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Army (Retention)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to increase salaries for soldiers as a means to encourage retention; and if he will make a statement. [90356]

Dr. Moonie: Pay rates for the armed forces are recommended annually to the Prime Minister and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence by the independent Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB). Under its terms of reference, the Review Body is required to have regard to the need to recruit, retain and motivate suitably able and qualified people, taking account of the particular circumstances of Service life. The Ministry of Defence has therefore provided the Review Body with information on the manning situation and those areas it considers merit particular attention. The AFPRB is currently considering its recommendations, and is expected to submit its 2003 report to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence before the end of February 2003.

CBW (Inoculation)

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has adopted improved types of inoculation against CBW attack, developed in the United States since 1991. [89878]

Dr. Moonie: We are not aware of any improved types of vaccine against biological warfare agents currently licensed for use in the United States. The only vaccine against biological warfare agents currently licensed for use in the United Kingdom is a vaccine against anthrax. The Ministry of Defence has a range of research, development and procurement programmes aimed at improving our armed forces defences against chemical and biological attack, including programmes to develop new vaccines. This work includes close co-operation and liaison with the United States.

It is not possible to immunise against chemical warfare agents.

Porton Down

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a copy of the programme report known as CDEE 3/61 which was drawn up by scientists from the chemical and biological defence establishment has been placed in the Public Record Office by his Department; and at which classmark in the Public Record Office this document can be found. [89531]

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Dr. Moonie: The policy of the Public Record Office is to select the final reports of research work and trials for preservation rather than the working documents. Therefore, the trial plan for Programme 3/61 has not been selected for preservation.

However, a copy of the final report Porton Technical Paper 794, entitled XComparison of radio xenon & zinc cadmium sulphide particle tracers over medium distances of travel", can be found at WO189/1105. Additionally, a copy of the trial plan for programme 3/61 has been located in the historic archive at Dstl Porton Down and can be made available to the hon. Member.

Courts Martial

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many courts martial have taken place in (a) the UK and (b) overseas military bases, in each of the last three years. [89664]

Dr. Moonie: The following courts-martial have taken place in the UK and overseas in the last three years:

United Kingdom Overseas
YearRNArmy(3)RAFRNArmy(3)RAF
20005327868Nil17713
20015939497Nil23812
20025232354Nil1586

(3) Army figures represent the number of individuals tried.


Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women have appeared before a UK court martial in each of the last three years; what rank they were; and how many were found (i) guilty and (ii) not guilty. [89665]

Dr. Moonie: The following tables show the numbers of men and women, by Service and rank, that have appeared before United Kingdom courts martial in the last three years, together with the subsequent findings.

Royal Navy

2000 2001 2002
GuiltyNot guiltyGuiltyNot guiltyGuiltyNot guilty
Male
Captain1
Commander11
Lt Cdr323
Lieutenant5841
Warrant Officer1
Chief Petty Officer63231
Petty Officer31251
Leading Hand(4)538361
Junior rate128174244
Sergeant RM1
Corporal RM21
Marine1
Female
Lieutenant11
Leading Hand11
Junior rate124321

(4) Although nine Leading Hands were tried by court-martial in 2000, the trial of one was dissolved without reaching a finding.


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Army

2000 2001 2002
GuiltyNot guiltyGuiltyNot guiltyGuiltyNot guilty
Male
Lt Colonel
Major21122
Captain2112
Lieutenant1
Warrant Officer 1112
Warrant Officer 2223141
S Sergeant4212461
Sergeant102114114
Corporal1442921154
L Corporal1852610285
Private187152312522010
Civilian211
Female
Corporal121
L Corporal31
Private42311

RAF

2000 2001 2002
GuiltyNot guiltyGuiltyNot guiltyGuiltyNot guilty
Male
Sqn Leader11
Flt Lt32411
Fg Offr1
Plt Offr11
WO
Flt Sgt12
Chf Tech
Sergeant33221
Corporal1003313
Jnr Tech125212
SAC21102891613
LAC1122
AC2213
Female
Corporal11
SAC11516
AC2

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Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women have been sentenced to a period of detention by a UK military court martial in each of the last three years. [89666]

Dr. Moonie: The following number of men and women have been sentenced to a period of detention by United Kingdom courts-martial in the last three years:

Male Female
YearRNArmyRAFRNArmyRAF
2000111631914Nil
2001182163023Nil
20022620512215

The above figures included suspended sentences of detention.

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the longest period of detention was to which (a) a man and (b) a woman has been sentenced by a UK military court martial in each of the last three years. [89667]

Dr. Moonie: The longest period of military detention which was awarded to a male and female member of each Service over the past three years is as follows:

Male Female
YearRNArmyRAFRNArmyRAF
20009 months(5)1 year9 months9 months(6)140 daysNil
20019 months1 year 2 months 29 days1 year90 days112 daysNil
20029 months1 year 2 months9 months28 days42 days1 12 days

(5) Subsequently reduced to six months.

(6) Suspended.



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