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|(1) South Tyrone hospital started to use the CRIS system in June 2004. The NIRADS system was used prior to June 2004. Therefore, the data detailed above for 2004-05 are not a full financial year and the data shown for the years 2001-02 to 2003-04 do not include South Tyrone.|
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1. Figures are correct as at 26 January 2007.
2. The information supplied by the HPSS Trusts has not been validated by the Department.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2007, question 111865, what differences there are between the Tempest and Mastiff vehicles, with regard to (a) normal operations in theatre and (b) mine protection; and if he will make a statement. 
Mastiff has been procured to meet the requirement for a medium protected patrol vehicle. It
will be used to transport conventional forces who will conduct patrolling tasks and other duties as military commanders see fit. It has been optimised for this role through a series of modifications, which include additional protection measures and self defence equipment.
The Tempest Mine Protected Vehicle has been configured for use by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams for specialist tasks such as EOD reconnaissance, rescue and recovery and route proving; they have some UK specific EOD modifications.
I announced a substantial force package uplift on 26 February which included, among other things, the deployment of four Sea King helicopters and an additional C-130 Hercules which will significantly improve our lift capabilities in Afghanistan.
Derek Twigg: A complete medical record is maintained for every member of the armed forces. This facilitates where necessary any ongoing medical treatment and supervision wherever the individual is serving, and provides an audit trail of responsibility for those engaged in the care and treatment of patients.
The custody and security of medical and dental documents of all personnel is the responsibility of the senior Medical Officer (MO) or (for the Navy) the Medical Branch Rating (MBR) of the establishment or ship in which the individual is serving. To prevent breaches of medical confidentiality, accidental or otherwise, all medical records are kept secure at all times. They are not kept in the possession of any person other than the MO or medical staff in the course of their duties. When not in use all such documents, notes, correspondence and external media used to store medical data are kept in a locked container.
Quarterly musters of all medical records held are carried out in all primary care units against unit nominal lists, and more frequently when required (e.g. when a unit is formed or deployed). During musters, medical records are scrutinized by physically inspecting the main service medical record known as F Med 4
form which are a series of documents which record an individuals medical history. These are cross-checked against other records to ensure that personnel remain in-date; records are accurate; and no treatments or appointments are outstanding. Scrutiny of medical records is carried out on receipt of a new F Med 4 and on notice of drafting or deployment.
When an individual is receiving secondary-care treatment in an NHS hospital, any medical notes are the responsibility of the NHS Trust where the treatment is taking place. When an individual is discharged from hospital, the hospital discharge report is enclosed in the F Med 4, along with other clinical reports such as Laboratory, Physiotherapy and X-ray. The same procedures apply for documentation from MOD Regional Rehabilitation Units, Departments of Community Mental Health and other directly managed units such as the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court.
There is currently no centrally available source of information regarding the number of missing medical records, and the information could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The information could be obtained only by requesting every military medical centre in the UK and overseas to provide details of records not held at their last quarterly medical records muster.
Derek Twigg: The Complex Rehabilitation and Amputee Unit (CRAU) at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), at Headley Court in Surrey, has since 1 June 2006 (the date on which it became fully operational) treated a total of 42 service amputees. Of these, 14 were casualties from Op. Telic (Iraq) and six from Op. Herrick (Afghanistan).
Prior to CRAU becoming operational, comprehensive information on the number of military personnel who have suffered amputations as a result of wounds received on active service was not held centrally. To provide this information would require the examination of the individual medical records of each patient who has been classified as very seriously injured (VSI) or seriously injured (SI) in Iraq and Afghanistan. These records can only be viewed for non-clinical reasons with the express consent of each individual concerned, to protect patient confidentiality.
Sir Peter Tapsell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers serving with the British Army in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan have passed an oral examination in the Pashto language. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 5 March 2007]: All regular and reserve service personnel deploying on operations receive some level of language training, ranging from a few hours to a ten week course. Selected individuals receive longer periods of training.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 8 March 2007]: There have been no meetings regarding the finalisation of prices for Astute boats 2 and 3 between my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence and representatives of BAE Systems.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 8 March 2007]: The Ministry of Defence does not hold such details about the workforce at the Atomic Weapons Establishment which is managed under Government Owned/Contractor Operated arrangements. However, the AWE contractor has advised that approximately 12 per cent. of the current workforce will reach retirement age before March 2012.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much each of the armed services is contributing to the planned additional spending at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in each of the next five years. 
Des Browne: As the White Paper, The Future of the United Kingdoms Nuclear Deterrent, published in December 2006, made clear, the investment required to maintain our deterrent will not come at the expense of the conventional capabilities our armed forces need. The additional investment at the Atomic Weapons Establishment averaging £350 million per annum over the years 2005-06 to 2007-08 was included in the Defence Budget through the 2004 Spending Review process. The Defence Budget for future years will be set in the Comprehensive Spending Review.
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