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1. Data have been rounded to the nearest 10. Numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest 20 to prevent systematic bias.
2. Due to the roll out of the new Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system to the RAF in March 2006, voluntary applications data for 2006-07 to date are not currently available.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what incidents of British service personnel coming under attack on the Shatt al-Arab waterway took place before the 12 November bombing; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department makes of the mental welfare needs of personnel on discharge from the armed forces; and what steps are taken to follow up those identified as vulnerable. 
Derek Twigg: The number of medical discharges from the UK armed forces due to psychological illness is low. Of the over 200,000 regular service personnel less than 0.1 per cent. are discharged annually for mental health reasons, whatever the cause. Of these, only 20-25 meet the criteria to be diagnosed with PTSD.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) employs specialist mental health social workers (MHSW), who assist personnel who are medically discharged from the service on the basis of a mental illness. The aim of this service is to liaise with the relevant external agencies (Government and non-governmental), and (along with resettlement agencies) provide the patient with a seamless transfer into civilian life. The MODs MHSW routinely liaise with health and social services; housing agencies; the Department of Work and Pensions; Combat Stress; Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA); The Royal British Legion; the
Service Benevolent Funds; Regimental Associations; and other relevant charitable organisations.
For veterans, healthcare is primarily the responsibility of the NHS. The Veterans Agency Welfare Service also provides practical assistance to veterans in need of support, focussed on those with mental or physical illness or injury suffered as a result of military service for which a compensatory pension is in payment. Following recommendations on mental health services for veterans in 2005 by the independent Health and Social Care Advisory Service, officials from the MOD, the UK Health departments and Combat Stress have been working together to develop and implement a new community-based model for mental health services for veterans. It is hoped that, beginning in the spring of 2007, the model will be piloted at sites across the UK. The pilots are likely to last two years and, if successful, will be rolled out nationally.
Derek Twigg: The MOD has not set an overall requirement for a specified number of minibus drivers, and the number serving at any time will fluctuate dependent on individual and unit requirements. The actual number of drivers with minibus licences is not centrally recorded and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The MOD is, however, not aware of a shortfall in minibus drivers.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the statement of 21 November 2006, Official Report, column 28WS, on the Reserves Mental Health Programme, what discussions he has had with the Department of Health on ensuring that general practitioners are made aware of the mental health treatment made available to reservists. 
The Department of Health was involved from an early stage in our plans for the new programme. We provided guidance to the Department of Health and other UK health authorities for wider dissemination to GPs, who were also informed via direct email distribution. Guidance for patients and
health professionals isalso available by visiting http://www.army.mod.uk/rtmc/rmhp.htm or by contacting free phone number 0800 0326258.
Ms Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any part of RNAD Coulport has been subject to radioactive contamination to a level that would preclude its use by civil industry. 
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information he has on the average pay for an army sergeant in (a) France, (b) the United States and (c) Germany; and what the average pay is for a sergeant in the British Army. 
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2006, Official Report, column 812W, on service personnel (honours), what his Departments policy is on the publication in national newspapers of the names of British servicemen and women who have been honoured for operational service by the United States Administration. 
Derek Twigg: Awards bestowed on British Servicemen by the United States and other foreign governments are published in the London Gazette following receipt of The Sovereigns permission to wear such awards. National newspapers may then re-publish these awards. As a matter of policy the Department does not pay for the insertion of the names of recipients of either British or foreign awards in the media other than in the London Gazette.
Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service people have been injured in operations in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan so as to require second-line medical attention since the commencement of those operations. 
The Ministry of Defence publishes data on battle and non-battle casualties that have resulted from our operations in Iraq from March 2003 and Afghanistan from 1 January 2006. The best centrally available casualty statistics can be found on the Ministry of Defence website
Between 1 January 2006 and 15 November 2006, 64 UK military or civilian personnel were admitted to the Shaibah Role 3 Facility in Iraq categorised as Wounded in Action, including as a result of hostile action. A further 1,089 UK military or civilian personnel were admitted to the Shaibah Role 3 Facility for Disease or Non-Battle Injuries.
Between 1 January 2006 and 15 November 2006, 75 UK military or civilian personnel were admitted to UK or coalition medical facilities in Afghanistan categorised as Wounded in Action, including as a result of hostile action.
The method of reporting admittance to field hospitals in Afghanistan was changed at the end of October 2006, to bring it in line with reporting for Iraq. From 28 October 2006 figures for admittance for non-battle injuries also include disease whereas beforehand they only included non-battle injuries.
Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the target establishment number is, under the new structure for the Territorial Army, for each (a) category and (b) sub-category referred to in the answer of 24 July 2006, Official Report, column 782W. 
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