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Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many single service personnel in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force were living in communal accommodation in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of the service personnel life insurance programme will be for 2007-08 and subsequent planned years; and under which budget this cost falls. 
Mr. Ingram: The projected cost of the Service Life Insurance (SLI) project for 2007-08 is £90,000. This sum covers salaries (until the project team disbands on 30 June 2007), consultancy and bedding in costs following SLI launch in May 2007.
Derek Twigg: The April payroll has been completed successfully on time and the vast majority of 110,104 Army regulars and 17,059 TA personnel have received their basic pay accurately. 8,238 personnel have been affected by minor discrepancies in relation to deduction charges and allowances, of which some 4,000 stem from a single error resulting in an overpayment of £1.43 per person. 90 per cent. of these will be corrected in the May pay run with the remainder being corrected in June.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2007, Official Report, column 1033W, on the Armed Forces: South Africa, what steps he is taking to estimate the number of personnel serving in the British Army who have dual British and South African citizenship. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 16 April 2007]: British, Irish or Commonwealth citizens can apply to join the Army, but there is no requirement for personnel with dual nationality to declare this on their Record of Service (ROS). As such, the only way to accurately determine this information, would require asking each and every British and South African national, and would incur disproportionate cost.
Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the Fairtrade products purchased for the office of the (a) Chief of the General Staff and (b) Adjutant General in the last 12 months. 
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 15 March 2007, Official Report, column 458W, on BAE Systems, whether Mr. Julian Scopes was issued a security pass before December 2005. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 20 April 2007]: Mr. Scopes was photographed for a Main Building pass on 16 October 2004 and a contractors pass (valid for a year) was first issued to him at that time. My response of 15 March 2007, Official Report, column 458W, gave details of the most recent pass (which expired in December 2006). I apologise for any misunderstanding this may have caused.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Ministers in his Department have visited India in the last 12 months; on how many occasions each Minister visited India; and what the length was of each visit. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1462W, on departments: manpower, how many of the civilian personnel referred to in the answer are (a) Departmental personnel and (b) private contractors. 
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by his Department was from recycled sources in each of the last three years. 
In MOD Main Building, 100 per cent. of the paper used for photocopying comes from recycled sources, a practice which started in March 2006. For the Department as a whole, the figures for the last three years are as follows; 2.1 per cent. for 2004-05; 1.8 per cent. for 2005-06; 1.9 per cent. for 2006-07. As a Department, it is planned that as of October 2007, 100 per cent. of paper used for photocopying will be from recycled sources.
In 2006-07, the percentage of paper used for printed publications coming from recycled sources was 3.1 per cent. This figure is based on two thirds of MOD printed publications, the remaining one third covers smaller independent contracts for which data are unobtainable.
Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many telephone helplines are sponsored by his Department with the prefix (a) 0870 and (b) 0845; and whether alternative geographic numbers are available in each case. 
Derek Twigg: The use of 0800, 0845 or 0870 numbers in the Department and its Agencies is determined at local level in accordance with individual business requirements and ordered directly from the supplier. Records of these numbers are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer s 30 April 2007]: All RAF Typhoon aircraft have been fitted with a cannon. As stated within the Major Project Report 2006, the decision to leave the Typhoon cannon non-operational was assessed to save £32 million in programme costs.
[holding answer 1 May 2007]: The activation of the cannon on Typhoon, and its fitting to future combat aircraft, would provide an additional
means of delivering air-to-surface low collateral damage effect in support of ground forces. This would need to be weighed against the through life costs of such a capability, including the implications for airframe life.
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Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place for the medical welfare of reserve forces who have served in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan on their return; and in what ways such arrangements differ to those in place for regular servicemen and women. 
Derek Twigg: Any mobilised serviceman or woman injured when on operational deployment is treated the same, and will receive exactly the same medical treatment and support, whether they are regular or reserve. If a medical officer in-theatre assesses that a member of the reserve forces requires treatment or rehabilitation back in the UK, they will be treated in exactly the same way as regular personnel. This may include treatment and rehabilitation at a military Regional Rehabilitation Unit or the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court, Surrey, orif the problem is related to their mental healthadmission to the Priory Group or treatment at a military Department of Community Mental Health.
When reserve personnel are demobilised, they are given a medical assessment. During this process, if it is identified that they are in need of an operation they may be referred to NHS hospitals housing Ministry of Defence Hospital Units or the Royal College of Defence Medicine at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, where they will be treated within military time frames which can in some cases offer faster access to treatment. Reserve personnel will receive treatment for injuries sustained on operation until they are
deemed to have reached a steady state of fitness. They are then demobilised, and taken through a transition from military to NHS care, if they have continuing health care needs.
The patient may express a preference for treatment in a hospital nearer to their home, which may be a non-MDHU hospital, and some reservists opt for this route. In accordance with NHS protocols, if they are referred on to a non-MDHU hospital, then access to treatment is according to clinical priority.
Once demobilised it is a long established tradition that reserve forces medical welfare becomes the responsibility of their local NHS primary care trust and the majority of Veterans physical and mental health needs are met by these provisions. However, the MOD recognises that it has an expertise to offer in certain specific circumstances, and in November 2006 launched a new initiativethe Reserves Mental Health Programme. This is open to personnel who have been demobilised since January 2003 following overseas operational deployment as a reservist and who have concerns that their mental health has suffered primarily as a result of their operational service leading up to their demobilisation.
They will be invited to attend the Reserves Training and Mobilisation Centre at Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, where members of the Defence Medical Services will carry out an assessment of their mental health. If it is considered that they are eligible for out-patient treatment by the Defence Medical Services, this will be provided at one of the military Departments of Community Mental Health, at the most convenient site to meet the individuals circumstances whenever possible. More details of the programme are available at:
Mr. Ingram: The current Lynx Mk8 aircraft were initially procured as Mk 2 and Mk3 aircraft between 1979 and 1988 and have subsequently been extensively modified, enhanced and converted to the Mk8 standard. The average Net Book Value on 16 January 2007 for these aircraft was £11.5 million.
The total operating cost per flying hour for Lynx Mk 8 is approximately £16,000. This cost includes both fixed and marginal costs incurred in using the aircraft, comprising servicing costs, fuel costs, crew capitation and training costs, support costs and charges for capital and depreciation.
Sir Michael Spicer:
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Minister for Veterans expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West
Worcestershire of 22 December 2007, (ref: D/US of S/DT MC00143/2007). 
Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the permanent joint headquarters is integrated with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 19 March 2007]: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) engages with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DfID) on operational issues through a number of tri-departmental strategic and working groups from ministerial level downwards. Desk level officials maintain close and regular contacts across departments. Policy and Commitments staff in MOD head office lead on cross-governmental engagement. Permanent joint headquarters (PJHQ) staff are consulted and contribute on operational and tactical matters to provide an integrated HMG response.
At the tactical level, as part of the UKs comprehensive approach to our operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans, personnel in theatre engage regularly with their deployed counterparts in the FCO and DfID. PJHQ staff monitor and advise as necessary on these interactions.
The MOD has also developed a formal agreement with DfID on the provision of military assistance to humanitarian relief operations and is in the process of agreeing service levels with the FCO on the provision of military assistance to evacuation operations.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many war pensions were awarded under the Naval, Military and Air Forces, Etc, (Disablement and Death) Service Pension Order in each year between 2001-02 and 2004-05. 
Data have been rounded to the nearest five.
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