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DEFENCE

Ascension Island

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) names and (b) grades were of his Department's officials who visited Ascension Island and participated in the preliminary summit of 30 November 2005. [47308]

Mr. Ingram: Two officials from the Ministry of Defence visited and participated in a preliminary summit in Ascension Island on 30 November 2005, one from our policy and defence relations (South) organisation and another from our permanent joint headquarters. Under the Data Protection Act, their names are withheld.

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the conditions governing the use of Ascension Island by the United States air force. [47330]

Mr. Ingram: The use by the United States air force of Ascension Island is based on the 1956 Bahamas Agreement between the United Kingdom and the United States, and has been developed further through a number of local agreements covering the operational activities undertaken there.
 
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Boards of Inquiry

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what restrictions are in place on legal personnel supporting families at board of inquiry meetings; and for what reasons such restrictions are in place. [47325]

Mr. Touhig: A board of inquiry is an internal review conducted to investigate a matter and to report. It is not a court and it does not meet in public. The presence of families may inhibit the openness of witnesses, in addition to being impractical as boards of inquiry can last for months and necessitate travel both inside and outside the United Kingdom. In the case of an inquiry into a fatality or serious accident, we seek to ensure that the next of kin are fully briefed on the inquiry's progress and outcome.

Casualties (Iraq/Afghanistan)

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department is considering making available a breakdown of casualty figures for the deployments in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan. [45218]

John Reid: Yes. The MOD intends to publish casualty figures for Iraq on the MOD website in the next few weeks, identifying the number of personnel categorised as Seriously Injured" and Very Seriously Injured". The figures will be updated regularly. I will write to inform the right hon. Member prior to the first publication.

The MOD will also release in the same way these categories of information for any UK casualties that occur from 1 January 2006 onwards as a result of operations in Afghanistan. Information for previous years is not held centrally and will take some time to collate. I will write to the right hon. Member when the figures are available and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Defence Staff (Deployment)

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the distribution in each region and country of (a) regular service personnel, (b) direct civilian employees of the Department, (c) civilian personnel in the UK defence agencies and trading funds as at 1 October 2005. [45547]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 25 January 2006]: Information on the posted location of Service personnel is published in TSP 10 (UK regular forces distribution across UK), which shows the number of Service personnel by Government office region and local authority. A copy of this publication is available in the Library of the House, showing data as at 1 October 2005.

The following table shows the number of civilian personnel in the UK, Defence agencies and trading funds as at 1 October 2005 by Government office region.
 
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Civilian personnel(1) in UK Defence agencies and MOD—owned trading funds by Government office region and country at 1 October 2005

Number: FTE
North-eastNorth-westYorkshire and HumberEast MidlandsWest Midlands
MOD total excluding Agencies and Trading Funds4305801,5201,7701,710
Total Agencies and Trading Funds Agencies902,2402,3507604,440
Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency
Army Training and Recruitment Agency(2)2093020210
British Forces Post Office(2)10
Defence Analytical Services Agency
Defence Bills Agency560
Defence Communications Service Agency(2)2050(2)60
Defence Estates105013050510
Defence Medical and Education Training Agency1040
Defence Procurement Agency20160101050
Defence Storage and Distribution Agency(2)24040101,510
Defence Transport and Movements Agency10100
Defence Vetting Agency310
Disposal Services Agency
Duke of York's Royal Military School
Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency40130540100300
Naval Recruiting and Training Agency1010(2)1010
Pay and Personnel Agency350(2)
RAF Training Group Defence Agency1030190460620
Service Children's Education(2)
Veterans' Agency(2)620101010
Trading Funds
Army Base Repair Organisation(3)90770
Defence Aviation Repair Agency
Defence Science and Technology Laboratories10230
Meteorological Office30306030
UK Hydrographic Office
Locally engaged civilian staff*****
Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) staff*****
Civilian level 0 total*****


EasternLondonSouth-eastSouth-westWales
MOD total excluding Agencies and Trading Funds5,3704,6107,32010,940770
Total Agencies and Trading Funds Agencies1,9602,5109,58013,0002,560
Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency50120
Army Training and Recruitment Agency110401,390990140
British Forces Post Office102203020
Defence Analytical Services Agency7010120
Defence Bills Agency(2)
Defence Communications Service Agency5203205001,84020
Defence Estates35019046039040
Defence Medical and Education Training Agency109044010
Defence Procurement Agency70901003,18010
Defence Storage and Distribution Agency401130400210
Defence Transport and Movements Agency60140(2)
Defence Vetting Agency(2)(2)
Disposal Services Agency2060(2)10
Duke of York's Royal Military School120
Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency67067020101,510200
Naval Recruiting and Training Agency(2)105308080
Pay and Personnel Agency(2)(2)(2)440
RAF Training Group Defence Agency3020460150100
Service Children's Education(2)
Veterans' Agency(2)10207010
Trading Funds
Army Base Repair Organisation(3)90(2)54010
Defence Aviation Repair Agency8301,710
Defence Science and Technology Laboratories6401,1501,030
Meteorological Office40102001,14030
UK Hydrographic Office10940
Locally engaged civilian staff*****
Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) staff*****
Civilian level 0 total*****


ScotlandNorthern IrelandUnknownOverseasTotal
MOD total excluding Agencies and Trading Funds3,8603,0208601,04043,800
Total Agencies and Trading Funds Agencies3,1203602801,44044,700
Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency30(2)210
Army Training and Recruitment Agency6010(2)(2)3,940
British Forces Post Office10(2)(2)300
Defence Analytical Services Agency200
Defence Bills Agency10570
Defence Communications Service Agency110(2)201303,590
Defence Estates210280101302,830
Defence Medical and Education Training Agency(2)600
Defence Procurement Agency11010201203,960
Defence Storage and Distribution Agency66010104,270
Defence Transport and Movements Agency20(2)(2)340
Defence Vetting Agency320
Disposal Services Agency(2)100
Duke of York's Royal Military School120
Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency1,330(2)(2)(2)7,510
Naval Recruiting and Training Agency1020(2)(2)770
Pay and Personnel Agency(2)(2)800
RAF Training Group Defence Agency50(2)(2)(2)2,130
Service Children's Education(2)9901,000
Veterans' Agency1010(2)790
Trading Funds
Army Base Repair Organisation(3)901,600
Defence Aviation Repair Agency280202,840
Defence Science and Technology Laboratories150(2)3,220
Meteorological Office1202010301,740
UK Hydrographic Office(2)950
Locally engaged civilian staff****15,410
Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) staff****2,370
Civilian level 0 total****106,260


(1) This table uses the revised definition of civilian personnel (see www.dasa.mod.uk).
(2) less than 5.
(3) From the 1 January 2006 reporting, DASA has been able to identify a methodology to correctly identify all of the ABRO staff. Estimated October 2005 figures based on the new methodology are broken down as follows: ABRO Estimate October 2005 total 2390 FTE, broken down by Government Office Region: Yorks and Humber 130, West Midlands 1010, South West 810, Eastern 140, South East 100, Scotland 90, Wales 20. The differences between ABRO published and estimated figures are included within the MoD Total Excluding Agencies and Trading Funds figures above Overall figures by Government Office Region would be unaffected by any impact of ABRO staff estimates.
Notes:
1. All figures are rounded to the nearest 10, as a result totals may not always equal the sum of the parts.
2. Figures include values for part time staff proportionate to those of full time staff.
Source:
DASA (Civilian)



 
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