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Working Holidaymakers

Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many working holidaymakers have been accepted in each of the last two years for which figures are available, broken down by country of origin. [140702]

Beverley Hughes: Information on the number of working holidaymakers admitted to the United Kingdom, during 2001 and 2002, is given in the table.

Passengers given leave to enter the United Kingdom as working holidaymakers, by nationality, 2001 to 2002(8)

TotalAustraliaCanadaNew ZealandSouth AfricaOthers
200135,77516,8202,8855,2958,8301,945
2002(8)41,70017,1753,2054,93513,2353,150

(8) Provisional

Note:

Data rounded to nearest five.


DEFENCE

"Delivering Security in a Changing World"

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on Northern Ireland of the Defence White Paper, "Delivering Security in a Changing World"; and if he will make a statement. [145075]

Mr. Hoon: The Defence White Paper sets out our analysis of the future security environment, its implications for defence, and how we intend to adapt our planning and force structures to meet the potential threats. It says:


Aircraft Carriers

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the plan to reduce the size of the two Royal Navy aircraft carriers. [144685]

Mr. Ingram: Final decisions have yet to be taken on the main specifications for CVF. The programme is currently in its Assessment Phase, which is aimed at increasing the maturity of the design as well as optimising capability and value for money. The size of the vessels will continue to evolve as the design matures to meet the required capability.

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Armoured Vehicles

Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the operational availability is of (a) FV430 series, (b) CVR (T) and (c) Saxon, broken down by unit; and what the overall availability targets are for these vehicles. [144131]

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

Arms Contracts

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the allegations of fraud and bribery in relation to the Al Yamamah arms contracts. [145217]

Mr. Ingram: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 3 November 2003, Official Report, column 429W, to the hon. Members for Leyton and Wanstead (Harry Cohen) and for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb).

Army Strength

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the present shortfall is in army personnel. [144800]

Mr. Caplin: The strengths and requirements of the Army are available in Tri-Service Publication (TSP) Number 3 entitled UK "Armed Forces Strengths and Trained Requirements"

A copy of the publication is available in the House of Commons Library.

The most recent copy contains details as at 1 November 2003.

Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current deployed strength is of (a) Queen's Royal Hussars, (b) 1st Battalion, The Light Infantry, (c) 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Wales, (d) 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, (e) 1st Battalion, The Royal Scots, (f) 26 Regiment Royal Artillery and (g) 35 Engineer Regiment. [144130]

Mr. Ingram: As at 11 December 2003, the deployed strength of the above units was as follows:

UnitDeployed strength
Queen's Royal Hussars517
1st Battalion, The Light Infantry773
1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Wales556
2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment516
1st Battalion, The Royal Scots330
26 Regiment, Royal Artillery490
35 Engineer Regiment668


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Attitude Surveys

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of respondents to the last assessed Royal Navy/Royal Marine Continuous Attitude Survey responded (a) A great deal, (b) Quite a lot, (c) Partly, (d) Not very much and (e) Not at all to Question 21; and if he will make a statement. [143619]

Mr. Caplin: The information requested is drawn from the May 2003 edition of the Continuous Attitude Survey.

NumberPercentage
Royal Navy
Great deal17919.40
Quite a lot40744
Partly26829
Not very much495
Not at all80.90
Total91198.50
Royal Marines
Great deal1417.10
Quite a lot3745
Partly2328
Not very much67
Not at all22.40
Total82100.00

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of respondents to the last assessed Royal Navy/Royal Marine Continuous Attitude Survey responded Yes to Question 25.4; and if he will make a statement. [143620]

Mr. Caplin: The information requested is drawn from the May 2003 edition of the Continuous Attitude Survey.

I should point out that question 25.4 in the September 2002 survey appears as question 29.2 in the last assessed survey.

NumberPercentage
Royal Navy
Yes586.30
Responses90798.10
Royal Marines
Yes67.30
Responses8097.60

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many respondents to the last assessed Royal Navy/Royal Marine Continuous Attitude Survey who responded Yes to Question 25.4 then responded (a) I do not think people would believe me, (b) I was worried that there would be recriminations from the perpetrator(s), (c) I was worried that if I reported it the problem would get worse, (d) I did not believe anything would be done about it, (e) I was worried that reporting it might affect my career and (f) I considered the incident(s) to be too minor to report to Question 28; how many respondents identified (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, (iv) four and (v) five of the possible options; and if he will make a statement. [143622]

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Mr. Caplin: The information requested is drawn from the May 2003 edition of the Continuous Attitude Survey. I should point out that question 28 in the September 2002 survey appears as Question 32 in the last assessed survey.

Royal Navy

NumberPercentage
a. I did not think people would believe me389.90
b. Worried about recriminations from the perpetrators4311.20
c. Worried the problem would get worseNot an option in May2003 CAS
d. Did not believe anything would be done about it6416.70
e. I was worried reporting it might effect my career6416.70
f. I considered the incident too minor to report5915.40
Total number of responses to all options—383

Royal Marines

NumberPercentage
a. I did not think people would believe me13.40
b. Worried about recriminations from the perpetrators517.20
c. Worried the problem would get worseNot an option in May2003 CAS
d. Did not believe anything would be done about it517.20
e. I was worried reporting it might affect my career517.20
f. I considered the incident too minor to report517.20
Total number of responses to all options—29

Breakdown in terms of single and multiple options

Number
Royal Navy
1 option70
2 options20
3 options35
4 options9
5 options14
Royal Marines
1 option9
2 options1
3 options1
4 options0
5 options0

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of respondents to the last assessed Royal Navy/Royal Marine Continuous Attitude Survey responded (a) Very satisfied, (b) Satisfied, (c) Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, (d) Dissatisfied and (e) Very dissatisfied, to (i) Question 4, (ii) Question 7, (iii) Question 10, (iv) Question 11, (v) Question 12, (vi) Question 38, (vii) Question 39, (viii) Question 40 and (ix) Question 42; and if he will make a statement. [143624]

Mr. Caplin: The information requested is drawn from the May 2003 edition of the Continuous Attitude Survey:

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Royal Navy

Very satisfied %Satisfied %Neither %Dissatisfied %Very dissatisfied %Total responses
Q412.5047.602311.704925
Q78.2033.4025.4016.4012.60925
Q10437.3032.6018.806.20925
Q1136.2049.1010.702.800.90925
Q125.0031.5026.2021.3015.20925
Q382.4024.8019.2035.1018.30925
Q391.7025.7021.6034.8015.50925
Q401.602422.2034.6017.30925
Q42440.4033.3016.504.80925

Royal Marines

Very satisfied %Satisfied %Neither %Dissatisfied %Very dissatisfied %Total responses
Q412.2040.202911.00782
Q7(9)3.7036.6034.107.301.2082
Q10636.6028.0022.007.3082
Q1137.8051.209.800.001.2082
Q121.2031.7030.5020.7014.6082
Q380.0026.8023.2026.8023.2082
Q390.0019.5025.6037.8017.1082
Q400.001731.7030.5020.7082
Q42023.2048.8014.603.7082

(9) At the time of the administration of the survey, Minimum Time Ashore applied to rates from Leading Hand to Warrant Officer only, Able rates being governed by Separated Service guidelines.

From 1 April 2004 the Separated Service guidelines will apply to all.


Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of respondents to the last assessed Royal Navy/Royal Marine Continuous Attitude Survey responded (a) I am leaving and I have already given notice, (b) I am planning to leave but I have not yet given notice and (c) I am considering giving notice to Question 17; and if he will make a statement. [143625]

Mr. Caplin: The information requested is drawn from the May 2003 edition of the Continuous Attitude Survey:

Intentions with regard to future career in Royal Navy/Royal Marines.

NumberPercentage
Royal Navy
I am leaving and have already given notice283.00
I am planning to leave but I have not yet given notice535.70
I am considering giving notice758.10
Royal Marines
I am leaving and have already given notice33.70
I am planning to leave but I have not yet given notice144.90
I am considering giving notice1214.60

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of respondents to the last assessed Royal Navy/Royal Marine Continuous Attitude Survey responded (a) 70, (b) 77 and (c) 82 to Question 18; what the five reasons most often cited under "Other" were; how many respondents ticked (i) two and (ii) all three of the above answers; and if he will make a statement. [143626]

Mr. Caplin: The information requested is drawn from the May 2003 edition of the Continuous Attitude Survey:

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NumberPercentage
Royal Navy
(a) No. 70—Had always intended to leave after this period of time215
(b) No. 77—Wish to take up another career8119.50
(c) No. 82—Other7117.10
Royal Marines
(a) No. 70—Had always intended to leave after this period of time12.30
(b) No. 77—Wish to take up another career1023.30
(c) No. 82—Other716.30

The total number of responses to all options—456.


Respondents ticking (i) two and (ii) all three of the above answers:

(i)(ii)
Royal Navy366
Royal Marines01

Five external reasons most often cited under the "Other" option:

Number
Royal Navy
1. General disillusionment/dissatisfaction with lifestyle19
2. Concern about marriage and children/life outside of work11
3. Pay9
4. Promotion prospects8
5. RN has changed for the worse6
Royal Marines
1. Dissatisfaction with lifestyle3
2. Concern about marriage and children/life outside of work1
3. Job satisfaction1
4. Promotion prospects1
5. To travel1

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