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unstar this property answer text <p>No financial mitigation payments have yet been made to Ministry of Defence personnel resident in Scotland in relation to higher rates of Scottish income tax. Mitigation payments for Tax Year 2018-19 will be made in June 2019 to those with taxable earnings of £27,200 or more. Mitigation payments for Tax Year 2019-20 will be made in June 2020 to those with taxable earnings of £28,193 or more. It is estimated that up to 8,000 payments will be made in June 2019 and up to 7,000 payments in June 2020.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Deidre Brock more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Having searched through our records, there is no evidence of non-disclosure agreements being entered into by the Ministry of Defence in respect of a personnel matter relating to a Minister in each of the last five years.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Brendan O'Hara more like this
1109366
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unstar this property answer text <p>The video circulating on social media is deeply troubling. This behaviour is far from the high standards we usually see and expect of the Army at any time</p><p> </p><p>The Army has quick to launch a full investigation by the Royal Military Police. The findings of this investigation will inform next steps and appropriate action will be taken.</p><p> </p><p>The Defence Operational Shooting Policy specifies which types of targets are to be used during live fire training. At no time on any live firing activities are Service personnel encouraged to use images of public figures as targets.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1109378
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unstar this property answer text <p>The video circulating on social media is deeply troubling. This behaviour is far from the high standards we usually see and expect of the Army at any time</p><p> </p><p>The Army has quick to launch a full investigation by the Royal Military Police. The findings of this investigation will inform next steps and appropriate action will be taken.</p><p> </p><p>The Defence Operational Shooting Policy specifies which types of targets are to be used during live fire training. At no time on any live firing activities are Service personnel encouraged to use images of public figures as targets.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Catherine West more like this
1109433
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unstar this property answer text <p>The video circulating on social media is deeply troubling. This behaviour is far from the high standards we usually see and expect of the Army at any time</p><p> </p><p>The Army has quick to launch a full investigation by the Royal Military Police. The findings of this investigation will inform next steps and appropriate action will be taken.</p><p> </p><p>The Defence Operational Shooting Policy specifies which types of targets are to be used during live fire training. At no time on any live firing activities are Service personnel encouraged to use images of public figures as targets.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jo Stevens more like this
1109492
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unstar this property answer text <p>The video circulating on social media is deeply troubling. This behaviour is far from the high standards we usually see and expect of the Army at any time</p><p> </p><p>The Army has quick to launch a full investigation by the Royal Military Police. The findings of this investigation will inform next steps and appropriate action will be taken.</p><p> </p><p>The Defence Operational Shooting Policy specifies which types of targets are to be used during live fire training. At no time on any live firing activities are Service personnel encouraged to use images of public figures as targets.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ms Lyn Brown more like this
1109254
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is wholly supportive of the Veterans' Gateway, which provides a one-stop service to better support the veterans' community and help in accessing public, private and charitable services in the UK through a free 24/7 telephone number and dedicated website.</p><p>A £2 million grant from the MOD's Covenant Fund was awarded to the Consortium, which is led by the Royal British Legion, to fund the set up and running costs for the first two years. The MOD has subsequently provided an additional £250,000 to fund core Veterans' Gateway activities, and a further £108,000 to enable a six-month outreach trial.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Julian Knight more like this
1107811
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unstar this property answer text <p>As at 5 March 2019 there were the following numbers of Regular and Reserve physiotherapists by location.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Regular</p></td><td><p>Reserve</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>England</p></td><td><p>92</p></td><td><p>44</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scotland</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>9</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Northern Ireland</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Overseas</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for John Spellar more like this
1107812
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unstar this property answer text <p>As at 5 March 2019 there were the following numbers of Regular and Reserve physiotherapists by location.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Regular</p></td><td><p>Reserve</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>England</p></td><td><p>92</p></td><td><p>44</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scotland</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p>9</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Northern Ireland</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Overseas</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for John Spellar more like this
1107813
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unstar this property answer text <p>The latest available data from the Joint Medical Group and the Ministry of Defence Human Resources Management System provides the following numbers of civilian physiotherapists by location.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Civilian</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>England</p></td><td><p>207</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scotland</p></td><td><p>21</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Northern Ireland</p></td><td><p>8</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p></td><td><p>10</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Overseas</p></td><td><p>8</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for John Spellar more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>There are a number of roles within the Defence Medical Services, other than physiotherapists, that support the rehabilitation of Service personnel. For the purposes of answering this question, rehabilitation support workers have been taken to mean Exercise Remedial Instructors. Currently there are the following in each location:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>England</p></td><td><p>172</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scotland</p></td><td><p>10</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Northern Ireland</p></td><td><p>4</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p></td><td><p>5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Overseas</p></td><td><p>15</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for John Spellar more like this
1105584
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unstar this property answer text <p>Any records that exist of blood or urine samples taken at the UK atomic weapon tests may be retained in the serviceman's record which if held could be at either the Government's or Ministry of Defence's archive. These medical records are unlikely to be collated in a form related to samples or incidences.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Watson more like this
1105585
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unstar this property answer text <p>Any records that exist of blood or urine samples taken at the UK atomic weapon tests may be retained in the serviceman's record which if held could be at either the Government's or Ministry of Defence's archive. These medical records are unlikely to be collated in a form related to samples or incidences.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Watson more like this
1104477
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence places great importance on the morale of our Armed Forces and we are taking steps to enhance the positive aspects and experiences of Service life. Issues previously identified in the survey have already informed the development of a range of programmes under way across Defence and the single Services including Flexible Service and the Future Accommodation Model.</p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mary Glindon more like this
1104478
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unstar this property answer text <p>Our veterans are honoured and recognised in a number of ways. The publication of the Strategy for our Veterans, the Veterans ID card, the Veterans Badge, Armed Forces Day and events throughout the year, including the D Day 75 commemorations in June, recognise the huge debt we owe to those who have served in HM Armed Forces.</p><p> </p><p>The Armed Forces Covenant is a cross-Government pledge to support the Armed Forces community, including veterans, across all sectors of society.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Charlie Elphicke more like this
1104737
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unstar this property answer text <p>Our policy and processes for dealing with Domestic Abuse are kept under regular review, and have featured in the current review into the Service Justice System.</p><p>We already have an exceptionally robust Domestic Abuse policy. However, we are not complacent and will be considering recommendations about who should deal with cases, how they should be recorded, provision of training and adoption of best practice. The recommendations from the Gateshead Community Safety Board Domestic Homicide Review into the death of Miss Alice Ruggles have a bearing on this, and will, of course, be considered very carefully.</p><p>On the specific questions relating to the current monitoring, reporting and recording of domestic abuse incidents across the three Services, we are still collecting that data, and I will write to the hon. Member with a full response in due course.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Gethins more like this
1104738
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unstar this property answer text <p>Our policy and processes for dealing with Domestic Abuse are kept under regular review, and have featured in the current review into the Service Justice System.</p><p>We already have an exceptionally robust Domestic Abuse policy. However, we are not complacent and will be considering recommendations about who should deal with cases, how they should be recorded, provision of training and adoption of best practice. The recommendations from the Gateshead Community Safety Board Domestic Homicide Review into the death of Miss Alice Ruggles have a bearing on this, and will, of course, be considered very carefully.</p><p>On the specific questions relating to the current monitoring, reporting and recording of domestic abuse incidents across the three Services, we are still collecting that data, and I will write to the hon. Member with a full response in due course.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Gethins more like this
1104739
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unstar this property answer text <p>Our policy and processes for dealing with Domestic Abuse are kept under regular review, and have featured in the current review into the Service Justice System.</p><p>We already have an exceptionally robust Domestic Abuse policy. However, we are not complacent and will be considering recommendations about who should deal with cases, how they should be recorded, provision of training and adoption of best practice. The recommendations from the Gateshead Community Safety Board Domestic Homicide Review into the death of Miss Alice Ruggles have a bearing on this, and will, of course, be considered very carefully.</p><p>On the specific questions relating to the current monitoring, reporting and recording of domestic abuse incidents across the three Services, we are still collecting that data, and I will write to the hon. Member with a full response in due course.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Gethins more like this
1104740
unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Our policy and processes for dealing with Domestic Abuse are kept under regular review, and have featured in the current review into the Service Justice System.</p><p>We already have an exceptionally robust Domestic Abuse policy. However, we are not complacent and will be considering recommendations about who should deal with cases, how they should be recorded, provision of training and adoption of best practice. The recommendations from the Gateshead Community Safety Board Domestic Homicide Review into the death of Miss Alice Ruggles have a bearing on this, and will, of course, be considered very carefully.</p><p>On the specific questions relating to the current monitoring, reporting and recording of domestic abuse incidents across the three Services, we are still collecting that data, and I will write to the hon. Member with a full response in due course.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Gethins more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Our policy and processes for dealing with Domestic Abuse are kept under regular review, and have featured in the current review into the Service Justice System.</p><p>We already have an exceptionally robust Domestic Abuse policy. However, we are not complacent and will be considering recommendations about who should deal with cases, how they should be recorded, provision of training and adoption of best practice. The recommendations from the Gateshead Community Safety Board Domestic Homicide Review into the death of Miss Alice Ruggles have a bearing on this, and will, of course, be considered very carefully.</p><p>On the specific questions relating to the current monitoring, reporting and recording of domestic abuse incidents across the three Services, we are still collecting that data, and I will write to the hon. Member with a full response in due course.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Gethins more like this
1104742
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unstar this property answer text <p>Suspension in the Armed Forces is not a form of punishment. It tends to be related to a role or employment – for example, if an incident occurred as a result of a breach of codes of practice, then an individual may be suspended from that role while the incident is investigated.</p><p> </p><p>Domestic abuse is a very important issue and we treat allegations of domestic abuse very seriously. In July 2018, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) launched its first strategy to tackle domestic abuse within the Armed Forces and defence civilian communities. The strategy builds on existing work by the Armed Forces in this area, such as providing specialist training to welfare staff, and included the launch of a campaign to raise awareness of the issue. The MOD is a member of the cross-Government Violence against Women and Girls working group.</p><p> </p><p>The estimated numbers of Service personnel recorded on the Joint Personnel Administration system (JPA) with a reporting category titled ‘Domestic Abuse’ and awarded a sanction as a result of Major Administrative Action (MAA) are shown in the table below:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Date of Sanction</p></td><td><p>MAA with Sanction Awarded</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>15</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>25</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017</p></td><td><p>30</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018</p></td><td><p>30</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2019 (to date)</p></td><td><p>~</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Source: JPA Discipline (single Service estimates)</p><p> </p><p>Note: figures are rounded to the nearest 5. “~” indicates a figure less than 5.</p><p> </p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Gethins more like this
1104743
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unstar this property answer text <p>Domestic abuse is a very important issue and we treat allegations of domestic abuse very seriously. Where an allegation of domestic abuse is made to the Service police and they retain jurisdiction, they will investigate the matter fully; or, if an allegation is being investigated by the Civil police, the Service police will provide assistance as required.</p><p> </p><p>The following table provides details of the number of Service personnel prosecuted for domestic abuse by the Service Prosecuting Authority at a Court Martial:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>Numbers of Service personnel prosecuted for domestic abuse at Court Martial</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018</p></td><td><p>12*</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017</p></td><td><p>16</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>19</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>20</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>36</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong>Notes:</strong></p><p>Of the 12 cases in 2018, five cases directed for Court Martial are still awaiting trial.</p><p> </p><p>Figures do not include cases prosecuted by other authorities, for example the Crown Prosecution Service, <em>Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland, </em>the Procurator Fiscal or overseas authorities. Figures also do not include cases which may involve minor violence in a domestic setting which were dealt with at a Summary Hearing.</p><p> </p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Gethins more like this
1093436
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence takes the security of its personnel and establishments very seriously. Cybersecurity is included in induction training for all personnel and messages are regularly repeated, including through annual general security briefs, by direct promulgation of cybersecurity awareness material and through continuously available awareness material. We do not comment publicly on specific security arrangements or procedures.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jo Platt more like this
1093504
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unstar this property answer text <p>As announced in summer 2018, the RAF intends to close RAF Scampton, the home of the Red Arrows by 2022, as part of wider Defence Estate rationalisation. The MOD are currently undertaking a number of feasibility studies in relation to the Red Arrows basing, the outcome of which will be announced to Parliament in due course.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Karen Lee more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The remaining costs of the services provided by the Ministry of Defence Police at RAF bases in the UK that are made available to the United States Visiting Forces are met from the Defence budget. It is the responsibility of the Host Nation to provide and fund the appropriate level of external security at these locations. The financial principles and arrangements for cost recovery that relate to the deployment of the Ministry of Defence Police are set out in a Memorandum of Arrangement between the Ministry of Defence and the United States Air Force.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alex Sobel more like this
1092110
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unstar this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for the Armed Forces (Mark Lancaster) on 28 February 2019 to Question 224816 to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Heidi Allen).</p><p>https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2019-02-22/224816/</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
1092250
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unstar this property answer text <p>Work is ongoing to establish what impact the delayed closure of Fulwood Barracks may have on the timescales of relocating of HQ North West to Weeton Barracks. We will provide further updates as plans develop.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mark Menzies more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Royal Air Force intends to cease use of RAF Linton-on-Ouse in 2020, as announced in summer 2018. The Ministry of Defence is currently considering options for other Defence uses for the site before a final decision is made on disposal. Any decision to dispose of RAF Linton-on-Ouse will be announced in Parliament in due course.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nia Griffith more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Defence Fire and Rescue Project remains subject to a legal challenge and it would be inappropriate for me to comment further. However, the Department is satisfied that all relevant documents will be disclosed.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nia Griffith more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence has delivered a 35% reduction in our civilian workforce since 2010, and remains committed to improving its efficiency while delivering the capabilities our Armed Forces need. As part of our new approach to transformation, we are re-examining how to utilise the talents of our entire workforce more effectively. This will have implications for the size and shape of our future workforce, which we will work through in detail. The outcomes of that work will supersede the civilian workforce assumptions made in Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nia Griffith more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence currently has seven applications for the Legion d'Honneur that will be sent to the French authorities shortly. There are 14 Legion d'Honneur cases for which we are seeking clarification from the applicants. There are currently 68 cases for the award being processed by the French authorities.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Emily Thornberry more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The RAF decision to conduct all Basic Fast Jet training at RAF Valley and to cease use of RAF Linton-on-Ouse, as part of wider Defence Estate rationalisation, will result in around 35 additional training sorties a day on the new Texan aircraft at RAF Valley.</p><p>None of the closures of the remaining RAF bases due to take place in the next three years will result in additional training flights at RAF Valley.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jonathan Edwards more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>There are currently four employees on secondment/loan from the Ministry of Defence to the Department for Exiting the European Union.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Kevan Jones more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>No compensation has been paid to Service personnel due to poor housing conditions. The Ministry of Defence only allocates properties that meet the Decent Homes Standard as a minimum condition. In April 2017, a compensation scheme was introduced to provide recompense to Service families in two key areas – missed maintenance appointments and significant defects encountered at Move-In to a new property. Details of these payments are given below.</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>2017-18</strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>2018-19</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>Value</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>No of Claims</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Value</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>No of Claims</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Missed Maintenance appointments</p></td><td><p>£102,920</p></td><td><p>3,058</p></td><td><p>£99,570</p></td><td><p>2,926</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Significant Defects at Move-In</p></td><td><p>£18,480</p></td><td><p>232</p></td><td><p>£9,300</p></td><td><p>121</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Kevan Jones more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The correct terminology is &quot;consolatory&quot; awards or payments, which are made in accordance with pan-Government Principles for Managing Public Money. The value of compensation/consolatory payments are determined by reference, as appropriate, to external benchmarks such as the Vento Scale (as used by the Employment Tribunal Service), and informed by legal advice.</p><p>The Army Service Complaints Secretary, of OF5/Colonel rank, holds delegated authority to make consolatory payments of up to £500 and is empowered to delegate such authority to all Decision and Appeal Bodies. The minimum Army rank for appointment to Decision and Appeal Bodies is OF4/Lieutenant Colonel.</p><p>The Naval Service Complaints Secretary has a delegated financial authority to make consolatory payments of up to £1,000 with any above that level requiring approval by the Deputy Finance Director. Governance requires that at any compensation level, advice is taken through Navy Command Finance if this payment would be regarded as novel or contentious.</p><p>The RAF Service Complaints Team has delegated authority to make consolatory payments of up to £500 with any above that level requiring approval by Air Director Resources.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Madeleine Moon more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The correct terminology is &quot;consolatory&quot; awards or payments, which are made in accordance with pan-Government Principles for Managing Public Money. The value of compensation/consolatory payments are determined by reference, as appropriate, to external benchmarks such as the Vento Scale (as used by the Employment Tribunal Service), and informed by legal advice.</p><p>The Army Service Complaints Secretary, of OF5/Colonel rank, holds delegated authority to make consolatory payments of up to £500 and is empowered to delegate such authority to all Decision and Appeal Bodies. The minimum Army rank for appointment to Decision and Appeal Bodies is OF4/Lieutenant Colonel.</p><p>The Naval Service Complaints Secretary has a delegated financial authority to make consolatory payments of up to £1,000 with any above that level requiring approval by the Deputy Finance Director. Governance requires that at any compensation level, advice is taken through Navy Command Finance if this payment would be regarded as novel or contentious.</p><p>The RAF Service Complaints Team has delegated authority to make consolatory payments of up to £500 with any above that level requiring approval by Air Director Resources.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Madeleine Moon more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>As Interserve has stated publicly, their business will continue to operate as normal for customers and suppliers. The operating part of Interserve did not enter administration. As a result the provision of public services (including defence contracts) is expected to continue without disruption.</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nia Griffith more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>At the present time, 426 Service Family Accommodation (SFA) properties have reported damp and mould issues. This is less than 1% of the overall SFA portfolio, and the continued reduction is being actively managed through robust arrangements.</p><p>Given the number of SFA properties built prior to 1970, around 34,300 homes (70%) still contain low risk asbestos containing materials (ACM). These are suspended in artex ceiling coatings, adhesive to floor tiles and external roof facias etc. Under our duty of care, the Ministry of Defence maintains an asbestos register and monitors closely the condition of ACM to ensure dangers are minimised. Of note, the English housing survey of 2014-2015 reported that 76% of all houses in England which were built before 1980 and approximately 18 million homes potentially contain ACM.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>All the significant recommendations from Lord Ashcroft’s Veterans’ Transition Review have been implemented and are now routine business for the Ministry of Defence (MOD). In May 2018, Lord Ashcroft stepped down as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Veterans’ Transition. In his letter to the Prime Minister, he said that while work remains to be done, “<em>I am pleased with the many practical changes that have been brought about as a result of the Transition Review, and that the whole issue of veterans’ transition now has a higher profile in government and beyond</em>.” The full text of Lord Ashcroft’s letter to the Prime Minister, along with a copy of the Review, follow-up reports and associated documents can be found at the following address:</p><p><strong>http://www.veteranstransition.co.uk/</strong></p><p> </p><p>This Government is not complacent, and we are working to further support our military veterans. In November 2018 the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments published an evidence-based ‘<em>Strategy for our veterans</em>’ which will work to ensure veterans’ issues are considered, coordinated and delivered across the UK <strong>(https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/strategy-for-our-veterans).</strong> This builds on existing progress, including in health issues where specific care pathways for veterans have been developed around mental health and prosthetic aftercare.</p><p> </p><p>As part of the Strategy we are also this year introducing a holistic transition policy. Transition support currently provided by the MOD largely focuses on employment support, delivered by the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), which supports Service leavers in their transition from military to civilian life through a range of career and employment support services including skills development workshops, seminars, resettlement training advice, vocational training courses, career consultancy, one-to-one guidance and job finding support.  However, transition is far wider than finding employment, and relates to the significant life changing processes which affect both the Service person and their immediate family through the entire time they are within or connected to the Armed Forces, through to discharge and beyond, which need to be appropriately addressed to ensure successful transition into civilian life.  This will include transition to civilian health care.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
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unstar this property answer text <p>A copy of the Department's Service Family Accommodation Void Reduction Plan has been placed in the Library of the House.</p><p>The Department is delivering a Void Reduction Plan to reduce the number of vacant Service Family Accommodation properties from around 11,000 to the optimal 10% management margin of around 5,000 by 2022.</p><p>This will be achieved through a combination of anticipated increase in occupation by Service personnel and families, disposal, demolition of derelict properties, sub-letting to civilian tenants, and wider estate optimisation.</p><p>The announcement in this House on 28 February concerning the Department's revised plans for the future laydown of the Estate under the Defence Estate Optimisation Programme are currently being incorporated into the Void Reduction Plan.</p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Christopher Chope more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 24 May 2018 to Question 146209.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The RAF did not hold an aircraft on standby at RAF Northolt for the Prime Minister over the period in question.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Department is currently considering its formal response to the Report. This will be submitted to the House of Commons Defence Committee in April and will be made public by the Committee in due course.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Since 2012 a digital by default policy has applied to all Government publications, including consultations. All Ministry of Defence consultations are available on the GOV.UK website at the following link:</p><p>https://www.gov.uk/government/publications?publication_filter_option=consultations</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) does not deliver any training at HMS Collingwood. The majority of navigation training and other courses delivered by the Royal Navy at HMS Collingwood, and at other establishments are, however, MCA accredited.</p><p>To identify the number of personnel who may have qualifications that are recognised by the Merchant Navy would require individual records to be scrutinised and could be provided only at disproportionate costs.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) does not deliver any training at HMS Collingwood. The majority of navigation training and other courses delivered by the Royal Navy at HMS Collingwood, and at other establishments are, however, MCA accredited.</p><p>To identify the number of personnel who may have qualifications that are recognised by the Merchant Navy would require individual records to be scrutinised and could be provided only at disproportionate costs.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) does not deliver any training at HMS Collingwood. The majority of navigation training and other courses delivered by the Royal Navy at HMS Collingwood, and at other establishments are, however, MCA accredited.</p><p>To identify the number of personnel who may have qualifications that are recognised by the Merchant Navy would require individual records to be scrutinised and could be provided only at disproportionate costs.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Runway and associated infrastructure construction works at RAF Northolt will formally commence on 15 April 2019, although preparatory works have already begun. The runway will be closed from 15 April 2019 until late October 2019, but rotary wing operations will continue throughout this period. During the closure 32(The Royal) Squadron fixed wing aircraft will operate from RAF Benson to ensure adequate support is available to existing and future tasking.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Once Armed Forces personnel leave service, the provision of their health and welfare needs are primarily provided by the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Department for Work and Pensions.</p><p>Some welfare support is provided by the Ministry of Defence's Veterans UK organisation, but it is not possible to separate out costs for those veterans who served in World War Two.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>Ministers from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) meet on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of issues relating to the health and wellbeing of Service personnel and veterans, including mental health and suicide.</p><p>The DHSC and MOD examine the provision of veterans' mental health services on a regular basis. Data and progress of NHS England's Veterans Mental Health Transition Intervention and Liaison Service and Complex Treatment Service is presented to the MOD/UK Departments of Health Partnership Board, Joint Commissioning Group and the Cabinet Office led Covenant Reference Group. Both services are also continually assessed by NHS England. In England, as well as these veteran specific services, veterans are able to access mainstream mental health services. The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies dataset reports annually and data indicates that over 20,000 veterans are utilising this avenue with very positive outcomes, often better than the general population.</p><p>In England, the National Health Service has announced that an extra £10 million will be invested into a new NHS dedicated crisis service that will expand the current bespoke veteran mental health services and provide intensive support to veterans battling alcohol, drugs and mental health problems, capturing those individuals nearing crisis. The extra funding will also enable a roll out of veteran-friendly general practitioner surgeries and hospitals as part of efforts to make sure those who have served their country get the specialist help they deserve in every part of the health service.</p><p>Any suicide is one too many and a tragedy for the individual, and their family and friends. The MOD has commissioned a new study to investigate causes of death, including suicide, amongst all those who served in the UK Armed Forces between 2001 and 2014, covering operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. This will include personnel who are still in service, and personnel who have now transitioned into civilian life. Previous studies conducted by MOD have shown that the suicide rates for veterans of the 1982 Falklands Campaign and 1990-91 Gulf Conflict were lower than comparative rates in the civilian population.</p>
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