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star this property date less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Pay more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text What recent discussions she has had with the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body on levels of pay for the armed forces. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
star this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence has provided the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body with all its evidence to support their recommendations for Pay Round 2019-20 and is awaiting submission of the Pay Review Body’s final report. The Government will then consider the recommendations before agreeing the final 2019 Armed Forces Pay Award, taking into account the need to recruit, retain, and motivate suitably able and qualified personnel, as well as the long term affordability of the Armed Forces.</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 2019-05-20T16:45:11.767Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T16:45:11.767Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alex Cunningham remove filter
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star this property date less than 2016-11-16more like thismore than 2016-11-16
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar 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: Apprentices more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 4 November 2016 to Question 50804, what information his Department holds on the number of its apprentices who went on to secure permanent positions within the Civil Service in each year from 2011 to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 53388 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-11-23more like thismore than 2016-11-23
star this property answer text <p>Since 2011, the Ministry of Defence has created 771 Civil Service apprenticeships. Information on subsequent permanent employment in the Civil Service is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North more like this
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2016-11-23T16:42:49.747Zmore like thismore than 2016-11-23T16:42:49.747Z
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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 2016-10-27more like thismore than 2016-10-27
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar 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: Apprentices more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many apprenticeships have been created in his Department in each region in each of the last five years; and how many participants in those apprenticeships subsequently secured a job within the Civil Service. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 50804 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-11-04more like thismore than 2016-11-04
star this property answer text <p>This information is not held in the format requested. The Cabinet Office is currently coordinating a detailed data collection from across Government including the apprenticeship type, region of work, as well as demographic data and socio-economic background. This will allow the Civil Service to report on its contribution towards the national target. Information on the number of apprenticeships created in the Ministry of Defence in each of the last five years is shown below.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Financial Year</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Number of Apprenticeships</p></td><td><p>55</p></td><td><p>68</p></td><td><p>121</p></td><td><p>181</p></td><td><p>346</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p>In addition, the Armed Forces are the biggest provider of apprenticeships within the UK. Completion rates for Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships in the Armed Forces by Academic Year for 2011-12 and 2012-13 are shown below.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Level 2 Apprenticeships - 1 August 2011- 31 July 2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Level 2 Apprenticeships - 1 August 2012- 31 July 2013</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Level 3 Apprenticeships - 1 August 2011- 31 July 2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Level 3 Apprenticeships - 1 August 2012- 31 July 2013</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Army</strong></p></td><td><p>4,507</p></td><td><p>3,116</p></td><td><p>1,682</p></td><td><p>1,763</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Royal Navy</strong></p></td><td><p>2,182</p></td><td><p>2,006</p></td><td><p>339</p></td><td><p>334</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Royal Air Force</strong></p></td><td><p>764</p></td><td><p>693</p></td><td><p>665</p></td><td><p>618</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>7,864*</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>5,891*</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>3,134*</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2,893*</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>*total numbers include apprenticeships completed by Service personnel.</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>
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North more like this
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2016-11-04T13:52:29.377Zmore like thismore than 2016-11-04T13:52:29.377Z
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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 2016-01-08more like thismore than 2016-01-08
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar 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 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the regular army's shortfall against (a) trained strength requirement and (b) its recruitment intake target has been in each of the last 10 years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-01-15more like thismore than 2016-01-15
star this property answer text <p>Defence Statistics publish information on a regular basis showing the Army’s Regular liability and trained strength.</p><br /><p>The most recent information is contained in ‘UK Armed Forces Monthly Service Personnel Statistics December 2015’ and associated tables which is available at the following link:</p><br /><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/uk-armed-forces-monthly-service-personnel-statistics-index" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/uk-armed-forces-monthly-service-personnel-statistics-index</a></p><br /><p>Figures for the last ten years for the Regular Army, may be found in Quarterly Performance Reports, including those at the following links:</p><br /><p>Quarterly Personnel Report – 1 April 2015 (for 2010/11 to 2014/15)</p><br /><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-armed-forces-quarterly-personnel-report-2015" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/uk-armed-forces-quarterly-personnel-report-2015#</a></p><br /><p>Quarterly Personnel Report – 1 April 2012 (for 2007/08 to 2009/10)</p><br /><p><a href="http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140116142443/http:/www.dasa.mod.uk/index.php/publications/personnel/military/quarterly-personnel-report/2012-04-01" target="_blank">http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140116142443/http://www.dasa.mod.uk/index.php/publications/personnel/military/quarterly-personnel-report/2012-04-01</a></p><br /><p>Quarterly Personnel Report – 1 April 2009 (for 2005 to 2007)</p><br /><p><a href="http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140116142443/http:/www.dasa.mod.uk/index.php/publications/personnel/military/quarterly-personnel-report/2009-04-01" target="_blank">http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140116142443/http://www.dasa.mod.uk/index.php/publications/personnel/military/quarterly-personnel-report/2009-04-01</a></p><br /><p>Official statistics for Regular recruitment targets are not produced.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
star this property answering member printed Penny Mordaunt more like this
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less than 2016-01-15T13:34:38.75Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-15T13:34:38.75Z
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star this property label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-01-04more like thismore than 2016-01-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar 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: Furs more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the expected lifespan of each bearskin and other associated headgear containing real fur used by his Department is before replacement is required. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-01-12more like thismore than 2016-01-12
star this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not buy bear pelts; it buys ceremonial caps direct from suppliers who source pelts from animals culled as part of a programme to manage the wild population licensed by the Canadian government. Animal welfare standards relating to the bear cull are a matter for the Canadian government.</p><br /> <br /><p>The MOD also purchases coney skin (rabbit fur) for the Royal Engineers’ and Royal Signals’ busby and fox fur for the Royal Horse Artillery, Kings Troop Officers’ busby. The current contract requires a commitment to sustainable procurement.</p><br /><p>Depending on usage and maintenance, bearskin busbys can last for up to 50 years. The coney skin and fox fur busbys have indefinite lifespans if properly maintained.</p><br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Bearskin Busby Headgear (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Coney Skin Busby Headgear (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Fox </strong><strong>Fur Busby Headgear(£)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>1,532</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1,472</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>31,319</p></td><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>9,173</p></td><td><p>406</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>148,891</p></td><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>131,886</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>90,822</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>126,087</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>1,779</p></td><td><p>861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>65,108</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>136,671</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>10,257</p></td><td><p>1,899</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>149,379</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>2,558</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><p>All figures are rounded to the nearest pound.</p><br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Bearskin Busby Headgear</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Coney Skin Busby Headgear</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Busby Headgear made of Fox Fur </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>195</p></td><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>158</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>99</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>126</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>63</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>127</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>122</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /> <br /><p>Historically the MOD has undertaken a number of trials on synthetic alternatives to bear skin but none of these matched the properties of the natural material. No trialling has taken place since 2007. Information about costs of these trials is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In 2012 the Ministry of Defence loaned a sample bearskin to the animal rights organisation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, to aid its research and development programme on a synthetic alternative.</p><br /><p>There has been no research and development carried out to find a synthetic alternative to coney skin or fox fur.</p><br />
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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20778 more like this
20779 more like this
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20783 more like this
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less than 2016-01-12T17:34:26.53Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-12T17:34:26.53Z
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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 2016-01-04more like thismore than 2016-01-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar 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: Furs more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many bearskins and other associated headgear containing real fur his Department purchased in each of the last 10 years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-01-12more like thismore than 2016-01-12
star this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not buy bear pelts; it buys ceremonial caps direct from suppliers who source pelts from animals culled as part of a programme to manage the wild population licensed by the Canadian government. Animal welfare standards relating to the bear cull are a matter for the Canadian government.</p><br /> <br /><p>The MOD also purchases coney skin (rabbit fur) for the Royal Engineers’ and Royal Signals’ busby and fox fur for the Royal Horse Artillery, Kings Troop Officers’ busby. The current contract requires a commitment to sustainable procurement.</p><br /><p>Depending on usage and maintenance, bearskin busbys can last for up to 50 years. The coney skin and fox fur busbys have indefinite lifespans if properly maintained.</p><br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Bearskin Busby Headgear (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Coney Skin Busby Headgear (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Fox </strong><strong>Fur Busby Headgear(£)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>1,532</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1,472</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>31,319</p></td><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>9,173</p></td><td><p>406</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>148,891</p></td><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>131,886</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>90,822</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>126,087</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>1,779</p></td><td><p>861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>65,108</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>136,671</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>10,257</p></td><td><p>1,899</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>149,379</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>2,558</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><p>All figures are rounded to the nearest pound.</p><br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Bearskin Busby Headgear</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Coney Skin Busby Headgear</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Busby Headgear made of Fox Fur </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>195</p></td><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>158</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>99</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>126</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>63</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>127</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>122</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /> <br /><p>Historically the MOD has undertaken a number of trials on synthetic alternatives to bear skin but none of these matched the properties of the natural material. No trialling has taken place since 2007. Information about costs of these trials is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In 2012 the Ministry of Defence loaned a sample bearskin to the animal rights organisation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, to aid its research and development programme on a synthetic alternative.</p><br /><p>There has been no research and development carried out to find a synthetic alternative to coney skin or fox fur.</p><br />
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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20779 more like this
20780 more like this
20781 more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Philip Dunne more like this
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar 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: Furs more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on research and development to find a synthetic alternative to bear pelts for the making of bearskins and other associated headgear containing real fur in each of the last 10 years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not buy bear pelts; it buys ceremonial caps direct from suppliers who source pelts from animals culled as part of a programme to manage the wild population licensed by the Canadian government. Animal welfare standards relating to the bear cull are a matter for the Canadian government.</p><br /> <br /><p>The MOD also purchases coney skin (rabbit fur) for the Royal Engineers’ and Royal Signals’ busby and fox fur for the Royal Horse Artillery, Kings Troop Officers’ busby. The current contract requires a commitment to sustainable procurement.</p><br /><p>Depending on usage and maintenance, bearskin busbys can last for up to 50 years. The coney skin and fox fur busbys have indefinite lifespans if properly maintained.</p><br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Bearskin Busby Headgear (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Coney Skin Busby Headgear (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Fox </strong><strong>Fur Busby Headgear(£)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>1,532</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1,472</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>31,319</p></td><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>9,173</p></td><td><p>406</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>148,891</p></td><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>131,886</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>90,822</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>126,087</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>1,779</p></td><td><p>861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>65,108</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>136,671</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>10,257</p></td><td><p>1,899</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>149,379</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>2,558</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><p>All figures are rounded to the nearest pound.</p><br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Bearskin Busby Headgear</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Coney Skin Busby Headgear</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Busby Headgear made of Fox Fur </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>195</p></td><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>158</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>99</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>126</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>63</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>127</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>122</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /> <br /><p>Historically the MOD has undertaken a number of trials on synthetic alternatives to bear skin but none of these matched the properties of the natural material. No trialling has taken place since 2007. Information about costs of these trials is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In 2012 the Ministry of Defence loaned a sample bearskin to the animal rights organisation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, to aid its research and development programme on a synthetic alternative.</p><br /><p>There has been no research and development carried out to find a synthetic alternative to coney skin or fox fur.</p><br />
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on purchasing bearskins and other associated headgear containing real fur in each of the last 10 years. more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not buy bear pelts; it buys ceremonial caps direct from suppliers who source pelts from animals culled as part of a programme to manage the wild population licensed by the Canadian government. Animal welfare standards relating to the bear cull are a matter for the Canadian government.</p><br /> <br /><p>The MOD also purchases coney skin (rabbit fur) for the Royal Engineers’ and Royal Signals’ busby and fox fur for the Royal Horse Artillery, Kings Troop Officers’ busby. The current contract requires a commitment to sustainable procurement.</p><br /><p>Depending on usage and maintenance, bearskin busbys can last for up to 50 years. The coney skin and fox fur busbys have indefinite lifespans if properly maintained.</p><br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Bearskin Busby Headgear (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Coney Skin Busby Headgear (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Fox </strong><strong>Fur Busby Headgear(£)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>1,532</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1,472</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>31,319</p></td><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>9,173</p></td><td><p>406</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>148,891</p></td><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>131,886</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>90,822</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>126,087</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>1,779</p></td><td><p>861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>65,108</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>136,671</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>10,257</p></td><td><p>1,899</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>149,379</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>2,558</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><p>All figures are rounded to the nearest pound.</p><br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Bearskin Busby Headgear</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Coney Skin Busby Headgear</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Busby Headgear made of Fox Fur </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>195</p></td><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>158</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>99</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>126</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>63</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>127</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>122</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /> <br /><p>Historically the MOD has undertaken a number of trials on synthetic alternatives to bear skin but none of these matched the properties of the natural material. No trialling has taken place since 2007. Information about costs of these trials is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In 2012 the Ministry of Defence loaned a sample bearskin to the animal rights organisation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, to aid its research and development programme on a synthetic alternative.</p><br /><p>There has been no research and development carried out to find a synthetic alternative to coney skin or fox fur.</p><br />
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