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Mr. Archie Hamilton : Figures of expenditure on pensions payable under the armed forces pension scheme to those with a disability attributed to service are not separately maintained.

Mr. O'Neill : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what would be the total annual cost of increasing pensions by £40 a week for pre- 1973 war disabled.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : The annual cost of making a payment of £40 per week to all those currently receiving a DSS war disablement pension would be approximately £400 million. Separate figures are not available for those whose service ended before 31 March 1973.


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CHARM Tank Gun

Mr. Rogers : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if progress on the CHARM tank gun programme is on schedule ; and if Royal Ordnance will be able to meet the timescale of the Challenger 2 development programme.

Mr. Alan Clark : The CHARM gun programme is on schedule to meet the timescale of the Chieftain replacement programme as set out in my right hon. Friend's statement to the House on 20 December 1988 ( Official Report, Vol. 144, col. 283).

Ambulance Services

Mr. Robin Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the areas of the country in which military personnel have been providing ambulance services and the dates at which they became involved in each area.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : As at 17 January, the areas where service personnel have been assisting the police and voluntary services in the provision of an accident and emergency service, together with the date that these services began, are as follows :


Location               |Since                            

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London                 |8 November 1989                  

Hertfordshire          |17 November 1989                 

Bedfordshire           |25 November 1989                 

Lincolnshire           |25 November 1989                 

South Yorkshire        |8 December 1989                  

West Midlands          |15 December 1989                 

Dorset                 |18 December 1989                 

Hereford and Worcester |22 December 1989                 

Staffordshire          |4 January 1990                   

Surrey                 |11 January 1990                  

Essex                  |11 January 1990                  

Oxfordshire            |12 January 1990                  

Buckinghamshire        |12 January 1990                  

West Sussex            |12 January 1990                  

Warwickshire           |12 January 1990                  

Berkshire              |17 January 1990                  

Service ambulances also operated in Derbyshire between 24 November and 1 December.

Mr. Robin Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the cost to date of the forces' operation of the ambulance service.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave on 9 January to the hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) ( Official Report, col. 614 ). Figures for the period ending 31 December 1989 have not yet been finalised.

Mr. Robin Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total number of military personnel and vehicles currently involved in the provision of ambulance services.

Mr. Archie Hamilton : Nine hundred and sixty-eight service personnel and 181 service vehicles are involved directly in the provision of an accident and emergency service.


 

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