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Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget for financial years (a) 200102, (b) 200001, (c) 19992000, (d) 199899 and (e) 199798 the Defence Analytical Services Agency spent in Scotland in (i) monetary terms and (ii) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland; and if he will make a statement. 
Both civilian and service personnel data by agency are collated annually at 1 April and presented in table 2.6 of UK Defence Statistics, a copy of which is held in the Library of the House. Further information on personnel figures is available on the DASA website at www.dasa.mod.uk.
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Mr. Caplin: As at February 2005 the Ministry of Defence currently has 6,140 full-time equivalent staff based within the London Government Office Region, representing 5.7 per cent. of the total departmental strength of 107,980.
Mr. Caplin [holding answer 4 April 2005]: Details of personnel who are classified as disabled under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 are not held centrally. The armed forces are exempt from the employment provisions of the Act.
Mr. Caplin: The Ministry of Defence, together with The National Archives, has been actively seeking a suitable institution prepared to take these cards. So far, a firm offer of a home for just a small part of the collection has been made. No decision on the retention or destruction of the cards will be taken until all such avenues have been explored.
Mr. Caplin: Approximately 100 members of the public have made representations directly or via their MPs about the future of the index cards. In addition, a number of organisations have made formal and informal approaches about the possibility of taking them.
The Ministry of Defence, together with The National Archives, has been actively seeking a suitable institution prepared to take these cards. So far, a firm offer of a home for just a small part of the collection has been
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made. No decision on the retention or destruction of the cards will be taken until all such avenues have been explored.
Mr. Meacher: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the percentage of children born to Gulf War veterans who suffer from (a) deformities and (b) disabilities. 
Mr. Caplin: I refer my right hon. Friend to the Written Ministerial Statement I made to the House on 24 March 2004, Official Report, column 5152WS, following the publication of a paper in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the guidelines on pre-trial prisoners and all others under detention without sentence contained in chapter 11 of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office report, "A Human Rights Approach to Prison Management" was made available to Major Dan Taylor, Camp Commander for Camp Bread Basket near Basra, prior to the detention of local looters. 
Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the transcript will be available of the court martial proceedings against Lance Corporal Ian Blaymire; and if he will place a copy in the Library. 
Mr. Ingram: The Office of the Judge Advocate General, a part of the Department for Constitutional Affairs, is the custodian of all court martial papers. It is understood that they have no plans to place a copy of the transcript of this court martial in the Library of the House.
Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for New Forest, West of 13 December 2004, Official Report, column 908W, on medical services (Cyprus), when he plans to write to the hon. Member and place a copy of his letter in the Library. 
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on official ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Caplin: I presume the hon. Member is referring to items used by departmental Ministers and have therefore excluded items used solely by private office staff for their personal professional communications. The Ministry of Defence does not provide ministerial compliments slips. The cost of ministerial business cards and headed paper in each financial year since 200001 is shown in the following table. Figures for the previous years are not held.
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