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As at 31 December 2006, 2,523 personnel had received LSAP during financial year 2006-07. The forecast LSAP expenditure for financial year 2006-07 is £26.36 million.

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many void (a) single living and (b) service family units there are; and what proportion of the total stock they form. [119264]

Derek Twigg: The information requested is not held centrally and will take a little time to collate. I will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Armed Forces: Logistics

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to announce the locations of the garrisons for the logistics brigades returning to the UK from Germany. [120607]

Mr. Ingram: A study team is currently assessing a number of site options for the potential return of 102 Logistic Brigade from GĂ1/4tersloh Garrison to the UK. A decision is not expected before summer 2007.

Armed Forces: Pollution Control

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration is given by (a) his Department and (b) the armed forces to their carbon footprint. [119162]

Derek Twigg: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the armed forces have taken steps to understand how our activities on the Defence estate contribute to our carbon footprint. Action is taking place to reduce our carbon emissions. This includes entering into a
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partnership agreement with the Carbon Trust, including at RAF Kinloss for example, to identify opportunities for reducing energy use; participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme; and buying renewable energy.

Like all central Government Departments, we are focusing on delivery of the targets on sustainable operations on the Government Estate (SOGE), including reducing carbon emissions; energy efficiency; and carbon neutrality on the Central Government Office Estate.

The MOD also participates in the Government carbon offsetting fund by ensuring that flights by Ministers and Head Office civilian and service personnel, in non-operational posts, are carbon offset.

From January 2006 the Department also began to collate data on carbon dioxide emissions from all fuel purchased by MOD and the armed forces and, where practicable, other greenhouse gas emissions.

Armed Forces: Recruitment

Sir Peter Soulsby: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to increase recruitment into the armed forces from minority ethnic communities. [114851]

Derek Twigg: In addition to an extensive programme of general recruiting activity, all three Services have specialist ethnic minority recruiting and outreach teams which undertake many and varied initiatives aimed at encouraging more young people from our minority communities into joining the armed forces. For example:

On 20 January, the RN’s Diversity Action Team invited a group of young people from the Small Heath (predominantly Muslim) area of Birmingham to take part in an RN Introduction Day. The Team has been working with a sub branch of the UK Islamic Mission called the Urban Development Foundation-part of a five month EM recruiting drive focusing on the Small Heath and Handsworth area of the city.

The Army’s participation in Bid celebrations in Bradford and Nottingham and a visit to an East London Muslim community and Mosque.

The RAF’s work with the Pakistani community in Leeds.

The armed forces have for the past three years sponsored an award at the annual Muslim News Awards and will again sponsor this year’s awards.

The RAF’s Motivational Outreach Team is responsible for promoting the Service in major communities. Their work is augmented by Careers Liaison Officers, Community Careers Liaison Officers
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and a network of Youth Activity Liaison Officers across the UK. They participate in schools’ careers conventions, festivals and melas and sporting events, visit youth organisations, and Air Training Corps Squadrons and Combined Cadet Force contingents, and arrange visits for EMs to RAF stations.

Armed Forces: Training

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the key reasons were for his Department’s decision to choose the Metrix consortium’s bid for (a) package 1 and (b) package 2 for the Defence Training Review Rationalisation Programme; and if he will make a statement; [119072]

(2) what his Department’s criteria were that determined the winning bidders for (a) package 1 and (b) package 2 of the Defence Training Review Rationalisation Programme; and if he will make a statement. [119073]

Derek Twigg: Following a detailed evaluation process for each of the DTR Packages, Metrix were chosen because their separate package 1 and 2 proposals were judged to offer the best technical and prospective value for money solutions to the Defence Training Review requirement for each of those packages. Their solution examined against 65 individual Requirements of Response, represented the most economically advantageous outcome, providing the best combination of technical score relating to the quality, deliverability and timeliness of their proposals, their suitability as a partner and price.

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals his Department is considering for the maintenance of a defence function for the training sites at Cosford and Blandford; and if he will make a statement. [119074]

Derek Twigg: The MOD estate is under continuous review to ensure that it is the right size and quality to support the delivery of Defence capability. Looking to the future both Cosford and Blandford are well placed as highly flexible Defence sites. The Department is looking at options to continue to make the best use of them post the defence training review by moving other units in. This will be subject to studies which will not conclude for some months.

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by how much the Metrix consortium’s current proposals for (a) package 1 and (b) package 2 for the Defence Training Review Rationalisation Programme has exceeded the planned budget for the programme. [119075]

Derek Twigg: Metrix current proposal for Package 1 does not exceed the planned budget over the life of the project. It delivers significant savings against the planned levels of expenditure. The current proposal for Package 2 has been assessed as not affordable and this package is now being pursued with Metrix as part of a whole programme solution. Until this work is complete it is not possible to judge whether Package 2 can be delivered within the planned budget for the programme.


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Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have died as a result of injuries sustained during training in each year from 2003 to 2006. [119246]

Derek Twigg: The number of UK regular service personnel who died as a result of injuries sustained during training in each year between 2003 and 2006 is given in the following table:

Number of deaths

2003

6

2004

14

2005

11

2006

(1)3

(1) Data for 2006 are provisional.

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training exercises have been cancelled in each year from 2003 to 2006; and what the reasons were for each cancellation. [119247]

Mr. Ingram: During financial year 2003-04, some 350 training events featured on the Defence Exercise Programme (DXP) of which 151 (43 per cent). were
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cancelled. During financial year 2004-05, a total of 379 training events were scheduled of which 79 (20 per cent.) were cancelled. While specific reasons for cancellation are not available in many cases, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost, the programme was affected by competing operational priorities. Since that time, improved data capture has enabled a more detailed review of the DXP.

During financial year 2005-06, a total of 533 training events were scheduled on the DXP of which 58 (10.8 per cent.) were cancelled. In detail, 30 exercises were cancelled due to operational commitments, 13 were removed as savings measures and 10 were cancelled by other nations. The remaining five events were cancelled in response to changing priorities or rescheduling.

In financial year 2006-07, a total of 680 training events are scheduled in the DXP of which 60 (8.8 per cent.) have been, or will be, cancelled. In detail, 29 exercises have been cancelled due to operational commitments, five have been removed as savings measures and 15 were cancelled by other nations. The remaining 11 events have been cancelled in response to changing priorities or rescheduling.

Details of the military exercises cancelled since 1 April 2005 are as follows.


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Exercises cancelled in financial year 2005-06
Exercise name Location Type Reason for cancellation

Catt 05

UK

Land

Operational priorities

Bass Rock

Canada

Land

Cancelled by lead nation

Pathfinder

Czech Republic

Land

Cancelled by mutual consent: operational commitments

Lone Kestrel 05

Poland

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

Gruflex 05

Spain

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

Fwit 05

Norway

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

Air Warrior 05-10 px

USA

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

Smart Search 05

USA

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

Lucky Sentinel 05

Canada

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

Lone Osprey 05

Ukraine

Air

Cancelled due insufficient time to resolve Ukrainian requirements

JTP 05-5

UK

Air

Operational commitments

Cross Check 05

Canada

Air

Operational commitments

Baltops 05

Baltic

Air

Operational commitments

Trident Door 05

Mediterranean

Air

Operational commitments

Wycombe Warrior 05-07 day 1

UK

Air

Operational commitments

Wycombe Warrior 05-07 day 2

UK

Air

Operational commitments

Cygnet Gold

France

Land

Cancelled due to MOU issues

Nomad 05

UK

Air

Cancelled due to withdrawal of three nations

Snow Leopard 06

Norway

Air

Operational priorities

Air Cadre 06-1

Cyprus

Joint

Revised priorities.

Flycatcher 05-2

UK

Joint

Revised priorities.

Red Corvette 06

UK

Joint

Revised priorities.

Fidae 06

Chile

Air

Operational commitments;

1 Div CT5 ex

Poland

Land

Operational commitments

3 Div CT5 ex

UK

Land

Operational commitments

Czech Pineapple

Czech Republic

Land

Operational commitments

Eagles Resolve

UK

Land

Operational commitments

Fingals Cave

Canada

Land

Operational commitments

Iron Anvil 05

Canada

Air

Operational commitments

Joint Falcon 06

UK

Air

Operational commitments

Kimmons Post

Cyprus

Land

Operational commitments

Kleiber

France

Land

Operational commitments

Medoc

UK

Land

Operational commitments

Quicksand 05

Africa

Joint

Operational commitments

Snow Chute 06

Norway

Air

Operational commitments

Swordfish 05

Mediterranean

Air

Operational commitments

Templar Forge 05-1

Cyprus

Air

Operational commitments

Templar Forge 05-2

Cyprus

Air

Operational commitments

Templar Forge 05-3

Cyprus

Air

Operational commitments

Aswex 05

UK

Air

Operational commitments

Eagles Resolve—air

UK

Air

Operational commitments

Lemon Peel 05-2

UK

Joint

Operational commitments

Target Flame 05-3

Cyprus

Air

Operational priorities (OPEVAL)

Initial Link 05

Bahrain

Air

Rescheduled

Eagles Flight 06

UK

Air

Rescheduled as Eagles Eye 06

Danex

Denmark/North Sea

Maritime

Savings measure

Druids Dance

UK

Land

Savings measure

Flotex Silver

Norway

Maritime

Savings measure

Lone Cheetah 05

France

Air

Savings measure

Lone Civet 05

Europe General

Air

Savings measure

Lone Eagle 05

Spain

Air

Savings measure

Lone Egret 05

Slovakia

Air

Savings measure

Lone Feat 05

Europe General

Air

Savings measure

Lone Flap 05

Norway

Air

Savings measure

Lone Kite 05

Europe General

Air

Savings measure

Lone Knot 05

Europe General

Air

Savings measure

Medicine Man

BATUS Canada

Land

Savings measure

Snow Goose 05-2

Norway

Air

Savings measure

Anatolian Eagle 06

Europe

Air

Cancelled by host nation

Dapex 06

Europe

Air

Cancelled by host nation

Fingals Cave 06/07

Canada

Land

Cancelled by host nation

Noble Avenger 06

Europe

Air

Cancelled by host nation

Airlift Rodeo 06

North America

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

Dragons Nest 06

Europe

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

Lone Flap 06

Europe

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

Triplex Flame 06.1

Europe

Air

Cancelled by lead nation

Tunuk Warrior 06/07

Turkey

Land

Cancelled by lead nation

Wycombe Warrior 09-06 days 1 and 2

United Kingdom

Air

Cancelled by NATO

Cossack Steppe 06/07

Ukraine

Land

Cancelled due to insufficient time to resolve Ukrainian requirements.

Express Three 06/07 (Russian Express 06)

Russia

Land

Cancelled due to coordination issues with host nation

Rainbow Serpent 06/07

Australia

Land

Ex reduced in scope due to Australian operational commitments

1 ACC WTI 06

North America

Air

Operational commitments

AATTC 06-1

North America

Air

Operational commitments

Albert's Rapport 06-1

North America

Air

Operational commitments

Albert's Rapport 06-2

North America

Air

Operational commitments

Algonquin Rock 06-1

North America

Air

Operational commitments

Assegai Eyes 06

United Kingdom

Joint

Operational commitments

Barbary Air 06-2

Europe

Air

Operational commitments

Blue Cypriot

Cyprus

Land

Operational commitments

Cockfight 2/06

UK

Joint

Operational commitments

Combined Strength 06-1

Europe

Air

Operational commitments

Czech Pineapple 06

Czech Rep

Land

Operational commitments

Eagles Eye 06/07

UK

Land

Operational commitments

Etam06

Europe

Air

Operational commitments

Flying Rapport 06

North America

Air

Operational commitments

Fwit 06

Europe

Air

Operational commitments

Gaulish 1 - 06/07

France/UK

Land

Operational commitments

Gaulish 2/06

Not Specified

Land

Operational commitments

Gaulish 5—06/07

France/UK

Land

Operational commitments

Global Gold 07/08

Kenya

Land

Operational commitments

JRTC 06-1

North America

Air

Operational commitments

JTP 2 - 06/07

UK

Land

Operational commitments

Lone Foil

Europe

Air

Operational commitments

LRIF06-1

North America

Air

Operational commitments

Maple Flag 39-3

North America

Air

Operational commitments

Night Hawk 2/06

Denmark

Joint

Operational commitments

Paper Chase 06/07

Germany

Land

Operational commitments

Path Finder 06/07

Czech Rep

Land

Operational commitments

Prairie Brave 06/07

Canada

Land

Operational commitments

Readiness Challenge 06/07

USA

Land

Cancelled by Lead Nation

Solenzara Air Ex 06

Europe

Air

Operational commitments

Lone Knot 06

Europe

Air

Postponed by lead nation

Aphrodite 06/07

Cyprus

Land

Revised priorities

Cyprus Forum 06

Cyprus

Joint

Revised priorities

Frozen Star 07

Norway

Air

Revised priorities

Heavy Ferry 06/07

Germany

Land

Revised priorities

Javelin 06/07

Nepal

Land

Revised priorities

Log provider 06

United Kingdom

Joint

Revised priorities

Lone Fin 07

Europe

Air

Revised priorities

Snow Falcon 07-1

Europe

Air

Revised priorities

Spontex 06-1

Europe

Air

Revised priorities

Target Flame 06-3

Europe

Air

Revised priorities

Wet Gap 06/07

Germany

Land

Revised priorities

Grand Prix 1—06/07

Kenya

Land

Savings measure

Grand Prix 3—06/07

Kenya

Land

Savings measure

Jagged Flame 06-1

Europe

Air

Savings measure

Lion Star 1—07/08

Cyprus

Land

Savings measure

Rock Challenge

USA

Joint

Savings measure


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