Parliamentary Update 9th June 2015

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9 June 2015

O: Joint Exercises [c493]


Douglas Chapman (29.05.2015):

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost is of the UK contribution to and involvement in NATO Allied Shield exercises.

Penny Mordaunt (03.06.2015): 

NATO's ALLIED SHIELD is a series of four different exercises - BALTOPS, SABER STRIKE, NOBLE JUMP and TRIDENT JOUST. As well as enhancing interoperability, readiness and responsiveness among Allied and partner nations, this series of exercises will provide reassurance to Alliesin response to the changing geopolitical security situation in Europe and the threats faced by Allies along NATO's southern and eastern periphery.

For Exercise BALTOPS, a major Allied naval exercise in Polish waters, the UK will provide three Royal Navy vessels: HMS OCEAN, a helicopter carrier (ship's company of some 400); HMS IRON DUKE, a Type 23 frigate (ship's company of 185); and HMS QUORN, a Hunt Class mine countermeasure vessel (ship's company of 40). Deploying with HMS OCEAN will be two Lynx Mk 8, two CH47 Chinook, and four Apache helicopters (some 130 personnel within the Tailored Air Group), and a detachment of Royal Marines of approximately 80 personnel.

For Exercise SABER STRIKE, a significant land exercise in Latvia, the UK will contribute some 170 UK personnel, including the Battle Group Headquarters and an Infantry Company from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles.

The Net Additional Costs of Exercises BALTOPS and SABRE STRIKE are approximately £920,000 and £200,000 respectively.

Ex NOBLE JUMP and TRIDENT JOUST are designed to train the command and control elements of the NATO Response Force that are at high readiness. The UK is not 'rostered' to provide high readiness forces this year and therefore will not be included in these two exercises.



Ministry of Defence

Trident Missiles: Testing [c142]


Paul Flynn (27.05.2015):

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the results are of all WP186 missile compensation tests undertaken by Trident submarines since May 2010.

Philip Dunne (03.06.2015):

These tests are part of a submarine's preparation for deployment. It may take more than one attempt for a submarine to pass the Weapons Procedure 186 missile compensation test, but Trident submarines do not go on patrol without successfully passing. For the purpose of safeguarding national security I am unable to disclose details of these tests.



Ministry of Defence

Trident Submarines: Fire Extinguishers [c139]


Paul Flynn (27.05.2015):

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many formal reports his Department has received of firefighting fog sprays being activated in weapon stowage compartments on Trident submarines in the last five years.

Philip Dunne (03.06.2015):

In the last five years there has been one report of inadvertent initiation of the weapon stowage compartment fog spray on Trident submarines.


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2. Early Day Motions


EDM 91 - UK and the NPT Review Conference


Date tabled: 08.06.2015

Primary sponsor: Lucas, Caroline

Sponsors: Durkan, Mark; McDonnell, John; Day, Martyn; Weir, Mike; Ritchie, Margaret;

That this House notes that in the Government's Official Statement of 23 May 2015 on the conclusion of the 190-member state Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference that finished at the UN in New York on 22 May 2015, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the hon. Member for Bournemouth East said that NPT is vitally important for the international community as a whole and has played an unparallelled role in curtailing the nuclear arms race; further notes he asserted that despite the best efforts of the UK and others, this year's Review Conference was unable to agree a substantive outcome; points out that the failure arose because the UK disgracefully joined Canada in backing the US in blocking the final NPT Review Conference declaration because it promoted a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East as championed by Egypt; further notes with dismay the UK blocked the consensus agreement in support of Israel which opposes Egypt's proposals, even though Israel is not even a

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