to put a coherent plan in place to ensure that we have a competitive UK defence industry that can compete with the best. The way to do that is not to be scared of competition but to embrace competition. We have a shipbuilding strategy that says very clearly that...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: The key thing, as my hon. Friend the Member for Torbay said, is that when Opposition Members talk about threats to the south Wales steel industry as a result of the “America first” policy, they are quite happy to attack Donald Trump for his protectionist attitude. The same thing can apply to this debate in spades, I am afraid. Competition and the ability to compete internationally...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: No, I will not give way any further at this point. The key thing that Opposition Members need to be aware of is that in addition to developing a shipbuilding strategy, we are ensuring that we are looking at the future of our combat air. That shows that this Government are taking a coherent approach across the board. We recognise fully in the Ministry of Defence the importance of defence in...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: The hon. Gentleman makes a very important point, which has been a significant part of the discussion and is certainly being looked at closely in terms of the modernising defence programme. I welcome that sensible contribution.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I am sorry, but I have to make some progress. What we are highlighting is that across the Chamber we want to see a successful British shipbuilding sector, and we categorically want to see the conclusion of Sir John Parker’s report implemented. He said clearly in recommendation 21 that he wanted to see the opportunity for British shipyards to compete for the fleet solid support ships...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: I will, as a final point of courtesy, allow my fellow Welshman to intervene.

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: No, of course it is not, which is why every single tenderer in this process will be subject to the same procurement rules and the same European rules that exist at this point in time, to ensure that we have a level playing field. The hon. Gentleman should understand the importance of ensuring that we have a level playing field. The way to ensure such a level playing field is not to insist on...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: Phalanx is a defensive weapon.

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (11 Jul 2018)

Defence: Future Anti-Ship Missile Systems. 2:30 pm; The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: Guto Bebb MP, Minister for Defence Procurement Lieutenant General Sir Mark Poffley, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Capability), Ministry of Defence Air Marshal Sir Simon Bollom, CEO, Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), Ministry of Defence

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: European Defence Fund (10 Jul 2018)

Guto Bebb: As the Prime Minister stated in Munich, the UK wants to agree a future relationship with the European Defence Fund, including the European Industrial Development Programme. The UK has always participated in European collaborative programmes and we support this new mechanism for managing collaboration. Our track record shows we have much to offer and our defence industry is world-class. We...


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