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Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the establishment requirement in the Royal Air Force for qualified technical personnel responsible for the maintenance of equipment serviceability in operational units and maintenance depots, stating in each case the (a) specialty requirement, (b) manning levels and (c) percentage difference from establishment requirement; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: The specific information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The table shows the requirement and trained strength, as at 1 December 2001, of RAF branches and trades involved in work relating to the maintenance of equipment serviceability.
|Engineering Technician Airframe||4,510||4,718||208||4.6|
|Engineering Technician Propulsion||2,544||2,719||175||6.9|
|Engineering Technician Weapon||2,048||2,149||101||4.9|
|Engineering Technician Avionics||3,305||3,376||71||2.1|
|Engineering Technician Aircraft Electrical||1,922||1,844||-78||-4.0|
|Engineering Technician Electronics||2,359||2,104||-255||-10.8|
|General Technician Electrical||646||591||-55||-8.5|
|General Technician Ground Support Equipment||745||750||5||0.7|
|General Technician Workshops||123||150||27||21.9|
|Mechanical Transport Technician||430||437||7||1.6|
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Not all personnel in the branches and trades listed are permanently employed on operational or maintenance units. Some are required to undergo other duties or further specialist trade training. Generally speaking, surplus personnel are employed in the ground trade posts that may be filled by trained personnel of any trade. Measures are being taken to ameliorate the impact of the deficits and surpluses wherever possible.
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maintenance of equipment serviceability in operational units and maintenance depots, stating in each case the (a) specialty requirement, (b) manning levels and (c) percentage difference from establishment requirement; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) are the qualified specialist corps responsible for the technical maintenance of equipment within the Army. The table shows the REME trades involved in work relating to the maintenance of equipment, as at 1 December 2001.
|Career Employment Group|
|Technician Control Equipment||345||336||-9||-2.6|
(1) DASA (Army)
(2) REME Manning and Career Management Division
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the establishment requirement in the Royal Navy for qualified technical personnel responsible for the maintenance of equipment serviceability in operational units and maintenance depots, stating in each case the (a) specialty requirement, (b) manning levels and (c) percentage difference from establishment requirement; and if he will make a statement. 
|Weapon Engineer Officer||746||733||-1.7|
|Marine Engineer Officer||652||640||-1.8|
|Air Engineer Officer||346||312||-9.8|
|Weapon Engineering Artificer||1,661||1,523||-8.3|
|Marine Engineering Artificer||2,050||1,972||-3.8|
|Air Engineering Artificer||984||961||-2.3|
|Weapon Engineering Mechanic||785||762||-2.9|
|Marine Engineering Mechanic||3,514||3,225||-8.2|
|Air Engineering Mechanic||2,240||2,273||+1.4|
Currently the overall shortfall is 3.38 per cent officers and 4.61 per cent. ratings. However, all the RN's operational seagoing engineer officer posts are filled, and operational capability is being protected by giving priority to filling front-line posts for ratings. A number of measures are in hand to improve the shortfall.
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Mr. Russell Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Sulawesi, Indonesia, with particular reference to recent bombings of four churches in the area. 
Mr. Bradshaw: We continue to monitor events in the province of central Sulawesi closely. Sporadic clashes between Muslims and Christians in and around Poso, and more recently between Muslims and the security forces, continued after three Christian militia leaders were sentenced to death on 5 April 201 for their part in killings in May and June 2000. On 19 November 2001, the Supreme Court in Jakarta dismissed appeals by the three militia leaders against the death sentence.
On 23 November 2001, our chargé d'affaires in Jakarta raised our concerns about the escalating violence with Bambang Yudhoyono, the Indonesian Co-ordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs. Mr. Yudhoyono confirmed that police and military reinforcements had been despatched to Poso to help contain the situation. During a visit to Central Sulawesi on 5 December 2001, Mr. Yudhoyono announced that President Megawati had ordered a six-month security restoration plan for the province. The Indonesian Government subsequently brokered an agreement between the warring factions to end the fighting which was signed on 20 December. This appears to be holding up reasonably well, although four bombs exploded outside churches in the region on new year's eve. The culprits are unknown but both Christian and Muslim leaders have appealed for calm.
HMG have consistently made clear their view that long-term solutions to regional conflicts can be achieved only through negotiation and consultation. We continue to work with the Indonesian authorities to promote reconciliation, begin wider reconstruction work and offer practical assistance where appropriate. As part of our effort to support conflict prevention initiatives, the British Government recently funded a series of Conflict Reporting training workshops for journalists in various provinces in Indonesia, which included participants from Poso.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the source of funds that financed the arms shipment on Karine A; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) what assessment he has made of the (a) source and (b) ultimate intended destination of the arms on the Karine A; and if he will make a statement; 
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Mr. Bradshaw: The discovery of the arms shipment on the Karine A is a serious matter. We have seen evidence linking the shipment to Palestinian officials. But the extent of Palestinian Authority involvement and details of the origin destination and funding for the arms remain unclear. Israeli and Palestinian Authority inquiries are in hand. In a meeting with President Arafat on 15 January I urged him to investigate Palestinian involvement thoroughly and present his findings quickly.
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