Lord Moonie: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made with the flight test programme for the UK’s F-35 Lightning II fighters.
Lord Moonie: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the radar control for the UK’s F-35 Lightning II fighters operate using software version block 4, and whether it will be available in time for initial operating capability.
Nigel Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that will be supported at BAE Systems in Samlesbury by the F-35 programme; and for how long those jobs will be supported.
Ruth Smeeth: I totally agree with my right hon. Friend. With the P-8A and even the F-35, we get only 20% of the build in the UK.
Nick Smith: The pound has dropped nearly 20% in value and the price of vital military kit that we buy abroad is set to sky-rocket, so will the Minister confirm that we have enough contingency to pay for the F-35 fighters planned for the new aircraft carriers?
Mark Lancaster: The £4 billion which is in addition to the Ministry of Defence's current infrastructure investment plans on projects like the QEC and F-35 programmes, will support the delivery of all programmes and projects within the Estate Optimisation Portfolio to deliver the Better Defence Estate Strategy, details of which were published on 7 November 2016.
Nick Smith: Given the decline in the value of sterling, how much will we have to pay for the F-35 fighters to go on our aircraft carriers? The present going rate is $100 million a time. Has the Chancellor increased his estimate of the cost of these fighters and other defence kit imports for future years?
Alberto Costa: Does my hon. Friend agree that recent announcements of investment in Wales, such as the F-35 global repair and maintenance hub in north Wales, represent a vote of confidence in the UK’s economy as a whole?
Lord Campbell of Pittenweem: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many F-35 aircraft have been delivered to the United Kingdom.
Harriett Baldwin: The Ministry of Defence is actively engaged in initial operational test and evaluation planning as part of a joint F-35 test team with the United States. The plan is subject to appropriate scrutiny but no decisions have been taken on a phased start to testing.
Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what account he has taken of recent changes in the exchange rate in his decision to purchase (a) 50 Apache helicopters and (b) nine P-8A Patrol Aircraft and the F-35.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to re-profile the equipment contracts for the (a) F-35 Lighting II, (b) P-8 Poseidon and (c) AH-64E Apache.
Harriett Baldwin: There are no implications for the F-35 Lightning II programme. All the issues that have been raised in the annual report are known and are under active management by the Joint Strike Fighter Joint Programme Office, and the UK Ministry of Defence.
George Kerevan: North Wales has been designated the central maintenance centre for all European F-35 fighters. Can the Minister assure the House that the aerospace companies in north Wales will be given the same assurances as Nissan that leaving the single market will not result in tariff barriers or a loss of access to European skilled labour?
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his Department's Major Projects Portfolio data 2015, published in July 2016, whether the increasing risk to Initial Capability of the F-35 Lightning II programme as a result of manning issues is extant.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 64606, how many additional Defence Equipment and Support staff are needed to reduce the manning risk to Initial Capability of the F-35 Lightning II programme.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 64606, how many Defence Equipment and Support staff are working in direct support of the F-35 Lightning II programme.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 64606, what further steps he is taking as part of the review to address the lack of manpower needed to support Initial Capability of the F-35 Lightning II programme.
George Kerevan: Will the Secretary of State confirm that the deep maintenance and repair of the engines of all British F-35 fighters will be done in Turkey, and what, if any, security issues arise from this rather strange decision?
Harriett Baldwin: The F-35 Lightning programme will train sufficient pilots to deliver operational requirements.