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registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Israel: West Bank more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the ambassador of the USA in Jerusalem that Israel has the right to retain parts, but not all, of the West Bank. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Tonge more like this
uin HL16443 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
answer text <p>Our position is well-known and has not changed. In line with international law, and relevant UN Security Council resolutions, notably Resolutions 242 and 497, we do not recognize Israel's sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967. Annexation of territory by force is prohibited under international law. The UK has also reiterated our position at the UN Security Council, including with our Belgian, French, German and Polish colleagues on 26 March, and in the UN Security Council Chamber on 27 March. On 2 April, the Foreign Secretary also made clear the UK's position in the House of Commons confirming we view the annexation of territory by force as prohibited under international law.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-01T16:08:25.957Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T16:08:25.957Z
answering member
4306
label Biography information for Baroness Goldie remove filter
tabling member
200
label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
1136419
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Ark Group DMCC: Finance more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they paid £19 million to the ARK Group DMCC based in Dubai; and if so, why. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Cox more like this
uin HL16869 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
answer text <p>ARK Group have delivered UK-funded programmes across the Middle East through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) and the Global Britain Fund (now International Programme Fund). We have not been able to identify the specific payment of £19m based on the information provided. However, since 2016-17 ARK have worked on over 20 projects for the FCO and received c.£25m of funding for these projects.</p><p>ARK's work for the FCO includes projects aimed at improving security stabilisation and communications in Lebanon; improving Security Sector Reform in Jordan; tackling sexual and gender-based violence in Syria; providing support to Syrian voices and civil society; and improving Community Resilience and Peacebuilding in Yemen.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-16T15:14:46.993Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-16T15:14:46.993Z
answering member
4306
label Biography information for Baroness Goldie remove filter
tabling member
3364
label Biography information for Baroness Cox more like this
1140651
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Middle East: Shipping more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States about the plans, outlined by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 9 July, to create a multinational military coalition to safeguard the waters around Iran and Yemen; and what assessment they have made of the practicality of those proposals. more like this
tabling member printed
The Marquess of Lothian more like this
uin HL17334 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-02more like thismore than 2019-08-02
answer text <p>The UK is part of ongoing conversations with international allies including the US on how best we can ensure maritime security in the Gulf and protect freedom of navigation. Work to assess the practicality of any proposals continues in parallel with the ongoing conversations with our partners.</p><p> </p><p>Freedom of navigation is in every nation's interest. It is therefore unacceptable to illegally seize a ship going about legitimate business in an internationally recognised shipping lane.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We continue to work for stability in the region with the international community and uphold the international rules that protect us all.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-02T12:10:37.937Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-02T12:10:37.937Z
answering member
4306
label Biography information for Baroness Goldie remove filter
tabling member
259
label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
1141546
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Army more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, are in the British army. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Kilclooney more like this
uin HL17414 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-02more like thismore than 2019-08-02
answer text <p>As at 1 April 2019, there were 74,940 male and 7,510 female personnel in the Regular Army and Gurkha population, and 25,400 male and 4,060 female personnel in the Army Reserve.</p><p> </p><p>Notes/Caveats:</p><p> </p><p>The Figures are for trained and untrained Regular and Gurkha personnel excluding Full Time Reserve Service.</p><p> </p><p>Reserve figures are taken from the FR20 population consisting of Group A Army Reserves, some Sponsored Reserves and those personnel serving on FTRS contracts who were previously Army Reservists.</p><p> </p><p>Figures have been rounded to 10 for presentational purposes.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-02T12:15:20.25Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-02T12:15:20.25Z
answering member
4306
label Biography information for Baroness Goldie remove filter
tabling member
657
label Biography information for Lord Kilclooney more like this
1141547
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Army Reserve more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people there are in the Army Reserve in (1) Wales, (2) Scotland, (3) Northern Ireland, and (4) England. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Kilclooney more like this
uin HL17415 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-02more like thismore than 2019-08-02
answer text <p>As at 1 April 2019, there were an estimated 1,720 Reserve personnel stationed in Wales, 4,140 in Scotland, 1,950 in Northern Ireland and 21,440 in England.</p><p>These figures are based on stationed locations, and not on residence or nationality.</p><p>Figures are taken from the Future Reserve 2020 population, which consists of Group A Army Reserves, some Sponsored Reserves and those personnel serving on Full Time Reserve Service contracts who were previously Army Reservists.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-02T12:10:19.86Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-02T12:10:19.86Z
answering member
4306
label Biography information for Baroness Goldie remove filter
tabling member
657
label Biography information for Lord Kilclooney more like this
1141571
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Warships: Decommissioning more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many de-commissioned (1) destroyers, and (2) frigates, remain in the ownership of the Ministry of Defence; and how many of those, if any, could be returned to service. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Trefgarne more like this
uin HL17439 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-02more like thismore than 2019-08-02
answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence owns no decommissioned destroyers or frigates; therefore, none are available to be returned to service.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-02T12:10:49.773Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-02T12:10:49.773Z
answering member
4306
label Biography information for Baroness Goldie remove filter
tabling member
1813
label Biography information for Lord Trefgarne more like this
1141907
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-07-24more like thismore than 2019-07-24
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Royal Regiment of Scotland more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government by how much the battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland are under strength. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Campbell of Pittenweem more like this
uin HL17451 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-02more like thismore than 2019-08-02
answer text <p>The current strength against workforce requirement for the battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland can be found in the table.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Table 1: Strength and workforce requirement of the battalions of The Royal Regiment of Scotland:</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>The Royal Regiment of Scotland</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Strength</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Workforce Requirement</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Regular Battalions</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland</p></td><td><p>290</p></td><td><p>267</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland</p></td><td><p>480</p></td><td><p>628</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland</p></td><td><p>480</p></td><td><p>628</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland</p></td><td><p>620</p></td><td><p>743</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)</p></td><td><p>80</p></td><td><p>103</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Reserve Battalions</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>52nd Lowland, 6th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (incl. band)</p></td><td><p>340</p></td><td><p>468</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>51st Highland, 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (incl. band)</p></td><td><p>400</p></td><td><p>468</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> <strong>Notes/Caveats: </strong></strong></p><p> </p><p>Strength figures have been provided by Defence Statistics, whilst Workforce Requirement is a single service estimate.</p><p> </p><p>Regular battalions will include some Trained Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) (Full Commitment).</p><p> </p><p>Reserve battalions will include Trained FTRS (Home Commitment), FTRS (Full Commitment), Trained Volunteer Reservists and some Regular personnel.</p><p> </p><p>The Highland and Lowland bands are included with the Reserve battalions.</p><p><br>Strength figures have been rounded to the nearest 10; numbers ending in &quot;5&quot; have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-02T12:15:05.527Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-02T12:15:05.527Z
answering member
4306
label Biography information for Baroness Goldie remove filter
tabling member
627
label Biography information for Lord Campbell of Pittenweem more like this
1141908
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-07-24more like thismore than 2019-07-24
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Armed Forces more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government by how much (1) the Royal Navy, (2) the army, and (3) the Royal Air Force, are under strength. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Campbell of Pittenweem more like this
uin HL17452 more like this
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is ministerial correction true more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-02more like thismore than 2019-08-02
answer text <p>The current strength of the Armed Forces as at 1 April 2019 is give<ins class="ministerial">n</ins> in the table below:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Service</p></td><td><p>Trained Strength</p></td><td><p>Workforce Requirement</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal Navy/Royal Marines</p></td><td><p>29,224</p></td><td><p>30,568</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Army</p></td><td><p>75,070</p></td><td><p>82,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Royal Air Force</p></td><td><p>30,010</p></td><td><p>31,756</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Trained Strength comprises military personnel who have completed Phase 1 and 2 training for Royal Navy/Royal Marines, the Army (prior to 1 October 2016) and the Royal Air Force. Following the change in definition of trained strength for Army, from 1 October 2016, trained strength for the Army comprises of personnel who have completed Phase 1 training.</p><p>The Ministry of Defence remains committed to maintaining the overall size of the Armed Forces and we have a range of measures under way to improve recruitment and retention. The challenge is kept under constant review.</p><p>Importantly the Services continue to meet all their current commitments, keeping the country and its interests safe.</p><p> </p><p>The strength of the Armed Forces is published every three months and can be found in the UK Armed Forces Quarterly Service Personnel Statistics at the following link:</p><p> </p><p>https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/quarterly-service-personnel-statistics-2019</p>
answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
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less than 2019-08-02T13:21:39.59Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-02T13:21:39.59Z
question first ministerially corrected
less than 2019-08-20T11:14:54.383Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-20T11:14:54.383Z
answering member
4306
label Biography information for Baroness Goldie remove filter
previous answer version
132042
answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
answering member
4306
label Biography information for Baroness Goldie more like this
tabling member
627
label Biography information for Lord Campbell of Pittenweem more like this
1141909
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-07-24more like thismore than 2019-07-24
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Armed Forces: Recruitment more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Royal Navy, (2) army, and (3) Royal Air Force, recruits there were in each of the last five years for which records are available. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Campbell of Pittenweem more like this
uin HL17453 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-02more like thismore than 2019-08-02
answer text <p>The number of recruits joining the Armed Forces in the last five years is given in the table below.</p><table><tbody><tr><td><strong>12 Months Ending</strong></td><td><strong>31 March 2015</strong></td><td><strong>31 March 2016</strong></td><td><strong>31 March 2017</strong></td><td><strong>31 March 2018</strong></td><td><strong>31 March 2019</strong></td></tr><tr><td>Tri-Service</td><td>12,980</td><td>13,796</td><td>13,383</td><td>12,359</td><td>12,485</td></tr><tr><td>Royal Navy/Royal Marines</td><td>2,933</td><td>2,997</td><td>3,045</td><td>3,042</td><td>3,143</td></tr><tr><td>Army</td><td>8,165</td><td>8,600</td><td>8,294</td><td>7,217</td><td>6,985</td></tr><tr><td>Royal Air Force</td><td>1,882</td><td>2,199</td><td>2,044</td><td>2,100</td><td>2,357</td></tr></tbody></table><p>UK Regular Forces includes trained and untrained UK Regulars, excludes Gurkhas, Military Provost Guard Service, Locally Engaged Personnel, Volunteer Reserve, Serving Regular Reserve, Sponsored Reserve, and Full Time Reserve Service.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The Armed Forces recruitment figures are published in the Armed Forces Quarterly Service Personnel Statistics at the following link:</p><p> </p><p>https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/quarterly-service-personnel-statistics-2019</p>
answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-02T13:36:38.357Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-02T13:36:38.357Z
answering member
4306
label Biography information for Baroness Goldie remove filter
tabling member
627
label Biography information for Lord Campbell of Pittenweem more like this
1141950
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-07-24more like thismore than 2019-07-24
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Military Alliances more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government which Ministers have attended discussions within the Five Powers Defence Arrangement in the last five years. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Taylor of Bolton more like this
uin HL17494 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-02more like thismore than 2019-08-02
answer text <p>Ministry of Defence Ministers have attended the following meetings to discuss the Five Powers Defence Arrangements (FPDA).</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Meeting</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Location</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Minister</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>FPDA Defence Ministers Meeting</p></td><td><p>Malaysia</p></td><td><p>Secretary of State (Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>FPDA informal breakfast at the annual Shangri La Dialogue</p></td><td><p>Singapore</p></td><td><p>Secretary of State (Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>FPDA informal breakfast at the annual Shangri La Dialogue</p></td><td><p>Singapore</p></td><td><p>Secretary of State (Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017</p></td><td><p>FPDA Defence Ministers Meeting</p></td><td><p>Singapore</p></td><td><p>No ministerial attendance due to the UK General Election</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2018</p></td><td><p>FPDA informal breakfast at the annual Shangri La Dialogue</p></td><td><p>Singapore</p></td><td><p>Secretary of State (Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2019</p></td><td><p>FPDA informal breakfast at the annual Shangri La Dialogue</p></td><td><p>Singapore</p></td><td><p>Secretary of State (Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP)</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Goldie more like this
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less than 2019-08-02T12:11:02.48Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-02T12:11:02.48Z
answering member
4306
label Biography information for Baroness Goldie remove filter
tabling member
407
label Biography information for Baroness Taylor of Bolton more like this