Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many qualified and experienced personnel positions are (a) required and (b) vacant in (i) Type 23 and (ii) Type 45 ship crews.
Douglas Chapman: I am tempted to respond to that, but can the Secretary of State not convince the Treasury that building the Royal Navy support ships in-house at the likes of Rosyth would see a tax revenue gain for the Treasury and help us to retain skills, talent and investment in our shipyards? Is that not what the shipbuilding strategy is all about, or is the Treasury incapable of playing a team game?
Douglas Chapman: In its most recent report on the recruitment plan, the National Audit Office said that the plan was “not affordable”—full stop. The Secretary of State has been given seven recommendations. Which will have the most impact?
Douglas Chapman: I, too, wish to praise the right hon. Member for Enfield North (Joan Ryan) for bringing this important debate to the Floor of the House. The power of her speech was such that the Minister will want to take heed of all the major points she managed to squeeze into it. Many of the other speakers who followed made equally powerful and compelling points, and I hope that, given the agreement...
Douglas Chapman: NATO revised its view of the north Atlantic and the High North in the maritime strategy, as the hon. Gentleman has just suggested. I understand his making the case for his own constituency, but is it not sensible to ensure that some of the Type 23s and Type 26s are based in Rosyth, for example, to give us extra cover in the north? We have seen many examples of incursions from Russian ships...
Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) desktop, (b) laptop and (c) tablet computers were lost by his Department in the years (i) 2015-16, (ii) 2016-17 and (iii) 2017-18.
Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department made (a) the volume and (b) the cost of the fuel used by the Royal Navy in its maritime operations in each of the last five years.
Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether UK exporters of industrial products within the EU that currently rely on conformity assessments carried out by a UK Notified Body will (a) be required to apply for new certificates issued by an EU27 Notified Body after the UK has exited the EU and (b) be provided with UK Government support to manage the effect...
Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to meet all of its expected efficiency savings in the financial year 2018-19; and if he will make a statement.
Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made the cost of the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers above their £6.2 billion approved budget; and how much of that additional amount will fall on (a) the public purse, (b) his Department's budget and (c) contractors.
Douglas Chapman: I get the impression that the public are a step ahead of the Government and legislation. They are already prepared mentally and attitudinally to make the change. I spoke to our friends from Plastic Free Dunfermline, a group in my constituency that tries to make our town plastic-free. They talked about not applying levies or negative instruments on people, but being positive by encouraging...
Douglas Chapman: I also attended a nurdle hunt in North Queensferry with members of Fidra. While there is a great sense of displeasure from children and parents that this is happening to their beach and their environment, what steps can we take to get that message through to the people who produce the plastics in the first place, to ensure that we do not have to have beach cleans, but can have a policy that...
Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on their respective Governments' frigate procurement programmes; and if he will make a statement.
Douglas Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has concluded a deal to sell any Royal Navy frigates to the Chilean Government.
Douglas Chapman: What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the future of the UK food and drink industry after the UK leaves the EU.
Douglas Chapman: Scotland produces some of the finest food and drink, which is exported around the world. That allows us to punch well above our weight in terms of balance of payments, and it is based on our valued Scottish brand. What steps is the Secretary of State taking to protect Scotland the brand to ensure that our reputation for quality food and drink is enhanced during and after the Brexit process?
Douglas Chapman: The Prime Minister will be aware that in my constituency we are putting the finishing touches to our second aircraft carrier the Prince of Wales, but as we near the end of that contract, more than 400 people in the Rosyth yard are now facing redundancy, with many more job losses in the pipeline. Will she visit my constituency to explain to the Rosyth workforce, face to face, why her...
Douglas Chapman: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the US Administration on the requirement for dual UK and US citizens who reside and pay tax in the UK to also file tax returns in the US regardless of whether they pay tax there; and if he will make representations to the US Administration to remove this requirement.
Douglas Chapman: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if Barnett consequentials will be made available to the Scottish Government to reflect the investment made by the UK Government in HS2 in England.
Douglas Chapman: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if Barnett consequentials will be made available to the Scottish Government to reflect the investment made by the UK Government in Crossrail in England.