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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) revenue and (b) capital expenditure has been allocated to the HELEN laser at AWE Aldermaston in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Ingram: Since July 2003 , approximately 5,280 non-infantry personnel have served in Iraq in an infantry role. It is not unusual for non-infantry personnel to deploy in an infantry role; every soldier in the British Army is trained as infanteer first, and as a specialist second.
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has received concerning the rocket attack on Basra Airport on the night of 6 January; and what arrests followed the attack. 
Mr. Ingram: We have no record of an Iraqi national named Al-Saokhi being detained and then released by United Kingdom forces in 2005. However UK forces do not routinely keep records of individuals they detain temporarily.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops each country which has participated in the operation in Iraq has provided for active service in each year since the start of the war. 
Mr. Ingram: The Ministry of Defence does not keep records of coalition troop deployments. The current troop deployments of multinational partners in the UK's area of responsibility in Multi-national Division (South East) are as follows:
|Roulement||Dates||Number of troops deployed|
|Telic 1||February-June 2003||46,000|
|Telic 2||July-October 2003||10,000|
|Telic 3||November 2003-April 2004||8,900|
|Telic 4||May-October 2004||8,200|
|Telic 5||November 2004-April 2005||(7)9,200|
|Telic 6||May-October 2005||8,500|
|Telic 7||November 2005-April 2006(8)||8,000|
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of NATO ISAF operation being integrated more closely with Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement; 
John Reid: As NATO seeks to expand its International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) further across Afghanistan, there are clear benefits in seeking greater synergy with the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) mission. These include less duplication of effort between the two missions, a more concerted approach to support for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, and simplified coordination with the Government of Afghanistan of the international community's military involvement in the country.
ISAFs mission is focused on reconstruction, though ISAF forces need also to be sufficiently robust to defend themselves against terrorists, insurgents and other illegally armed groups. The OEF mission also has a significant reconstruction element, though counter-terrorism is its core objective. ISAF does not, and will not, conduct counter-terrorism operations. NATO's revised operational plan for Afghanistan seeks to ensure greater synergy between the ISAF and OEF missions as ISAF expands, particularly in the field of support to reconstruction. The plan also incorporates clear
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command arrangements for coordination and, where necessary, deconfliction of operations under the respective missions.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 6 February 2006]: No. Flight schedules for operational theatres are maintained at a level sufficient to meet operational requirements, including rest and relaxation, and priority is given to aircraft serviceability to ensure that any interruptions or delays are kept to an absolute minimum.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that flights returning troops from theatre for periods of rest and relaxation are as short as possible. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 6 February 2006]: Usually, Rest and Relaxation (R and R) trooping flights will return to the Main Operating Base in the UK, RAF Brize Norton. Flights take the most direct route available, having due regard to political, weather and safety considerations, which may from time-to-time affect the route. Aircraft may also pick-up/drop-off in other airports such as Durham Tees Valley and Hannover, Germany, depending on the location of where the troops are normally stationed and the availability of aircraft and crews to undertake any additional flying required.
Mr. Ingram: The UK provides a small amount of training annually for the Rwandan Defence Force (RDF). This is focused on increasing Rwanda's capacity to contribute to international Peace Support Operations (PSO).
Training activities this year have included sending Short Term Training Teams to Rwanda, as well as selected personnel to the British Peace Support Team (East Africa) in Karen, Kenya to attend United Nations sponsored and other relevant PSO courses. We have additionally provided training on courses in the UK. There are currently 140 Rwandan military engineers attending a course in humanitarian de-mining techniques at the British funded International Mine Action Training Centre in Nairobi.
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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops are deployed in (a) Germany, (b) Iraq, (c) Afghanistan, (d) Bosnia and Kosovo, (e) Cyprus, (f) the Falklands, (g) Gibraltar, (h) Ascension Island, (i) Diego Garcia and (j) Northern Ireland. 
|Bosnia and Kosovo||829|
|The Falklands and Ascension Island (South Atlantic Islands)||1,212|
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