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star this property date less than 2017-09-11more like thismore than 2017-09-11
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Syria: Military Intervention more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps the Government is taking to support allied forces to defeat ISIS forces in Raqqa. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 10003 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-09-14more like thismore than 2017-09-14
star this property answer text <p>As part of the Coalition, the RAF continues to carry out airstrikes in support of partner forces' operations against Daesh in Raqqah. Air support of this kind has helped the Syrian Democratic Forces to retake more than 65% of the city so far.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2017-09-14T15:24:56.677Zmore like thismore than 2017-09-14T15:24:56.677Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-10-23more like thismore than 2017-10-23
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Ministry of Defence more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Ministry of Defence: Staff 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 retain personnel with significant cyber knowledge and expertise. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 109150 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 2017-10-30more like thismore than 2017-10-30
star this property answer text <p>Identifying, developing and retaining cyber expertise remains a high priority for Defence. The Defence Cyber Programme is responsible for developing and delivering a sustainable cyber profession. We work with a variety of stakeholders on a number of initiatives across Defence, allies, wider Government, academia and industry.</p><p>A Defence Cyber Aptitude Test has been developed for the Ministry of Defence to enable us to identify personnel with the latent talent suitable for selection to undertake training for specialist cyber roles.</p><p>The new Defence Cyber School located at Shrivenham will be at the forefront of the development and delivery of coherent cyber training across Defence and wider Government. The Defence Cyber Skills Competence Framework is aligned with industry skills frameworks to enable us to identify and track personnel with varying levels of cyber knowledge and expertise.</p><p>Analysis has shown that development and delivery of a sustainable cyber career is a key element in retaining cyber Suitably Qualified and Experienced Personnel (SQEP). The Cyber Professional Employment Model alongside other initiatives is being utilised to develop and begin to assure a career pathway for cyber professionals.</p><p>The Cyber Reserves also provide opportunities for Defence to retain cyber SQEP otherwise due to leave the Services: personnel with the appropriate cyber skillsets can apply for transfer to the Cyber Reserves, having left regular Service and while undertaking civilian cyber employment.</p><p>Defence deeply values the cyber knowledge and expertise of our staff, and works continually to monitor and enhance the methods in place in order to retain these skills.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2017-10-30T16:07:20.697Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-30T16:07:20.697Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-10-23more like thismore than 2017-10-23
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Ministry of Defence more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Air Force: Languages 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 improve foreign language skills within the Royal Air Force. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 109151 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 2017-10-31more like thismore than 2017-10-31
star this property answer text <p>A range of measures is taken to actively promote the opportunities which the RAF can offer to individuals who have foreign language skills. These include Specialist Recruitment Teams attending academies and universities; running a bursary scheme for RAF linguist undergraduates; awarding a monetary incentive where a recruit has a pre-existing language of interest. Additionally, serving personnel may be eligible for financial awards for maintaining and utilising specialist language skills. In accordance with RAF policy for all personnel, linguists must serve at least 36 months after the completion of professional language training.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2017-10-31T16:15:09.017Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-31T16:15:09.017Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-10-23more like thismore than 2017-10-23
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Ministry of Defence more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Army: Languages 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 foreign language experts in the Army are available within each regiment and brigade. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 109152 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 2017-10-31more like thismore than 2017-10-31
star this property answer text <p>Foreign language expertise and training within the Army is prioritised based on role and requirement. Priority is focused on the Specialised Infantry group (announced in Strategic Defence Security Review 15) and Brigades with an operational defence engagement requirement. At present, there are over 12,000 Army personnel recorded as holding language qualifications.</p><p>The Army is currently considering low-level (and higher level) language and cultural capability, as part of wider land environment defence engagement doctrine.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2017-10-31T16:11:07.563Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-31T16:11:07.563Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-10-23more like thismore than 2017-10-23
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Ministry of Defence more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Languages more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people there are with foreign language skills in the (a) Army and (b) Royal Air Force; and in which such languages those people are skilled. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 109154 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 2017-10-31more like thismore than 2017-10-31
star this property answer text <p>There are approximately 850 Service personnel across the Ministry of Defence (MOD) trained in some 40 different languages. It is not possible to provide a detailed breakdown because of the strategic and operational sensitivities surrounding them. The MOD's language requirements are met from a Departmental pool of Armed Forces and civilian personnel; the Department regularly reviews its future requirements for linguists and trains its personnel accordingly.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2017-10-31T16:14:35.37Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-31T16:14:35.37Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-11-06more like thismore than 2017-11-06
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Ministry of Defence more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Army: Recruitment 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 recruit soldiers to the Army. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 111625 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 2017-11-16more like thismore than 2017-11-16
star this property answer text <p>The Army recruits through a diverse and wide range of methods and is taking a number of steps to improve its recruitment processes.</p><p>Applications to the Army are received through the Army Website, and as of September 2016 the online application process has been enhanced by the launch of the &quot;Quick App&quot; making the application process faster and more user friendly. During the last 12 months there has also been an increased spend on marketing, including on the 'This is Belonging' campaign which is active on television, radio, cinema and a variety of social media outlets. In addition, the Army advertises for specialist staff through online job advertising boards.</p><p>These developments are showing signs of progress, over 8,000 people joined the Regular Army last financial year and since April 2017 application levels are over 20% higher than the same period last year.</p><p>This is all supported by extensive Army regional engagement to promote awareness across society of the role of the Army and the career opportunities that it presents. The Army is Britain's biggest provider of apprenticeships, offering not just a job, but a career with ongoing training and qualifications.</p><p>The Armed Forces also seek to attract recruits from across the UK, and continue to work hard at recruiting a diverse work force. The Army has made addressing issues of equality, diversity and inclusivity a priority in order to ensure that it is a modern employer which is capable of recruiting talent from all elements of society. The lifting of the exclusion for women serving in Ground Close Combat roles highlights the commitment to offering maximum opportunity for all.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2017-11-16T14:17:02.773Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-16T14:17:02.773Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-11-27more like thismore than 2017-11-27
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Ministry of Defence more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Falkland Islands: Armed Conflict 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 ensure that memorial sites and places that commemorate the Falklands War are looked after by the Commonwealth Graves Commission. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 115670 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 2017-12-05more like thismore than 2017-12-05
star this property answer text <p>The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) maintains a number of graves and memorials on the Falkland Islands from the conflict in 1982. The 14 graves from the Falklands War within the San Carlos Military Cemetery, and the memorial on the same site, are currently maintained to a very high standard by the CWGC. They also maintain a further two isolated graves at Port Howard and Goose Green.</p><p>Within the UK, beyond the official commemoration to mark and maintain a Service person's final resting place, it has been long standing Government policy that the responsibility for erecting memorials and associated projects lies with their owners and the costs are not met from public funds, but from private donations or public subscription. There are currently no plans to change this.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2017-12-05T16:46:40.783Zmore like thismore than 2017-12-05T16:46:40.783Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-01-16more like thismore than 2018-01-16
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Ministry of Defence more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Training 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 ensure continued availability of training in (a) Canada, (b) Kenya and (c) other locations overseas for the Armed Forces. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 122854 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-24more like thismore than 2018-01-24
star this property answer text <p>We work closely with the various levels of the Governments and Armed Forces of Canada, Kenya and other nations to ensure planned training can be conducted smoothly. All three Services regularly train with a multitude of international allies and partners and we can be proud that our Armed Forces are highly sought by many other nations to participate in exercises and other training.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2018-01-24T16:02:00.563Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-24T16:02:00.563Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-01-16more like thismore than 2018-01-16
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Ministry of Defence more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Navy: Engineers 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 address the shortage of engineers in the Royal Navy. more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 122857 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 2018-01-24more like thismore than 2018-01-24
star this property answer text <p>The Royal Navy employs a range of measures to improve the recruitment and retention of engineers. These include apprenticeship schemes and staged financial awards, as well as an active engagement in a University Technical Colleges affiliation programme aimed at assisting in the development of technically able young people.</p><p>The Royal Navy is constantly evolving their recruitment marketing methods, using specific targeted advertising campaigns, web based media, radio, social media, print and appearances at recruitment events.</p><p>In addition, the Ministry of Defence will work as a partner with the Department for Transport on its Year of Engineering 2018 initiative, and all Services will promote that initiative, helping to deliver a brighter future for engineering in the United Kingdom.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2018-01-24T15:50:55.337Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-24T15:50:55.337Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-02-21more like thismore than 2018-02-21
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Ministry of Defence more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Cyprus and Gibraltar: Ports 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 ensure the protection of its port facilities in (a) Gibraltar and (b) Cyprus. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 128800 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 2018-03-01more like thismore than 2018-03-01
star this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not comment on specific security arrangements of its estate, but assesses that adequate protection is provided of its port facilities in Her Majesty's Naval Base Gibraltar.</p><p>The MOD does not have a port in the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2018-03-01T15:35:18.717Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-01T15:35:18.717Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this