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Des Browne: The Departments nuclear liabilities are set out in the Departments Annual Report and Accounts, the most recent version being those for 2005-06 (HC1394) published on 14 July 2006; a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. The estimate of the MODs nuclear liabilities (page 220) is £9,753,827,000.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 101W, on official engagements, what factors he took into account when deciding not to attend (a) the Defence Council Reception and (b) the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme Reception on 22 November 2006. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 16 January 2007]: My right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary had arranged to host a Defence Council reception for Commonwealth Defence Attachés on 22 November 2006 and accepted an invitation from the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme to attend a reception that evening before it had been agreed to hold the Debate on the Address concerning defence and foreign affairs on that date. The Defence Secretary closed the debate on behalf of Her Majestys Government.
The timing of the debate required other meetings to be re-arranged. The Defence Secretary took the view that it was better for him to be represented by other MOD Ministers at both events than to ask the organisers to delay proceedings and thereby inconvenience those attending.
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. The inflow and outflow data have been sourced directly from RAuxAF Squadrons. Data prior to 2000 are not available. Data for the calendar year 2006 are incomplete as they record inflow and outflow up to October 2006.
Mr. Ingram: The regulations covering the use of land, sea and air transport by senior officers are the same as for all other ranks, and are contained within internal Ministry of Defence Joint Service Publications (JSPs), JSP800 Volume 2 Passenger Travel Instruction, and JSP341 Defence Road Transport Regulations.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions in the last five years the publication date of statistics produced by his Department has been changed; what the (a) subject of the statistics, (b) (i) original and (ii) final date of publication and (c) reason for the delay was in each case; and who took the decision to delay the publication in each case. 
Derek Twigg: In accordance with the National Statistics Code of Practice (2002), the Head of Profession for Statistics in the Ministry of Defence has sole responsibility for determining, pre-announcing and, if necessary, altering the dates of publication of National Statistics produced by the Department.
Any decision to change a pre-announced publication date will be based on a range of professional considerations such as the completeness of the underlying data, their fitness for purpose, the need for consistency and coherence, the need to promote widespread access and informed debate, or any earlier accidental or wrongful release. In reaching their decision, the Head of Profession will also take into consideration the detailed procedural guidance given in the National Statistics Protocol on Release Practices. The Code and its 12 supporting Protocols are available in the Library of the House, and can also be accessed using the following address:
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 17 January 2007]: Careful assessment has concluded that it is unlikely over the life of the next generation of submarines there will be any radical technological breakthrough that might diminish materially the current advantages of the submarine over anti-submarine systems. Provided we continue to invest in suitable research and development on effective counter-measures, we believe the risks to the submarines operating under the surface on patrol will remain manageable.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel in single living accommodation have (a) a television set and (b) access to Sky TV in their rooms; how many sets have been purchased for the use of service personnel in each year since 1997; and what the cost has been in each of the last 12 months. 
Televisions in communal areas of bases are free provided by non-public funds. Details of the
number and cost of these televisions is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
New single living accommodation facilities are wired for satellite television. The actual number of personnel who have their own televisions or Sky television in their rooms is not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Derek Twigg: The following table shows the intake and outflow of TA personnel during the period 1 October 2003 to 31 October 2006. October 2003 is the earliest date for which reliable TA inflow and outflow data are available.
|Inflow and outflow of the Territorial Army by calendar year( 1, 2, 3, 4)|
|Calendar year||Inflow( 5)||Outflow( 6)|
|(1) The data exclude full-time reserve service (FTRS), non-regular permanent staff (NRPS) and mobilised TA but includes the officer training corps (OTC).|
(2) The data are based on flows during the period 1 October 2003 to 31 December 2003, calendar years 2004 and 2005, and 2006 to 31 October.
(3) The data have been rounded to the nearest 10, numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to avoid systematic bias.
(4) Figures are for both officers and soldiers.
(5) Inflow figures include all inflow e.g. intake from civil life and intake from other parts of the armed forces, but does not include the inflow of personnel returning from mobilisation.
(6) Outflow figures exclude those personnel who became mobilised.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what changes in the Territorial Army (TA) structure in Scotland are planned as a result of TA rebalancing; which (a) headquarters and (b) centres (i) have been and (ii) are planned to be closed; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what the Territorial Armys (TA) current strength is in Scotland, broken down by (a) regiment, (b) battalion, (c) company and (d) squadron; what the recruitment targets are; what changes are envisaged as a result of the TA rebalancing exercise; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: Under Territorial Army rebalancing, there are a number of changes to the Territorial Army structure in Scotland which involves the relocation of units between Territorial Army Centres (TAC), changes in manpower liability and changes in trades of some Territorial Army soldiers and officers; the key elements of which are shown in the following list:
HQ Battery, 105 Regiment Royal Artillery (V) based in Edinburgh.
Elgin Detachment of 51 Signal Squadron (V), 32 Signal Regiment (V).
Stirling Detachment of 61 Signal Squadron (V), 32 Signal Regiment (V).
Cumbernauld Detachment of D Company, 51 Highland Regiment (7 SCOTS).
Motherwell Detachment of A Squadron, Queens Own Yeomanry Regiment.
124 Field Squadron of 71 Engineer Regiment (V) in Cumbernauld.
236 Field Squadron of 71 Engineer Regiment (V) (location still TBC, currently based in Elgin).
Kirkcaldy Detachment of A Company, 7 SCOTS.
Platoon from A Company, 7 SCOTS change role to become the Forfar Detachment of C Squadron, Queens Own Yeomanry Regiment.
Platoon from C Company, 7 SCOTS change role to become a Troop within 71 Engineer Regiment (V) continuing to be based in Kirkwall.
125 Rations Squadron based in Glasgow moves from the Scottish Transport Regiment RLC (RHQ based in Dunfermline) to become a Sub Unit with a newly forming Supply Regiment (159 Supply Regiment based in Stoke). 125 Rations Squadron will continue to be based in Glasgow.
51 Highland Regiment renames to 7 SCOTS and 52 Lowland Regiment renames to 6 SCOTS.
As a result of Territorial Army rebalancing, the Territorial Army presence in Scotland sees an overall net increase in manpower liability of 83 (from 3,563 to 3,648 officers and soldiers); an ongoing process which is due to be complete by 2010. There are no current plans to close any Territorial Army headquarters or centres under rebalancing, however, their use may change as the role of units utilising these sites change throughout the rebalancing process.
(1) These figures are Single Service source figures used for internal planning purposes onlyOfficial DASA (A) strength figures for the TA are collated for the UK and not its constituent nations, counties or towns and are therefore not available.
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