Results 121–140 of 2163 for speaker:Guto Bebb

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: First, I pay tribute to the workers at GCHQ, many of whom are my hon. Friend’s constituents. I visited GCHQ last Thursday, and he is right to highlight the contribution that people there make to the security not just of the United Kingdom, but across Europe and on a global basis. I entirely agree with my hon. Friend—I think the Prime Minister should raise this issue and highlight once...

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The hon. Gentleman will be pleased to know that the Government argued strongly that UK companies should not be excluded from the current round of contracts offered through the Galileo project. We have met industry partners and representatives on an ongoing basis. I have done that as well in my role as the Minister responsible for defence procurement. I assure the hon. Gentleman that we will...

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I know for a fact that this issue has been raised with NATO allies, certainly by Defence Ministers. In terms of whether it is the way forward, we have always believed that NATO is a key component of our security, which is why we are one of the few nations within NATO that meets the obligation for a 2% spend on defence. Everybody within NATO understands the importance of having these systems...

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his question. He is absolutely right to highlight the key importance of academia to this issue. While I have not been in contact with any universities on this matter, I am assured that the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation has. The university sector has a huge contribution to make to the development of the UK space sector, and I think...

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. It is certainly a huge disappointment that our straight offer on this issue, which was a very clear statement of intent to remain fully involved in the Galileo project, has been rebuffed. Time and again, Members—certainly on the Government Benches, and I think across this House—who were on different sides of the referendum campaign have been very...

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I sincerely hope that this decision will be reversed and, therefore, it will be a blip on the journey towards a sensible solution to the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union. Again, we have made it very clear—the Prime Minister has made it very clear, as have Members across this House—that we are fully committed to security co-operation with our European partners. We...

Galileo Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: My hon. Friend makes an important point, but of course, there has not previously been a country that has been so heavily involved in Galileo and committed to the project being threatened with exclusion. The key issue is this: do we have more to contribute to Galileo? The answer is yes. Do we want to carry on making that contribution to Galileo? The answer is yes. Do we have the capability to...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Awacs (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: As part of the Modernising Defence Programme (MDP), we are considering options to ensure the UK has an AWACS capability beyond 2035. Further details will not be available until the full conclusion of the MDP.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: NATO: Military Aircraft (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The NATO Alliance Future Surveillance and Control Programme was initiated following the 2016 Warsaw Summit and is currently in the second year of its Concept Phase. The Ministry of Defence has been fully engaged with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), the organisation that has been charged with delivering the Concept Phase. The NSPA have been proactive in their engagement with...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Challenger Tanks (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The Ministry of Defence has purchased 386 Challenger 2 tanks plus 22 driver training tanks based on the Challenger 2 chassis. Of these, 80 have been disposed of through commercial means.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: European Fighter Aircraft (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The Ministry of Defence has contracted for 160 Typhoon aircraft in three tranches: Tranche 1-53 Tranche 2-67 Tranche 3-40

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Type 23 Frigates (14 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The Type 23 capability sustainment programme will deliver equipment upgrades, depending on the requirement of each ship in the class. This will ensure that these adaptable Frigates continue in service. With regards to the cost of this programme, this draws together a number of capability enhancements and the information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Official Cars (13 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Written Ministerial Statements — Ministry of Defence: Contingent Liabilities (12 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I am today laying a Departmental Minute to advise that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) is retrospectively notifying Parliament about contingent liabilities not previously disclosed, due to procedural errors. HMT recognise the urgency for these contingent liabilities to be laid before Parliament and have approved them in principle. Final approval is expected pending the outcome of a wider...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Equipment Plan 2017 to 2027 (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: We are taking steps to ensure strategic affordability through the modernising defence programme and our annual financial management processes. The cost of the plan is reviewed on an ongoing basis, and we expect to publish the equipment plan financial summary for 2018 to 2028 in the autumn.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Equipment Plan 2017 to 2027 (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: It gave me great pleasure to be present at RAF Marham on Wednesday to welcome the first four F-35s. As the hon. Gentleman is aware, the first 48 are fully paid for and committed to. We are looking at everything in the modernising defence programme, but the current situation is that we still anticipate the purchase of 138 F-35s.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Equipment Plan 2017 to 2027 (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I am sure that the Secretary of State shares my view that the Public Accounts Committee does an important job, but it is important to state that the assumptions made in the National Audit Office report, which underpin the report of the Public Accounts Committee, highlight the possibility that every single project will end up with no efficiency savings and that the worst-case scenario will be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Equipment Plan 2017 to 2027 (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I am happy to concede that my hon. Friend has caught me on the hop. I am not able to give him a specific answer at this time, but I am sure that he will allow me to write to him to confirm those figures in due course.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Equipment Plan 2017 to 2027 (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I can confirm that the Type 26 project is going extremely well. The first blocks have been built, the steel has been cut and the first three ships have been named. The really important point, which was highlighted in a recent Westminster Hall debate, is the fact that the last apprentices to work on the Type 26 project have not yet been born. That shows the long-term commitment to shipbuilding...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Equipment Plan 2017 to 2027 (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The key submission for the Type 31 is that the procurement is going extremely well. It is currently on target, and our expectation is that the £1.25 billion budget for five Type 31 frigates will be achieved.


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