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Iraq

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what preparatory work has been carried out within his Department to facilitate the deployment of the UK armed forces in the event of a war with Iraq; and if he will make a statement. [75717]

Mr. Hoon: No decision regarding the commitment of United Kingdom Armed Forces to any potential military operations in Iraq has been taken. Military action is neither imminent nor inevitable. The Government of Iraq is being given every chance to comply with its obligations under United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

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However, as my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has made clear, alongside the diplomacy, there must be genuine preparedness and planning to take action if diplomacy fails. We routinely take prudent steps to ensure that our armed forces are ready, fully trained and fully equipped for any actions that they may be called upon to undertake.

Watchkeeper

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the equipment and systems procured for Watchkeeper will conform to the proposed NATO STANAG 4586. [75844]

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Dr. Moonie: The United Kingdom is contributing to the development of NATO STANAG 4586 that relates to the definition of Standard Interfaces of Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) Control Systems for NATO UAV interoperability. Whilst this has yet to go through the ratification process it is intended that the equipment and systems procured for Watchkeeper will conform to the principles of interoperability defined therein.

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the successful bidders for the assessment phase of Watchkeeper will be announced. [75843]

Dr. Moonie: The bids for the Assessment phase of Watchkeeper are currently being assessed and it is hoped to announce the result shortly.

Tracer Programme User Trials

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the UK/US Tracer Programme user trials will cost; how long these trials will be; when the results are expected to be published; and if he will make a statement. [75997]

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Dr. Moonie: Technology demonstrations for the TRACER programme took place during June and July 2002. The cost of these trials was included in the overall Assessment Phase contracts valued at some #90 million. Final reports have now been delivered and technology maturity data that they contain will inform decisions within the Department about how individual technologies might be applied to future equipment programmes. The results contain commercially sensitive proprietary information and there are no plans to publish them.

Armed Forces (Strength)

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Army and (c) the Royal Air Force were aged (i) under 18, (ii) 18 to 19, (iii) 20 to 24, (iv) 25 to 29, (v) 30 to 34, (vi) 35 to 39, (vii) 40 to 44, (viii) 45 to 49 and (ix) 50 years and over on 1 April each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [76166]

Mr. Ingram: The percentage of the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Army and (c) the Royal Air Force by age categories are listed in the following tables:

(a) Royal Navy

Navy Officers
MonthsApril 2002July 2001July 2000July 1999July 1998July 1997
Age (yrs)Percentage
Under 18
18 to 190.91.10.80.70.40.3
20 to 249.48.48.07.98.08.7
25 to 2918.018.518.919.519.720.1
30 to 3417.718.619.219.419.919.4
35 to 3919.719.519.719.719.920.1
40 to 4416.916.916.415.514.413.1
45 to 4910.710.210.310.811.112.0
50 and over6.76.86.66.66.76.3
Grand Total100100100100100100

Navy Other Ranks
MonthsApril 2002July 2001July 2000July 1999July 1998July 1997
Age (yrs)Percentage
Under 182.82.32.62.62.51.8
18 to 197.97.98.07.56.03.9
20 to 2424.322.72–18.418.520.7
25 to 2918.020.123.225.327.228.2
30 to 3420.320.619.819.419.719.7
35 to 3917.717.818.318.918.518.4
40 to 446.35.95.54.94.64.2
45 to 492.12.12.22.42.52.6
50 and over0.50.60.50.50.50.4
Grand Total100100100100100100

(b) Army


Army Officers
MonthsApril 2002July 2001July 2000July 1999July 1998July 1997
Age (yrs)Percentage
Under 180.1
18 to 191.31.11.21.11.00.9
20 to 2411.211.111.110.112.011.8
25 to 2920.521.021.722.121.521.2
30 to 3414.413.913.814.514.514.7
35 to 3914.314.714.514.614.214.2
40 to 4417.016.816.516.215.715.2
45 to 4912.012.011.311.611.412.6
50 and over9.39.49.99.89.89.4
Grand Total100100100100100100

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Army Other Ranks
MonthsApril 2002July 2001July 2000July 1999July 1998July 1997
Age (yrs)Percentage
Under 185.84.84.45.04.43.8
18 to 1911.011.011.511.510.79.1
20 to 2428.528.227.226.426.528.0
25 to 2919.620.922.924.526.628.5
30 to 3418.318.618.117.817.717.1
35 to 3913.513.413.012.311.811.2
40 to 442.82.62.32.01.81.7
45 to 490.30.30.30.30.30.4
50 and over0.20.20.30.30.30.2
Grand Total100100100100100100

(c) Royal Air Force


RAF Officers
MonthsApril 2002July 2001July 2000July 1999July 1998July 1997
Age (yrs)Percentage
Under 18
18 to 190.40.40.40.30.20.1
20 to 248.17.87.16.25.76.0
25 to 2914.114.815.716.317.417.9
30 to 3420.821.121.622.522.822.4
35 to 3921.520.920.119.419.018.3
40 to 4413.713.313.013.112.813.0
45 to 4910.510.410.310.410.811.4
50 and over10.811.311.911.811.410.9
Grand Total100100100100100100

RAF Other Ranks
MonthsApril 2002July 2001July 2000July 1999July 1998July 1997
Age (yrs)Percentage
Under 181.31.10.81.00.90.6
18 to 195.14.95.04.93.72.4
20 to 2419.718.516.313.612.213.6
25 to 2916.418.021.024.328.430.6
30 to 3421.322.022.122.022.022.6
35 to 3919.619.819.919.919.117.3
40 to 4411.010.29.38.98.37.8
45 to 493.73.73.73.53.33.1
50 and over1.81.91.92.02.02.1
Grand Total100100100100100100

Note:

– denotes 0


Civil Service Pay

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the average pay rise for civil servants in his Department over each of the last five years; and what pay rises have been approved for each of the years (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04, (c) 2004–05 and (d) 2005–06; and if he will make a statement. [75716]

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Dr. Moonie: The percentage pay rise for industrial and non-industrial civil servants in the Ministry of Defence is set out in the table below. The figures exclude trading fund and other agencies which have responsibility for their own pay bargaining. They show the increases to the Ministry of Defence paybill over each of the last five years and the increases recently

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agreed for the years (a) 2002–2003, (b) 2003–2004, (c) 2004–2005 and (d) 2005–2006. Up to 2001, there were separate pay systems for the two groups of staff, but these have been harmonised from 2002.

Year% increase to paybill of non-industrial staff% increase to paybill of industrial staff
19972.73.0
19982.53.3
19992.73.5
20002.63.5
20012.73.7
20023.2
20033.1
20043.1
20053.1


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