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Mr. Ingram: The bandwidth of the Bowman tactical communications and information system depends on the type of equipment deployed. The very high frequency radio works in the 3087.975 MHz frequency band; its theoretical bandwidth is 16 kbps. The high frequency radio works in the 1.830 MHz frequency band; its maximum bandwidth is 9.6 kbps, and depends on the quality of the communications link. The high-capacity data radio works in the 225400 MHz frequency band; its data bandwidth is up to 500 kbps, but it automatically adapts this to suit the quality of the communications link and the distances between radios. Voice and data communications within vehicles, and between vehicles grouped in headquarters, is provided by using standard 10/100 mbps Ethernet interfaces.
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department is evaluating the USA Buffalo armoured vehicle; and whether his Department plans to introduce this vehicle for work against roadside explosive devices. 
Mr. Touhig [holding answer 7 November 2005]: The following table gives details of Ministry of Defence civilian redundancies, both voluntary and compulsory, for the financial years 19992000 to 200405. Comparable information for financial year 199899 is not available.
Mr. Touhig: The Redress of Complaints trial officially began in October 2004 and it is expected that the results will be reported to the Army Board in January 2006. Informal complaints mechanisms are not included in this trial and are not currently subject to specific review.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total administrative cost was of the Defence Export Service Organisation in 200405; and what the projected equivalent figure is for 200506. 
|Financial year||Net operating costs (£ million)|
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of staff of the Defence Export Services Organisation are seconded from industry; and what functions such staff perform. 
In addition, on 1 November one member of the Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO) was on secondment from a defence company, of which he remains an employee. The secondee performs duties as required in one of the DESO Regional Directorates.
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to note 20 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 200405, if he will list the capital commitments that have been contracted for but not yet provided. 
The capital commitments figure in Note 20 of the Departmental Resource Accounts represents the aggregate estimated value of contracts, across the Department, for work that has not yet been undertaken and, therefore, has not been provided for in the accounts. The following list, of all commitments over £100 million each, represents £18,571 million (90.8 per cent. of the total of £20,446 million quoted in Note 20).
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|A400M (heavy lift aircraft)||2,048,300|
|Joint Combat Aircraft||900,000|
|Bowman (communications system)||774,323|
|Investment at AWE||724,657|
|Nimrod MRA4 (multi-role aircraft)||717,953|
|BVRAAM (air to air missile)||644,000|
|PAAMS (missile system)||605,686|
|Infantry Anti-Tank guided weapon||259,573|
|NLAW (light anti-armour weapon)||259,067|
|Swiftsure and Trafalgar (update) Final Phase (submarine)||251,771|
|Terrier (earth moving vehicle)||231,230|
|Sea Wolf Block 2||228,369|
|Brimstone (anti-armour weapon)||203,245|
|ASTOR (radar system)||177,847|
|Building to house laser system||159,500|
|Future Command and Liaison Vehicle||144,838|
|Sea Wolf midlife update||132,395|
|Trojan and Titan (armoured vehicles)||130,590|
|Precision Guided Bomb||124,467|
|Single Living Accommodation||100,000|
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many full-time equivalent employee reductions have been made in his Department as a result of the Gershon review; what cost savings relating to IT projects have been achieved; what value of efficiency savings (a) were achieved in 200405 and (b) are expected to be achieved in 200506; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Touhig [holding answer 7 November 2005]: In 200405 there was a reduction of 2,460 full-time equivalent military personnel and 1,230 full-time equivalent civilian personnel as a consequence of the Department's efficiency programme. The latter excludes operational locally employed civilians, whose numbers increased by 650.
Further progress on both manpower reductions and wider efficiency savings will be reported in the Department's autumn performance report. However, while the department has an efficiency target for 200708, there is no intermediate target for 200506.
The Defence Communications Services Agency delivered £84 million of IT/IS related efficiencies in 200405. Other savings in the departmental efficiency programme will also have been enabled by IT, but information is not held on the amounts involved.
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Mrs. Humble: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the courses organised since October 2004 at the Joint Equality and Diversity Centre at Shrivenham; and what the attendance was on each course. 
Mr. Touhig: Between 1 November 2004 and 4 November 2005 Joint Equality and Diversity Training Centre delivered 36 x five-day Equal Opportunities Advisers Courses to 843 middle-ranking personnel from the three Armed Services and the Ministry of Defence Civil Service. In addition, 149 Senior Civil Servants and Military Officers at Brigadier (and equivalent) level and above attended one of 11 one-day Equality and Diversity Seminars held at Shrivenham.
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