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Defence Estates



Joint Air Transport Evaluation Unit


Not available

UK National Codification Bureau


None available

Permanent Joint Headquarters



Departments: Pressure Groups

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings took place between Ministers in his Department and outside interest groups between 1 January and 31 March; and what the date was of each such meeting. [131028]

Derek Twigg: Between 1 January 2007 and 31 March 2007 Defence Ministers met with outside interest groups on the following occasions:

Secretary of State for Defence

Minister for Defence Procurement (from 6 March, Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support)

Under- Secretary of State

Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have worked in field hospitals during Operation Telic; and what percentage of the total number were reservist medical personnel. [132850]

Derek Twigg: From the start of Op Telic in January 2003 to Operation Telic 9 at the end of April 2007, 2,887 individual medical specialist and non-medical support personnel have served in field hospitals in Iraq, of which some 43 per cent were reservists.

The number of service personnel who have worked in Operation Telic field hospitals is shown in the following table:

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(a) Serial (b) Tour(5) (c) Unit (d) Total( 1) (e) Reservists( 2) (f) Percentage reservist


Op Telic (and Op Telic 2)(3)

22 Fd Hosp





Op Telic (and Op Telic 2)(3)

33 Fd Hosp





Op Telic (and Op Telic 2)(3)

34 Fd Hosp





Op Telic (and Op Telic 2)(3)

202 Fd Hosp





Op Telic 3(4)

Hosp Sqn 22 Fd Hosp





Op Telic 4(4)

Hosp Sqn 207 Fd Hosp





Op Telic 4a(4)

Hosp Sqn 256 Fd Hosp





Op Telic 5(4)

Hosp Sqn 33 Fd Hosp





Op Telic 6(4)

Hosp Sqn 205 Fd Hosp





Op Telic 7(4)

Hosp Sqn 34 Fd Hosp





Op Telic 8(4)

RAF Composite Hosp Sqn





Op Telic 9(4)

Hosp Sqn 33 Fd Hosp








(1) Includes personnel from all services (regular and reserve).
(2) Includes Reservists from RN, Army and RAF, but take no account of tour length or multiple tours by individuals.
(3) Availability of data for Telic 1 and 2 are limited. These figures are based on information supplied by personnel serving in the Command Team of the units at the time. This information has been provided on a ‘best estimate’ basis.
(4) The Op Telic numbering system relates to a period of time, which is approximately 6 months.
(5 )Includes total liability of the Op Telic Hospital Sqn only and does not include other elms of UK Med Gp.

Mr. Mates: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of friendly fire have occurred since the coalition forces invaded Iraq in 2003. [130280]

Des Browne [holding answer 27 March 2007]: The number of friendly fire incidents in Iraq since 2003 is not held centrally. Friendly fire incidents could be Multinational Forces (MNF) on MNF, MNF on Iraqi Security Force (ISF) or ISF on MNF. Recorded instances of these incidents could only be aggregated from individual records, some of which we would have to request from coalition partners and the Iraqi security forces. This could only be done at disproportionate cost.

However, eight UK service personnel have died as a result of actual or suspected friendly fire incidents in Iraq since the start of Operation Telic.

Royal Military Academy: Health Services

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many presentations were made to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst by private health providers between March 2006 and March 2007. [135482]

Derek Twigg: Three presentations were made by BUPA: one to each new intake to the Regular Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, in May 2006, September 2006 and January 2007.

Terrorism: Birmingham

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether an individual in his Department was responsible for the advance briefing given to the Daily Mirror newspaper in relation to the operation in Birmingham on 31 January by counter-terrorism officers of the West Midlands police. [135400]

Des Browne [holding answer 2 May 2007]: No.

Deputy Prime Minister

Departments: Computers

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) instructions are issued to staff in his Department and (b) technical procedures are in place to shut down computers at night. [136093]

The Deputy Prime Minister: My Office is based in a Cabinet Office building, and I therefore refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office my hon. Friend the Member for Doncaster, North (Edward Miliband) on 27 April 2007, Official Report, column 1329W.

Departments: India

Mr. Heald: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on how many occasions he visited India in each of the last 12 months; and what the length was of each visit. [135527]

The Deputy Prime Minister: This Government publish an annual list of Cabinet Ministers’ travel overseas costing over £500 along with the total cost of all ministerial travel. Information for 2005-06 was published on 24 July 2006 and is available in the Library for the reference of Members. Information for 2006-07 will be published as soon as it is ready.

All travel is in accordance with the Ministerial Code and Travel by Ministers.

Departments: Internet

Mrs. May: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for which Government websites he is responsible; how many visitors each received in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the cost (a) was of establishing and (b) has been of maintaining each site. [135741]

The Deputy Prime Minister: Subsequent to my answer to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) on 14 December 2006, Official Report , column 1304W, in the period January to April 2007 my Department's website recorded 18,179 separate visits and 39,311 page views.

For details of costs, I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 4 September 2006, Official Report , column 1721W.

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Departments: Sexual Harassment

David Simpson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints of sexual harassment have been investigated in his Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have been upheld. [135369]

The Deputy Prime Minister: No complaints have been made.

Duchy of Lancaster

Delivery Unit

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what role the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit will play in the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review. [136314]

Hilary Armstrong: In the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007, the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit is supporting Her Majesty’s Treasury to develop a practical performance monitoring and management system for new PSA targets.

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) if she will place in the Library a copy of the organisational chart for the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit; [136315]

(2) if she will place in the Library a copy of each of the last 10 reports produced by the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit. [136316]

Hilary Armstrong: Organisationally, the Unit is headed by Ian Watmore at Permanent Secretary level; three Directors lead on Education and Health, Crime and Justice, and Asylum and Migration and other projects.

The Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit’s reports comprise confidential policy advice to the Prime Minister and Ministers, and are not published.

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what funding has been allocated to the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit for 2007-08. [136327]

Hilary Armstrong: Funding details for the financial year 2007-08 are in the process of being finalised. Funding for 2006-07 is set out in the Cabinet Office annual report, to be published later this month.

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