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Visits by min(dp) 1 November 2005 to 1 December 2006
Date of visit Place visited

11 November 2005

DPA Abbey Wood, Avon, Bristol North East

13 November 2005

West Kingsdown, Kent, Sevenoaks

18 November 2005

Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak, Birmingham, Birmingham Selly Oak

2 December 2005

PJHQ Northwood, Middlesex, South West Hertfordshire

13 January 2006

Agusta Westland, Yeovil, Somerset, Yeovil

13 January 2006

SME-5(th) Dorset Engineering, Weymouth, Devon, West Dorset

21 February 2006

Vosper Thorney, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Portsmouth South

23 February 2006

RAF High Wycombe, Strike Command, Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury

24 February 2006

RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, Louth and Horncastle

3 March 2006

DPA Abbey Wood, Avon, Bristol North East

10 March 2006

HQ Land Command, Wiltshire, Salisbury

5 May 2006

DLO, Ensleigh, Somerset, Bath

12 May 2006

DPA Abbey Wood, Avon, Bristol North East

3 July 2006

DPA Abbey Wood, Avon, Bristol North East

13 July 2006

Swan Hunter, Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend

17 to 19 July 2006

Farnborough Air Show, Hampshire, Aldershot

27 July 2006

DPA Abbey Wood, Avon, Bristol North East

13 September 2006

Warminster Road, Bath

14 September 2006

Portsmouth, Hampshire, Portsmouth South

21 September 2006

MBDA, Airbus and Rolls Royce, Filton, Bristol North West

13 October 2006

BAE Systems, Warton, Preston, Fylde

20 October 2006

DPA Abbey Wood, Avon, Bristol North East

1 December 2006

DPA Abbey Wood, Avon, Bristol North East


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Visits by US of S I November 2005 to 1December 2006
Date of visit Place visited

8 November 2005

Royal British Legion, Pall Mall, London, Cities of London and Westminster

22 November 2005

MOD Police Headquarters, Wethersfield, Essex, Braintree

15 December 2005

Military Corrective Training Centre, Colchester, Essex, Colchester

26 January 2006

MOD Shoeburyness, Essex, Rochford and Southend East

7 February 2006

Veterans Agency, Blackpool, Lancashire, Lancaster and Wyre

21 February 2006

Commonwealth War Graves, Maidenhead, Berkshire, Maidenhead

21 February 2006

HMS York, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Portsmouth South

22 February 2006

Fleet HQ, Whale Island, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Portsmouth South

22 February 2006

HMS COLLINGWOOD, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Gosport

13 March 2006

HQ School of Infantry, Catterick, North Yorkshire, Richmond Yorkshire

4 April 2006

Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering, Cosford, Wolverhampton, The Wrekin

7 April 2006

PPPA, Bath, Avon, Bath

12 May 2006

West Bromwich, West Bromwich

20 May 2006

MODern Housing Solutions Call Centre, Matchworks, Liverpool, Riverside

2 June 2006

Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, Richmond Yorkshire

8 June 2006

Reserves Training and Mobilisation Centre, Chilwell, Nottingham, Broxtowe

16 June 2006

Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak, Birmingham, Birmingham Selly Oak

19 June 2006

RAF Northolt, Middlesex, Ruislip Northwood

7 July 2006

Mariners Park Care Home, Wallasey

7 July 2006

Sea Cadets, Wirral, Wallasey

11 July 2006

SSAFA HQ, London, North Southwark and Bermondsey

24 August 2006

Royal British Legion, Pall Mall, London, Cities of London and Westminster

15 September 2006

PPPA, Cheadle Hulme

15 September 2006

TA Centre, Stockport

6 October 2006

Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak, Birmingham, Birmingham Selly Oak

13 October 2006

Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, Richmond Yorkshire

19 October 2006

Castle Point, Benfleet, Essex, Castle Point

20 October 2006

Royal British Legion Poppy Factory, Surrey, Richmond Park

24 October 2006

Kings College Hospital, London, Cities of London and Westminster

31 October 2006

RAF Bentley Priory, Middlesex, Harrow East

10 November 2006

Kirkby, Knowsley North and Sefton East

14 November 2006

Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, Kensington and Chelsea

21 November 2006

RAF Headley Court, Epsom, Surrey, Surrey Heath

24 November 2006

MODern Housing Solutions Call Centre, Matchworks, Liverpool, Riverside


Missing Military Personnel

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK military personnel have been classified as (a) missing in action and (b) missing
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presumed dead in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan since the start of military operations in those countries; and whether these figures are included in casualty reporting. [105714]

Mr. Ingram: Missing in action and missing presumed dead are not terms that are used by the MOD. The closest corresponding terms are ‘missing not known (MNK)’ and ‘missing believed killed (MBK)’, as laid out in Joint Casualty and Compassionate Policy and Procedures (Joint Service Publication 751), a copy of which is available in the Library of the House.

Centrally held data shows that since January 2001 the following numbers of personnel were initially classified as MBK or MNK:

Iraq Afghanistan

Missing not known (MNK)

0

0

Missing believed killed (MBK)

15

15


There are no personnel currently classified as MNK or MBK. All those initially listed as MBK have subsequently been re-categorised as Killed in Action (KIA) or Died on Operations (DOP) as their identity has been confirmed. These are included in the fatality data published on the MOD website:

The step to subsequently re-categorise individuals as KIA or DOP is necessary, particularly after such incidents as aircraft crashes, as it may be some time before the identity of those involved can be verified. In the interim period they are categorised as MBK.

Nuclear Disarmament

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the 13 practical steps toward nuclear disarmament referred to on page 13 of the White Paper CM6994, in respect of which of these steps progress has been made; and if he will make a statement. [108787]

Des Browne: We continue to support and have made progress on the “13 Practical Steps”, agreed at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in 2000, which are applicable to the UK. These are listed in 2000 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Final Document, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. The 13 steps are:


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We have signed and ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban treaty, continued to observe the moratorium on nuclear weapons testing, continued to press for the negotiation in the Conference on Disarmament, without preconditions, of a fissile material cut-off treaty whilst maintaining our moratorium. We have demonstrated our commitment to the irreversibility of nuclear disarmament. We continue to reiterate our unequivocal undertaking to accomplish the total elimination of our nuclear arsenal leading to nuclear disarmament and have undertaken several unilateral steps towards nuclear disarmament including reductions in warhead numbers, increased transparency by publishing historical accounting records of our defence fissile material holdings and reduced the operational status of our deterrent.

All fissile material no longer required for defence purposes is under international safeguards. We continue to reaffirm our commitment to achieving the general and complete disarmament objectives of Article VI. We report regularly in a number of different formats and fora on the progress we have made under Article VI. We have pursued a widely welcomed programme to develop UK expertise in methods and technologies that could be used to verify nuclear disarmament. Finally, we produced a series of working papers culminating in a presentation at the 2005 NPT—non-proliferation treaty—Review Conference. The Atomic Weapons Establishment continues to undertake research in this area.

Nuclear Liabilities

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether nuclear liabilities will continue to be financed through his Department’s budget; and if he will make a statement. [109891]

Des Browne: The Nuclear Decommissioning Agency was formed on 1 April 2005 to take on responsibility for the decommissioning and clear-up of civil nuclear sites. As a result the Ministry of Defence transferred all its liabilities relating to civil nuclear sites and the associated values of provisions and funding for
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decommissioning costs over to the NDA. This is detailed in the MOD annual report and accounts 2005-06, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. The MOD has retained funding to meet its ongoing nuclear liabilities for the cost of facility decommissioning and the treatment and storage of nuclear waste at MOD sites, as well as the disposal of nuclear submarine waste.

Nuclear Submarines

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many warheads in the stockpile of operationally available warheads will be dismantled as a result of the reductions in the stockpile announced in the White Paper CM6994; and if he will make a statement. [108792]

Des Browne: The 20 per cent. reduction in the maximum number of operationally available warheads from fewer than 200 to fewer than 160, announced in the White Paper “The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent” (Cm 6994) published on 4 December, will be matched by a corresponding number of warheads (ie about 40) being dismantled.

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the procurement timeframe is for the programme to build new Vanguard-Class ballistic missile submarines; at what stage he expects main gate approval; and if he will make a statement. [108798]

Des Browne: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for North Essex (Mr. Jenkin) on 12 December 2006, Official Report, columns 395-96W.

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) planned service life at construction and (b) actual service life was for each decommissioned nuclear submarine that has been in service with the Royal Navy. [108805]

Des Browne: Information on the planned service life at construction of the Dreadnought, Valiant-Churchill and Resolution Classes of nuclear submarine is not readily available. The actual service life of vessels in these classes was as follows:

Vessel Actual Service Life in Years

HMS Dreadnought

19

HMS Valiant

28

HMS Warspite

23

HMS Churchill

20

HMS Conqueror

21

HMS Courageous

21

HMS Resolution

27

HMS Repulse

28

HMS Renown

28

HMS Revenge

25


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