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In accordance with contractual terms and conditions, DMETA provides the resource required to
achieve 100 per cent. of the WTE, either through provision of military medical personnel or through the funding of any shortfall that requires the NHS trust concerned to employ locums or agency staff. Such funding offsets the payment made by the trust for the employment of military personnel.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of the explicit right to legal advice for service personnel on the ratio of courts martial to summary hearings. 
Mr. Ingram: I have taken this question to be about future policy in relation to summary discipline and the right to elect court-martial trial, and its possible effect. There have been no recent changes to the circumstances in which service personnel have the right to legal advice and no changes are planned, but my Department is considering whether measures could be introduced to improve access to such advice for those who wish to obtain it. The effect of any such measures on the number of court-martial trials will need to be considered if proposals are to be taken forward but this has not yet been assessed.
Des Browne: Central records are only maintained for service personnel of two-star rank and above. Between 16 April and 1 May, eight personnel of two-star rank and above were granted permission to speak to the media. Not all of these interviews or speeches have yet taken place.
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what instructions have been given to military personnel on communication with hon. and right hon. Members; when those instructions were last amended; and if he will place a copy in the Library. 
Des Browne: Instructions on this subject are based upon the Queen's Regulations for each of the services, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. The relevant part of the regulations were last amended in 1987.
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what aircraft environment tests were undertaken on RAF MR2 Nimrod aircraft prior to deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq; and whether the aircraft were tested for extremes of temperature and desert conditions. 
Military airworthiness requirements routinely require the verification of a given aircraft's
performance across a range of climatic conditions; the resulting safe operating envelope is summarised in the aircraft's Release to Service document. Prior to the deployment of the Nimrod MR2 in support of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the existing evidence which underpinned the Release to Service was reviewed. No additional environmental testing was undertaken.
Derek Twigg: The Long Service Advance of Pay (LSAP) scheme is designed to assist with the purchase of a home. It has been available to the Royal Navy since 1965 and was extended to the Army and RAF on 1 August 1996.
In addition to LSAP, MOD has negotiated key worker status to help service personnel based in areas where housing is more costly, such as London and the South East. This gives an additional series of routes for entering the housing market, with access to New build Homebuy, the Intermediate Rent Scheme and the First Time Buyers Initiative.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Armed Forces Pay Review Body (a) to complete its review of the X-factor and (b) to report to Ministers; and when he expects to publish the report. 
Des Browne: The review of X-factor will be completed this year and the outcome will be included in the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body's 2008 report which is expected to be submitted to the Prime Minister and published in early 2008.
Derek Twigg: The sponsors of individual Joint Service Publications (JSPs) are responsible for their content, currency and publication. All JSPs are published internally on the Defence Intranet and where the sponsor deems it appropriate, also on the external website, www.mod.uk.
The following JSPs have been published on www.mod.uk by the relevant sponsors:
JSP 375Health & Safety Handbook
JSP 392Radiation Safety Handbook
JSP 397Service Police Codes of Practice
JSP 418MOD Sustainable Development and Environmental Manual
JSP 442Accident Reporting System
JSP 456Defence Catering Manual
JSP 503Business Continuity Management
JSP 520The Ordnance, Munitions & Explosive Safety Management System
JSP 534Tri-Service Resettlement Manual
JSP 740Acceptable Use Policy
JSP 815Defence Environment and Safety Management
JSP 886The Defence Logistics Support Chain Manual
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Army's policy towards recruits who (a) have been diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder and (b) have been prescribed methylphenidate drugs to combat the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 
Derek Twigg: The Tri-Service Medical Entry guidelines, which govern entry in to the Army, state that the basic form of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) frequently resolves with time, so recruitment may be permitted if the candidate has been free from symptoms and off all medication (including Methylphenidate drugs) for more than three years prior to application. If the basic condition is complicated with violent and/or delinquent behaviour then such candidates would normally be graded as medically unfit for enlistment as current evidence indicates that this form of the condition is much less likely to improve with time.
Mr. Ingram: Mess dress is the only uniform that non-commissioned officers are not issued with. The reason for this is because it is not officially laid down in Queen's Regulations for the Army that non-commissioned officers have to wear mess dress (unlike officers). Non-commissioned officers are, however, issued with all uniforms they are required to wear in order to perform their duties.
Each corps regiment or unit in the Army has its own policy on whether it requires non-commissioned officers to have mess dress and indeed on whether assistance is available from non-public funds to help with the cost. This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Statistics on the numbers of MOD civilian staff who initiated the departmental grievance procedure at the informal or formal grievance stage in the last year at unit level are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. At the grievance appeal stage, civilian staff can either appeal to a higher level of line management, or to an
independent Grievance Appeal Panel. The number of appeals heard by higher line management is not held centrally. The number of independent Grievance Appeal Panel hearings arranged between January and December 2006 was 58.
Different grievance procedures apply to service personnel. Under the Army Act 1955, the Air Force Act 1955 and the Naval Discipline Act 1957, a service person who thinks themselves wronged in any matter relating to their service may make a complaint about that matter, which may be considered by the Defence Council, unless resolved at a lower level.
In respect of the Royal Navy and the RAF, these figures differ from those which my right hon. Friend the Member for Islwyn (Mr. Touhig) gave in answer to the hon. Gentlemans similar question on 18 April 2006, Official Report, columns 624-25W. This is because numbers were provided for complaints that had been considered at both levels two and three, resulting in some complaints being recorded twice.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the progress of the roll-out of Defence Information Infrastructure; and how many sites are active under increment 1. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Ministerial red boxes his
Department bought in each of the last five years; and how much each cost; 
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