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Mr. Brazier : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of serving members of the Regular Army are home owners.
Mr. Neubert : The current percentage of home ownership by serving members of the Regular Army is 26.3 per cent. This figure represents 71.4 per cent. of officers and 18.4 per cent. of other ranks.
Mr. Brazier : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of serving members of the Regular Army are over the age of 25 years ; and what was the corresponding figure 20 years ago.
Mr. Neubert : Due to the availability of statistics, the latest figures we have are December 1988 to correspond with the figures of 20 years ago, December 1968. On this basis, the figures are as follows :
Regular Army over the age of 25 December |Percentage --------------------------------- 1988 |51 1968 |48
Sir Michael McNair-Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many boys, the sons of service personnel, have attended Crookham Court school on Ministry of Defence grants since 1974.
Mr. Archie Hamilton : The Ministry of Defence does not maintain past records of the numbers of children of service
Column 61personnel who have attended particular boarding schools. However, at the start of the 1988-89 academic year there were 61 children of service personnel at Crookham Court school ; this number has since fallen to 32.
Sir Michael McNair-Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Service Children's Education Authority last visited Crookham Court school, Newbury, Berkshire.
Mr. Neubert : Crookham Court school was last visited on 8 February 1989.
Sir Michael McNair-Wilson : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether in agreeing to pay boarding school allowance for the child of service parents, his Department considers (a) the standard of education on offer and (b) the academic success achieved by a school.
Mr. Neubert : The criteria for the admissibility of a school for service boarding school allowance purposes were given in written answer on 9 June, at column 257. These criteria do not take account of the academic success rate, since this is a matter for parents to consider in the light of their children's abilities. The standard of education must, however, be comparable to that available within the state system.
Miss Lestor : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the value of arms sales by the United Kigdom to Malaysia for each of the last five years.
Mr. Sainsbury : The value of major arms sales by the United Kingdom to Malaysia for the last five years, as reported to the Ministry of Defence, is :
Year |£ million ------------------------------ 1984 |4.3 1985 |nil 1986 |3.3 1987 |2.1 1988 |16.0 |-- Total |25.7
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out the environmental and safety improvements that have been instituted (a) at the atomic weapons research establishment at Aldermaston and (b) at other atomic weapons research establishment facilities since the Pochin report.
Mr. Sainsbury : The Pochin report related to radiological health and safety specifically at Aldermaston.
Column 62Since the report, AWE has taken remedial action to deal with the deficiencies found, and has made changes including the training of staff ; recruitment and deployment of specialist health and safety, engineering and support staff ; continuing additions to the personnel radiation monitoring programmes as modern technology advances ; and the addition of a substantial environmental monitoring programme around all AWE sites.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if, during the meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Defence Ministers in Brussels on 8-9 June, the views and role of anti-nuclear weapons protest groups was discussed.
Mr. Flynn : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what volumes of toxic wastes are present at the Ministry of Defence, atomic weapons establishment or Royal Ordnance factories at Aldermaston, Burghfield, Caerwent and HMS Vulcan ; what storage and disposal facilities exist for these wastes ; and what health and safety provisions cover the wastes.
Mr. Sainsbury : It is not the practice to give details of the quantities of radioactive and other toxic waste substances held at MOD premises. Any such wastes are held temporarily in appropriate containers and storage buildings until they can be disposed of safely in accordance with legislative commitments. While being stored, the wastes are subject to the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974. Disposal is subject to agreement with relevant environmental regulatory departments (Her Majesty's inspectors of pollution ; the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food ; and, where relevant, the Welsh Office and Her Majesty's industrial pollution inspectorate in Scotland). Transport of wastes is subject to regulatory measures of the Health and Safety Executive and the Department of Transport.
Mr. Marlow : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those official equestrian activities which are supported by public funds.
Mr. Neubert : The following equestrian activities are supported from public funds :
Ceremonial and public duties
National and NATO service competitions.