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Operation Sandcastle

Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many statements were taken and in which countries in connection with Operation Sandcastle; and if he will place the report of 31 March 1992 in the Library. [81327]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 18 November 2002]: According to records held by the Ministry of Defence, 1,868 potential witnesses were traced and interviewed during the course of Operation Sandcastle by the Royal Military Police. During the course of their investigation they recorded 1,056 individual questionnaires and collected a further 725 statements (including those made by British citizens held as Prisoners of War by the Iraqis).

Our records do not detail in which countries those interviews were conducted but I understand that most were conducted in the United Kingdom and Kuwait as well as other Gulf States.

This report contains the confidential statements of individuals who witnessed or were subject to alleged acts of Iraqi brutality during the Gulf War, and the Ministry of Defence has a duty to protect the confidentiality of those who co-operated with the Royal Military Police. I am therefore withholding the report under Exemption 14 (Information given in confidence) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

Outreach Programmes

Mr. Hawkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding from his Department has been provided for Outreach programmes run by ACFA in the financial year 2001–02; what will be provided in financial years (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2004–05; and if he will make a statement. [82959]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 25 November 2002]: Outreach is a Youth and Community project, administered by the Army Cadet Force Association. The project receives funding from three separate Government Departments: the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and the Department for Education and Skills. Funding for the project has been confirmed between 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2003–04. A final

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decision on the level of funding for 2004–05 has yet to be made. The funding currently allocated by these Departments is as follows:

£000

Financial yearMinistry of DefenceHome OfficeDepartment for Education and Skills
2001–02606020
2002–03606034
2003–04606034

PFI Contracts

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on the PFI contracts for (a) the Germany white fleet, (b) MHE vehicles and (c) the RAF white fleet; when the contracts were completed; and if he will make a statement. [82258]

Mr. Ingram: Spend and completion dates for the specified PFI contracts are as follows:


Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on the PFI contracts for (a) the hazardous stores information system, (b) the Yeovilton family quarters, (c) DFTS, (d) electronic messaging service (Armymail), (e) the Hawk simulator, (f) Tidworth water and sewerage, (g) DHFS (Helicopter Flying School) and (h) TAFMIS (IT); whether the contracts are on schedule; and if he will make a statement. [82266]

Mr. Ingram: I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Self-inflicted Injuries

Mr. Kevin McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) members and (b) employees of each of Her Majesty's armed forces are perceived to have died through self-inflicted injuries in (i) Great Britain, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) Germany and (iv) other overseas postings in each year since 1990. [80684]

Dr. Moonie: Between 1 January 1990 and 31 December 2001 there have been 326 coroner confirmed suicides and coroners' open verdicts recorded for serving members of the Regular Armed Forces. No information is centrally held on suicides among civilian employees of her Majesty's Armed Forces. The following table breaks these down by location and year, and includes 285 coroner confirmed suicides and 41 open verdicts. Suicide and open verdicts for 1995 and later are subject to change as outstanding coroners' verdicts are confirmed. This could lead to significant increases, particularly for 1999 and later.

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Suicides and open verdicts: Regular Armed Forces personnel by location: 1 January 1990 to 31 December 2001(20)

Location
Year of deathGreat Britain(21)Northern IrelandGermany (BAOR)OtherGrand total
19903238144
19912428539
19921749333
19932325232
19941936230
19951484329
19961832326
19972212025
19981204016
19991601017
20002211327
200170108
Grand total226275122326

(20) Figures for suicides and open verdicts are subject to revision as further coroner's verdicts are reported to DASA

(21) Great Britain included UK waters and North Atlantic

Note:

As at 15 November 2002


Service Careers

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of armed forces personnel who sign on for 22 years reached the 22-year point of their service in each of the last 15 years. [82119]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 25 November 2002]: It is not possible to identify the original population who signed on for 22 years and as a result figures cannot be provided as percentages. The number of United Kingdom regular other ranks personnel who have left the armed forces having served 22 years or more are as follows.

Service
Financial yearNaval(22) Army(23)RAF(24)
1986–87-2,266524
1987–88-2,316523
1988–89-2,259518
1989–90-1,950538
1990–91-1,852543
1991–92-2,134658
1992–93-2,695698
1993–94-2,997628
1994–95-2,459412
1995–96-1,935349
1996–97731,486373
1997–98381,440310
1998–99311,490323
1999–2000451,690346
2000–01441,727367
2000–02501,782457

Notes:

1. The naval service data shown include all exit reasons after the 22-year point and include five personnel who signed on for more than 22 years originally. Only six years of back data are available. These figures include RM and QARNNS.

2. For the army the personnel involved will have joined between 1965 and 1980. During this period all soldiers signed on for a 22-year engagement. There have been some amendments to the 22-year engagement which are explained as follows:

(a) From 1952 to 1957. The 22-year engagement was introduced on 1 May 1952. All soldiers enlisting on this engagement had the right to opt out at the end of three years'

service or any subsequent period of three years. The right to premature release on repayment, which had been introduced in 1948, was continued.

(b) From 1957. With effect from 1 October 1957, the three-year option was abolished apart for entrants into certain services and the foot guards.

(c) From 1969. From 1 April 1969,the three-year option was re-introduced, except for certain skilled employments.

Soldiers who signed up for 22 years but were commissioned before the end of the engagement period and have subsequently served additional years have not been included in these totals. The 22-year period has no special significance once a soldier has gained a 'Late Entry' commission.

3. For RAF airmen the 22-year exit point is the first exit point at which they receive an immediate pension on exit. There are three further option points to which personnel can continue to serve-Age 47, Length of Service 30 and Age 55. Eligibility for further service to these points will be dependent on achieving certain ranks.


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Submarines

Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when and which submarines were (a) commissioned, (b) decommissioned, (c) sold for continuing operational use and (d) scrapped since 1980. [82550]

Dr. Moonie: The submarines that have been commissioned, decommissioned, sold for continuing use and scrapped since 1980 are:

SubmarineClassCommissioned date (a)Decommissioned date (b)Sold for continued operational service (c)Scrapped (d)
CachalotSSK19801980
FinwhaleSSK19881988
GrampusSSK19801980
NarwhalSSK1983(22)1983
PorpoiseSSK1982(22)1985
SealionSSK19871990
WalrusSSK19861987
OberonSSK19861991
OlympusSSK1989(23)1989
OrpheusSSK1991(22)1991
OdinSSK19911991
OnslaughtSSK SSK19911991
OnyxSSK SSK19911992
OtterSSK1992(24)1992
OracleSSK1992(25)1992
OsirisSSK1992(23)1992
OtusSSK19921992
OcelotSSK1992(24)1992
OpportuneSSK19921992
DreadnoughtSSN(26)1983
ValiantSSN(26)1994
WarspiteSSN(26)1990
ResolutionSSBN(26)1994
RepulseSSBN(26)1996
RenownSSBN(26)1996
RevengeSSBN(26)1992
ChurchillSSN(26)1990
ConquerorSSN(26)1991
CourageousSSN(27)1992
SwiftsureSSN(26)1991
SplendidSSN1981
TrafalgarSSN1983
TurbulentSSN1984
TirelessSSN1985
TorbaySSN1987
TrenchantSSN1989
TalentSSN1990
UpholderSSK19901994(28)
UnseenSSK199119942000
UnicornSSK199319942001
UrsulaSSK19921994(29)
TriumphSSN1991
VanguardSSBN1993
VictoriousSSBN1995
VigilantSSBN1996
VengeanceSSBN1999

(22) Used for target practice by MOD.

(23) Sold to Canada.

(24) Preserved in a museum.

(25) Sold for use as spares for overseas submarines.

(26) Stored afloat.

(27) Exhibit in HMNB Devonport museum.

(28) Reactivation work being carried out pending handover to Canada.

(29) Undergoing sea trials pending handover to Canada.

Note:

The four Swiftsure Class Submarines, HMS Sovereign, HMS Syperb, HMS Sceptre and HMS Spartan are not shown since all were commissioned prior to 1980, and are still in service with the Royal Navy.


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