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Sanctions (24 May 2024)

James Heappey: I rise to speak briefly on sanctions, but before I do so, I congratulate the hon. Member for Blackpool South (Chris Webb) on an excellent maiden speech. It is my privilege to give my final speech on the back of such a brilliant first speech. Although I am sure that those in Conservative central office will have other ideas, I hope it is the first of many speeches he gives in this House. This...

Afghan Refugees: Deportation from Pakistan (17 Apr 2024)

James Heappey: Gosh, Madam Deputy Speaker! It is five years since my last question, and it is the first time that I have ever been called first. It seems curious that we are dealing with a question about the sovereign decision of another Government. While the hon. Member for North East Fife (Wendy Chamberlain) wants to challenge Ministers on our representations to that Government, I thought it important to...

Flood Recovery Framework — [Clive Efford in the Chair] (17 Apr 2024)

James Heappey: It is a pleasure to speak on something other than defence for the first time in five years in either Chamber. Flooding is a great subject on which to reopen my account, given how important it is to my low-lying Somerset constituency. Somerset is no stranger to water, so I hope the Minister understands that when Somerset MPs grumble about flooding, it is never unreasonable or alarmist. We are...

Written Answers — Treasury: Defence: Finance (17 Apr 2024)

James Heappey: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) fiscal and (b) economic conditions have to be met for defence spending to be raised to 2.5% of Gross Domestic Product.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: HMS Queen Elizabeth: Fires (26 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: I can confirm that no injuries were sustained by staff working on the HMS Queen Elizabeth as a result of the fire on 8 March 2024. There was also no permanent damage caused and the fire will have no impact on HMS Queen Elizabeth’s current programme. An investigation is underway to establish the cause of the fire and this will seek to identify any appropriate lessons that can be implemented...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: NATO: Security (26 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: The UK discusses a broad range of issues with counterparts on improving NATO's collective security. NATO is undertaking a once-in-a-generation transformation, agreeing a new generation of warfighting plans, to ensure that the Alliance can deter and defend seamlessly across all domains. The UK has committed almost all our Armed Forces across the full spectrum of capabilities under the NATO...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Radar: Wind Power (26 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: Without details of the specific development being referred to, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) are unable to confirm whether we have been consulted upon this particular development. If the MOD is consulted upon the development of wind farms, it carries out assessments to determine whether they will affect defence radars, including those located at RAF Lossiemouth. When a proposed wind farm...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Radar: Wind Power (26 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: Through the Air Defence and Offshore Wind Task Force, Ministry of Defence (MOD) officials are working closely, and collaboratively, with colleagues from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, Scottish Government, the Crown Estates and windfarm industry stakeholders to address the problems that future windfarms would cause to MOD's radars. This joint work is essential to ensure air...

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

James Heappey: Our readiness to deter will be increased through investment in the resilience of the UK’s munitions infrastructure, including storage facilities and stockpiles. The £1.95 billion for resilience and readiness will be spent on measures to address gaps in our capabilities. We are transforming the Department’s workforce model to attract and retain the talent needed. Our Regular and Reserve...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Nato (25 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: The UK is one of the largest contributors of personnel to NATO, underlining our commitment to deterrence and defence of the Euro-Atlantic Area. The table below shows the number of UK personnel posted to NATO Peacetime Establishment locations, with personnel in 39 NATO locations in 19 countries all over Europe and the Continental US, and the UK has proportional workforce equity at all...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces (25 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: Further to the table provided to you in my letter of 7 February, the British Army regiments which have been disbanded since 2010 have been listed below. As noted in that letter, this information represents single Service estimates based on management information which is not gathered for statistical purposes or subject to the same level of scrutiny as official statistics produced by Defence...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Finance (25 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: UK defence spending is at its highest level in history and is increasing in real terms. We were one of the first countries to support Ukraine following Russia’s illegal invasion The Integrated Review Refresh recognised the implications of the invasion on our own security and wellbeing, providing extra investment and strengthening our alliances via partnerships (AUKUS and GCAP). In a...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ukraine: Military Aid (25 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: The UK continues to be at the forefront of international efforts to end Russia's illegal war in Ukraine. We will be providing £2.5 billion of military support to Ukraine in financial year 2024-25. This includes a £325 million package of cutting-edge drones and £245 million to procure and invigorate supply chains, to produce artillery shells to help fight Putin's illegal invasion. We will...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Middle East: Humanitarian Aid (25 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: Defence works very closely with and to support the FCDO, who lead on humanitarian support, to make sure that aid shipments are delivered as rapidly, efficiently and safely as possible. We have supported the delivery of hundreds of tonnes of life-saving aid for Gaza, including by air, land and maritime routes. We are doing everything we can to get far more aid in, exploring new routes and...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces (25 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: Since 2020 UK defence spending has seen several substantial increases, starting with a £20 billion cash increase in SR20, additional funding for munitions and wider resilience, as well as an additional £11 billion as part of the 2023 Spring Statement Over the next decade we have increased the budget for our Equipment Plan to £288.6 billion to ensure that the Armed Forces have the next...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Special Forces: Standards (25 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: All UK military personnel are held to the highest standards of conduct and accountable to the Secretary of State for Defence. UK military operations are conducted in accordance with the Law of Armed Conflict, and military personnel are bound by the laws of England and Wales for their actions under the Armed Forces Act 2006. The Government has a long-standing position of neither confirming...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Syria: Armed Forces (25 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: All aspects of military activity are bound by the relevant law of England and Wales, and international law. All UK personnel also receive annual training on both international law and rules of engagement.

Defence: Armed Forces Readiness (25 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: Mr Speaker, thank you very much indeed for your words at the beginning of questions. I also thank the shadow Secretary of State, the right hon. Member for Wentworth and Dearne (John Healey). You were both very kind indeed to say what you said. The UK armed forces are meeting all of their commitments, but there is no mistaking that they are very busy, as one would expect at such a turbulent...

Defence: Armed Forces Readiness (25 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: There is no escaping the fact that the world is incredibly complicated at the moment. In the Euro-Atlantic, we face the challenge of Russia; in the middle east, the challenge of Iran and its proxies; in the Indo-Pacific, the growing competition with China; and then across Africa and other parts of the world there remains the challenge of violent extremism. At a time of such crisis, one would...

Defence: Armed Forces Readiness (25 Mar 2024)

James Heappey: That will go soon, but not yet. Colleagues on both sides of the House will note that whenever I have been invited to respond to such a question, like all good Defence Ministers, I have never missed the opportunity to say yes, but the reality is that our armed forces remain fit. Yes, it is the job of this House and particularly my hon. Friend’s Committee to scrutinise our readiness, as the...


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