The Royal Military Police are not investigating alleged human rights abuses at the al-Jamiyat prison. We have impressed upon the Iraqi authorities the importance of investigating prisoner abuse, wherever it is alleged to have occurred.
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A research project published under the title Adverse Medical Events in British Service Personnel Following the Anthrax Vaccination" (J. Enstone, M. Wale, J. Nguyen-Van-Tarn & J. PearsonVaccine 2003, 21:13481354) was funded by the Ministry of Defence and endorsed by the Advisory Group on Medical Countermeasures. The MOD had no editorial input into the conduct, methodology or findings of this studythe editorial rights to the study belong to the University of Nottingham Medical School. The study concluded that the anthrax vaccine is a safe vaccine with minimal side effects.
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The anthrax vaccine is a MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) licensed medical product and therefore fully satisfies the responsible UK regulatory body in matters of vaccine safety and efficacy.
|Royal Navy Officers
|Royal Navy Ratings
|Royal Marine Officers
|Royal Marine Other Ranks
|Good and Very Good
|Poor and Very Poor
|Army Other Ranks
|RAF Air men/women
|High and Very High
|Neither High nor Low
|Low and Very Low
Mr. Ingram: I refer my hon. Friend to the written ministerial statement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 24 November 2005, Official Report, column 129WS, which gives details of all the new infantry titles and formation arrangements.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) agencies and (b) other Governments using helicopters provided by his Department for relief work in the wake of the recent earthquake in Pakistan and Kashmir have been charged for this use. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 12 December 2005]: No other Governments or agencies have been, or will be, charged for using the three RAF Chinook helicopters deployed to Pakistan to support the earthquake relief effort.
Mr. Touhig [holding answer 12 December 2005]: There were approximately 10 trained Regular Army personnel whose nationality at birth is recorded as Fijian and who were reported as having gone long-term absent without leave during the period 1 October 2004 to 30 September 2005. In the same period none of the serving Fijians in the Royal Air Force were recorded as having gone long-term absent without leave. It is not possible to provide the equivalent figures for the Royal Navy as the figures are not held centrally.
The records for those who have been absent without leave for a short period of time (less than 21 days) are not held in such a way as to allow a nationality to be cross checked with those absent without leave without incurring disproportionate cost.
Of these, 75 are known to have been killed as a result of hostile action, and 23 are either known to have died as a result of illness, accident or from other non-combat
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injuries, or have not yet been officially assigned a cause of death pending the outcomes of ongoing coroners investigations into the circumstances pertaining to these deaths.
The total number of UK personnel admitted to Shaibah Field hospital and classified as wounded in action (WIA) is 189. A larger number have, however, sustained non battle injuries or succumbed to illness whilst serving in Iraq.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by his Department in (i) 200506 and (ii) 200607; and what the expected costs are of each project. 
Mr. Touhig: The information requested is currently being obtained from a number of separate sources and will take a little time to collate. I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Touhig: It is the Ministry of Defence's intention to maintain a church within Colchester Garrison, in the first instance by converting an existing building. The relevant plans have been lodged with Colchester borough council.
Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures his Department plans to take to assist Commonwealth Second World War veterans; and if he will make a grant to the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Service League. 
Mr. Touhig: The Government recognises the sacrifices of those from Commonwealth nations who supported the allied effort in World War II and has publicised this through the 'We Were There' exhibition and its schools programme. However, it has been the policy of successive Governments over many years that Departments do not contribute public funds to individual charities in this way.