Peter Luff: We are planning to increase the number of Wildcat helicopters being purchased from 62 to 66. The fleet will consist of three types: 28 Helicopter Maritime Attack, 30 Army Helicopter (AH), and eight Light Assault Helicopter (LAH). Four of the LAH aircraft were previously to have been AH type. The costs of conversion are still under consideration.
Peter Luff: Full capability for the new platform will be achieved incrementally to achieve the in service date of May 2014. The full service date for the RAF Voyager aircraft is September 2016 when the fleet will consist of 14 aircraft. There have been no operational or training flights.
Peter Luff: After the strategic defence and security review, the Army's supported main battle tank fleet consists of 227 Challenger 2 tanks.
Peter Luff: Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships do not have permanent bases, but use a combination of naval bases, which include the Scottish ammunition facilities at Crombie and Glen Mallen, and commercial ports throughout the UK, to deliver their operational programmes.
Peter Luff: I have not received any official representations from the Welsh Government regarding the basing in Wales of the nuclear submarine fleet. The UK is not making plans for Scottish independence and is not making plans to move the nuclear deterrent or other submarines from HM Naval Base Clyde.
Viscount Younger of Leckie: The Department for Transport is analysing the impact of Great Western electrification delays on the configuration of the Intercity Express Programme fleet. The analysis is looking at the timetable implications including journey times and capacity. The analysis will be informed by the recommendations made by Sir Peter Hendy. No final decisions have been made.
Peter Kyle: ...ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of cascading Class 319 rolling stock to Southern's Coastway Stopping services once the full fleet of Class 700 trains are in operation on the Thameslink routes.
Peter Aldous: Marine habitats will also be protected by the promotion of sustainable fishing, as practised by the UK inshore fleet and boats that fish out of Lowestoft. Will my right hon. Friend assure the House that she will use the opportunity presented by Brexit to secure a better deal for under-10 metre boats?
Peter Aldous: Can the Minister confirm that he has a plan to get the UK fleet through the implementation period, in order to tackle the challenges of ensuring we have enough fish to catch and implementing the discards ban?
Peter Whittle: ...Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu issued a statement, warning that any newspaper contemplating publishing leaked documents of any sort may find itself facing a criminal investigation. Given that Fleet Street editors are not usually signatories to the Official Secrets Act, this statement appears to be an act of naked intimidation of our free press. Mr Basu subsequently backed down, stating...
Peter Aldous: ...the Answer of 16 June 2021 to Question 12119, what the Total Allowable Catches are for North Sea sole and plaice for 2021; and what the (a) UK’s opening quota is for those species under the 10m fleet pool quota allocation and (b) EU's opening quota is for 2021.
Peter Aldous: ...for centuries. Can the Minister confirm that the Government will ensure that the European Commissioner’s proposed blanket ban on drift netting, which will destroy what is left of the Lowestoft fleet, is not introduced?
Peter Luff: We continue to monitor the progress of the European Air Transport Fleet Programme and keep our current position of non-membership under review. We support the work undertaken through the Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) Theatre Exploitation Laboratory Technical Arrangement, including through sharing information on the UK's established C-IED capability, but we do not intend to join...
Mr Peter Thorneycroft: ...that we have given very careful consideration to this matter. We had to consider the military, technical and financial considerations and I am sure that this decision for the three carrier fleet is the right one.
Mr Peter Griffiths: ...for many years? The statement will therefore be widely welcomed. In his comments about the opportunities available for contracts outside the naval dockyards, will he say whether this includes fleet maintenance bases such as Portsmouth?
Michael Connarty: I am trying to find out how much of this expenditure is in the £3 billion mentioned last year by the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, the hon. Member for Mid Worcestershire (Peter Luff), the Minister with responsibility for procurement, and how much is new expenditure? How much will be spent on Trident development and how much on the Astute submarine fleet?
Peter Luff: The information requested will take time to be collated. I will write to the hon. Member once this is completed. Substantive answer from Peter Luff to Angus Robertson: I undertook to write to you on the 16 May 2012 (Official Report, Column 168W) in answer to your parliamentary question about how many (a) aircraft support vehicles, (b) Royal Maritime Auxiliary service ships, (c) fire trucks,...
Peter Bone: ...to say how proud I am of him and his colleagues, and of the outstanding service that they give to our country. Will the Prime Minister tell us whether he has any plans to extend the Chinook fleet, because in Afghanistan flying is safer than driving?
Peter Luff: ...as a result of the Government’s commitment to a real-terms rise in the equipment budget of 1% after 2015, he had given the go-ahead for the procurement of 14 Chinook helicopters, 12 to expand the fleet and two to replace those lost on operations in Afghanistan in 2009. I am pleased to be able to confirm that we have now signed a contract with Boeing for their delivery. This will expand...
Captain Sir Peter Macdonald: asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether any decision has yet been reached with regard to the desirability of the Admiralty taking complete control of the Fleet Air Arm; and, if not, whether any satisfactory definition has yet been reached so far as the responsibilities of the Navy with regard to its own methods of air defence and attack are concerned?