Wednesday, January 13, 2016

RN Parliamentary Questions Answered

20837 – Navy: US Coast Guard (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne

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.

Penny Mordaunt

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.



20602 – Ministry of Defence: Information Officers (Answered)

Diana Johnson

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.
Mark Lancaster
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/AgencyPress and Public Relations Staff PostsSalary £50,000 and aboveSalary £100,000 and abovePress and Public Relations Expenditure Financial Year (FY)2014-15 (£000)[1]
Ministry of Defence[2]499 Civilian 3 Military05,772
Armed Forces (Royal Navy, Army, RAF and Joint Forces Command)1220 Civilian 21 Military041,437 (Including advertising and marketing for Armed Forces recruitment campaigns)
Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA)000N/A[3]
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)21 Civilian076
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO)3001,436
National Army Museum400550
National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN)100339
Royal Air Force Museum (RAF Museum)200429
Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO)0000
The Oil and Pipelines Agency (OPA)0000
Total18334050,038[4]
[1] All figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000, therefore the total may not be equal to the sum of rounded values.
[2] Including Directorate of Defence Communications, Defence Business Services, Ministry of Defence Police, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, and Defence Equipment and Support.
[3] 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.
[4] 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.

21228 – Maritime Patrol Aircraft (Answered)


MOD

Douglas Chapman

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)


P8A Poseidon
MOD

Douglas Chapman

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to lease US Air Force Poseidon P-8 aircraft prior to the entry into service of the UK P-8 aircraft in 2019-20.

Mr Philip Dunne

There are currently no plans to lease P-8 aircraft.


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