Navy: Training

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 24 November 2022.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 21 November to Question 87744 on Navy: Training, how much his Department paid to Elbit Systems UK as part of Project Selborne as of 21 November 2022.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) regularly reviews its capability programmes. As the result of a recent review, the MOD is in discussion with Elbit Systems UK about their departure from submarine training in the Project Selborne contract and has already agreed the company’s departure from Dreadnought Crew Training contract. This has not happened because of any specific issues with Elbit Systems UK or any wrongdoing on their part but rather a result of applying revised operational sovereignty standards for the UK’s highest priority capabilities. Elbit Systems UK remains an important and trusted partner across a range of other contracts in Defence.

As Elbit Systems UK are a sub-contractor to Capita Business Services Ltd for Project Selborne, weekly payment information is not held centrally by this Department. However, as of 31 October 2022, Elbit Systems UK had been paid £28.603 million for their work as part of Team Fisher delivering Project Selborne.

Money paid to Elbit Systems UK has been for delivering training and running simulators, and for development costs for new software and simulators. Should Elbit Systems UK depart from Project Selborne or constituent parts of it, this work will be transferred to the prime contractor or a replacement supplier for continued delivery.

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