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Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment his Department has made of its 2006 Flexible Global Reach, Future Manning Strategy in respect of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary; and if he will make a statement. (309164)

I have been asked to reply.

As was announced on 7 December 2009 in the Treasury’s Operational Efficiency Programme Asset Portfolio document, we will be looking at the current arrangement for delivering maritime operational support through the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. This review will include assessing the 2006 Flexible Global Reach Future Manning Strategy.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which organisations his Department expects to consult as part of its Operational Efficiency Review in respect of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. (309201)

I have been asked to reply.

We are currently drawing up a list of key stakeholders to be consulted during the review of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Stakeholders from outside the MOD include the Department for Transport, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers and Nautilus International. I plan to meet key trade union stakeholders.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Operational Efficiency Review in respect of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary to report; and if he will make a statement. (309202)

I have been asked to reply.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 16 December 2009, Official Report, column 1208W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey (Derek Wyatt).