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Incapacitants

Mr. Livingstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the possible incapacitant agents which were assessed before the CS sprays were adopted for police use; [38609]

Mr. Michael: CR (Dibenz (b.f)-1:4-oxazepine) was considered in a report by the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, commissioned by the Home Office, which reviewed the toxicology of CS (Orthochlorobenzylidene Malonitrile). The report, which was produced in December 1994, is unclassified and copies have been placed in the Library. The Home Office has not produce any other published or internal reports on CR.

Incapacitants considered in the 1994 report apart from CS and CR were CN (chloroacetophenone, commonly known as Mace) and oleoresin capsicum (commonly known as pepper spray). None of the alternatives to CS is considered to be an appropriate incapacitant for use by police officers in this country.

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DEFENCE

Officers

Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the number of (a) 4 star, (b) 3 star, (c) 2 star and (d) 1 star officers in respect of the (i) Royal Navy, (ii) Army, (iii) Royal Marines and (iv) Royal Air Force and the total number of service personnel based in each of the Government's standard regions of England and in Scotland and in Wales at the latest date for which figures are available. [40997]

Dr. Reid: The number of 1 to 4 star officers, by Service, and the total number of Service personnel, based in each of the Government's standard regions of England, Scotland, and Wales, as at 1 July 1997 (the latest breakdown figures available) are set out in the tables.

Number of 1 to 4 star officers by region

All servicesRoyal NavyRoyal MarinesArmyRAF
North West
4 star----------
3 star----------
2 star----------
1 star1----1--
Yorks & Humberside
4 star----------
3 star----------
2 star1----1--
1 star5----5--
East Midlands
4 star----------
3 star----------
2 star 1------1
1 star4----13
West Midlands
4 star----------
3 star----------
2 star1----1--
1 star31--2--
Eastern
4 star21----1
3 star32--1--
2 star71----6
1 star2781414
London
4 star61--23
3 star7----43
2 star297--1012
1 star642012419
South East
4 star31----2
3 star42--11
2 star217275
1 star862554214
South West
4 star3----3--
3 star41--21
2 star267--109
1 star811724121
Wales
4 star----------
3 star----------
2 star----------
1 star2----11
Scotland
4 star----------
3 star----------
2 star31--2--
1 star61--41

Note:

No 1 to 4 star officers are based in North East or Merseyside regions


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Total number of service personnel by region

All servicesNaval servicesArmyRAF
North East1,29425784485
North West1,981181,786177
Merseyside2002815121
Yorks & Humberside10,9581038,8382,017
East Midlands7,7911109346,747
West Midlands5,102913,4801,531
Eastern17,0391,0817,5118,447
London7,3389164,0882,334
South East46,56715,33722,8658,365
South West44,36718,65716,2119,499
Wales3,333279292,377
Scotland13,8915,2832,9535,655

Departmental Personnel

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former Royal Marines personnel (a) above the rank of captain and (b) at or below the rank of captain are currently employed by his Department on a (i) full-time, (ii) part-time and (iii) consultant basis. [39936]

Dr. Reid: The number of former Royal Marines service personnel above the rank of captain employed by the Ministry of Defence on a full-time basis is 10; none is employed on a part-time basis. The number at or below the rank of captain employed on a full time basis is 174; none is employed on a part time basis.

The number of former Royal Marines service personnel employed by the Ministry of Defence on a consultant basis is not held centrally and could be made available only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former Royal Navy service personnel (a) above the rank of lieutenant commander and (b) at or below the rank of lieutenant commander are currently employed by his Department on a (i) full-time, (ii) part-time and (iii) consultant basis. [39934]

Dr. Reid: The number of former Royal Navy service personnel above the rank of lieutenant commander employed by the Ministry of Defence on a full-time basis is 69; the number employed on a part-time basis is one. The number at or below the rank of lieutenant commander employed on a full-time basis is 953; the number employed on a part-time basis is seven.

The number of former Royal Navy service personnel employed by the Ministry of Defence on a consultant basis is not held centrally and could be made available only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former RAF service personnel (a) above the rank of squadron leader and (b) at or below the rank of squadron are currently employed by his Department on a (i) full-time, (ii) part-time and (iii) consultant basis. [39933]

Dr. Reid: The number of former RAF service personnel above the rank of squadron leader employed by the Ministry of Defence on a full-time basis is 122; the number employed on a part-time basis is two. The number

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at or below the rank of squadron leader employed on a full-time basis is 1,598; the number employed on a part-time basis is 19.

The number of former RAF service personnel employed by the Ministry of Defence on a consultant basis is not held centrally and could be made available only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former army personnel (a) above the rank of major and (b) at or below the rank of major are currently employed by his Department on a (i) full-time, (ii) part-time and (iii) consultant basis. [39935]

Dr. Reid: The number of former army service personnel above the rank of major employed by the Ministry of Defence on a full-time basis is 514; the number employed on a part-time basis is two. The number at or below the rank of major employed on a full-time basis is 2,404; the number employed on a part-time basis is 11.

The number of former army service personnel employed by the Ministry of Defence on a consultant basis is not held centrally and could be made available only at disproportionate cost.

Field Marshals

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) serving and (b) retired field marshals there are; and, in respect of the latter, what continuing duties or obligations they have. [41223]

Dr. Reid: One of the recommendations made in the Independent Review of the Armed Forces' Manpower, Career and Remuneration Structures by Sir Michael Bett was that promotion to 5-star rank should cease in peacetime. There is now no serving officer at Field Marshal rank. There are, however, eight retired Field Marshals retained on the active list. In terms of continuing duties and obligations some have retained honorary appointments connected with the Army which tend to be ceremonial and do not involve official commitment. These are: Constable Tower of London, Master Gunner St. James's Park, Vice Lord Lieutenant Wiltshire and Lord Lieutenant Greater London. In addition, two members of The Royal Family hold the honorary rank of Field Marshal, as does HM The King of Nepal.


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