[News] Questions to the Defence Minister, 17 June 2.30pm

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  1. DOT

    DOT Old-Salt SME

    Note - This is an alert for upcoming business inside the Chamber of the House of Commons. We encourage discussion or comments concerning the topic or content of the debate.

    The debate will be streamed live on Parliament.tv Player

    Questions to the Defence Minister
    To take place at 2.30pm following prayers. Oral questions to the Secretary of State for Defence

    The questions drawn for today's question time include:
    1 Neil Carmichael (Stroud)
    What recent assessment he has made of the security situation in and around the Falkland Islands. (159635)

    2 Mr Robert Buckland (South Swindon)
    What assessment he has made of the effect on NATO's defence capabilities of the US strategic realignment towards Asia. (159636)

    3 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield)
    When he next plans to visit the National Memorial Arboretum and Armed Forces Memorial. (159637)

    4 John Glen (Salisbury)
    What assessment he has made of progress in development of the B-variant of the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft; and how many countries have expressed an interest in its procurement. (159638 )

    5 Richard Graham (Gloucester)
    What compensation is given to employers to reflect the additional cost incurred by them through the call-up of a reservist. (159639)

    6 Martin Horwood (Cheltenham)
    What recent discussions he has had with representatives of former Gurkhas; and if he will make a statement. (159640)

    7 Hugh Bayley (York Central)
    What the outcome was of the recent NATO Defence Ministers' meeting; and if he will make a statement. (159641)

    8 Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough)
    What plans he has for his Department's facilities in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. (159642)

    9 Lorely Burt (Solihull)
    What proportion of his Department's budget was spent on official development assistance in the latest period for which figures are available. (159643)

    10 Julian Smith (Skipton and Ripon)
    What steps his Department is taking to engage with those affected by the closure of Claro Barracks, Ripon. (159644)

    11 Gavin Williamson (South Staffordshire)
    What assessment he has made of progress in development of the B-variant of the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft; and how many countries have expressed an interest in its procurement. (159645)

    12 Mark Menzies (Fylde)
    What reports he has received on future developments in the capability of the Typhoon aircraft. (159646)

    13 Damian Collins (Folkestone and Hythe)

    What assessment he has made of the value of the European Defence Agency. (159647)

    14 Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire)
    What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about his planned spending review. (159648 )

    15 Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish)
    What support his Department provides for veterans' travel. (159649)

    16 Dr Thérèse Coffey (Suffolk Coastal)
    What estimate he has made of the minimum number of submarines required to maintain a continuous-at-sea nuclear deterrent. (159650)

    17 John Howell (Henley)
    What assessment he has made of the potential effect that a reduced number of nuclear-armed submarines would have on the UK's ability to maintain a continuous-at-sea deterrent. (159651)

    18 Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering)
    How many destroyers the Royal Navy has on deployment at sea at any one time; and what the equivalent figure was in (a) 2003 and (b) 1993. (159652)

    19 John Pugh (Southport)
    In which RAF bases asbestos contamination is a health issue. (159653)

    20 Thomas Docherty (Dunfermline and West Fife)
    What recent assessment he has made of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter development programme. (159654)

    21 Peter Aldous (Waveney)
    What progress his Department has made in reducing the UK's military base footprint in Afghanistan. (159655)

    22 Stephen Phillips (Sleaford and North Hykeham)
    What recent progress his Department has made in improving the quality of service housing. (159656)

    23 Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East)
    What assessment he has made of the British Army's stabilisation activities in Helmand; and if he will make a statement. (159657)

    24 Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire)
    What assessment he has made of current clothing procurement for members of the armed forces. (159658 )

    25 Alex Cunningham (Stockton North)
    What recent representations he has received on his Department's compensation policy; and if he will make a statement. (159659)

    Please note - it may not be possible for all questions to be asked in the time allocated. If questions are similar, the Minister will group them together and answer them collectively.

    At 3.15pm: Topical Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence

    T1 Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay)
    If he will make a statement on his Departmental responsibilities. (159660)
    T2 Neil Carmichael (Stroud) (159661)
    T3 Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire) (159662)
    T4 Jason McCartney (Colne Valley) (159663)
    T5 Jeremy Lefroy (Stafford) (159664)
    T6 Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) (159665)
    T7 Simon Hughes (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) (159666)
    T8 Peter Aldous (Waveney) (159667)
    T9 Alex Cunningham (Stockton North) (159668 )
    T10 Henry Smith (Crawley) (159669)

    Topical questions will last for 15 minutes. During the 'topical questions' slot, MPs can ask supplementary questions on any subject relating to the department's responsibilities.

    Transcripts of proceedings in the House of Commons Chamber are available three hours after they happen in Today's Commons debates - UK Parliament

    Which questions being asked today are you most interested in hearing the response to?
  2. Without being negative, may I ask when was this originally proposed? as it's rather short notice..
  3. DOT

    DOT Old-Salt SME

    Hi beemer007 - the questions to Ministers are tabled (handed in) by MPs 3 days in advance of Question Time, they are then drawn at random and allocated - DOT received the list of questions on Friday.

    The timetables of when Ministers will be questioned is know a month or two in advance through the Order of Oral Questions which can be found here: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-table-office/order-of-oral-questions1.pdf

    Hope that answers your question?

    DOT is happy for any feedback so postings of events of interest could be scheduled to take place a few days before the event (where possible) if this would be useful to members?
  4. 18 Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering)
    How many destroyers the Royal Navy has on deployment at sea at any one time; and what the equivalent figure was in (a) 2003 and (b) 1993. (159652)

    Speaking with Capt. Guy RN (Captain Surface Ships) in November I believe the quoted was that we have now got 19 ships (Frigates and Destroyers), doing the job of what should be 24,going through in a circle facing a mix of OP Kipion, the RFTG and APT(S). At current standing a ship can be deployed, return to the UK and not expect to be deployed untill a minimum of atleast 12 months, but during these 12 months, they will still be taking part in UK war games (Joint Warrior, playing enemie for the Submarine Command Course- Perisher, etc), equipment tests at sea (weaponery, aviation facilities, radar and sonar systems), work-up for deployment (BOST, DCT) We may be classed as being non-deployed but we're also not getting any harmony time as the workload of the ships is so high. The men and women are getting tired and the ships are being run ragged and material states are degrading as there's not enough time in Ships maintainence periods- 6 weeks in a year, is just not enough.
  5. Without a doubt it has to be No 25 for me. As someone who has written to the PM & MoD over the compensation schemes and receiving nothing but platitudes, misdirection and lies in return I'd love to see a public lie in the House of Commons by a serving minister!

    I'm pretty sure my MP (SNP) will be all over it like a rash.
  6. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    Sad to say, EScotia, but they are highly unlikley to reach No. 25. They may, just possibly, reach 20, as Bercow pushes them forward, but 25 is virtually impossible.

    This is a very useful posting by the DOT - thanks ,well, done, and keep it up!
  7. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    It sounds like Mr Hollobone is either asking a planted question to enable the minister to say that the deployment times are the same or he has been badly briefed on how to phrase the question.
  8. Deployment times haven't changed, they're still between 6-8 months for surface ships, it's what we're doing between deployments.

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  9. DOT

    DOT Old-Salt SME

    Thank you OldSnowy!

    To EScotia - if they do not get a chance to ask question 25 during Question Time itself, the MP will receive a written response to his question on the same day. The written response should also be available in Hansard.

    The main difference in getting a written response rather than being able to ask a question in the Chamber is that the MP is then not entitled to ask a second supplementary question. Supplementary questions must be on the same topic of the original question but as they are unknown to the Minister before being asked they can be used by MPs to catch Ministers unaware.
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  10. DOT

    DOT Old-Salt SME

    Neither questions 18 or 25 were reached inside the Chamber yesterday so both received written answers from the Secretary of State for Defence. They are included below:

    What do you think of the responses?

    To read the full transcript of the oral questions please see House of Commons Hansard Debates for 17 Jun 2013 (pt 0001)

    To read the written answers please see House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 17 Jun 2013 (pt 0002)
  11. I'd like to ask him what happened to compo sausages....and why are there no coco pops in the mess?
  12. In relation to Q25, I think The Rt Hon Mark Francois MP has swallowed the Civil Servants guide on how to avoid giving an answer that could potentially leave him wide open to embarrassment.

    Note he stated he has only engaged with organisations and MP's. Complaints, questions and suggestions for amendments to both compensation schemes from individuals are obviously below him and his aides leaving one to believe those of us disadvantaged by either or both of the schemes (and there are many who really benefit from them) and able to speak for themselves without going through third parties don't count!
  13. I don't think much of that one. It may be factually correct, but it is meaningless and it isn't an answer to the question that was asked. Robathan is not a stupid man, perhaps he thinks the electorate are.
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  14. Its an answer to the question. The problem is that the question is piss poor: "at any one time" is a meaningless cliche. Something like "over the previous 12 months" or "over FY 2012/13" would have got a far more meaningful answer
  15. Seeing as we only have the six destroyers also- it may have been a better question to ask about the frigates also, or maybe any ship bigger than a mine hunter!

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