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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Mr. Ivor Caplin): The ability to fly fast and low continues to be an essential skill in our armoury of tactics. Training for aircrew to achieve and maintain these skills is vital.
The amount of low flying training carried out in the United Kingdom Low Flying System (UKLFS) during the training year April 2002 to March 2003 was the minimum necessary for aircrew to reach and maintain these skills. Hours booked for low flying training in the UKLFS (excluding the Rotary Wing Dedicated User Areas, where different booking arrangements apply) during this period amounted to an overall increase of 2.6 per cent. compared to the previous training year. The increase may be linked to preparations for operations, and an increase in the flying of Apache aircraft in preparation for their introduction into service. Since detailed records of hours booked began in 1995, the annual total has reduced by some 29 per cent.
The distribution of low-flying training across the UK has not changed significantly over previous years. It is spread as widely as practicable, but for a variety of reasons including population distribution, and geographic and climatic considerations, it is inevitable that some parts of the country will see more low flying than others.
|Reading||91 per cent.|
|Writing||93 per cent.|
|Mathematics||95 per cent.|
|Reading||85 per cent.|
|Writing||69 per cent.|
|English||80 per cent.|
|Mathematics||81 per cent.|
|Science||91 per cent.|
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|English||79 per cent.|
|Mathematics||79 per cent.|
|Science||78 per cent.|
|ICT||68 per cent.|
|Pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEpasses at Grades A*G||96 per cent.|
|Pupils achieving 5 or moreGCSE passes at Grades A*C||57 per cent.|
|Subject entries achievingpasses at grades AE||100 per cent.|
|Subject entries achieving passes at grades AC||65 per cent.|
|Quality, School Climate,Management & EfficiencyGrade 3 or above.||100 per cent.|
|StandardsGrade 3 or above||96 per cent.|
|School climateGrade 2or above||96 per cent.|
|StandardsGrade 2or above||65 per cent.|
|Quality, Management &EfficiencyGrade 2 or above||85 per cent.|
|93 per cent. within 10 working days of receipt.|
|Remainder within 20 working days of receipt.|
|To demonstrate customer satisfaction with SCE schools through a result of 69 per cent. or greater satisfaction from the Army Continuous Attitude Surveys.|
|To develop customer performance criteria on the efficiency and effectiveness of SCE Headquarters for incorporation as a Key Target for 2004 and beyond.|
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2. To meet the Army's requirement from the ATRA for 9,400 soldiers available to take up their first appointment within a permissible variance of1 to -2 per cent. The 200203 performance was an output of 9,264.
3. To achieve a 98 per cent. first time pass rate to externally endorsed training standards and within course duration for all officers who undergo career or professional development training after meeting entry standards. The 200203 performance was a first time pass rate of 93.6 per cent.
4. To achieve a 96 per cent. first time pass rate to externally endorsed training standards and within course duration for all soldiers who undergo career or professional development training after meeting entry standards. The 200203 performance was a first time pass rate of 94.8 per cent.
5. Subject to realism caveats to reduce the per capita cost of training a successful military recruit to £52.2k by Apr 2006. The 200203 performance discounted for the effect of the estate revaluation, was £53.4k against a target of £54k.
To maintain at 98 per cent. the proportion of personnel posted in-year by the APC whose rank and Service qualifications meet the specifications of the post. The 200203 performance was 97.5 per cent. of personnel posted in-year who met the specifications of the post.
To maintain at 65 per cent. the percentage of in-year postings authorised by the APC where personnel are given at least four months notification. The 200203 output was 64.8 per cent. of personnel were given at least four months notification.
To remain within 0 per cent. to -1 per cent. of the annual resource allocation whilst achieving targets. The 200203 performance was within minus 0.99 per cent. of the annual resource allocation.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Mr. Adam Ingram): A business review of the disposals process is to be carried out by the Ministry of Defence. The Review will commence shortly and complete in the autumn.
The aim of the review is to examine the function, operation, funding and organisation of the disposals process, to identify the key objectives, and to determine whether the current arrangements are most appropriate for future needs.
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The review team will consult with a range of stakeholders during the course of the review including MOD and Single Service sponsors, TUs, other Government Departments and other relevant bodies. The Ministry of Defence is interested to hear the views of other organisations or individuals who would like to make a contribution to the review. Those wishing to do so should send their contributions by 31 July 2003 to:
The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Mr. Adam Ingram): We regularly re-visit existing plans for capability enhancements to ensure they remain tailored to the security environment in which we need to operate. As such, we judge that the Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle (MRAV) is not ideally suited to the type of operations envisaged under the Strategic Defence Review New Chapter and other developing policy work. This, coupled with recent operational experience in the Balkans, Sierra Leone, East Timor, Afghanistan and latterly Iraq, has demonstrated the need for rapid deployability in expeditionary operations. MRAV is not considered able to meet this capability requirement which will be pursued through the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES). FRES will be a very significant component of the long-term transformation of the land battle through its contribution to network-enabled capability. We have written to the German and Dutch Governments to inform them of our decision to withdraw from the MRAV collaborative project.
In parallel with our decision to withdraw from the MRAV programme, we are pleased to announce the results of the competition for the Future Command and Liaison Vehicle (FCLV). The Alvis Vickers Limited Multirole Light Vehicle has been selected to deliver the solution to the Army's requirement for enhanced speed, reliability, flexibility and protection for a wide range of users in combat or peacekeeping operations: FCLV will also provide support for the RAF Regiment. It will play a key role in the Joint Rapid Reaction Forces by providing versatile, airtransportable vehicles, which will be among the first deployed in a crisis and will spearhead the way for troops in combat or peacekeeping operations. FCLV will replace a mixed fleet of ageing vehicles which were acquired as a stopgap following the withdrawal of the Ferret Scout Car. This contract is worth over £200 million and is a good result for the United Kingdom AFV industry.
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