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Bombs

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cluster bombs have been stockpiled by the UK, broken down by type. [127193]

Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to my answer on 10 October 2006, Official Report, column 656W, to the hon. Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey).


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Bowman Combat Radio System

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what increments are planned for the Bowman communications system once initial conversion is completed. [126184]

Mr. Ingram: Following completion, currently expected in 2008, of the Bowman conversion and fielding programme, we envisage a periodic capability release programme providing both capability enhancements and maintenance. This programme will be informed by current validation work on the delivery of deferred capabilities.

Correspondence: Members

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Minister of State for the armed forces to reply to the letter of 31 January from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan on his constituent, Mr. N. Thom of Mintlaw. [125587]

Derek Twigg: I wrote to the hon. Member on 6 March 2007.

Defence Export Services Organisation: Freedom of Information

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 960W, on the Defence Export Services Organisation: freedom of information, what the (a) brief fees and (b) refresher rates are for (i) Jonathan Crow QC and (ii) Kate Gallafent. [126499]

Mr. Ingram: Counsel are paid an hourly rate for all their work as follows:

Housing

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many formal complaints on the condition of military housing were made by residents in each of the last 10 years. [118943]

Derek Twigg: The figures given in the table represent all housing complaints received for the years from 2002 to 2006.

Number

2002

409

2003

327

2004

485

2005

369

2006

740


Records of complaints for years prior to 2002 have been routinely destroyed.

The increase in complaints in 2006 is thought to reflect the introduction of the Housing Prime Contract and the initial problems with the service being delivered.


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Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all Mastiffs delivered to the Iraqi theatre of operations will be fitted with slatted armour. [127023]

Mr. Ingram: I will not comment on specific protection measures for reasons of operational security.

Lynx Helicopters

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Mark 3 and (b) Mark 8 Lynx helicopters are (i) in service, (ii) under repair and (iii) being cannibalised for parts; and if he will make a statement. [124597]

Mr. Ingram: On 1 March 2007, the details for the Royal Navy’s Lynx helicopter fleet were as follows:

Helicopter type Departmental fleet In service Under repair Other

Lynx Mk 3

37

25

6

6

Lynx Mk 8

36

27

5

4


“In Service” aircraft are those in the Forward Fleet and available to the Front Line and training units. Aircraft “Under Repair” are those in the Depth Fleet which are undergoing planned routine depth maintenance. “Other” aircraft are those accident damaged and undergoing investigation with the Flight Safety Accident Investigation Centre, undergoing trials, awaiting disposal, or in storage.

One Lynx Mk 3 in storage is currently subject to controlled cannibalisation to support depth maintenance. Carefully managed and controlled cannibalisation is also carried out in the Forward Fleet as part of normal business to ensure the required number of aircraft are available to squadrons. These cannibalised aircraft are routinely returned to service when the necessary spare parts become available.

Navy: Deployment

Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many warships are fully operational in the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement. [126534]

Mr. Ingram: The Royal Navy has 74 surface warships in the operating cycle, though those undergoing maintenance or refit are held at lower readiness for operations. In my letter of 6 March to the hon. Member for New Forest, East (Dr. Lewis), I set out the readiness policy for Royal naval ships, and listed those ships that are at lower readiness. A copy of the letter has been placed in the Library of the House.

Nimrod Aircraft

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the safety of Nimrod aircraft. [126482]


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Mr. Ingram: RAF Nimrod aircraft are designed and certified to strict airworthiness and safety standards. The structural integrity of the aircraft is maintained by adherence to the procedures detailed within military airworthiness regulations. The review of airworthiness and safety of the Nimrod fleet is a routine and continual activity that is undertaken by both the Defence Logistics Organisation and the Front Line Command. It includes a comprehensive maintenance and repair process that covers routine flight servicing before and after each flight.

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times the Nimrod fleet has been grounded since September 2006. [126483]

Mr. Ingram: On 21 February 2007, after the discovery of dents in fuel lines, Nimrod MR2 flying
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was suspended as a precautionary measure. Aircraft were cleared to fly again after checks of the fuel lines proved satisfactory with the first serviceable aircraft operating on 24 February 2007.

Red Arrows

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at which air shows and other events the Red Arrows appeared in each of the last five years. [127005]

Mr. Ingram: The Royal Air Force Acrobatic Team (RAFAT), popularly known as the Red Arrows, participated in the following air shows and events from 2002 to 2006:


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2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Akrotiri Families Day

CBF Investiture Ceremony—Cyprus

King Abdullah Airbase—Jordan

Amman Marka Airport—Jordan

Jordan 2006

Giornata Azzurra Airshow

50(th) Anniversary of Patrouille de France—Salon de Provence

RAF Akrotiri Families Day

RAF Akrotiri Families Day

Aire 06 Spanish Air Force Open Day at San Javier AFB (Spain)

Country Sports Show / Game Fair—Portadown

RCDS Marham Visit

70th Anniversary FAF 04—Cognac—France

Jersey—60(th) Anniversary of Liberation

Isle of Man TT Festival at Douglas Bay

Rochefort Airshow—France

Llandudno Regional Tri Service Recruting Town Show

205 BFJT Graduation—Linton- on-Ouse

RAF Aerobatic Team 40(th) Anniversary

RAF Cosford Air Show

Biggin Hill International Air Fair—Kent

Southend Airshow

Beaumaris Show

Enniskillen Airshow

British Grand Prix

Southend Airshow—Southend

RAF Lossiemouth Friends and Families Day

Blackpool Sky Show

17(R)Sqn 90(th) Anniversary/17(R)Sqn New Typhoon OEU

Royal Netherlands Air Force—Leeuwarden

Golden Jubilee Families Day—RAF Benson

Isle of Man TT Races—Ramsey

Southend Airshow

RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss Combined Families and Friends Day

Margate Airshow

Peel TT Races—Isle of Man

Isle of Man TT Races—Douglas

Portrush Airshow 2004—Northern Ireland

Abbeyshrule Airshow

Kemble Classic Jets Airshow

European Air Force Academies Commandants

Isle of Man TT Races Peel

Ramsey Isle of Man TT Races

The Ulster VE Day Air Show—Newtownards—N.I.

Midnight Summer Festival Air Display—Kauhava (EFKA)—Finland

10(th) Anniversary of the Adjutant Generals Corps

Biggin Hill International Air Fair

Douglas Isle of Man TT Races

Llandudno 2005

The Salthill Air Show (Eire)

21(st) Signal Regiment Open Day

Nigel Mansell UK Youth Golf Classic—Woodbury

250(th) Anniversary of Royal and Ancient Golf Club

Southend Airshow 2005

Tain Gala

Cosford Airshow

Whitehaven Maritime Festival Cumbria

European Air Group Steering Group Meeting

RAF Valley Families Day/90(th) Anniversary 19(R)Sqn. 50(th) Anniversary of SAR/ 45(th) Anniversary 4FTS

Scottish Fair at Scone Palace—Scone Palace Perth

The Weston Park International Model Air Show

Helensburgh (Faslane) Fair

Rolls Royce Celebrations—East Midlands Airport

Faslane Fair

RAF Waddington International Air Show

Kemble Airday—Cirencester

Classic Jet Air Show Kemble

RAF Cosford

CVHT Charitable Fund Raising Concert—Dunsfold

The Nigel Mansell UK Youth Golf Classic

RAF Kinloss Family and Friends Day

Royal Netherlands 50(th) Anniversary—Twenthe

Dutch Open Day—Volkel Airbase

Isle of Man TT Festival

RAF Wittering 90(th) Anniversary Families Day

Nancey-Ochey Airshow—France

Evreux Airshow—France

Faslane Fair

Ramsey Sprint Day TT Festival

Goodwood Festival of Speed

BAE Systems Brough Families Day—Yorkshire

Fistral Beach Newquay

Kemble Air Day

FCCLA 60(th) VE Day Commemoration Celebrations

Blackpool Veterans/Service Awareness Week

RAF Waddington at Home Day

Air Power Zeltweg Austria

Golowan Festival Penzance—Cornwall

Isle of Man TT Races

RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day

Airborne Forces Day Yorkshire

RAF Waddington at Home Day

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Launch of Portishead Carnival

RNAS Culdrose International Air Day

Tain Gala

Tain Gala

RAF Waddington International Air Show

RAF Cosford Air Show

CFSA Reunion and RAF Cranwell Families Day

RAF Golf Championships—Trevose Golf Club Constantine Bay

Salthill Airshow—Eire

Tain Gala

Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Day—Gilze Rijen

The Royal International Air Tattoo—Flying

Newquay Seafront Display

RAF Boulmer 50(th) Anniversary Families Day

RAF Lyneham Station Families Day

Margate Airshow

World Youth Sailing Championships—Portland

Chichester Festivities

Central Flying School (CFS) Annual Reunion and CFS

Arbroath Seafront Spectacular

Kemble Air Day—Flying Display

RNLI Lifeboat Week—Lyme Regis

RNLAF Open Day—Gilze-Rijen/Breda

Goodwood Festival Speed

Scottish Fair—Scone Palace

Air Power 2005—Zeltweg—Austria

Sanicole International Airshow (Belgium)

Manx Festival of Aviation-Jurby

Wirral Show

The Salthill Airshow

Whitehaven Maritime Festival—Open Air Family Event

Weston-Super-Mare Seaside Airshow/Helicopter Show

Plymouth Armed Forces Show

East Fortune Festival of Flight-Scotland

C.F.S. Annual Reunion—Cranwell

Salthill Airshow Galway Bay—Eire

Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival

Inverness Highland Games

Kidwelly Carnival

Plymouth Armed Forces Show

Trafalgar 200 Portsmouth—Son and Lumiere

RAF Wyton Families Day

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Royal International Air Tattoo

East Fortune Air Show

Tain Gala

Sunderland International Airshow

East Fortune -Museum of Flight—Edinburgh

Station Civic Day—RAF Cranwell

Kidwelly Carnival Wales

Scottish Fair

Windermere Airshow and Community Festival

RNAS Culdrose Air Day

British Grand Prix

British Grand Prix

RAF Waddington International Airshow

Red Arrows Bournemouth Seafront Show

Farnborough International

JSCSC Graduation -Swindon

Royal International Air Tattoo /Battle/Entente Cordiale/D-Day

Kidwelly Carnival

RAF Cottesmore Families Day

Winter Gardens Royal Parade -Weston-Super-Mare

Sunderland International Airshow

Farnborough International Airshow

British Grand Prix

Whitby Regatta

ACSC Graduation Ceremony—JSCSC

Llanidloes Air Day

Graduation Day JSCSC—Swindon

Air Display to Commemorate VE/VJ Day—Blackpool

400th Anniversary of the First Charter of Dover

Llanidloes Air Day—Wales

Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week

Llanidloes Air Day

Central Flying School Reunion—Cranwell

Fowey Royal Regatta

RAF Shawbury Families Day

Weston-super-Mare Seafront Air Show

RNLI Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week—Dorset

RAF Wittering/RAF Cottesmore Families Day

RAF Lyneham Families Day

Sunderland International Airshow

Station Families Day—RAF Shawbury

Sunderland International Airshow

Royal International Air Tattoo

Weymouth Carnival

RAF Marham Families Day

Music in the Air Middle Wallop—Hants

Red Arrows Families Day

RNAS Culdrose International Air Day

Cromer Carnival

Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival

Windermere Community Festival

Weston-Super-Mare Seafront Airshow

JSC and SC Advanced Command and Staff Course

Dawlish Carnival Airshow

Kielder Forest Festival

Reach for the Sky-Blenheim Palace

RAF Marham Families Day

Llanidloes Air Day

Airbourne—The Eastbourne International Air Show

Music in the Air-Middle Wallop

Airbourne—The Eastbourne International Air Show

Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival

Windermere Festival—A Weekend With The RAF

Torbay Royal Regatta

European Ferrari Festival

Dawlish Carnival

RAF Shawbury Families Day

Arbroath Sea Front Spectacular

Aberystwyth Corporate Communications and Careers Information Event

Dawlish Carnival Week—Devon

Bournemouth Seafront Show

Windermere Festival

Weston-Super-Mare Seafront Show

Sidmouth Regatta

Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race Finish—Portsmouth

Sidmouth Regatta

Kielder Forest Festival

Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival

Port of Dartmouth 162(nd) Royal Regatta

Airbourne—The Eastbourne International Air Show

Cromer Carnival

Scandia Cowes Week

RAF Marham Families Day

Clacton Airshow

Bournemouth Seafront Show

Weymouth Carnival

Airbourne—The Eastbourne International Air Show

RAF Shawbury Families Day

Dunsfold Wings and Wheels

Barrow Festival of the Sea

Fowey Royal Regatta

Bournemouth Seafront Airshow

Sunderland Airshow

Silloth (Cumbria) Carnival

Sidmouth Regatta—Devon

Clacton Airshow

Cromer Carnival 2004—Norfolk

Bournemouth Seafront Show

Hoylake Lifeboat Station Open Day

Weymouth Carnival—Dorset

Opening Ceremony of The World Microlight Championships

Weymouth Carnival

Airbourne—The Eastbourne International Air Show

RAFAT Families Day

Clacton Air Show—Clacton

Yorkshire Airshow

Dawlish Carnival—Devon

‘Fly to the Past’—Blenheim Palace

Northern Ireland Air Spectacular—Portrush

Fowey Royal Regatta and Carnival Week

200(th) Anniversary of Hoylake Lifeboat and Open Day

Fowey Royal Regatta

RAF Lyneham Families Day

Southport Airshow and Military Show

Canadian International Air Show

Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta

RAF Cottesmore Families Day

Cromer Carnival

Guernsey Battle of Britain Air Display (RAFA)

Nova Scotia International Air Show

Torbay Royal Regatta

The Yorkshire Airshow—Elvington

Weymouth Carnival

Jersey International Airshow

RAFA Jersey International Airshow

RAF Marham Families Day

25(th )Anniversary of Red Arrows Flying Hawk/30(th )Anniversary of Hawk

Dawlish Seafront Airshow and Carnival

RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain At Home Day—Flying

RAFA Guernsey Airshow

Radom Air Show—Poland

Sidmouth Regatta

Sidmouth Regatta

BAE Systems (Brough) Family Day

RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain at Home Day

Station Families Day—RAF St. Mawgan

Torbay Royal Regatta

Yorkshire Air Show—Elvington

6(th )NATO Day in Ostrava (Czech Republic)

Morecambe Heritage Gala

Great Ormand Street Hospital/Bishopsgate Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot—Reading

The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta

RAF Cottesmore Families Day

Giornata Azzurra—Pratica di Mare—Italy

Malta International Airshow

Southport Airshow 2003

Clacton Airshow—Essex

The 160(th )Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta

Roland Garros de Cholet—France

Great North Run—Newcastle upon Tyne

Duxford Airshow

The Centenary Eye Show

Clacton Airshow

Great North Run

Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

Caernarfon Airshow

The International Air Show Radom Poland

Isle of Man TT Race at Peel

Langkawi, Malaysia

RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain At Home Day

Hoylake Lifeboat Station Open Day

Hoylake Lifeboat Station Open Day

Goa, India

Bangkok, Thailand

Morecambe Heritage Gala

RAF St. Mawgan Families Day

RAF Benson Families Day

Muskat, Oman

Hindon (Delhi), India

Duxford Airshow

Biggin Hill International Air Fair

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Muscat, Oman

90(th) Anniversary of the Swiss Air Force -Payerne -Switzerland Battle of Britain Air Display Guernsey

45(th) Anniversary “Frecce Tricolori”—Italy

Bahrain, Bahrain

Dubai, UAE

RAFA Jersey International Airshow

Display Over Greek Ministry of Defence Athens and

Dharhan, Saudi Arabia

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Southport Airshow and Military Tattoo—Lancashire

Swiss Futures and Options Association Conference

Athens, Greece

Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain at Home Day

RAF Leuchars Battle of Britain at Home Day

Giza, Egypt

Morecambe Heritage Gala

Southport Airshow and Military Show

Biggin Hill Battle of Britain Weekend—Kent

Morecambe Heritage Gala and Air Display

BUPA Great North Run

Jersey International Airshow

Guernsey Battle Of Britain Air Display

BUPA Great North Run

RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day

Malta International Airshow

Note:
The official display season for the RAF AT is from May to October every year. In 2002 and 2006 the Team additionally participated in out-of-season overseas tours.

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