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Civilian Personnel (Scotland)

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's civilian personnel are employed in Scotland; where they are employed; how many are at each location; and which agencies employ them. [112857]

Dr. Moonie: There are 9,098 civilian personnel employed in Scotland. Details of where they are employed, how many are at each location and which agencies employ them are set out in the tables:

LocationPersonnel compliment
All Scotland9,098
East Kilbride6
East Lothian158
North East Fife323
West Lothian3
Western Is,14

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AgencyPersonnel compliment
Non-Agency personnel (less Royal Fleet Auxiliary2,352
UK Hydrographic Office3
Meteorological Office157
Service Childrens Education2
Queen Victoria School68
Defence Postal and Courier Service8
Army Base Repair Organisation110
Ministry of Defence Police870
Naval Recruiting and Training Agency13
RAF Training Group Defence Agency41
Army Training and Recruiting Agency116
Defence Communications Service Agency21
Defence Estates79
Naval Bases and Supplies Agency3,080
Logistics Support Services83
RAF Signals Engineering Establishment77
Defence Clothing and Textile Agency1
Defence Dental Agency11
Medical Supply Agency6
Army Personnel Centre1,130
Ships Support Agency151
Defence Vetting Agency6
Defence Aviation Repair Agency350
Defence Storage and Distribution Agency36
Defence Housing Executive99
Defence Procurement Agency227


1. The data covers UK based permanent civilian personnel counted in the official Ministry of Defence civil service figures. It excludes UK based casual civilian personnel and permanent civilian personnel whose salaries are paid for, or reimbursed by, other non Ministry of Defence organisations such as NATO and USAF.

2. The data excludes all Defence Evaluation and Research Agency staff on whom reliable location data is not available.

3. Numbers will not always add up to the total MOD personnel in Scotland.

Married Quarters (Scotland)

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many married quarters are available to forces families in Scotland; where they are; and what are their occupancy levels. [112837]

Dr. Moonie: 800 properties are in the course of disposal leaving a working stock of 5,033 properties, 88.5 per cent. of which are occupied. The main locations are:

HMS Spartan

Mrs. Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when HMS Spartan's refit will be completed; and when the vessel will be operational. [112838]

Dr. Moonie: HMS Spartan is planned to complete her refit in the summer of 2001 and to be operational, following trials, in early 2002.

Clyde Naval Base

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's civilian personnel are employed (a) at HMNB Clyde, (b) at HMNB Clyde exclusively on maintaining and servicing nuclear

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propelled submarines, (c) at HMNB Clyde exclusively on maintaining conventional surface vessels and (d) on work on both submarines and surface vessels. [112855]

Mr. Spellar: As at 29 February 2000, HMNB Clyde employed a total of 3,277 civilian personnel.

The Department of Engineering within HMNB Clyde has 198 civilian staff who would be considered to be employed solely on maintaining and servicing both submarines and surface vessels. Due to the re-structuring of the Department in recent years and the flexibility of the workforce that now exists, all would be expected to maintain and service both submarines and surface vessels, to some extent, as might be required.

For the reasons stated above it is not possible to give a definitive answer to the split of tasks between surface vessels and submarines.


Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the maximum number of surface vessels that were accommodated at Faslane at any one time in the past five years; what were the types and numbers of vessels accommodated on that occasion; and when that was. [112856]

Dr. Moonie: On 6 June 1999, there were 30 surface ships accommodated at HM Naval Base Clyde (Faslane). They were:

    Two in number Destroyers/Frigates

    12 in Minor War vessels

    Six Fast patrol craft

    One Castle class offshore patrol vessel

    Four P2000 class patrol boats

    Three Support vessels.


Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what are the costs of salaries for all his Department's civilians in Scotland, by agency and in total; [112853]

Dr. Moonie: The information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Depleted Uranium

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans he expects to be tested for depleted uranium; what will be the cost; and if he will make a statement. [112968]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 6 March 2000]: To address Gulf veterans' concerns, on 8 September 1999, the Ministry of Defence offered to arrange independent testing for Depleted Uranium to those Gulf veterans who had their urine tested for Depleted Uranium in Canada. This offer must not be taken as an indication that the Ministry of Defence believes veterans do have high levels of Depleted Uranium in their bodies. Rather it is

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something the Ministry of Defence would like to do so that we can move forward from a firm scientific basis. A draft protocol under which this testing will take place is with veterans' representatives for comment. If it is agreed, we believe that approximately 30 veterans would be eligible for testing. My Department estimates that the cost of obtaining and testing a sample of veteran's urine will be approximately £3,500 per person, excluding Ministry of Defence overheads.

RAF Yearbook

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what editorial control the MoD Publications Clearance Branch exercises over the Royal Air Force Yearbook. [112451]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 1 March 2000]: The Publications Clearance Branch (Air) does not exercise direct editorial control over the RAF Yearbook. However, contributions to the Yearbook from serving personnel are subject to the normal publications clearance procedure laid down in Queen's Regulations. This requires them to submit potential articles for clearance to the Publications Clearance Branch (Air) in advance of publication.

The Director of Corporate Communications (RAF) also co-operates very closely with the RAF Benevolent Fund during the production of the Yearbook and will see all the text before publication.


Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the integration of ASRAAM missiles into Jaguar GR3A to be completed; and if he will make a statement. [112436]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 1 March 2000]: Following an assessment of the cost effectiveness and operational benefits of this project, we have decided not to proceed with integration of the ASRAAM onto Jaguar GR3A.

Asbestos-related Diseases

Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the total number of service personnel diagnosed to be suffering with asbestosis or asbestos-related diseases in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many deaths occurred in each service branch from asbestos-related diseases over the same period. [113327]

Mr. Spellar: Since 1 January 1995 there have been no serving service personnel who died or have been reported as having been diagnosed with asbestosis or asbestos- related disease in the last five years.

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