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|(1) Includes Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman.|
Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what departmental procedures are in place to encourage staff to apply for secondments to the (a) United Nations and (b) World Bank; and how many (i) applicants and (ii) successful applicants have been women in the last three years. 
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many suicides have taken place among deployed UK military personnel in (a) Iraq, (b) Afghanistan and (c) elsewhere in each of the last three years. 
The Ministry of Defence has centrally compiled and verified records of coroner-confirmed suicides or open verdict deaths among UK Service
personnel up to 31 December 2005. Between 1 January 2003 and 31 December 2005, there were three coroner-confirmed suicides or open verdict deaths among regular Service personnel while deployed in Iraq. There were no coroner-confirmed suicides or open verdicts among Service personnel in Afghanistan. During the same period there were 50 other coroner-confirmed suicide and open verdicts among regular Service personnel, who were not deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan(1). Details are provided in the following table.
|(1) Includes a soldier who was aeromeded back to the UK as a result of an incident in Iraq and subsequently died in a UK hospital.|
(1) These include personnel deployed overseas, on overseas postings or based in the United Kingdom.
(2) Adjusted for age and gender.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) established and (b) actual strength is of (i) the regular Army and (ii) the Territorial Army, broken down by (A) recruits, (B) trained soldiers and other ranks, (C) senior non-commissioned officers and warrant officers, (D) junior officers Second Lieutenant to Captain and (E) senior officers of Major and above. 
Derek Twigg: Table 1 provides a breakdown, by rank, of the regular army strength against liability as at 1 August 2006. Table 2 provides a breakdown of the Territorial Army, by rank, against the overall liability. A detailed breakdown of the Territorial Army liability by rank will not be available until TA re-balancing has been completed which is expected in mid 2007.
|Table 1: Strength of regular army as at 1 August 2006, shown against liability|
|Strength( 1)||Liability( 2)|
|(1) Figures include trained officers and soldiers; full time reserve service (full, limited and home commitment) but exclude home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment, mobilised reserves, Territorial Army and other reserves.|
(2) Liability is based on the regular army liability 2006(.)
1. All data have been rounded to the nearest 10. Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. Numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.
2. n/a = not applicable as there is no liability for untrained officers and soldiers.
|Table 2: Strength of Territorial Army as at 1 August 2006, shown against liability|
|(1) TA Personnel include Group A & B, Mobilised TA and Officer Training Corps (OTC), and exclude non regular permanent staff and full time reserve service.|
All data have been rounded to the nearest 10. Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. Numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what dates he will (a) publish the proposed White Paper and (b) hold the proposed parliamentary debate and vote on the replacement of Trident by a new generation of the nuclear deterrent. 
Des Browne [holding answer 1 November 2006]: It remains our intention that decisions on the future of the UK's nuclear deterrent will be taken later this year, following which we will publish a White Paper. There will then be a parliamentary debate and a vote. It is too early to set out a more specific timetable.
From 18 August 2006 the Veterans Agency has introduced a new database which enables limited analysis of the applications. The following table sets out how many Veterans Badges have been awarded to personnel between 18 August and 3 November 2006 who served in each of the armed forces.
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weaponry is available to the (a) infantry, (b) Royal Marines and (c) Parachute Regiment to engage active targets at a range of 1,000 yards. 
Mr. Ingram: The long-range weaponry listed in the table below is all currently available to the Infantry, the Royal Marines and Parachute Regiment (although in some cases certain weapons are only available for specific operations).
Heavy Machine Gun (HMG). Calibre 12.7mm (0.5in)
General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG). Calibre 7.62mm
81mm Medium Mortar
Javelin Anti Tank Guided Weapon
30mm Rarden Cannon. (Fitted to WARRIOR and Scimitar armoured fighting vehicles).
Chain Gun. Calibre 7.62mm. (Fitted to WARRIOR armoured fighting vehicle).
Long Range Rifle. Calibre 8.6mm
The security of our personnel admitted as in-patients is of the highest priority and remains under constant review. For example, at Selly Oak hospital, where the majority of our combat casualties will be received, a strong liaison is maintained between West Midlands police, the University Hospital Birmingham Foundation Trust (UHBFT) and its Security Management Team and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) Command Team to ensure that appropriate levels of security are provided. UHBFT Security Officers provide an immediate response to any security
incidents within the hospital boundaries. Swipe card doors have been installed on the wards where military personnel are most likely to be treated. Other security measures including CCTV will be adopted as necessary.
The MOD, in conjunction with the relevant NHS hospital authorities, ensures that Heads of Department make all staff aware of unit routine orders on maintaining security awareness and the need to remain vigilant at all times.