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star this property date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
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star this property hansard heading Colombia more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department had with the Colombian government on human rights in that country before it took the decision to provide military assistance in that country. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
star this property answer text <p>Military assistance in Colombia has been provided over many years and the issue of human rights is closely examined before any military assistance to Colombia is approved. The UK has provided expertise and advice to the Colombian Armed Forces on the subjects of international humanitarian law and human rights during military operations at a number of seminars and conferences.<br><br>My right hon. Friend the previous Foreign Secretary (William Hague) raised the issue of human rights with President Santos and Defence Minister Pinzon in February. He welcomed the Colombian Government’s commitment to zero tolerance of human rights abuses and underlined the importance of taking action on threats to human rights defenders and trade unionists. My right hon. Friend the Minister for Latin America Affairs, (Hugo Swire) also raised human rights with the Colombian Government during his visit to Colombia in June.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rayleigh and Wickford more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Francois more like this
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less than 2014-10-28T16:58:27.8201157Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T16:58:27.8201157Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Francois more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-12-05more like thismore than 2018-12-05
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
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star this property hansard heading Army: Suicide more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to tackle the matter of soldiers taking their own life (a) during and (b) after active service. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 199402 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-11more like thismore than 2018-12-11
star this property answer text <p>Every study conducted by the Ministry of Defence has found that the risk of suicide amongst the Armed Forces community, including veterans of the 1982 Falkland and 1990-91 Gulf conflicts, is lower than amongst the general population.</p><p>A considerable amount of work has already been undertaken to improve the mental health of Service personnel and to prevent suicide and suicide risk. This includes tackling stigma through education and providing easily accessible, rapid and flexible access to mental health support and healthcare services. Armed Forces personnel undergo &quot;through life&quot; psychological resilience training which enables them to recognise and manage stress in themselves and in their colleagues and actively encourages them to seek help at an early stage.</p><p>However, we continue to look at what more can done. This includes a focused review by the Defence Safety Authority of suicide in Service personnel to identify additional measures for preventing suicide. The review was published on 9 November 2018 by the Defence Safety Authority and work to take forward the recommendations has commenced.</p><p>We have less influence on individuals' behaviour once they are discharged from the Armed Forces, as their mental healthcare becomes the responsibility of the National Health Service in the UK. There are many factors that can result in suicide such as relationship breakdown, debt and employment concerns, not only service in the Armed Forces.</p><p>However, we are not complacent. Any suicide is one too many and a tragedy for the individual, their family, friends and colleagues.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2018-12-11T16:15:29.5Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-11T16:15:29.5Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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1023956
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star this property date less than 2018-12-12more like thismore than 2018-12-12
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
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star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Recruitment more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent steps he is taking to encourage people from all ethnic groups to join the armed forces. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 201648 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-20more like thismore than 2018-12-20
star this property answer text <p>The Defence Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, published in October, is based on achieving a vision that reflects our recognition that the recruitment, and inclusion of individuals with diverse skills, perspectives and backgrounds will bring real strength to Defence and wider society.</p><p>The Armed Forces are working towards a target of 10 per cent of recruits to come from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds by 2020.</p><p>Work to increase representation from minority ethnic groups includes better understanding and greater engagement with these communities, reviewing recruitment processes; and better targeted marketing and communications towards potential applicants.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2018-12-20T15:28:56.91Zmore like thismore than 2018-12-20T15:28:56.91Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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106252
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star this property date less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
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star this property hansard heading Navy more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to encourage school and college students to become submariners. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 213349 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-10more like thismore than 2014-11-10
star this property answer text <p>When invited, the Armed Forces visit schools or colleges to support the school curriculum; to improve the awareness of their role and the range of career opportunities across the Armed Forces, including those unique to the Submarine Service such as nuclear engineering, and to pass on valuable skills such as leadership, teamwork and citizenship. In addition, the Royal Navy has established affiliations with four University Technical Colleges specialising in engineering and technical subjects. Under these affiliations, and it is hoped that more will follow, the Royal Navy will provide engineering expertise to assist with student projects and provide key note speakers.</p><p>Information on the Armed Forces in Britain and abroad, including their role, history, current operations and what it is like to work as part of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, is also available to schools and colleges through the British Armed Forces Learning Resource 2014.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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less than 2014-11-10T17:29:07.819872Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-10T17:29:07.819872Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-21more like thismore than 2019-02-21
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
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star this property hansard heading Army: Health more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to reduce the proportion of army personnel that cannot be sent overseas due to medical reasons. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-28more like thismore than 2019-02-28
star this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 12 February 2019 to Question 216134 to the hon. Member for Romford (Mr Andrew Rosindell).</p><p>For the Army, the health and wellbeing of personnel is a priority. A range of initiatives and policies are continuously being developed and implemented to address the conditions which most frequently cause medical downgrades.</p><p>The introduction earlier this year of new Physical Employment Standards for Ground Close Combat (GCC) roles followed evidence from research as part of a five-year programme that aims to reduce musculo-skeletal injury and optimise operational effectiveness. Work is now under way to develop the most suitable standards for non-GCC roles.</p><p>Additionally, there are a number of initiatives that aim to provide long-term support to address poor lifestyle choices and weight management issues, which we recognise as an issue for modern society. For example, some units are trialling a Healthy Living programme, using wearable technology linked to an online application which aims to instil a personal responsibility culture for soldiers to maintain their fitness.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2019-02-28T15:53:57.4Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-28T15:53:57.4Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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star this property file name 216134_Armed_Forces_Health.docx more like this
star this property title 216134 - Armed Forces; Health more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-25more like thismore than 2019-02-25
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
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star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Drugs more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many drug tests have been administered in the (a) Royal Air Force and (b) Royal Navy in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 225504 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-04more like thismore than 2019-03-04
star this property answer text <p>The numbers provided in the table below relate to the number of drug tests administered each calendar year.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td rowspan="2"><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Number of drug tests administered each year in</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Royal Air Force</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Royal Navy*</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2014</strong></p></td><td><p>12,618</p></td><td><p>13,082</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2015</strong></p></td><td><p>12,450</p></td><td><p>13,556</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2016</strong></p></td><td><p>14,061</p></td><td><p>12,846</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2017</strong></p></td><td><p>20,662</p></td><td><p>15,689</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2018</strong></p></td><td><p>27,199</p></td><td><p>24,032</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>*These figures are for the Naval Service which consists of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Although the selection of personnel for compulsory drug tests is primarily random, a small percentage of personnel are repeatedly selected for testing. Consequently, the number of personnel tested each year does not directly correlate to the number of drug tests completed.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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less than 2019-03-04T16:39:13.91Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-04T16:39:13.91Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
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star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Weather more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what cold weather equipment his Department provides to soldiers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 230729 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-18more like thismore than 2019-03-18
star this property answer text <p>Whether on deployment or exercise, soldiers are supplied with the right equipment for the operational climate. On joining the Army, all soldiers are provided with clothing designed to protect them from all climate conditions experienced in the UK and Western Europe. Soldiers who subsequently deploy to colder climates, such as Estonia, are provided with additional items such as face masks, hats, gloves, cold weather boots, undershirts, thermal jackets and trousers and socks all specifically designed to protect them from the effects of temperatures they will experience.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Pudsey more like this
star this property answering member printed Stuart Andrew more like this
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less than 2019-03-18T14:57:54.68Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-18T14:57:54.68Z
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star this property label Biography information for Stuart Andrew more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-10more like thismore than 2014-11-10
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
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star this property hansard heading Navy more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to promote the Royal Navy as a career to pupils studying STEM subjects in further education. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 214148 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-20more like thismore than 2014-11-20
star this property answer text <p>Royal Navy recruiting staff attend national events promoting technical careers throughout the year. The two most prominent of these are 'Big Bang' UK Scientists and Engineers Fairs, and Skills and WorldSkills events. In addition, the Royal Navy encourages all Engineer Officers to enrol in the STEMNET Ambassadors scheme, the purpose of which is to match serving personnel with the STEM needs of local education establishments.</p><p>The Royal Navy is also strongly committed to the University Technical College programme; this scheme is technically focussed, offering a blend of education and vocational qualifications related to STEM areas.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Ludlow more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Philip Dunne more like this
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less than 2014-11-20T16:59:27.243Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-20T16:59:27.243Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Philip Dunne more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-10more like thismore than 2014-11-10
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
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star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Recruitment more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to recruit more women and ethnic minorities to the armed forces. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 214165 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-20more like thismore than 2014-11-20
star this property answer text <p>The Ministry Of Defence is committed to creating a diverse workforce which better represents the society that we defend. The Armed Forces recruitment campaigns are specifically designed to appeal to a full target audience, including women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.</p><p>In addition to those recruitment campaigns, we recently established the Defence Diversity and Inclusion Programme to increase the diversity of the workforce, both military and civilian. We are currently devising the means by which our goals will be achieved. A key element of that programme relates specifically to recruitment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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less than 2014-11-20T17:01:25.01Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-20T17:01:25.01Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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167446
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star this property date less than 2014-12-02more like thismore than 2014-12-02
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
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star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Females more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that women soldiers are trained for front-line service. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 216753 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-09more like thismore than 2014-12-09
star this property answer text <p>Women in the Armed Forces already serve on the front line, having taken on an increasingly broad range of roles since the early 1990s.</p><p>As the hon. Member will be aware, a review into the possibility of women serving in ground close combat roles is in progress.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rayleigh and Wickford more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Francois more like this
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less than 2014-12-09T17:27:31.817Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-09T17:27:31.817Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Francois more like this
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