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HMS Sheffield

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many requests have been made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for information relating to HMS Sheffield; when the requests were made; and on what date a decision was made on each request. [28356]

Mr. Ingram: Three requests for information (RFI) from different applicants have been made relating to HMS Sheffield under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. One RFI was made in January, and the other two in February. Full replies have been deferred pending the outcome of the departmental review that I commissioned in April 2005 to consider what information can be made available publicly concerning the investigation into the loss of HMS Sheffield during the Falklands conflict. My letter of 7 April (D/MSU/2/5/1) refers, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House.
 
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Armed Forces

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints of (a) unfair treatment, (b) discrimination, (c) harassment and (d) bullying have been made by members of the armed forces in each year since 1997. [27614]

Mr. Touhig: The armed forces do not record complaints of unfair treatment as a separate category, nor do they differentiate between those relating to discrimination and harassment.

The number of complaints received by the armed forces of (a) discrimination and harassment and (b) bullying in each year since 1998 are as follows:
Discrimination/harassmentBullying
199811437
19997244
20005067
20015941
20023055
20032935
20044547

Comprehensive figures for 1997 are not available.

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicemen and women injured on active service since 2000 have stayed on in the armed forces in a non-combatant role; and if he will make a statement. [28283]

Mr. Touhig: According to the Geneva Conventions (Protocol 1, Article 43), the only uniformed personnel to whom the term non-combatant" applies are medics and chaplains. Therefore, if a serving member of the armed forces who is subject to illness or injury is medically downgraded, enabling them to continue in service while being unfit for operational deployment, this does not mean that they become a non-combatant (unless of course they are discharged from the armed forces or they subsequently transfer to one of the non-combatant branches).

The information requested could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 2 November 2005, Official Report, column 1067W, how many foreign nationals are serving in the armed forces, broken down by country of origin. [28362]

Mr. Touhig: The numbers of UK armed forces personnel who are foreign nationals are shown in the following table:
UK regular forces who are foreign nationals

Number
September 2005(8)All services(7)Naval ServiceArmyRAF
Total recorded foreign nationals(9)7,155485(11)6,460(12)210
Country
Antigua(14)(15)(14)(15)
Australia110207515
Bahamas(14)(15)(14)(15)
Bangladesh5(14)5(15)
Barbados20510(14)
Belize5(15)5(15)
Botswana5(15)5(15)
Cameroon20(15)20(15)
Canada105206520
Cyprus(14)(14)(14)(15)
Dominican Republic15(14)15(15)
Egypt(14)(15)(15)(14)
Eire3356021060
Falkland Islands(14)(15)(14)(15)
Fiji2,040701,9655
Gambia75(14)70(14)
Germany(9)5(14)(14)(15)
Ghana590(14)585(14)
Gibraltar(14)(15)(14)(15)
Grenada55(14)50(15)
Guyana15(15)15(15)
India45540(14)
Jamaica1,0302597525
Kenya1055955
Malawi85(14)80(14)
Malaysia10(14)5(14)
Malta10(14)5(14)
Mauritius25(15)20(14)
Montserrat(14)(15)(14)(15)—;
Namibia(14)(15)(14)(15)—;
Nepal25(15)25(15)
New Zealand8510655
Nigeria55(14)55(15)
Other African Country(14)(15)(15)(14)
Other Asiatic Country(14)(15)(15)(14)
Pacific Islands(14)(15)(14)(15)
Pakistan10(14)10(14)
Papua New Guinea(14)(15)—;(14)(15)
Seychelles10(15)10(15)
Sierra Leone40(15)40(15)
Singapore(14)(15)(14)(15)
South Africa710556505
Sri Lanka(10)15(15)10(14)
St Christopher(14)(15)(15)(14)
St Helena30(14)2010
St Kitts(14)(15)(14)(15)
St Lucia225(14)220(14)
St. Vincent420135285(14)
Swaziland5(15)5(15)
Switzerland(14)(15)(14)(15)
Tanzania(14)(15)(14)(15)
Tonga5(15)5(15)
Trinidad and Tobago95157010
Uganda35(15)35(15)
Ukraine(14)(14)(15)(15)
United Arab Emirates1010(15)(15)
USA5(14)(14)(14)
West Indies5(14)(14)(15)
Zambia20(14)15(15)
Zimbabwe/Rhodesia5901556510
Other Non-British5, 620(15)20(14)
Not Recorded7056002580(13)


(7) RAF and Army data are for UK regular forces (trained and untrained), including Nursing Services and excluding full-time Reserve Service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. Naval Service figures are for UK Regular Forces including Nursing Services, FIRS and activated reservists.
(8) Naval Service data are provided by AFPAA as data are not centrally held. Data are for personnel serving at 3 October 2005.
Army data are provided by DASA for personnel serving at 1 September 2005.
RAF data are provided by AFPAA as data are not centrally held. Data are for personnel serving as at 16 September 2005.
(9) Includes personnel with nationality recorded as West German.
(10) Includes personnel with nationality recorded as Ceylon.
(11) Includes personnel with nationality recorded as Commonwealth/foreign and personnel with nationality recorded as Foreign/foreign.
(12) Includes personnel with nationality recorded as Foreign National.
(13) Includes 80 personnel recorded as Commonwealth by birth, but with no nationality recorded.
(14) Denotes less than five.
(15) Denotes zero.
Note:
Data are rounded to 5 to prevent disclosure of sensitive personal information. Due to the founding methods used totals may not always equal the sum of the parts.





 
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Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of armed service personnel in 2002–03 were (a) Irish citizens and (b) foreign nationals. [28396]

Mr. Touhig: The information requested is shown in the following table. Historical nationality data for the naval service and the RAF cannot be provided as data is not centrally held. Army data is provided by the Defence Analytical Services Agency (DASA):
Percentage

Irish citizenForeign nationals
1 April 2002
Naval servicen/an/a
Army2.02.5
Royal Air Forcen/an/a
1 April 2003
Navel servicen/an/a
Army2.04.0
Royal Air Forcen/an/a




n/a=denotes data not available
Note:
UK Regular Forces include Nursing Services and exclude full-time Reserve Service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. They include both trained and untrained personnel.
Source:
DASA(Tri-Service)




Mrs. Humble: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the terms of reference were of research undertaken in the past five years into the socio-economic background of recruits to the armed services; what the size was of the sample in each case; what the principal conclusions were; and if he will place copies of research in the Library. [26274]

Mr. Touhig: No research has been undertaken by the Ministry of Defence in the last five years into the socio-economic background of recruits.

However, in 1999–2000, research into the socio-economic background of a sample of 500 Army recruits in the Cardiff catchment area was undertaken privately by a member of the armed forces in connection with an academic thesis, and was referred to in the evidence provided to the House of Commons Defence Committee for their inquiry into Duty of Care.


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