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Defence: NATO: UK Obligations (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: Our commitment to NATO is unwavering. In response to Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine, we have committed almost all our forces to NATO. We contribute to every single NATO mission and declare our nuclear deterrent to NATO. We show our commitment not least through our increase in defence spending to 2.5%.

Defence: NATO: UK Obligations (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: I am pleased to inform the hon. Lady and the House that we are now seeing a very high level of applications. Last week, the First Sea Lord told me that HMS Raleigh, where the training takes place, is the fullest it has been for more than eight years. We have seen a big increase in applications to all three services, and long may it continue.

Defence: NATO: UK Obligations (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right: our missions do indeed play an outsized role in NATO. We are the second biggest spender in NATO and the largest spender in Europe by a country mile, as Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary-General, said to me the other week. As I said in my original answer, we are contributors to every single NATO mission, plus we declare our nuclear deterrent to...

Defence: NATO: UK Obligations (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: That is a very important point, and questions have already been raised today about the size of the Russian fleet, what it is doing and where it is active. I will have to check the date, rather than answer my hon. Friend from the Dispatch Box, but I am much predisposed to attend the symposium.

Defence: NATO: UK Obligations (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: The hon. Gentleman may not be aware that we have just provided the largest number of personnel to the largest NATO exercise in Europe since the cold war—Steadfast Defender, which is the largest exercise for 40 years. The United Kingdom can be very proud of the number of people we supplied on land, in the air and at sea. I have to make a fundamental point to those on the Opposition Front...

Defence: Trident: Renewal Cost (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: The right hon. Gentleman asks about the Trident programme, but I am unclear about whether he means the Dreadnought submarine part of that. Of course, different parts of a programme often combine together, but the Dreadnoughts themselves will enter service in the early 2030s.

Defence: Trident: Renewal Cost (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: I was recently at Faslane in Scotland, and I can tell the right hon. Gentleman that that is not what the people employed in the defence sector think about Trident. I can tell him something else: having stood at the Dispatch Box and been Defence Secretary, I know that the defence of this country is vastly supported by having our nuclear deterrent. In my view, every other issue that we face...

Defence: Trident: Renewal Cost (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: Absolutely right.

Defence: Defence Funding: Efficient Spending (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: I am committed to ensuring that the defence uplift to 2.5% means that we spend the money as efficiently as possible. The tremendous work by my hon. Friend the Minister for Defence Procurement on the integrated procurement model is very important to the outcome of that spending.

Defence: Defence Funding: Efficient Spending (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: That is absolutely right. It is very important that our Royal Marines are able to continue their activities, so not only will we keep the existing ships running but we have announced that we will build up to six new multi-role ships, which is all part of our programme to build 28 ships. That is why our shipyards are so very busy.

Defence: Defence Funding: Efficient Spending (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: We never announced that she was being mothballed, so I am very interested to hear about these artefacts. I was on HMS Albion the other week, so I will be very interested to engage on what has been removed. Once again, I can clarify that both those ships—both used by our Royal Marines—will remain in active service. It is the case that more modern ships are being procured, which is possible...

Defence: Defence Funding: Efficient Spending (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: There is no way that the Treasury, given its very tight hold on the fiscal regime, would approve spending 2.5% of GDP on defence if it did not have confidence in how we will spend it. Again, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the excellent work of the integrated procurement model, which will make all the difference. I am very happy to engage with him on individual defence decisions, but the fact...

Defence: Defence Funding: Efficient Spending (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: I am pleased that the hon. Gentleman recognises that my hon. Friend the Minister for Defence Procurement has written to him on the subject, and I have no doubt that he will wish to engage with the hon. Gentleman further.

Defence: Topical Questions (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: We are very mindful of the situation in Ukraine, particularly in Kharkiv where Russia is making, or trying to make, inroads. This is an existential battle for all civilised countries that believe in democracy and freedom, and it is the case that we must ensure that the world continues to keep up the efforts. It is not right for there to be pauses in our support and, when there are, the sort...

Defence: Topical Questions (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. It is one reason why this country has been at the forefront of providing drones. Indeed, we have made an enormous £325 million contribution to the drones coalition and provided 4,000 drones in the latest package, and there is a lot more to come for Ukraine. This bloody war is now killing, or causing casualties to, up to 1,000 Russians a day, and it needs...

Defence: Topical Questions (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: I very much appreciate the hon. Gentleman’s support for the ongoing support to Ukraine of £3 billion a year. I gently say to him that it is not possible to provide that support without a route to getting there, with the 2.5%; otherwise, it will come out of the rest of the budget. I, too, read the story over the weekend, and it is simply not the case. We will have, in fact, 181...

Defence: Topical Questions (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: The armed forces cannot afford a Labour Government if Labour cannot answer one simple question: when?

Defence: Topical Questions (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: My hon. Friend is right to point that out, because some assumptions have been a little misplaced in this House until now. We will ensure that we can do a whole range of things that will help to make this country stronger and more secure. On that, he has my word.

Defence: Topical Questions (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: As the Minister for Armed Forces pointed out, the licensing regime is entirely independent of that. We support the country. We support the only democracy in that part of the world. We do not support the individuals in that Government; we support the country itself.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Lasers: Weapons (20 Mai 2024)

Grant Shapps: DSTL have conducted operational analysis of the proposed system and have confirmed with the Royal Navy that the DragonFire system will provide operationally relevant capability. An established test programme using the existing the DragonFire system will provide further evidence and validation. The programme has already commenced multiple work streams to mature Defence Lines of Development to...


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