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Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: We are at the demonstration phase, with 11 being manufactured. It is currently going through a trials programme and we will report back when that is complete.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: Once again, we appreciate the work done on that report and are taking it seriously—it is being considered as part of the modernising defence programme—but we state again very clearly that the MOD does not recognise as likely outcomes some of the worst-case scenarios.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: European Fighter Aircraft (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The installation of stage one of the Enhanced Collision Awareness System (ECAS) onto Typhoon is part of a package of capability enhancements. As further enhancements will be contracted for in due course, I am withholding the current cost of the ECAS installation as disclosure would prejudice commercial interests in future competitions for similar work.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Saudi Arabia: Military Aircraft (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: UK-contracted personnel, including UK military personnel on secondment to BAE Systems, support the safe storage and issue of weapons in accordance with long-standing government-to-government arrangements. They do not load weapons for operations in Yemen.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: European Fighter Aircraft: Safety Measures (11 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The Ministry of Defence requirement is to reduce the risk of mid-air collision. The Enhanced Collision Awareness System will meet this by enhancing the pilot's situational awareness of collision threats when in congested airspace, enabling appropriate action to be taken and providing additional protection for Typhoon pilots.

Type 26 Frigates: Base-Porting ( 6 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I congratulate the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (Luke Pollard) on his speech, much of which I agree with and subscribe to. I also congratulate the other Members for the city of Plymouth on being present to support the debate. It is right to describe the Plymouth campaign as city-wide, and the campaign is...

Type 26 Frigates: Base-Porting ( 6 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: My hon. Friend tempts me to offer an answer now, but I am sure he understands that it would be remiss of me to make such a commitment now, especially as we are still awaiting the completion of the Modernising Defence Programme. However, I stress again that we are looking at the issues seriously, including training, force generation and cost. We will certainly make an announcement before the...

Type 26 Frigates: Base-Porting ( 6 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: Ultimately, we are looking very carefully at the rebasing; the fact of the matter is that we are building an enhanced Royal Navy. We will have more surface ships in the Royal Navy than we have had for a long time. We have seen the Royal Navy grow for the first time in a long time. All these decisions are under review. That is why it is important to understand that the decision on the Type 26...

Type 26 Frigates: Base-Porting ( 6 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: At the risk of repeating myself, I think the message has been heard loud and clear from the three Members from Plymouth and from other Members. The Ministry of Defence has heard that message. We have to put things in order, because we have to do things in the context of the Modernising Defence Programme, but I assure my hon. Friend and other colleagues that the message about the importance of...

Type 26 Frigates: Base-Porting ( 6 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: For the final time, I will.

Type 26 Frigates: Base-Porting ( 6 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The hon. Gentleman should be aware that HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark are safe until 2033 and 2034, which is the current situation. Those are the decommissioning dates for both vessels. The situation in Plymouth and Devonport is still a significant success story. I acknowledge that there are challenges, but the activities taking place there—the flag officer sea training, Royal Marines Tamar...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Defence: Radar ( 6 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 17 May 2018 to Question 143866 to the hon. Member for Portsmouth South (Mr Morgan). Defence:Radar (Word Document, 25.25 KB)

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Guided Weapons ( 6 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The current value of the UK stake in the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile programme is circa £654 million. The current proportional value of the UK stake in the programme (development and production) is circa 40%. I am withholding the information on the current value of each partner nation's stake in the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile programme as its disclosure...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Fuels ( 5 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The Government's Industrial Strategy sets out a number of ambitious 'Grand Challenges' that put the UK at the forefront of developing, manufacturing and using low carbon technologies. With an equipment plan worth £180 billion over 10 years, a rising defence budget and an £800 million innovation fund, there are great opportunities for innovative defence-related suppliers, including those...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft ( 4 Jun 2018)

Guto Bebb: The Ministry of Defence has regular discussions with the US F-35 Joint Program Office on all aspects of the F-35 programme to ensure that the UK is ready to receive its F-35 aircraft. The UK is fully equipped to safely and securely hold software relating to the F-35.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Nuclear Weapons: Decommissioning (30 May 2018)

Guto Bebb: The Atomic Weapons Establishment stores and re-uses fissile material removed from dismantled nuclear warheads which have been withdrawn from operational service as part of routine stockpile management. Fissile material waste which is generated from this process is safely and securely stored in preparation for future long-term storage and disposal.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: European Fighter Aircraft: Safety Measures (29 May 2018)

Guto Bebb: Existing transponders fitted to Typhoon aircraft already have the capability to generate a traffic alert in any Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS)-equipped civil or military aircraft. It will reduce the risk of mid-air collision and enhance the situational awareness of Typhoon aircrew when in congested airspace, providing additional protection for our RAF Typhoon pilots. Stage one of...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: European Fighter Aircraft (29 May 2018)

Guto Bebb: Introducing stage one of the Enhanced Collision Awareness System (ECAS) on to Typhoon is just one of a series of capability enhancements, with a current overall contract value of £45 million.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary (24 May 2018)

Guto Bebb: Determined by their tasking, Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ships are armed with active weapon systems (AWS) for self-protection. Each ship is fit to receive Phalanx and 20mm or 30mm close range guns; with the exception of RFA TIDESPRING which is yet to be fitted for AWS. All RFA ships may also carry small arms.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Royal Fleet Auxiliary (24 May 2018)

Guto Bebb: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 27 April 2018 to Question 137603 to the hon. Member for Glasgow South West (Mr Stephens). Royal Fleet Auxiliary (Word Document, 22.39 KB)


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