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Armed Forces Deployment

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list UK armed forces units hatted for potential deployment with (a) EU and (b) NATO units. [16073]

Mr. Ingram: The Government declare forces to NATO and the EU through the Defence Planning Questionnaire and Force Catalogue respectively. The declarations entail that those forces are earmarked as available in principle for potential deployment on NATO or EU operations. Any actual decision to deploy is taken by the Government, voluntarily and on a case-by-case basis. However the Government are committed under article V of the North Atlantic Treaty to deployment in collective defence as required.

The forces declared are shown in the following tables. The tables' slightly different formats reflect the different ways in which NATO and the EU request nations to express their declarations.
UK units earmarked for potential NATO operations

Unit typeCountry plans 2005
Land Units
Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) complete, including:
Signal Brigades2
Engineer Brigade1
Reconnaissance Brigade1
Artillery Brigade1
Air Assault Brigade1
Joint Helicopter Force1
Rear Support Command Headquarters1
RAPIER Air Defence Regiment1
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Unit1
1 (UK) Armoured Division complete, including:
Armoured Brigades2
Mechanised Brigade1
Logistic Brigade1
3 (UK) Division complete, including:
Mechanised Brigades2
Light Brigade1
Logistic Brigade1
Maritime Units (Royal Navy and Royal Marines)
Commander United Kingdom Maritime Forces (COMUKMARFOR):
Maritime Component Commander1
Aircraft Carrier:
Aircraft Carrier—CVS (including Sea Harrier)3
Destroyers/Frigates (AAW/ASW Ships):
DD/FF (Multipurpose)25
Attack Nuclear10
Ballistic Missile Nuclear4
Amphibious Warfare Ships (AMW Ships):
Landing Platform Dock2
Amphibious Warfare Ships (AMW Ship):
Landing Platform Helicopter1
Amphibious Warfare Ships (AMW Ships):
Landing Ship Logistics3
Mobile Logistic Support Ship (MLS):
Mine Warfare Vessels:
Mine Counter Measures Command and Support Ship2
Mine Hunter/Mine Sweeper16
Auxiliary Ships:
RoRo (AKR)6
(Amphibious Brigade comprising 3 RM Battalions, Artillery, Signals, Aviation and Logistics support)1
Air Units
Tornado F320
Tornado GR-1/460
Force Protection—Ground Defence Module6
C-130 J/K41
Force Protection—Ground Ops Support5
Tristar C23
Tristar K1/KCI—VC10 C1K14
VC10 K3/49
Harrier GR 7/928
Joint Units
Combat Search and Rescue helicopters8
Joint Force Special Operations Component Commander1
Special Operations Forces Task Group1
Joint Force Logistic Component, complete including:
Joint Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC) Group1
Infrastructure Engineering Brigade1
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment1
Role 3 Medical (Field Hospital)1,000 beds
Pioneer Regiment1
Port and Maritime Regiment1
Movement Control Regiments2

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UK units earmarked for potential EU operations

Unit typeCountry plans 2005
Land Units
Armoured or Mechanised Divisional Headquarters complete1
Brigade headquarters complete (drawn from armoured, mechanised or airborne as required)1
General Support Signal Regiments2
Armoured Regiments2
Armoured Infantry Battalions2
Mechanised Infantry Battalions2
Air Assault Battalions3
Composite Aviation Unit1
Support Helicopter Force1
Field Artillery Regiments3
Multi-Barrelled Launcher Rocket System (MLRS) Battery1
RAPIER Air Defence Regiments2
Close Support Engineer Regiments2
General Support Engineer Regiments2
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company1
Formation Reconnaissance Regiment1
Special Operations Force Battalion1
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Unit1
Logistic Battalion1
Transport Battalions3
General Support Logistic Regiment1
Maintenance and Recovery Battalion1
Role 3 Medical (Field Hospital) Unit1
Military Police Companies2
Maritime Units (Royal Navy and Royal Marines)
Aircraft Carrier (With Sea Harrier)1
Submarine Attack Nuclear2
Destroyers/Frigates (AAW/ASW)4
Auxiliary Ships13
Amphibious Warfare Ships (LPH/LPD/LSL)6
Mine Warfare Vessels4
Survey Vessel1
Air Units
Tornado F318
Tornado GR424
Harrier GR7/910
VC10K/Tristar AAR-D15
Ground Based Air Defence2
Communications aircraft (BAE 125)2
Tristar/VC10 PAX11
C130 J/K TCC-M43
C17 TCC-H4
Command, Control, Communications and Information Assets
Operational Headquarters1
Force Headquarters1
Force Headquarters carrying ship1
Special Operations Force Component Commander1
Psychological Operations Component Commander1
Land Component Commander HQ carrying ship2
Land Component Commander1
Maritime Component Commander1
Air Component Commander1
Combined Air Operations Centre1
Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance Assets
Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft3
Airborne Early Warning aircraft4
Electronic and signal intelligence gathering aircraft2
Strategic reconnaissance aircraft2
Ground-Based Electronic Warfare radar1
Maritime Patrol Aircraft4
Electronic Warfare Company Task Force1
Surveillance and Target Acquisition unit1

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Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects Bowman to be fully operational. [15402]

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Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to the answer Igave on 21 July 2005, Official Report, column 2110W, to the hon. Member for Congleton (Ann Winterton).


Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Department has spent on military aid to Colombia in each of the last five years. [16204]

Mr. Ingram: In Financial Years 2003–04 and 2004–05 the cost of military assistance provided by the UK MOD to the Colombian armed forces was around £120,000 per year. This assistance covered Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training and the provision of courses to members of the Colombian armed forces, both in Colombia and in the UK. The former aimed to reduce the number of civilian and military deaths from explosive devices, and the latter at introducing Colombian military personnel to British Defence concepts in key areas, such as Rules of Engagement and democratic and accountable control of the armed forces.

The information for previous years is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Defence Export Services Organisation

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions the Defence Export Services Organisation has provided advice to UK companies on the selection of agents in the last 12 months; [15340]

(2) what mechanisms the Defence Export Services Organisation uses to record the advice given by its (a) British-based and (b) overseas staff to companies on the selection of agents; [15341]

(3) whether the Defence Export Services Organisation provides (a) off the shelf lists and (b) bespoke lists of companies in relation to the selection of agents. [15342]

Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Leyton and Wanstead (Harry Cohen) on 12 July 2005, Official Report, column 861W. Such advice is typically given in the course of routine and informal contact with industry and is therefore not normally minuted or recorded on file. For countries in which the use of agents is part of normal business practice, DESO tries to meet any requests received for a list, relying as far as possible on information already held.

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