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Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total management fee recovered from the Saudi Arabian Government was to cover the costs incurred in promoting the sale of Eurofighter aircraft by BAE Systems to Saudi Arabia. 
Derek Twigg: The Ministry of Defence has already published the requirements of the gender equality scheme in its first overarching MOD Equality and Diversity Scheme 2006-09. The scheme encompasses the armed forces, civilians, the Ministry of Defence police and Executive agencies. The scheme fulfils the Departments legal obligations to have an equality scheme in place under current race legislation, as well as future disability provision which came into force on 4 December 2006.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will estimate the financial cost to the UK of (a) procuring, deploying and operating Ground-Based Interceptors from the US missile defence Ground-Based Midcourse Defence system and (b) developing, procuring, deploying and operating a missile for the Type-45 destroyers that has equivalent or similar anti ballistic missile capability to the US Standard Missile-3. 
No decisions have yet been taken on whether or not to acquire ballistic missile defence for the United Kingdom. Work by officials continues to examine potential options for future UK participation
in a missile defence system, including the strategic, cost and legal issues arising. UK officials are also working with their NATO counterparts to consider the implications of a NATO Feasibility Study into options for Alliance missile defence. Given the range of options that might be available it is premature to speculate on the possible costs.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of personnel serving with (a) Harrier squadrons, (b) Nimrod aircraft and (c) Royal Air Force Regiment Field Squadrons exceed the harmony guidelines. 
Mr. Ingram: The Royal Air Force reports against Harmony Guidelines for formed unit tour intervals, and against Individual Separated Service guidelines for personnel. Nimrod squadrons do not deploy as formed units. RAF Harrier squadrons and Regiment Field Squadrons deploy as formed units but not all personnel serving with the squadrons deploy at once.
As unit tour intervals do not specify the percentage of personnel who deploy, data has been supplied based on Individual Separated Service. The figures for the percentage of personnel serving with RAF Harrier, Nimrod, and RAF Regiment Field Squadrons who exceeded the RAF Individual Separated Service guideline of 140 days of detached duty in a rolling 12-month period are shown in the following table:
|Unit||Percentage of RAF personnel exceeding 140 days in rolling 12 month period to 30 September 2006|
|(1) Provisional. Due to the introduction of a new Personnel Administration System for the RAF, all RAF data from 1 May 2006 are provisional and subject to review.|
As at 30 September 2006, 0 per cent. of the personnel serving with the Royal Navy Harrier squadrons (800 and 801 Naval Air Squadron) exceeded Royal Navy Separated Service guidelines of 660 days in a rolling three-year period.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 28 November 2006]: There are sufficient numbers of helicopters in all theatres to carry out the allocated tasks. I am withholding a breakdown of the number of helicopters by theatre as this would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness and security of our armed forces. We keep under constant review how best to sustain and refresh the helicopter capability provided to all operations.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the time scale is for the programme to fit explosion suppressant foam to Hercules aircraft; how many aircraft will be fitted with the foam; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 29 November 2006]: The cost of HMS Vanguards long overhaul period (refuel), formerly referred to as a refit, up to the end of the last financial year, is shown in the following table.
|HMS Vanguard spend profile|
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any of the staff in his Department
who are not serving members of the armed forces are classed as key workers for the purposes of the (a) low-cost home ownership and (b) shared ownership schemes. 
Members of the Ministry of Defence Police
Uniformed members of the Defence Fire Service
Clinical staff excluding doctors and dentists.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many airbridge flights for forces personnel serving in Iraq were (a) cancelled, (b) delayed and (c) diverted with less than a days notice in 2005; and what the figures are for 2006. 
|2005 (April-December)||2006 (January to date)|
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his Departments estimate is for Direct Resource Expenditure in Request for Resources 2 in Iraq and Afghanistan for 2006-07 calculated on the same basis as table 1 of the memorandum sent to the Defence Select Committee on 6 March 2006; 
(2) what his Departments estimate is for Capital Expenditure in Request for Resources 2 in Iraq and Afghanistan for 2006-07 calculated on the same basis as table 2 of the memorandum sent to the Defence Select Committee on 6 March 2006. 
Derek Twigg: The increase in Direct Resource and Capital expenditure in Request for Resources 2 in Iraq and Afghanistan is set out in the tables. These follow the same format as that contained in the Estimates Memorandum sent to the Defence Select Committee on 6 March 2006.
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