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Written Answers to Questions

The following answers were received between Tuesday 6 September and Wednesday 5 October 2005

DEFENCE

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

Mr. Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance relating to the application of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. [14025]

Mr. Touhig [holding answer 21 July 2005]: The Joint Service Publication 765 "The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme for Injury, Illness and Death due to Service (AFCS)" issued on 6 April 2005 will be placed in the Library. This document provides guidance on the AFCS, offering further explanation of the rules of the scheme as set out in Statutory Instrument 439 of 2005, including providing examples of how the rules are applied and how benefits are calculated. JSP 765 can also be found on the internet at www.mod.uk/issues/pensions and select heading "JSP 765 The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme for Injury, Illness or death due to Service".

A Veterans Agency operational guide supporting the full IT-lead decision-making process which is due to be introduced later this year is currently being produced and will also be provided when complete by December 2005.

Cadets

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength of the (a) sea cadets, (b) air cadets and (c) army cadets in (i) Lancashire and (ii) Chorley is. [13009]

Mr. Touhig: The information requested is shown in the table:

Cadets
Lancashire (excluding Chorley)
Chorley
Sea42534
Air1,42441
Army1,60040

There are no members of the Combined Cadet Force in Chorley.

Iraq

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) financial assistance, (b) technical assistance and (c) personnel his Department is contributing to the clearing of mines in Iraq. [14988]


 
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Mr. Ingram: The United Kingdom Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group provides mentoring for the Iraqi Army 70 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Company, which, when it reaches full operational capability, will have the ability to conduct large scale mine clearing operations.

UK Royal Engineers based in southern Iraq clear mines when necessary for operational purposes. The UK plays a much greater role in dealing with the large scale problem of abandoned unexploded ordnance in southern Iraq. To date more than 880,000 items of unexploded ordnance have been recovered or destroyed by UK forces in MND(SE).

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many medals have been awarded to soldiers who have served or are serving in Iraq, broken down by medal designation. [14517]

Mr. Touhig: As at 26 August 2005, the following medals had been issued to military personnel who have served or are serving in Iraq.
AwardNumber awarded/issued
Iraq Medal(1)72,000
Victoria Cross1
George Cross1
Distinguished Service Order12
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross8
Distinguished Service Cross1
Military Cross45
Distinguished Flying Cross11
Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross2
Air Force Cross2
Queens Gallantry Medal14
George Medal1


(1) This figure is based on the statistics for the total applications assessed, minus 2–3 per cent. which is the estimated percentage for those applications rejected as not meeting the eligibility criteria.


Media Relations

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Department has spent on external media relations in each month of the last year. [14678]

Mr. Touhig: Ministry of Defence expenditure on external assistance, of which consultants or companies employed to manage media relations is part, is available in the Libraries of both Houses for the years 1995–96 to 2003–04. Although this is broken down by various categories, the MOD does not centrally record expenditure on external media consultants. This information could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.
 
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Military Clothing

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the (a) inks, (b) dyes, (c) bleach and (d) chemicals used in the printing of camouflage under the cut and sew contract have been tested for reaction on skin. [5154]

Mr. Ingram: There is no requirement in our fabric specifications for these tests to be carried out. The camouflage items supplied by our contractor to date have met the required specification.

Military Explosive

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list for each of those countries in which UK armed forces are deployed how much military explosive was unaccounted for in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004 and (d) 2005. [13272]

Mr. Ingram: The Ministry of Defence does not have any recorded losses of military explosive from overseas deployments in the period 2002–05.
 
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Regiments

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which regiments are based in each region. [12467]

Mr. Touhig: I have assumed that my hon. Friend is referring to the locations of the Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) of major Regular Army Units, which can be found in the following tables. Major units are defined as those regional and deployable units with over 320 personnel and do not include Regular Army training establishments.
Royal Armoured Corps

Regiment/CorpRHQ Location
Household Cavalry (The Life Guards)South East
1st The Queen's Dragoon GuardsWales
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
(Carabiniers and Greys)
Scotland
The Royal Dragoon GuardsYorkshire and the Humber
The Queen's Royal Hussars
(The Queens Own and Royal Irish)
London
9th/12th Lancers (Prince of Wales's)East Midlands
The Kings Royal HussarsNorth West
The Light DragoonsNorth East
The Queen's Royal LancersEast Midlands
The 2nd Royal Tank RegimentSouth West

Infantry

Regiment/CorpRHQ Location
1st Battalion The Grenadier GuardsLondon
1st Battalion The Coldstream GuardsLondon
1st Battalion The Scots GuardsLondon
1st Battalion The Irish GuardsLondon
1st Battalion The Welsh GuardsLondon
1 Battalion The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)Scotland
1 Battalion The Royal Highland Fusiliers (Princess Margaret's Own Glasgow and Ayrshire Regiment)Scotland
1st Battalion The Kings Own Scottish BorderersNorth East
1st Battalion The Black Watch (The Highland Regiment)Scotland
1st Battalion The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons)Scotland
1st Battalion The Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)Scotland
1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires)South East
2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires)
1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of FusiliersLondon
2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
1st Battalion The Royal Anglian RegimentEast of England
2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment
1st Battalion The Kings Own Royal Border RegimentNorth West
1st Battalion The Kings RegimentNorth West
1st Battalion The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of YorkshireYorkshire and the Humber
1st Battalion The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment)Yorkshire and the Humber
1st Battalion The Queens Lancashire RegimentNorth West
1st Battalion The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)Yorkshire and the Humber
1st Battalion The Royal Irish RegimentNorthern Ireland
1st Battalion The Devonshire and Dorset RegimentSouth West
1st Battalion The Cheshire RegimentNorth West
1st Battalion The Royal Welch FusiliersWales
1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Wales (24th/4 1st Foot)Wales
1st Battalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire RegimentSouth West
1st Battalion The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment (29th/45th Foot)West Midlands
1st Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's)West Midlands
1st Battalion The Light Infantry
2nd Battalion The Light InfantrySouth East
1st Battalion The Royal Green Jackets
2nd Battalion The Royal Green Jackets
1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment
2nd Battalion The Parachute RegimentEast of England
3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment
1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha RiflesSouth West
2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles

 
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Royal Regiment of Artillery

Regiment/CorpRHQ Location
1 Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
3rd Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
4th Regiment Royal Artillery
5th Regiment Royal Artillery
7th (Parachute) Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
12th Regiment Royal Artillery
16th Regiment Royal ArtilleryLondon
19th Regiment Royal Artillery
26th Regiment Royal Artillery
29th Commando Regiment Royal Artillery
32nd Regiment Royal Artillery
39th Regiment Royal Artillery
40th Regiment Royal Artillery
47th Regiment Royal Artillery

Royal Engineers

Regiment/CorpRHQ Location
21 Engineer Regiment
22 Engineer Regiment
23 Engineer Regiment
25 Engineer Regiment
26 Engineer Regiment
28 Engineer Regiment
32 Engineer RegimentSouth East
33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
35 Engineer Regiment
36 Engineer Regiment
38 Engineer Regiment
39 Engineer Regiment
42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic)
170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group

Army Air Corps

Regiment/CorpRHQ Location
1 Regiment Army Air Corps
3 Regiment Army Air Corps
4 Regiment Army Air CorpsSouth East
5 Regiment Army Air Corps
9 Regiment Army Air Corps

Royal Logistics Corps

Regiment/CorpRHQ Location
1 Logistic Support Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
2 Logistic Support Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
3 Close Support Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
4 Logistic Support Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
6 Supply Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
7 Transport Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
8 Transport Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
9 Supply Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
10 Transport Regiment Royal Logistics CorpsSouth East
11 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Regiment
Royal Logistics Corps
13 Air Assault Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
17 Port & Maritime Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
23 Pioneer Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
24 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
27 Transport Regiment Royal Logistics Corps
29 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps

Royal Military Police

Regiment/CorpRHQ Location
1 Regiment Royal Military Police
3 Regiment Royal Military PoliceSouth East
4 Regiment Royal Military Police
5 Regiment Royal Military Police









 
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Royal Signals

Regiment/CorpRHQ Location
1 (UK) Armoured Division Signal Regiment
2 Signal Regiment
3 (UK) Division Signal Regiment
7 Signal RegimentSouth West
10 Signal Regiment
14 Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare)
16 Signal Regiment
21 Signal Regiment (Air Support)

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Regiment/CorpRHQ Location
1st Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
2nd Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
3rd Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
4th Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers South East
5th Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
6th Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
7th Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Army Medical Services





Regiment/Corp
RHQ Location for Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), Queen Alexandra's Royal Auxiliary Nursing Corps (QUARANC), Royal Army Dental Corps (RADC)
1 Close Support Medical Regiment
3 Close Support Medical Regiment
4 General Support Medical Regiment
5 General Support Medical Regiment
South East
16 Close Support Medical Regiment
22 Field Hospital
33 Field Hospital
34 Field Hospital

Intelligence Corps

Regiment/CorpRHQ Location
1 Military Intelligence Battalion
2 Military Intelligence BattalionEast of England
4 Military Intelligence Battalion


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