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Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) established strength and (b) current trained strength is of officers in (i) the Royal Air Force, (ii) the Royal Navy and (iii) the Army. 
|Full-time trained strength|
|UK Regular Forces||7,000||6,670|
|UK Regular Forces||13,720||13,610|
|Royal Air Force||10,080||9,810|
|UK Regular Forces||9,940||9,620|
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people currently work for the Defence Transport and Movements Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are; and what the figures were in 200304. 
|As at 1 April:||Civilian personnel||Service personnel||Total|
DTMA's personnel costs for the last two financial years can be found in the agency's latest Annual Reports and Accounts, which are laid in the Library of the House and can be found in the publications section of the Ministry of Defence's website at www.mod.uk.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people work for the Defence Vetting Agency; how many are employed in Scotland; what the equivalent figures were in 2004; what the personnel costs of the agency are; and what they were in 2004. 
In January 2005 the number of people working for the Defence Vetting Agency was 320. Of these six were based in Scotland. The equivalent figures for January 2004 were 320 and six. The personnel costs of the agency for financial year 200405 are not yet finalised but are projected to be £8.4 million. In financial year 200304 they were £8.1 million.
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(4) what instructions were given to the former Commander-in-Chief, Lord Fieldhouse of Gosport by (a) the First Sea Lord, (b) the Admiralty Board and (c) the Cabinet Office, with regard to convening courts martial proceedings relating to the loss of HMS Sheffield; 
(5) what instructions were issued to the board of inquiry that was convened to investigate the loss of HMS Sheffield, by the commander-in-chief; and what findings were reported to the commander-in-chief on completion of the inquiry; 
(6) what instructions were given to the former First Sea Lord, Sir Henry Leach, by the Cabinet Office, in regard to convening of courts martial proceedings relating to the loss of warships during the Falklands war, with particular reference to the loss of HMS Sheffield. 
Mr. Ingram: The records pertaining to the loss of HMS Sheffield are currently being retrieved from archives. I will write to the hon. Member once they have been received and re-examined, and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Royal Navy, (b) Ministry of Defence and (c) other UK Government personnel have given evidence to the Canadian House of Commons inquiry into the fire on board HMCS Chicoutimi; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: Nine members of the Royal Navy and one Ministry of Defence civil servant are known to have given evidence to the Canadian Board of Inquiry into the fire on board HMCS Chicoutimi. Separately, the Canadian Parliament has convened an inquiry into the acquisition of submarines by the Canadian Government. There is no record of UK armed forces personnel, or UK Government civil servants, being called to give evidence to that inquiry.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the last transfer of nuclear material between the United States and Britain under the Mutual Defence Agreement took place; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoon: The 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement makes provision for the transfer of special nuclear materials. Such transfers are in connection with nuclear warhead assurance and stockpile stewardship matters. Precise details of such transfers are being withheld in order to safeguard national security.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what infrastructural improvements have been undertaken at RAF Machrihanish in each of the last five years; whether there is work under way; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Caplin: No improvements have been made to the infrastructure of the former RAF Station at Machrihanish within the last five years. Care and Maintenance work, however, is regularly undertaken to meet MOD's own requirements and to conform to Health and Safety regulations.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the use of satellites for extremely high frequency communications with Trident nuclear submarines; which satellites his Department plans to use for extremely high frequency communications with Trident nuclear submarines; and if he will make a statement on his Department's assessment of the importance of extremely high frequency communications with Trident nuclear submarines. 
Mr. Hoon: Of the four Vanguard Class submarines in service, two are rotating through the operational cycle, one is undergoing a period of pre-planned long maintenance, and one is regenerating after completing a pre-planned long maintenance period and refuelling.
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