Kevan Jones: I do not disagree with my hon. Friend, but that goes to the point—this was the problem back in 2010—of the Treasury being let in the door of the MOD, and being in control and in the driving seat. When I was a Minister, I chaired the finance group in the MOD when we were looking for savings and dealing with the Treasury. I know exactly what Ministers are dealing with. The Treasury...
Kevan Jones: It is not just the F-35. Much has been said in the past few weeks about the procurement of the new Type 31e frigate. There is no budget line in the defence budget for that. Likewise, the P-8, which is being trumpeted as a vital need for our maritime patrol aircraft—I agree—is not capable of delivering the sonar buoys or torpedoes that are currently being used, so there is added...
Kevan Jones: I hear what the right hon. Gentleman says about civil servants, but the decision to cut the defence budget by 16% between 2010 and 2015 was not a civil servant’s invention. It was the political decision of the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Government at the time.
Kevan Jones: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?
Kevan Jones: The facts do not bear out what the right hon. Gentleman is saying. According to the Library, the last time defence expenditure was 3% was 1993-94. After that, there was a 7% decrease in 1995, a 1% decrease in 1996 and a 5.7% increase the following year. The Labour Government came in, following the Treasury rules laid down by the previous Government, and in 1998 increased defence spending by...
Kevan Jones: What my hon. Friend is describing is fascinating. Does she agree that Army 2020 was really designed to give the Government political cover in the light of the reduction of the regular Army to 82,000? It is not just a question of the retraining days; it is a question of whether the 15,000 reservists to whom she referred can actually be deployed alongside regular troops. I am told that in some...
Kevan Jones: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. He says that the Government are committed to a 0.5% increase, but does he agree that that is just on equipment, not personnel? Something like 55% of the budget goes on daily running costs and people, and that will be completely constrained if no new cash is put into the people side of the budget.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether (a) Phalanx CIWS and (b) light gun mounts on board HMS OCEAN will be donated to Queen Elizabeth class carriers or other Royal Navy vessels once that vessel is decommissioned.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the current size of the Government estate is, by Department, in square metres of floor space.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) regular armed forces personnel and (b) reservists have (i) joined and (ii) left 77th Brigade in the last two years.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the manning target for 77th Brigade is; and whether there is currently a shortfall.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel from the 77th Brigade have been deployed on operations in the last 12 months.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has considered the potential merits of acquiring the capabilities currently being examined by the US Army's Squad-Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) programme.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Figure 9 of the Defence Equipment Plan 2017, what the identified savings were from each of the programmes which formed part of the Equipment Support Projects Review that contributed to (a) savings delivered and (b) total forecast savings.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Figure 9 of the Defence Equipment Plan 2017, how the £677 million of financial benefits delivered under the Submarine Enterprise Performance Programme were achieved.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence,with reference to Figure 9 of the Defence Equipment Plan 2017, what estimate he has made of the (a) gross savings and (b) net savings within the identified Total Forecast Savings in that plan.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to figure 9 of The Defence Equipment Plan 2017, which weapons systems in the Complex Weapons pipeline were included in the programme to develop families of weapons utilising the principles of commonality, modularity and re-use that he estimates will deliver £1.2bn savings over 10 years from 2010.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the size of his Department's estate was in square metres of floor space for each of the last five years.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the monthly civilian staff cost to his Department was for (a) payroll and (b) non-payroll staff, including (i) contingency and (ii) consultancy staff in each of the last five years.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-payroll staff were employed by his Department in each of the last five years.