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Ministerial Corrections

Thursday 15 December 2011

Defence

Navy

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Order of Battle is of the fleet. [71100]

[Official Report, 15 September 2011, Vol. 532, c. 1300-01W.]

Letter of correction from Peter Luff:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the right hon. Member for Mid Sussex (Nicholas Soames) on 15 September 2011. The original answer included an error which failed to take account of the recent decommissioning of a Type 42 Destroyer on 30 June 2011.

The full answer given was as follows:

Peter Luff: As at 7 September 2011, the Order of Battle for the fleet was as follows:

  Number

Landing Platform Helicopter

(1)2

Landing Platform Dock

2

T45

3

T42

4

T23

13

Hunt Class MCV

8

Sandown Class MCV

7

River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels

3

Helicopter Offshore Patrol Vessels

1

P2000 Patrol Boats

18

Ocean Survey Vessels

1

Coastal Survey Vessels

3

Antarctic Patrol Ship

1

Ships Submersible Ballistic Nuclear

4

Ship Submersible Nuclear

7

Assault Helicopters—Sea King Mk4

3 Sqns

Search and Rescue—Sea King Mk5

2 Sqns

Airbourne Surveillance and Control—Sea King Mk7

3 Sqns

   

Anti Submarine and Anti Surface:

 

Merlin Mk1 Lynx

4 Sqns

Mk3 and Mk8

3 Sqns

   

Battlefield Helicopters—Lynx Mk9

1 Sqn

Elementary Flying

3 Sqns

Beechcraft King Air 350ER Avenger

1 Sqn

(1) HMS Illustrious is now operating in the Landing Platform Helicopter role, as well as HMS Ocean.

For the Royal Fleet Auxiliary:

  Number

Fleet Tankers

2

Support Tankers

1

Small Fleet Tankers

2

Fleet Replenishment Ships

3

Landing Ship Dock

3

Aviation Training Ship

1

Forward Repair Ship

1

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The correct answer should have been:

Peter Luff: As at 7 September 2011, the Order of Battle for the fleet was as follows:

  Number

Landing Platform Helicopter

(1)2

Landing Platform Dock

2

T45

3

T42

3

T23

13

Hunt Class MCV

8

Sandown Class MCV

7

River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels

3

Helicopter Offshore Patrol Vessels

1

P2000 Patrol Boats

18

Ocean Survey Vessels

1

Coastal Survey Vessels

3

Antarctic Patrol Ship

1

Ships Submersible Ballistic Nuclear

4

Ship Submersible Nuclear

7

Assault Helicopters—Sea King Mk4

3 Sqns

Search and Rescue—Sea King Mk5

2 Sqns

Airbourne Surveillance and Control—Sea King Mk7

3 Sqns

   

Anti Submarine and Anti Surface:

 

Merlin Mk1 Lynx

4 Sqns

Mk3 and Mk8

3 Sqns

   

Battlefield Helicopters—Lynx Mk9

1 Sqn

Elementary Flying

3 Sqns

Beechcraft King Air 350ER Avenger

1 Sqn

(1) HMS Illustrious is now operating in the Landing Platform Helicopter role, as well as HMS Ocean.

For the Royal Fleet Auxiliary:

  Number

Fleet Tankers

2

Support Tankers

1

Small Fleet Tankers

2

Fleet Replenishment Ships

3

Landing Ship Dock

3

Aviation Training Ship

1

Forward Repair Ship

1

Warships

Mr Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many warships are available for active service in the Navy. [78010]

[Official Report, 2 November 2011, Vol. 534, c. 660W.]

Letter of correction from Peter Luff:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the right hon. Member for Wokingham (Mr Redwood) on 2 November 2011. The original answer included an error which failed to take account of the recent decommissioning of a Type 42 Destroyer on 30 June 2011.

The full answer given was as follows:

Peter Luff: Details of the number of Royal Navy warships available, in various states of readiness, for active service are provided in the following table:

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  Number

Landing Platform Helicopter

(1)2

Landing Platform Dock

2

Type 45 Destroyer

3

Type 42 Destroyer

4

Type 23 Frigate

13

Hunt Class Mine Counter Measures Vessel

8

Sandown Class Mine Counter Measures Vessel

7

River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels

3

River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (Helicopter)

1

P2000 Patrol Boats

18

Ocean Survey Vessels

1

Coastal Survey Vessels

3

Ice Patrol Ship

1

Ships Submersible Ballistic Nuclear

4

Ship Submersible Nuclear

7

(1) HMS Illustrious is now operating in the Landing Platform Helicopter role, as well as HMS Ocean.

The correct answer should have been:

Peter Luff: Details of the number of Royal Navy warships available, in various states of readiness, for active service are provided in the following table:

  Number

Landing Platform Helicopter

(1)2

Landing Platform Dock

2

Type 45 Destroyer

3

Type 42 Destroyer

3

Type 23 Frigate

13

Hunt Class Mine Counter Measures Vessel

8

Sandown Class Mine Counter Measures Vessel

7

River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels

3

River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (Helicopter)

1

P2000 Patrol Boats

18

Ocean Survey Vessels

1

Coastal Survey Vessels

3

Ice Patrol Ship

1

Ships Submersible Ballistic Nuclear

4

Ship Submersible Nuclear

7

(1) HMS Illustrious is now operating in the Landing Platform Helicopter role, as well as HMS Ocean.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Departmental Flags

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which flag or flags are routinely displayed outside each of his Department's overseas (a) posts and (b) residences. [84588]

[Official Report, 7 December 2011, Vol. 537, c. 307-8W.]

Letter of correction from Henry Bellingham:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell) on 7 December 2011.

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The full answer given was as follows:

Mr Bellingham: The information requested is as follows:

(a) The general rule is that the relevant flag—as follows—should be flown at post on all working days during office hours, depending on which country the posts are located in and the type:

Diplomatic flag—this is the Union flag with the Royal Arms in the centre surrounded by a green garland.

Consular flag—this is the Union flag with the St Edward's Crown in the centre on a white disc . It is only flown at consular posts in foreign countries.

Union flag—this is flown in Commonwealth countries.

European flag—the display of the European flag is a courtesy rather than a requirement. On Europe day (9 May), posts in EU and EU-applicant countries should display the European flag. Other posts may also display the flag on Europe day where this is normal local practice. UKREP Brussels displays the European flag at all times. All posts may display the flag at other times where this is normal local practice.

In all cases, the European flag is displayed alongside, not instead of, the British Diplomatic, Consular or in Commonwealth countries the Union flag, with the British flag having precedence.

Overseas Territories—The personal flag of an Officer Administering the Government (OAG) in an Overseas Territory is the Union flag, superimposed in the centre with the approved arms or badge of the Territory on a white disc surrounded by a green garland. It is flown from sunrise to sunset at Government House when the OAG is in residence: if he/she is not, the flag is flown wherever he/she is in the Territory.

The Union flag is flown from sunrise to sunset at Government House when the OAG is not in residence. It is also flown there if he/she has placed the residence entirely at the disposal of an important visitor, e.g. a member of the royal family.

UK national flags—three of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom have their own national flags: the St Andrew's, St David's, and St George's flags. (Northern Ireland is currently without a national flag, pending a new design.) These flags may be flown on the appropriate national day. Posts also have discretion to fly them when special circumstances/events dictate, e.g. the visit of a Minister from a devolved Administration.

London 2012—The International Olympic Committee and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games gave permission for posts overseas to fly the London 2012 host country flag on key dates in 2012 and for the duration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), has supported. The dates in question are as follows:

9 January 2012: 200 days to go—Olympics

11 February 2012: 200 days to go—Paralympics

18 April 2012: 100 days to go—Olympics

10 May 2012: Lighting of the Olympic flame

17 May 2012: Handover of the Olympic flame

18 May 2012: Arrival in the UK of the Olympic flame

21 May 2012: 100 days to go—Paralympics

27 July to 12 August 2012 inclusive: Olympic Games

29 August to 9 September 2012 inclusive: Paralympic Games.

Posts are only permitted to fly the 2012 flag on those agreed dates above, but can display it in their reception areas at other times. Again the British Diplomatic, Consular or the Union flag, will take precedence.

(b) The general rule for flying the relevant flags listed above at Residencies is that they should be flown on the following British anniversaries, during the visit of one of Her Majesty's ships or on days of local celebration or mourning.

British Anniversaries:

20 January: birthday of HRH the Countess of Wessex

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6 February: Her Majesty's Accession

19 February: birthday of HRH the Duke of York

1 March: St David's day

10 March: birthday of HRH the Earl of Wessex

17 March: St Patrick's day

March (second Monday): Commonwealth day

21 April: birthday of Her Majesty

23 April: St George's day

9 May: Europe day(1)

2 June: Coronation day

10 June: birthday of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

June (second Saturday): official celebration of Her Majesty's birthday

17 July: birthday of HRH the Duchess of Cornwall

15 August: birthday of HRH the Princess Royal

November (second Sunday):Remembrance day

14 November: birthday of HRH the Prince of Wales

20 November: Her Majesty's wedding anniversary

30 November: St Andrew's day.

(1) The Union flag should fly alongside the European flag. On Government buildings that only have one flagpole, the Union flag should take precedence.

The correct answer should have been:

Mr Bellingham: The information requested is as follows:

(a) The general rule is that the relevant flag—as follows—should be flown at post on all working days during office hours, depending on which country the posts are located in and the type:

Diplomatic flag—this is the Union flag with the Royal Arms in the centre surrounded by a green garland.

Consular flag—this is the Union flag with the St Edward's Crown in the centre on a white disc . It is only flown at consular posts in foreign countries.

Union flag—this is flown in Commonwealth countries.

European flag—the display of the European flag is a courtesy rather than a requirement. On Europe day (9 May), posts in EU and EU-applicant countries should display the European flag. Other posts may also display the flag on Europe day where this is normal local practice. UKREP Brussels displays the European flag at all times. All posts may display the flag at other times where this is normal local practice.

In all cases, the European flag is displayed alongside, not instead of, the British Diplomatic, Consular or in Commonwealth countries the Union flag, with the British flag having precedence.

Overseas Territories—The personal flag of an Officer Administering the Government (OAG) in an Overseas Territory is the Union flag, superimposed in the centre with the approved arms or badge of the Territory on a white disc surrounded by a green garland. It is flown from sunrise to sunset at Government House when the OAG is in residence: if he/she is not, the flag is flown wherever he/she is in the Territory.

The Union flag is flown from sunrise to sunset at Government House when the OAG is not in residence. It is also flown there if he/she has placed the residence entirely at the disposal of an important visitor, e.g. a member of the royal family.

UK national flags—three of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom have their own national flags: the St Andrew's, Y Ddraig Goch “The Red Dragon”, and St George's Cross flags.

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(Northern Ireland is currently without a national flag, pending a new design.) These flags may be flown on the appropriate national day. Posts also have discretion to fly them when special circumstances/events dictate, e.g. the visit of a Minister from a devolved Administration.

London 2012—The International Olympic Committee and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games gave permission for posts overseas to fly the London 2012 host country flag on key dates in 2012 and for the duration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), has supported. The dates in question are as follows:

9 January 2012: 200 days to go—Olympics

11 February 2012: 200 days to go—Paralympics

18 April 2012: 100 days to go—Olympics

10 May 2012: Lighting of the Olympic flame

17 May 2012: Handover of the Olympic flame

18 May 2012: Arrival in the UK of the Olympic flame

21 May 2012: 100 days to go—Paralympics

27 July to 12 August 2012 inclusive: Olympic Games

29 August to 9 September 2012 inclusive: Paralympic Games.

Posts are only permitted to fly the 2012 flag on those agreed dates above, but can display it in their reception areas at other times. Again the British Diplomatic, Consular or the Union flag, will take precedence.

(b) The general rule for flying the relevant flags listed above at Residencies is that they should be flown on the following British anniversaries, during the visit of one of Her Majesty's ships or on days of local celebration or mourning.

British Anniversaries:

20 January: birthday of HRH the Countess of Wessex

6 February: Her Majesty's Accession

19 February: birthday of HRH the Duke of York

1 March: St David's day

10 March: birthday of HRH the Earl of Wessex

17 March: St Patrick's day

March (second Monday): Commonwealth day

21 April: birthday of Her Majesty

23 April: St George's day

9 May: Europe day(1)

2 June: Coronation day

10 June: birthday of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

June (second Saturday): official celebration of Her Majesty's birthday

17 July: birthday of HRH the Duchess of Cornwall

15 August: birthday of HRH the Princess Royal

November (second Sunday):Remembrance day

14 November: birthday of HRH the Prince of Wales

20 November: Her Majesty's wedding anniversary

30 November: St Andrew's day.

(1) The Union flag should fly alongside the European flag. On Government buildings that only have one flagpole, the Union flag should take precedence.