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Defence Export Services Organisation

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff are employed by the Defence Export Services Organisation in the UK, broken down by job title. [19474]

Mr. Ingram: On 1 April 2005, the Defence Export Services Organisation had 375 United Kingdom based staff in post. This total comprised:
Number of staff
Senior Team and Support Staff7.5
Regional Directorates (including Military Advisers)83
Market Analysis8.5
Business Support18
Export Support Team (equipment demonstration)46
Project Offices124
Communications and Events (including Exhibitions and Inward Visits)28
Export Licensing Advice and Secretariat33
Resource Management27

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the overseas offices of the Defence Export Services Organisation are situated; when each office was established; how many staff are employed in each; and what the cost of each (a) was for 2004–05 and (b) is projected to be for 2005–06. [19475]

Mr. Ingram: Defence Supply Secretaries employed by the Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO) have offices in the countries listed in the table. DESO staff are also employed in support of specific defence export projects in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and their numbers are shown in the table; the costs of those offices are met by the customer government, and I am withholding the information as its release would be likely to prejudice relations with those governments.
Defence Supply Secretary OfficeDate establishedStaff2004–05 cost (£000)Estimated 2005–06 cost (£)
Saudi Arabia200417678
South Korea19882304312
South Africa200074l—
Project office:
Saudi Arabia198764(3)(3)

(2) Post closed in 2004–05.
(3) Cost met by customer government.

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Whittington Barracks

Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the Defence Medical Education and Training Agency will be based at the Whittington Barracks at Lichfield; whether the Army Training Regiment will remain at Lichfield; and if he will make a statement; [18659]

(2) if he will make a statement on the future use of Whittington Barracks in Lichfield. [18660]

Mr. Touhig: The future of Whittington Barracks is subject to two outstanding studies. One concerns the co-location of elements of the Defence Medical Educational Training Agency into the site. The other is a study into the capacity requirements for Phase 1 soldier training, which seeks to determine the most economical use of the existing Phase 1 training real estate in the long term. Both of these studies are now due to report in February 2006 and no decisions will be made before that date.

DS30 Mark2 Naval Gun

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the time scale is for the fitting of the DS30 Mark 2 Automatic 30mm Naval Gun to each of the remaining 13 Type-23 frigates. [19984]

Mr. Ingram: On current plans all Type 23 Frigates will be fitted with the DS30 Mark 2 Automatic 30mm Naval Gun, to replace existing DS30B guns. The new system will be fitted progressively during appropriate planned upkeep or maintenance periods from the end of 2006 onwards. Precise time scales for each vessel have not yet been finalised, although the roll-out programme is expected to be completed by 2014.

Eurofighter Typhoon

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which missiles the Eurofighter will be equipped. [19439]

Mr. Ingram: The UK's Eurofighter Typhoon will be equipped initially with the ASRAAM short range and AMRAAM medium range air to air missiles. Integration of subsequent weapons is being considered under the Typhoon Future Capability Programme; these include the Meteor air to air missile, Storm Shadow cruise missile and Brimstone air to ground missile.
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Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the delivery schedule is for the Eurofighter; and what the (a) cost and (b) payment terms per unit are. [19444]

Mr. Ingram: Eurofighter Typhoon deliveries to the UK started in 2003 and will continue until 2013 under current contracts. The rate of delivery over this period is between 11 and 21 aircraft per year.

The unit production cost for Typhoon published in Major Projects Report 2004 was £49.1 million.

The precise contractual arrangements for the Typhoon programme are commercially sensitive and are agreed between the four partner nations and contracted via the international procurement agency in Munich. However, in line with normal Ministry of Defence practice, interim payments are made against the achievement of technical and programme milestones, with a retention being paid on final delivery and acceptance of the aircraft.

Joint Strike Fighter

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress in acquiring F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft for the new aircraft carriers. [19445]

Mr. Ingram: In conjunction with the US and the other international partners within the Joint Strike Fighter programme, we are negotiating the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding for the co-operative production, support and follow on development phase.


Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reservists have been (a) mobilised, (b) killed and (c) decommissioned due to injury in Iraq in each year since March 2003. [21137]

Mr. Touhig [holding answer 24 October 2005]: The number of reservists mobilised to support Operation Telic by year since March 2003 is:

(4) As at 21 October 2005

In the time available it has not been possible to distinguish between those actually serving in Iraq and those supporting Operation Telic in other countries including the UK. In addition, a small number have been mobilised more than once to support the operation. The figures include volunteer, regular and sponsored reservists.
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The number of reservists who have died on operations in Iraq by year since March 2003 is:

(5) As at 21 October 2005

No Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marine Reserve or Royal Auxiliary Air Force Reservists have been medically discharged as a result of injuries received in Iraq.

Army information systems do not record where injuries occurred which led to a medical discharge. In order to answer the question a review of individual medical records would have to be undertaken and this could not be completed without incurring disproportionate cost.

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what compensation has been paid to reservists injured in Iraq since March 2003; and under which scheme. [21138]

Mr. Touhig [holding answer 24 October 2005]: Records are not kept in a way in which common law compensation paid to reservists can be separately identified. Common law compensation including costs of £413,398 has however been paid to service personnel in respect of injuries sustained during Operation Telic since March 2003.

In addition, the Veterans Agency administers two no-fault compensation schemes. The War Pension Scheme (WPS) provided compensation for illness or injury due to service in the armed forces up to 6 April 2005 whereas the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) has been in operation since that date.

Information under the WPS is not available in the form requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. There have been no awards of compensation made to reservists injured in Iraq under the AFCS.

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how his Department has monitored the health of reservists in Iraq since March 2003; and if he will make a statement. [21139]

Mr. Touhig [holding answer 24 October 2005]: The health of reservists serving in Iraq is monitored through the system of routine provision of healthcare that is provided for all members of the armed forces on operations. Under the Reserve Forces Act 1996, the overarching principle of mobilized service is that reservists have the same levels of access to medical and healthcare as regular forces, wherever they are serving on operations overseas.

Our policy is that upon mobilization every reservist is given a full medical and dental examination prior to their acceptance into full-time service. The provision of healthcare continues throughout the period of full-time service through to when they return from operations for demobilization. At this point they receive a further medical examination and information about the availability of post-mobilization physical and mental health support.
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Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average weekly expenditure by the Government on military operations in Iraq have been over the last three months; and if he will make a statement. [21215]

Mr. Ingram: The Ministry of Defence cannot provide figures for the cost of operations in Iraq for the last three months because our stocktaking and audit activity to ensure robust and reliable figures is undertaken on an annual basis. In addition, expenditure varies with troop numbers and activities and could not sensibly be broken down on a meaningful weekly basis over such a short period of time.

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