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Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircrew in the United Kingdom forces were born in Scotland; how many are pilots of (a) combat aircraft, (b) transport aircraft and (c) helicopters, in each arm of the service; and how many are other aircrew by (i) arm of service and (ii) function. 
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 26 November 2002, Official Report, column 171W, on the Apache, what assessment he has made of the cost of upgrading the Apache's night vision system. 
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Dr. Moonie: Major Army Infantry units are currently based at three locations in Scotland, detailed in the following table. We have no plans to increase accommodation for infantry units in those locations. The former Army Training and Recruitment site at Glencorse, near Penicuik, will, however, be occupied by an infantry battalion in the future.
|1st Battalion The Royal Highland Fusiliers||Fort George, Inverness|
|1st Battalion The Royal Scots||Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh|
|1st Battalion The Highlanders||Redford Infantry Barracks, Edinburgh|
Mr. Hoon: Challenger 2 is a world class tank. In 1999 it exceeded very demanding reliability targets during a series of rigorous trials which tested the performance of the tank under simulated battlefield conditions. It has also given excellent service in Kosovo and Bosnia.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 2 December, Official Report, column 473W, what steps he has taken to discover whether individual soldiers have failed to be issued with the combat assault boot because of recent production difficulties. 
Dr. Moonie: There have been no reports of soldiers being without a pair of serviceable combat assault boots. If there were a shortage, units would report the problem and action would then be taken to resolve the issue. Moreover we have made positive checks with the chain of command who have found no evidence of soldiers being without boots. We have a system whereby orders are prioritised to ensure that all urgent demands are met. All such demands for combat assault boots are being met.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to his answer of 27 November 2002, Official Report, column 473W on the combat assault boot which company manufactures the combat assault boot and where they are based; how many soldiers are issued with the combat assault boot; how many pairs are issued each year to each soldier; what representations he has received from individual units about the shortage of combat assault boots; and whether combat assault boots are issued to Royal Navy and RAF personnel; 
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Dr. Moonie: UK Safety, based in the United Kingdom, are the main manufacturer of the Combat Assault Boot (CAB). Iturri, based in Spain, also supply a relatively small number of boots. UK Safety relocated within the UK earlier this year and experienced some initial difficulties with production.
Every soldier is issued with two pairs of CAB during basic training and these are replaced as and when necessary through Unit Quartermasters. As explained in my answer of 2 December 2002, Official Report, column 473W 79,000 pairs of CAB were issued to Army Units for the year 1 November 2001 to 31 October 2002. We have not received any representations from units about shortages of CAB. No serviceman should be without at least one pair of serviceable CAB.
All Royal Navy and Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel are issued with one pair of CAB, the exception being RAF Regiment and Royal Marines personnel who are issued with two pairs on the same basis as soldiers.
Dr. Moonie [holding answer 5 December 2002]: It is the Government's policy to provide the armed forces with the equipment which they require at the best value for money for the taxpayer. Contracts are negotiated on an individual basis and there is no policy requirement for a particular percentage of work to be undertaken in the United Kingdom. However, as stated in our new defence industrial policy published on 14 October, the benefit to the UK economy from Ministry of Defence contracts is taken into account when selecting contractors. A copy of the Government's defence industrial policy is in the Library of the House.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the (a) British Forces Post Office, (b) Central Data Management Agency, (c) Defence Analytical Services Agency, (d) Defence Aviation Repair Agency, (e) Defence Bills Agency, (f) Defence Estates, (g) Defence Export Services Organisation, (h) Defence Procurement Agency, (i) Defence Scientific and Technical Laboratory, (j) International Visits Control Office, (k) Meteorological Offices, (l) Ministry of Defence Police, (m) Defence Scientific Advisory Council (n) Disposal Service Agency, and (o) Hydrographic Office; how many are employed in Scotland in each case; and what the personnel costs of each agency are. 
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civil and (b) military personnel are employed at (i) the Clyde Submarine Base, Faslane and (ii) the Royal Naval Armaments Deport, Coulport. 
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Dr. Moonie: The number of civilian and military personnel employed at HMNB Clyde and RNAD Coulport, including Ministry of Defence civilian and military personnel and employees of Babcock Naval Services, the industrial partner, but excluding crews on ships and submarines visiting or undergoing maintenance at these bases is:
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) total staff budget for DERA and (b) the staff budget for DERA in Scotland was in the last year for which figures are available. 
Dr. Moonie: DERA was disestablished on 1 July 2001, when two new organisations, QinetiQ and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), were created. QinetiQ is a plc, and all operational inquiries should be addressed to the Chief Executive. Dstl remains a part of the Ministry of Defence. For the financial year 200102, Dstl's total staff budget was #118.3 million. It is not possible to separate out the costs for the 52 employees based in Scotland as these individuals belong to a number of larger cost centre groups.
The totals include employees of the privately owned Rosyth and Devonport Dockyards and also Ministry of Defence civilian employees and military staff at both Rosyth and the Devonport Naval Base, which is adjacent to Devonport Dockyard. These figures exclude crews on ships and submarines visiting or undergoing maintenance work at the bases.
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