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Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to assess the views of those responsible for using the defence information infrastructure system on the effectiveness and operability of the design; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: The contract for DII(F) is based upon a user requirement document (URD) which corralled users capability requirements for DII(F) from across all MODs top level budgets. A systems requirements document was produced from the URD, converting the users capability and performance requirements into a systems view of the overall requirement. MOD will then measure the performance of the delivered DII(F) solution against the performance conditions laid down in the URD to ensure it meets our requirements.
User concerns are raised through the chain of command and top level budgets; those which cannot be resolved at lower levels are considered at the Joint User Working Group led at senior level by the DII programme director. There is a single point of contact which functions as the DII(F) help desk to support individual users' day-to-day operation of DII(F).
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the defence information infrastructure design system is (a) operational and (b) systems assured; and if he will make a statement. 
The DII(F) programme is being delivered in three contractual increments covering delivery of terminals and networking capability. It also involves a number of releases, which improve functionality via software tools and associated hardware.
Each release is assured before it becomes operational. Assurance confirms that the solution satisfies functional requirementsthe user's needs; key performance indicatorsit runs the way it should and is reliable;
service management requirementsit is supported adequately by help desks and similar services; it meets national security requirements.
Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on entertainment by the (a) General Office Commanding Northern Ireland, (b) Commander in Chief Land, (c) General-Adjutant and (d) Chief of the General Staff in 2006, broken down by event. 
Derek Twigg: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 17 April 2007, Official Report, column 535W, about how much was spent on entertainment by the Adjutant-General and the Chief of the General Staff in 2006.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the official ministerial residences allocated to Ministers in his Department; and what the total annual cost is of running each. 
Derek Twigg: Rental income from external customers is disclosed separately in the Departmental Resource Accounts which have been laid before the House of Commons. A copy of the accounts for each year is available in the Library of the House.
In addition the Department receives income from service personnel for the occupation of both single
living and families accommodation. Although readily available only for the last three years, income in respect of Service Families Accommodation was as follows:
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Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact on marksmanship of the cancellation of all Division Skill at Arms Meetings until further notice. 
Mr. Ingram: While the cancellation of Divisional Skill at Arms Meetings will have some impact, shooting competitions will continue to run at unit and Brigade level. This complies with new army shooting policy; shooting remains a critical skill and the cancellation of Divisional Level meetings will not affect TA operational capability.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) suicides and (b) attempted suicides there have been of members of HM armed forces (i) while serving in and (ii) after returning from service in (A) Iraq and (B) Afghanistan. 
|Table: Number of suicides of UK armed forces|
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|(1 )One suicide in 2005 involved a reservist serving in Iraq. (2) Follow-up records of personnel who were deployed to Afghanistan are not currently available for the period before 15 October 2005.|
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