Results 1–20 of 501 for speaker:the Earl of Minto

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Defence: Expenditure (12 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: NATO’s published figures for UK defence spending as a percentage of GDP spend since 2010 are below. Year Share of gdp 2010 2.47 2011 2.38 2012 2.16 2013 2.24 2014 2.14 2015 2.03 2016 2.09 2017 2.08 2018 2.10 2019 2.08 2020 2.35 2021 2.29 2022 2.29 2023 2.28

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Recruitment (11 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: Recruitment and retention are absolute priorities and we have introduced a range of measures to respond to the current recruitment challenge, which is affecting many other militaries across the world. While it does take time to recruit the right people to our Armed Forces, we have sped up Army recruitment by 9% in the last year, and the majority of regular soldiers join in less than 140 days....

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: NATO: Gender (11 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: The Human Security policy team in the Ministry of Defence are the policy owners and experts on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) in Defence. They provide one civilian or active duty representative for the UK at the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives (NCGP). This representative regularly attends NCGP meetings and has supported the revision of NATO’s updated WPS Policy (due to be published...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Billing ( 9 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: As per Cabinet Office guidance, the Ministry of Defence aims to pay 90% of all undisputed and validated invoices for Small to Medium Enterprises within 5 days of receipt. Additionally, MoD is committed that 100% of all undisputed and validated invoices should be paid within 30 days. Ministry of Defence reports its supplier payment performance, invoice processing and MoD contract payments in...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: France and Germany: Tanks ( 9 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: The Ministry of Defence has requested observer status for the Main Ground Combat System programme.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Chinook Helicopters: Accidents ( 9 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: I refer the Noble Lord to the answers given by my Right Honourable Friend, The Minister for Defence People and Families, in the other place on 26 February 2024 (UIN 13866) and on 15 March 2024 (UIN 17490). Chinook Helicopters (docx, 28.9KB)

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Veterans: Radiation Exposure ( 8 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: We are grateful to all Service personnel who participated in the British nuclear testing programme and contributed to keeping our nation secure. Ministerial diaries are prioritised across a broad range of issues in accordance with departmental need and parliamentary engagements.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Veterans: Radiation Exposure ( 3 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: The Minister for Defence People and Families personally examined all 150 records at the Atomic Weapons Establishment on 18 March 2024 and will update the House on plans for their release in due course. The documents consist of around 4,000 pages and were declassified following a review by officials at AWE and the Ministry of Defence which was completed in March this year.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Defence Equipment: Procurement ( 3 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: The Ministry of Defence is implementing a new Integrated Procurement Model to drive pace in delivery of military capability to UK forces on the front line, so that we stay ahead of our adversaries in a fast changing strategic environment. A key feature will be a Defence-wide portfolio to prioritise requirements at the departmental level to ensure we achieve greater effect from the available...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Army: Recruitment ( 3 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: The Army is alive to many of the themes discussed in this report and, for those that have not already been addressed, is actively and constructively challenging itself in these areas.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Veterans: Health Services ( 3 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: Where personnel leaving the Armed Forces have an enduring need for medical care, the Defence Medical Services (DMS) works in partnership with the NHS in each of the four nations. Wherever they live in the UK, all veterans are able to receive veteran specific health care support if they need it. Personnel who have been assessed and diagnosed with a mental health need are able to access...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Veterans: Rehabilitation ( 3 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: The Veterans Welfare Service (VWS) supports serving personnel, veterans, the military bereaved, and their families, who have an enduring welfare need or need help to access DWP benefits or injury, bereavement and compensation schemes. Defence Transition Services (DTS) helps Service leavers and their families, who face challenges as they leave the military and adjust to civilian life. The...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Defence: Expenditure ( 3 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: The Defence Command Paper Refresh (DCPR23) recognises the range and complexity of threats globally, including cyberspace, means we must foster a truly integrated approach to deterrence and defence by enhancing integration across all services and domains, across Government, as well as across regions, and the spectrum of conflict. To support this, the Department has set out our longer-term...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Defence: Technology ( 3 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: The Ministry of Defence has set out plans to integrate advanced technologies into the UK's defence capabilities, details of which can be found in the Defence Command Paper Refresh (DCPR), published on 18 July 2023.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces ( 3 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: I refer the Noble Lord to the below table which shows the number of Trade Trained Regular Army Personnel by Stationed Location, as of 1 January 2024. Location Personnel England 59,920 Wales 1,350 Scotland 3,520 Northern Ireland 1,370 Overseas 3,010 Notes/Caveats:The figures are for the Trade Trained Regular Army only and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: RFA Fort Victoria ( 3 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: The Royal Navy constantly explore options to ensure optimal availability of the fleet. However, in order to preserve the Operational Security of the Fleet, individual out of service dates are no longer released.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: F-35 Aircraft ( 3 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: The Lightning Force is configured to be flexible and interchangeable as individual aircraft cycle between the Forward Fleet and periods of maintenance. Squadrons will gain aircraft from the available Forward Fleet in line with their readiness cycle, expeditionary deployment requirements, and associated training and exercises. The size of Air Groups for every Carrier deployment are tailored...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Families ( 3 Apr 2024)

the Earl of Minto: Defence recognises the important role that families play in supporting our Armed Forces, which is why in 2022 we published our UK Armed Forces Families Strategy 2022 – 2032. There is much crossover between the Living in Our Shoes report and the Families Strategy Action Plan, with two authors of the report holding Defence to account via our Families Strategy Steering Group and progress being...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Housing (27 Mar 2024)

the Earl of Minto: The Modernised Accommodation Offer built on extensive consultation from the Future Accommodation Model as well as further research as the policy was finalised. As part of the current review, we will be undertaking further consultations with Service personnel and families.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Pensions (26 Mar 2024)

the Earl of Minto: Armed Forces Pension Scheme (AFPS) benefits can be transferred out up until 12 months before the date the member reaches pension benefit age. If a member wishes to transfer their AFPS benefits into another Public Sector scheme, this must be done within 12 months of them joining the new Public Sector Scheme. Both the Pension Schemes Act 2015 and the Taxation of Pensions Act 2014 stipulates...


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