To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many US Coast Guards (SIC) are currently serving in the Royal Navy in a permanent position.
There are currently 14 US Coast Guards (SIC) serving in the Royal Navy, with a further five undergoing training. An additional two US Coast Guards (SIC) are providing the personnel management support for these individuals.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many press and public relations staff are employed by (a) his Department, (b) the Defence Electronics and Components Agency, (c) the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, (d) the UK Hydrographic Office, (e) the National Army Museum, (f) the National Museum of the Royal Navy, (g) the Royal Air Force Museum, (h) the Single Source Regulations Office and (i) the Oil and Pipelines Agency; how many of these employees earn more than (i) £50,000 and (ii) £100,000; and what the total expenditure was on press and public relations by each of those organisations in the most recent year for which figures are available.
The following table outlines the number of civilian and military press and public relations staff posts in Defence (including vacant posts) and press and public relations expenditure in the financial year 2014-15. This expenditure includes £30 million for Armed Forces advertising and marketing – the vast majority of which is advertising and marketing in direct support of Armed Forces recruitment campaigns. It also includes £12 million for staff costs.
Annual salaries are dependent upon grade/rank. Of those in press and public relations staff posts, there are:
No civil servants or military personnel with salaries of more than £100,000.
10 civil servants with salaries of more than £50,000.
24 military personnel with salaries of more than £50,000.
|Department/Agency||Press and Public Relations Staff Posts||Salary £50,000 and above||Salary £100,000 and above||Press and Public Relations Expenditure Financial Year (FY)2014-15 (£000)|
|Ministry of Defence||49||9 Civilian 3 Military||0||5,772|
|Armed Forces (Royal Navy, Army, RAF and Joint Forces Command)||122||0 Civilian 21 Military||0||41,437 (Including advertising and marketing for Armed Forces recruitment campaigns)|
|Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA)||0||0||0||N/A|
|Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)||2||1 Civilian||0||76|
|United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO)||3||0||0||1,436|
|National Army Museum||4||0||0||550|
|National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN)||1||0||0||339|
|Royal Air Force Museum (RAF Museum)||2||0||0||429|
|Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO)||0||0||0||0|
|The Oil and Pipelines Agency (OPA)||0||0||0||0|
 All figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000, therefore the total may not be equal to the sum of rounded values.
 Including Directorate of Defence Communications, Defence Business Services, Ministry of Defence Police, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, and Defence Equipment and Support.
 DECA was formed on 1 April 2015 as a Trading Agency following the Sale of the Defence Support Group therefore separate communications outturn for FY2014-15 is not available.
 This figure includes £30 million for Armed Forces advertising and marketing – the vast majority of which is advertising and marketing in direct support of Armed Forces recruitment campaigns. It also includes £12million for staff costs.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has sent a letter of request to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency for the purchase of P-8 Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
Mr Philip Dunne
The Ministry of Defence can confirm that a letter of request has been sent to the appropriate United States authorities for the procurement of the P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft and its associated support systems.
21229 – Maritime Patrol Aircraft (Answered)