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Mr. Ingram: Location statistics may be compiled based on posted (stationed) location or deployed location. Posted (stationed) location is where an individual is permanently based. Deployed location is where an individual is physically located at a particular point in time and is typically used for short tours of duty.
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The strength of UK regular forces posted outside the UK is available in Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 6Global Location of UK Regular Forces. The strength of UK regular forces posted in the UK by Government office region and local authority is available in Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 10UK Regular Forces Distribution across UK. Reliable data below local authority are not available centrally.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British forces are deployed overseas; what the cost has been of such overseas deployment in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of overseas deployments in 1996-97. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 23 January 2007]: As at 9 January 2007 there were 14,100 military personnel deployed overseas on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans. The total cost of these operations in 2005-06 was £1,220 million. The total cost of operations in 1996-97 was £253 million.
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by each of his Department's executive agencies in each of the Government office regions in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place for the provision of free newspapers to UK services people serving overseas; whether he has any plans to change these arrangements; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 22 January 2007]: Newspapers are provided free of charge to operational theatres on the basis of one paper per 10 personnel. They are delivered, by the contracted supplier, daily to RAF Brize Norton for onward transmission. There are no plans to change these arrangements.
Mr. Ingram: All UK helicopters deemed fit for purpose are available for immediate deployment. They are deemed fit for purpose if they are capable of undertaking a specific role identified in a particular theatre on a given day. Helicopters are not available for tasking if they are undergoing scheduled maintenance, modification programmes or any unforeseen rectification work that can arise on a day-to-day basis. A helicopter assessed as not fit-for- purpose may be returned to the front line at very short notice to meet operational demand.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the evidential basis was for the conclusions of the HMS Sheffield Board of Inquiry that (a) (Annex A-1 para 10) neither Sea Dart nor 4.5 inch Mk 8 engaged the missile or the firing aircraft, 4.5 inch alarm procedure was not used and (b) (para 11) Weapons were neither manned nor loaded; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: The conclusions were based on information contained in Annexes H (Narrative of Attack) and J (Analysis of Attack and Response) of the BOI Report into the loss of HMS Sheffield. This information, in turn, was drawn from written and oral evidence provided to the Board by witnesses from HMS Sheffield, HMS Glasgow and HMS Coventry.
Annexes H and J of the BOI report are due to be published on the MOD website before the end of January, as part of the release of the second tranche of documents relating to the sinking of HMS Sheffield. However, as advised in my written ministerial statement on 2 November 2006, Official Report, column 24WS, we will be withholding from publication copies of the witness statements that were taken by the board, as we believe that the disclosure of this personal data would be unfair to the individuals concerned and would be contrary to the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria the Atlas Consortium is expected to meet in order to be awarded Increments (a) 2b, (b) 2c and (c) 3 of the Defence information infrastructure contract. 
Ability to meet the requirement;
Value for money;
Reliability/robustness of provider;
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims for compensation for British civilians interned by the Japanese have been made by British Jews interned in Singapore; and how many have been paid. 
Derek Twigg: I am aware from the Association of British Civilian Internees Far East Region that a number of Jewish internees, as other ethnic groups, who were held by the Japanese in Singapore during the second world war may fail to qualify under the Governments ex-gratia payment scheme for former far east prisoners of war and civilian internees. However, our records do not allow us to determine the number of applicants in this category and whether they were accepted or rejected under the scheme. The underlying principle of the scheme remains that awards will be made to those who were British at the time of their internment, who can demonstrate the required close link to the UK.
Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officer cadets are in training at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell; what the service personnel establishment is; what the civilian establishment is; and what the annual costs were in each of the last five years. 
Derek Twigg: As at 23 January 2007 there were 320 officer cadets in training at the Officer and Aircrew Cadet Training Unit (OACTU) at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell. The service personnel establishment at OACTU is 100 and the civilian establishment is 20.
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1. Financial figures have been rounded to the nearest £1,000.
2. Personnel figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UK contribution to Operation Active Endeavour; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 24 January 2007]: Operation Active Endeavour is a maritime focused NATO Counter Terrorism Operation in the Mediterranean. Its importance was reaffirmed at NATOs Riga Summit in November 2006. As a committed NATO member the UK fully supports the Operation and makes a highly effective contribution. The UK provides a dedicated surface warship for between 2 to 4 months each year and, on an opportunity basis, other assets operating in the Region.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the adequacy of parachute training (a) facilities and (b) resources for (i) new and (ii) serving members of the airborne forces between 2008 and 2011; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: The parachute training facilities at No. 1 Parachute Training School, RAF Brize Norton and the Brigade Parachute Squadron at Wattisham Airfield, support the training of new and serving members of the airborne forces. Aircraft availability is to some extent dependent on current operational requirements but parachute training continues to be conducted to meet our requirements.
In terms of future facilities and resources, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 326W, to the hon. Member for Canterbury (Mr. Brazier). The departmental planning round is yet to be completed but it remains the case that all troops deployed on operations will receive the required level of training to enable them to fulfil their military tasks.
An element of the United Kingdoms Air Surveillance and Control System, one of the Air Combat Service Support Units and the RAF Acrobatic Team are based at RAF Scampton. The RAF is conducting studies to consider basing options for these units and this may affect the future of RAF Scampton. No decisions have yet been taken.
Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the conclusions of the naval base review will be available to the House prior to the debate on Trident replacement; and if he will make a statement. 
Des Browne: The Government have committed to a full debate on our decision to renew the UK's independent nuclear deterrent. It is only right that Parliament has the opportunity to debate and vote on this decision. The outcome of that debate will, therefore, inform the naval base review.
Des Browne [holding answer 15 January 2007]: There are a number of areas where the UK and US undertake joint trials programmes under the auspices of the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement as it is more cost-effective than each nation undertaking wholly independent trials programmes. For these trials, each nation is dependent on the other for the provision of agreed facilities and trials information.
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