Thursday, November 12, 2015

RN Parliamentary Questions Answered

13190 – Navy (Answered)

Sir Nicholas Soames

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the Royal Navy’s (a) branches, (b) specialisations and (c) sub-specialisations.

Mark Lancaster

The Naval Service’s current branches, specialisations and sub-specialisations, extracted from the Joint Personnel Administration System, are attached

13124 – Type 26 Frigates (Answered)

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Maria Eagle
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to maximise the role that UK suppliers can play in the development of the Type 26 program.

Mr Philip Dunne

In February 2015 the Government signed a £859 million Demonstration Phase contract for the Type 26 (T26) Global Combat Ship. Around 1,700 jobs in the UK will be sustained as a result with 600 of those jobs safeguarded in Scotland where T26 will be built.

The majority of sub-contractors to the T26 Global Combat Ship programme are selected by BAES through competition.

The use of competition remains the cornerstone of defence procurement and this approach has been successful in driving efficiency into the UK defence industry. UK suppliers have had an equal opportunity to bid for work on the T26 programme with selections based on cost and the ability of suppliers to meet the schedule and performance requirements.

To date BAES has placed eight design development agreements (DDAs) and six design and manufacture contracts with UK based companies. These are shown in the table below:

Design Development Agreements – UK based companies only

Company                    Equipment supplying             Location
Cathelco                   Hull preservation                   Chesterfield
L3                           Platform management system   Bristol
Marine Systems Technology Ltd Doors, scuttles and hatches, X-Y crane Middlewich
Rolls Royce          Steering Gear System                  Derby
Rolls Royce          Stabilisers                                   Dunfermline
Salt Separations Ltd Reverse osmosis plant           Rochdale
TOD                         Sonar dome                           Weymouth
Tyco Fire & Integrated Solutions Fixed fire fighting system Reading

Design & Manufacture Contracts – UK based companies only

Company Equipment supplying Location
Babcock Air weapons handling system Leicester
BAE Systems Meteorological and oceanic (METOC) sensors UK Dorchester
David Brown Gear Systems Propulsion gearbox Huddersfield
GE Energy Electronic integration test facility, Propulsion motor and drive system Warwickshire
Rohde and Schwarz UK Ltd Communications Fleet
Rolls Royce Gas Turbines Derby
We anticipate that more UK based sub-contracts will be appointed as the programme progresses.

13200 – Navy: Labour Turnover (Answered)

Sir Nicholas Soames

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the expected personnel (a) inflow and (b) outflow in each (i) rank and (ii) branch specialisation and arm in the Royal Navy over the next 10 years.

Mark Lancaster

The information requested for the Naval Service is provided in the tables attached.

Notes:

No estimates are provided for ranks greater than Commodore as they are not modelled.

Inflow tables represent Gains to Trained Strength figures.

Outflow tables represent flows from the Naval Service to civil life.

All totals are rounded in accordance with the Defence Statistics rounding policy; therefore totals may not equal the sum of their parts. All numbers are rounded to the nearest 10 with numbers ending in 5 rounded to the multiple of 20 to avoid bias. Numbers that would be rounded to 0 are represented by ‘~’.

13200 – Royal Navy stats on inflow and outflow (Excel SpreadSheet) 

13187 – Navy (Answered)

Sir Nicholas Soames

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the Naval Service Operational Pinch Point Groups for (a) each quarter of each financial year from 2005-06 to 2014-15 and (b) the first two quarters of 2015-16.

Mark Lancaster

Prior to 2015, Naval Service Operational Pinch Point Groups were not recorded quarterly. However, Pinch Points as at 1 April of each year are published in the Ministry of Defence (MOD)Annual Report and Accounts which are available in The Library of the House. Please note, an MOD Annual Report for 2009-10 was consolidated into the MOD Departmental Resource Accounts 2009-10.

The number of Naval Service Operational Pinch Points in July 2015 and October 2015 are as shown in the following table.

1 Apr-1 Jul 2015                                                    

  • Nuclear Watchkeepers Petty Officer-Warrant Officer1
  • Strategic Weapon Systems Engineers Leading Hand-Warrant Officer1
  • Tactical Weapon Systems Engineers Petty Officer-Chief Petty Officer
  • Marine Engineer General Service Petty Officer
  • Weapon Engineer General Service Petty Officer
  • Seaman specialist Able Seaman
  • Mine Warfare Leading Hand-Petty Officer
  • Medical Technician (Operating Department Practitioner) Leading Hand-Chief Petty Officer
  • Medical Assistant (Submarines) Senior Rates
  • Hydrographic Services Leading Hand
  • Underwater Warfare specialist Able Seaman-Petty Officer
  • Submarine Coxswain Chief Petty Officer
  • Submarine Sonar specialist (SSM) Able Seaman
  • Above Water Warfare specialist Leading Hand
  • Above Water Tactical specialist Leading Hand
  • Marine Engineer General Service Chief Petty Officer
  • Chef Able Seaman-Leading Hand
  • Marine Engineer General Service Leading Hand
  • Weapon Engineer General Service Leading Hand
  • Weapon Engineer Officer (Submarines) Lieutenant


1 Oct 2015

  • Nuclear Watchkeepers Petty Officer-Warrant Officer1
  • Strategic Weapon Systems Engineers Leading Hand-Warrant Officer1
  • Tactical Weapon Systems Engineers Petty Officer-Chief Petty Officer
  • Marine Engineer General Service Petty Officer
  • Weapon Engineer General Service Petty Officer
  • Seaman specialist Able Seaman
  • Mine Warfare Leading Hand-Petty Officer
  • Medical Technician (Operating Department Practitioner) Leading Hand-Chief Petty Officer
  • Medical Assistant (Submarines) Senior Rates
  • Hydrographic Services Leading Hand
  • Underwater Warfare specialist Able Seaman-Petty Officer
  • Submarine Coxswain Chief Petty Officer
  • Submarine Sonar specialist (SSM) Able Seaman
  • Above Water Warfare specialist Leading Hand
  • Above Water Tactical specialist Leading Hand
  • Marine Engineer General Service Chief Petty Officer
  • Chef Able Seaman-Leading Hand
  • Marine Engineer General Service Leading Hand
  • Weapon Engineer General Service Leading Hand
  • Weapon Engineer Officer (Submarines) Lieutenant
  • Submarine Tactical specialist (TSM) Petty Officer-Chief Petty Officer



13189 – Navy (Answered)

Sir Nicholas Soames

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of Royal Navy (a) officers and (b) ratings in each branch, specialisation and arm were unavailable to be deployed in each year from 2005-06 to 2014-15.

Mark Lancaster

The information is not held in the format requested. However, the number and proportion of Naval Service officers and ratings in each branch who were categorised as non-deployable as at April of each year from 2010 is provided below. Information is not available prior to 2010.

All totals are rounded in accordance with the Defence Statistics rounding policy.

Branch                2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Officer Engineer 10 20 20 20 30 30
                  1% 1% 1% 1% 2% 2%
          Logistics 10 10 10 ~ 10 10
                  2% 1% 3% 1% 2% 2%
          Medical 10 10 10 10 20 10
                  1% 2% 2% 3% 4% 3%
  Royal Marines ~ 10 10 10 10 20
                  1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 2%
          Warfare 30 30 20 30 30 30
                  1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
Rating Engineer 300 320 280 350 270 280
                  1% 3% 3% 4% 3% 2%
          Logistics 170 170 160 170 100 110
                  2% 5% 6% 6% 4% 5%
           Medical 50 50 30 40 30 40
                  1% 6% 4% 5% 4% 5%
     Royal Marines 280 260 320 260 160 150
                  1% 4% 5% 4% 2% 2%
        Warfare 260 290 280 290 150 150
                  4% 4% 4% 5% 3% 3%
All numbers are rounded to the nearest 5 with numbers that would be round to 0 represented by ‘~’.

14014 – RFA Tidespring (Answered)

Douglas Chapman

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department was of the recent visit to the MFA Tidespring by Lady Boyce; and whether his Department plans for Lady Boyce to make further such visits.

Mr Philip Dunne

The cost to the Ministry of Defence of Lady Boyce attending the naming ceremony of RFA Tidespring was £5,418. This includes the cost of transfer to the airport from Lady Boyce’s home and the flights of Lord and Lady Boyce to the Republic of Korea (ROK).
Costs of accommodation and transfers within the ROK were funded separately under the contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). The costs of the naming ceremonies arising under the contract are not separately identified.
There are no plans to invite Lady Boyce to act as the Lady Sponsor for the remaining three ships in the class. Lady Boyce will, however, be invited to attend the planned events scheduled for when the ships arrive in the UK.


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