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Mr. Touhig: The armed forces provide a comprehensive range of support and care for all their personnel. In addition to this being a key responsibility of every commanding officer, such care is available from unit welfare officers, specialist welfare providers, doctors and other professionals. Chaplains, as well as providing spiritual care for Service personnel and their families within their denomination, also provide practical care for personnel of all religions or none. We also issued last year a Guide on Religion and Belief", which includes a section on non-religious belief and no belief, including contact details for appropriate organisations.
Mr. Touhig: The gross salary costs (excluding national insurance contributions and superannuation) paid to civil servants and locally employed civilians (overseas) from 200001 to 200405 are detailed in the following table.
|Civil servants gross salary costs||Locally employed civilians salary costs||Total|
The Executive Defence Agencies established as Trading Funds fall outside the departmental accounting boundary. For completeness, I have included the gross salary costs for civil servants and locally employed civilians (overseas) of these organisations from 199798 to 200405 in the following table.
|Met Office||Army Base Repair|
|Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DEFA)/defence science and technology laboratory (Dstl)(28)||UK Hydrographic office||Civil|
|Locally employed civilians||Defence Aviation|
|Locally employed civilians|
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many disciplinary actions against civil servants employed in his Department (a) were commenced and (b) resulted in a sanction being applied in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Touhig: Information is not held centrally on the number of Ministry of Defence civil servants that have had disciplinary actions commenced against them and had resultant sanctions applied in each of the last five years. Because action on investigating and dealing with disciplinary offences has been delegated to line management in individual MOD business units, it would incur disproportionate cost to collate the data.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the original Treasury authority for payments to British civilian detainees of the Japanese allowed payments to be made to detainees with no blood links to the UK. 
HM Treasury agreed that funding for the Ex-Gratia Scheme would initially be made available from the Contingency Reserve pending parliamentary approval for the Scheme as part of the then spring supplementary estimate. At that stage, the birthlink criterion had not been defined though the estimates for the cost of the scheme assumed that payments would only be made to civilian internees with a close link to the United Kingdom.
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Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list, for each of the last three years, (a) the total number of staff in his Department and (b) the total budget allocation related to all aspects of research into thermobaric weapons. 
The MOD's research budget is focussed on examining technical possibilities in a variety of technology areas. We do not collate information on research activity in the way requested, not least given the lack of an agreed definition of the term 'thermobaric'. It would be disproportionately expensive and potentially misleading to provide a detailed breakdown for individual research projects.
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Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tours have been undertaken by each of the (a) Type 42 Destroyers, (b) Type 22 frigates and (c) Type 23 frigates in the last three years; where each tour was; what the length of each tour was; and what the length of time was between each tour. 
|T42||Edinburgh||April-August||Standing Naval Force Atlantic|
|T42||Gloucester||January-June||Gulf with the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle|
|T42||Exeter||March-November||Five Powers Defence Arrangement|
|T22||Campbeltown||October 2003-May 2004||Standing Naval Force Atlantic|
|T23||Monmouth||December 2003-July 2004||Atlantic Patrol Task (North)|
|T23||Iron Duke||September-December||Atlantic Patrol Task (South)|
|T23||Richmond||July-December||Atlantic Patrol Task (North)|
|T23||St. Albans||November 2003-May 2004||Gulf-Op Oracle|
|T42||Gloucester||November 2004-March 2005||Atlantic Patrol Task (South)|
|T42||York||May-November||Five Powers Defence Arrangement|
|T42||Liverpool||December 2004-August 2005||Atlantic Patrol Task (North)|
|T42||Southampton||August 2005-February 2006||Atlantic Patrol Task (South)|
|T22||Chatham||November 2004-May 2005||Gulf-Op Oracle|
|T22||Cumberland||August-December||Atlantic Patrol Task(North)|
|T23||Portland||March-September||Atlantic Patrol Task(South)|
|T23||Monmouth||November 2004 May 2005||Nato|
|T23||Montrose||October 2005-April 2006||Gulf-Op Telic|
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