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Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (26 Jun 2018)

Science and Technology: Galileo. 4:10 pm; Other
Witnesses: Guto Bebb MP, Minister for Defence Procurement, Ministry of Defence Nick Ayling, Head of Cyber and Space Policy, Ministry of Defence Rebecca Evernden, Director, International, UK Space Agency

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft (20 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: Information on training costs for the F-35B Lightning project is not held on a system by system basis and could be provided only at disproportionate cost, if at all.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Defence: Radar (20 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: It is not possible to provide a breakdown or comparison of support costs for each individual radar. This is because each support contract is negotiated on an individual basis, taking account of varying factors; such as the number and age of the radar systems, their location, the scope of support provided, and the length of the contract.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Procurement (20 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The selection criteria for future Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fleet Solid Support Ships are currently under development and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment in detail at this time. In all cases procurers have to assess whether any of the diverse issues set out in National Security Objective 3 are relevant to their procurement. Weighting of all relevant factors is applied on...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Nuclear Submarines (19 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: It is UK policy that we do not comment on matters relating to submarine activity or operations as disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Astute Class Submarines: Safety (19 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: It is UK policy that we do not comment on matters relating to submarine activity or operations as disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary (19 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The procurement of the Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships through international competition reflects the fact that they are Naval Auxiliary Support Ships whose primary role is the replenishment of naval vessels with bulk stores. They are non-combatant ships, manned by civilian Royal Fleet Auxiliary crews and are equipped with weapons solely for self-defence. We are clear that FSS ships are not...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary (19 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: European Union (EU) laws governing state aid do not apply to activity conducted outside the boundaries of the EU, however, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) makes no such distinction and treats all bidders who participate in its competitions equally. State aid is generally prohibited under the Treaty of the Functioning of the EU, apart from under a few specific exemptions stipulated by...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Trident Submarines (19 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: With last month's investment of £960 million into its second delivery phase, the Dreadnought programme remains on schedule to deliver the first of class in the early 2030s and is within the £31 billion cost estimated in the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft (19 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: By the end of 2023, the UK is scheduled to have had 42 F-35B Lightning aircraft delivered.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft (19 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: A decision on the upgrade of the UK's existing F-35B Lightning aircraft to the Raytheon Distributed Aperture System will be made once we understand the time and cost implications. As with all upgrades, this will be undertaken as part of the future capability development programme. Costs have not yet been negotiated or agreed.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft (19 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend, the then Minister for Defence Procurement (Harriett Baldwin) on 2 November 2017 to Question 109658 from the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife (Douglas Chapman). 109658 - Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft (Word Document, 25 KB)

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Children: Day Care (15 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: Within the United Kingdom childcare is a devolved responsibility, and the statutory entitlement to free childcare for UK residents (including Service personnel and their dependants) may vary depending on where they are stationed within the UK. All Service personnel and their dependants are currently able to access the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Childcare Voucher Scheme which enables its...

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The Government have been clear that our preference is to contribute fully to Galileo as part of a deep security partnership with the European Union and that negotiations should be allowed to run their course. That includes UK involvement in the design and development of Galileo’s encrypted signal for use by Governments, the Public Regulated Service. On 13 June at the European Space...

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I thank the hon. Lady for her questions. Indeed, it is important that we have a very strong cross-party view on this issue, because all Members of this House would find the idea that the UK is being excluded on security grounds to be completely unacceptable. The merest concept of the UK being considered a security risk should be challenged by all Members of this House, and I am sure the hon....

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I can understand my right hon. Friend’s frustration, and I say again that I genuinely feel that the United Kingdom’s exclusion on the basis of what I consider to be a false security case is unacceptable, but this is not about getting even. It is about doing the right thing for the industry, the United Kingdom and our defence capabilities. I would prefer to get the right decision.

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I would again stress that it takes both sides to come together. The United Kingdom has been very clear that it wants to continue to be involved in and contribute to Galileo, but those requests have been rebuffed. Clearly, we hope that this situation can be resolved and reversed, but the good will that the UK has shown has not resulted in similar good will from the European Commission, which...

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I agree with my hon. Friend that we do not want the European Union or the United Kingdom to cut off their nose to spite their face, but we will not take any risks with the security of our armed forces or the capabilities they need. Our space industry is responsible for 6.5% of the global market. We have an ambition to grow that to 10%. Be in no doubt: our discussions with the space sector...

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his very clear statement on the comments made about the UK being a security risk. I think that that is appreciated by all Members. Is there a concern about UK industry leaving as a result of this decision? Of course there would be concern, but the key point is to respond to those concerns. That is why various Government Departments, including the Ministry...

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I thank my right hon. Friend for her very pertinent question. It is the case that the Chancellor has been very clear and across Government we have been very clear on this, but it would be too early for us to highlight the actual cost involved. She should have no doubt about the fact that the cost involved would be no greater than our current contribution to the Galileo project, and I think...


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