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As the scheme is relatively expensive to run, and the Army has other means of graduate recruitment it was considered a lower priority and hence will not be funded once the current intake of young officers complete their attachments in mid 2007.
Mr. David Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many attempts to gain unauthorised access to his Department's computer systems have (a) been detected and (b) succeeded in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Ingram: External access from the internet to the Ministry of Defence's internal computer systems is channelled through a number of gateways. These gateways register constant external activity, including port scanning and the use of automated probes. Most of this activity is not identifiably targeting our networks; nor is it necessarily malicious. We focus on those attacks which have penetrated our gateways and have triggered incident response actions designed to limit any damage and reduce the risk of a recurrence.
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|(1) As at 31 January 2007.|
Mr. Ingram: I assume that the hon. Member's question relates to the detection of deliberate attempts to corrupt data held on MOD computer systems, and not to routine virus 'infections' or other inadvertent and internally-generated instances of data corruption, that are liable to occur on any complex computer network.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2007, Official Report, column 1630W, on housing, if he will provide a breakdown of the service accommodation in Hampshire by type of property. 
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 1631W, on meat supplies, what percentage of (a) poultry, (b) gammon and (c) bacon products supplied to the British armed forces has been bought from British farms. 
Mr. Ingram: Since the beginning of the current contract in October 2006, 2 per cent. of poultry by value supplied to the British armed forces has been bought from British farms. All gammon and bacon products are imported.
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5 General Support Medical Regiment has deployed in sub-units, rather than as a regiment. This has meant that for some sub-unit personnel tour intervals have been as low as 12 months, but this is not the case for all personnel in the regiment.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual budget of the Meteorological Office was in each year since 1977; and what budget has been allocated to the office for each of the next five years. 
Mr. Ingram: The annual revenue of the Met Office since 1977 is contained in the following tables. Prior to 1996, the cost of the Met Office was borne on the Defence Vote to which all receipts from non-MOD customers were also credited. Following the Met Office commencing operation as a Trading Fund in 1996, funding received from the MOD is included within turnover.
It is important that MOD regularly reviews its spending plans, balances relative priorities and drives efficiency in public spending. Ministerial decisions on the forward Defence programme will be taken in the first quarter of 2007, and appropriate announcements on the outcome of the planning round will be made in that time frame.
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|Financial year||Receipts( 1) (£)||Net expenditure( 2) (£)|
|(1) Receipts from non-MOD customers.|
(2) Net expenditure represents the cost of the Met Office borne by the Defence Vote (after deducting receipts from non-MOD customers).
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost, excluding the cost of the weapon, is of providing the Defender Remote Weapon Station on the Panther Future Command Liaison Vehicle; and what protection the station affords from sniper fire. 
Mr. Ingram: Protection is provided by the vehicles' armour and the Enforcer Remote Weapon Station, which provides defensive fire for the user. I am withholding the cost of the weapon station as its release would, or would be likely to, prejudice commercial interests.
Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have been made to the UK naval posture in the Gulf region following the US decision to deploy an additional aircraft strike carrier group to the Gulf. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2007 to question 115272, on NHS treatment: war pensioners, with which health authorities his Department has taken up cases of war pensioners not receiving priority treatment in the last 12 months; what methods his Department uses to take up such cases; and whether officials in the Veterans Agency take up cases with health authorities. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 2 February 2007]: Officials take up cases with the relevant health authority in respect of war pensioners where it is alleged that there is an issue around the provision of priority treatment. Formal records identifying the individual health authorities in each case are not kept. The methods used by the Department to take up these cases are mainly a combination of telephone and correspondence.
Mr. Ingram: Much has been invested in both single-living and family accommodation for service personnel, but much still needs to be done to ensure that all our accommodation is of a standard fit for the 21st century. We ask much of our armed forces, it is only right that we look after both them and their families both at home and abroad.
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