Results 1–20 of 280 for speaker:Johnny Mercer

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Crispin Odey (8 Oct 2019)

Johnny Mercer: There are no records of meetings between Ministry of Defence (MOD) Ministers and Mr Crispin Odey. However, the MOD publishes in arrears details of Ministers' meetings on a quarterly basis at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministerial-gifts- hospitality-travel-and-meetings-with-external-organisations- in-the-ministry-of-defence The following details can be found...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Training (8 Oct 2019)

Johnny Mercer: We take our duty of care to our personnel very seriously, but risk is inherent in many activities carried out by the Armed Forces. This risk is rendered as low as reasonably practicable during training by ensuring that its design and delivery are subject to strict safety procedures and rigorous risk analysis. Training programmes are also subject to internal or external assurance and audit...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Sick Leave (8 Oct 2019)

Johnny Mercer: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) takes the health and wellbeing of its personnel very seriously. A Health and Wellbeing Strategy for all MOD employees, military and civilian, was published in mid-2015 (updated in August 2016) and is designed to provide guidance to the Chain of Command and civilian line managers on how to manage the health needs, both mental and physical, of their people. The aim...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Wakefield (7 Oct 2019)

Johnny Mercer: As at 2 October 2019, a total of 460 Regular and Reserve Armed Forces personnel were recorded on our Joint Personnel Administration system as having a primary address with a postal code in the Wakefield District. We do not record the constituency in which a primary address for our Service personnel falls.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Jainism (7 Oct 2019)

Johnny Mercer: National Events led by Defence are discrete and each one will attract a varying attendance. The Department aims to ensure the widest possible representation, while maintaining relevance to the occasion being marked.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces Covenant: Grants (7 Oct 2019)

Johnny Mercer: During the financial year 2018-19 the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust received 445 applications for funding from the Covenant Fund. 166 of these were awarded grants and 279 were unsuccessful. In addition, under the Armistice and Armed Forces Covenant programme, 2,773 awards were made across the United Kingdom, providing in-kind support to help communities to access silhouettes that brought...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Travel (9 Sep 2019)

Johnny Mercer: Information on ministerial travel is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the Ministry of Defence publishes data on ministerial overseas travel on a quarterly basis in arrears at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ministerial-gifts- hospitality-travel-and-meetings-with-external-organisations- in-the-ministry-of-defence...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Travel (9 Sep 2019)

Johnny Mercer: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) expects all staff to demonstrate the highest standards of responsibility when incurring travel expenses and to minimise unnecessary costs to the public purse. There are some instances, however, where rapidly changing business requirements necessitate last minute cancellations or amendments to travel bookings. For these situations, the MOD has a series of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary: Pay Settlements (9 Sep 2019)

Johnny Mercer: The 2019-20 pay settlement for Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) personnel has not yet been agreed. Ministry of Defence officials continue to work on a pay proposal for the RFA for 2019-20 based on Public Sector Pay Award Guidelines that were published by Her Majesty's Treasury on 13 June 2019.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Children: Maintenance (9 Sep 2019)

Johnny Mercer: The administration of the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) is the responsibility of the Department for Work and Pensions. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the Child Maintenance Service to facilitate the direct deduction of child maintenance payments from the pay of parents who are Service personnel. In the case of Service personnel, the MOD receives a...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Catering (9 Sep 2019)

Johnny Mercer: The Ministry of Defence accounting systems do not identify separate expenditure for refreshments.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Veterans: Mental Health Services (9 Sep 2019)

Johnny Mercer: Mindfulness-based cognitive techniques have a range of forms and applications, including educational (in developing effective thinking processes) and medical (in treating some mental health conditions). Specifically, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is recognised by the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as effective for the treatment of mental health...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Prosecutions (9 Sep 2019)

Johnny Mercer: There are regular meetings between Cabinet colleagues to discuss matters relating to the development of legal measures which will provide protection for our Armed Forces and veterans from the threat of re-investigation, and possible prosecution, for events which occurred many years ago.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Reserve Forces: Pay (9 Sep 2019)

Johnny Mercer: In order to safeguard operational effectiveness, the Armed Forces are exempt from the provisions of the 1998 National Minimum Wage (NMW) Act. Nevertheless, we aim to ensure that the Armed Forces are remunerated in line with NMW provisions. The daily pay offered to Part-Time Volunteer Reserve (PTVR) personnel is derived from the equivalent annual salary paid to their Regular counterparts. The...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Veterans: Females (9 Sep 2019)

Johnny Mercer: While the figures in this report are from a small sample size and contrast with trends from our anonymous surveys, any incident of sexual assault is one too many. Sexual harassment in any form is not tolerated in the Armed Forces and we urge any victim of abuse, whether serving or veteran, to come forward. We are also implementing all the recommendations made by Air Marshal Wigston in his...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: RAF Northolt: Aviation (9 Sep 2019)

Johnny Mercer: Fuel Services for visiting business aviation flights at RAF Northolt are provided by a contract with World Fuels Group. Therefore decisions on the future availability of sustainable aviation fuel would require contract modification agreement between World Fuels and the Ministry of Defence. There are currently no plans in this regard. All fuel provided must comply with regulatory standards.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Army: Sick Leave (9 Sep 2019)

Johnny Mercer: Around five Army recruits undergoing basic training are currently recorded as on "sick leave", where they have been off training for more than 14 days. The number has been rounded to the nearest five to limit disclosure and ensure confidentiality. It is drawn from single service sources rather than official statistics produced by Defence Statistics.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Army: Health Services (9 Sep 2019)

Johnny Mercer: Wait times vary by establishment. Wait times for access to military primary care rehabilitation facilities or to a routine medical appointment range from same day to 48 hours. Those recorded on the Wounded, Injured, & Long Term Sick Management Information System (WISMIS) are normally seen on the same day. Secondary healthcare services are provided by the NHS and information on wait times is...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Army: Sick Leave (9 Sep 2019)

Johnny Mercer: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Veterans: Charities (9 Sep 2019)

Johnny Mercer: The new Office for Veterans Affairs (OVA) will coordinate Departments and work with Local Authorities, Devolved Governments and charities to deliver more joined-up support for veterans. This builds on the foundations set by the 'Strategy for our Veterans' published at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/strategy-for-our- veterans for which we engaged with Service charities for ideas...


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