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The figures provided do not include any violent or unnatural deaths that have not yet been fully investigated by the coroner.

Centralised records for acts of deliberate self-harm (including attempted suicide) for the UK armed forces are not available.


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Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of medical supplies and resources to armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. [142967]

Derek Twigg: There are presently no known shortfalls in the provision of medical equipment or materiel to deployed UK forces in Iraq or Afghanistan. Medical equipment and supplies are deployed in the quantities requested by operational commanders to support their deployed requirement. Medical capability is continually reviewed by Defence Consultant Advisers to ensure medical equipment and capability delivers optimal clinical care, embracing best practice, wherever possible.

Lynx Helicopters

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy not to use Lynx helicopters which have not been fitted with (a) the latest generation defensive aids suite and (b) infra red jamming device in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. [137384]

Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 17 May 2007, Official Report, columns 840-45W.

Marines: Reserve Forces

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) strength is of the Royal Marine Reserve, broken down by (i) trained and (ii) untrained strength. [140240]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 14 June 2007]: The Royal Marine Reserve (RMR) Establishment total is 990, including trained strength (594) and untrained strength (396).

RMR current strengths (May 2007) is 792 in total, with a trained strength of 491 and 301 untrained strength (this does not include 42 ranks on Full Time Reserve Service).

Military Aircraft: Collections

Mr. Scott: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many former military (a) fixed wing aircraft and (b) helicopters were (i) given and (ii) sold to military museums and collections (A) in the UK and (B) overseas in the last three years for which figures are available; [142130]

(2) how many former military (a) fixed wing aircraft and (b) helicopters were sold to (i) private individuals and (ii) companies (A) in the UK and (B) overseas in the last three years for which figures are available. [142131]

Mr. Ingram: 11 fixed wing and one rotary wing aircraft have been gifted to UK museums and collections in the last three years. One fixed wing aircraft has been gifted to an overseas museum in the same period.

Over the last three years, 97 fixed wing, and 19 rotary wing aircraft have been sold in the UK, and one fixed wing aircraft has been sold overseas. It is not possible to provide a complete breakdown of the sales
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to private individuals, companies, museums and collections, as the records do not include this detail. These sales figures do not include aircraft sold as scrap.

Military Aircraft: Peace Keeping Operations

Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the new MRA4 plane will be in service; how much it will cost; and whether it will be equipped to undertake the function that MR2 Nimrods are performing in the Gulf and Afghanistan. [142819]

Mr. Ingram: The planned in service date for the Nimrod MRA4 aircraft is currently 2010 and the total forecast procurement cost is £3.5 billion. The aircraft will be capable of being equipped to undertake the function that the Nimrod MR2 is currently performing in the Gulf and Afghanistan, if required, when it enters service.

Navy: Reserve Forces

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the Royal Navy Reserves has been deployed in the last five years. [140238]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 14 June 2007]: Some 26 per cent. of the Trained Strength of the Royal Navy Reserves (RNR) has seen mobilised deployed service in the last five years.

This figure refers to RNR only and does not include any Royal Marines Reserve.

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the strength is of (a) officers and (b) ratings of the Royal Navy Reserve, broken down by branch. [140239]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 14 June 2007]: The Royal Navy Reserve (RNR) Officers Total strength (including Untrained strength (UTS)) is 935. The Branch breakdown is as follows:


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Branch/Specialisation Total

Maritime Operations

Logistics

47

Submariner

54

Command Support (Officers)

100

Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR)

13

Information Ops

38

Operational Intelligence

40

Computers and Information Systems

17

Amphibious Warfare

80

Mine Warfare

70

Mine Warfare and Clearance Divers

5

Media Operations

64

Medical

Medical Officers

48

Medical Support Officers

0

QARNNS (Queen Alexandra Royal Naval Nursing Service) Officers

22

Air

170

Defence Intelligence

39

Human Intelligence

28

Chaplains

2

Junior Officers

95

General Appointments

3

Total

935


The RNR Ratings total strength (including UTS) is 1,273. The Branch breakdown is as follows.

Branch/Specialisation Total

Maritime Operations

Logistics

147

Command Support

132

Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR)

1

Communications (Submarine)

48

Communications Technician

3

Computers and Information Systems

96

General Service Seaman Rating

448

Clearance Divers

9

Operational Communications

0

Medical

Naval Nurse

18

Medical Support Assistant

13

Air

182

Human Intelligence

1

Initial Training

175

Total

1,273


These figures refer to RNR only and do not include any Royal Marines Reserve.

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) strength is of the Royal Navy Reserve, broken down by (i) trained strength, (ii) untrained strength and (iii) University Royal Navy units. [140241]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 14 June 2007]: The Royal Navy Reserve (RNR) Establishment total, including the Establishment Trained Requirement (1,720) and the Establishment Untrained Requirement (474) is 2,194

The RNR current strengths, as of April 2007, is 2,208 with 1,736 trained and 476 untrained.

The University Royal Navy units currently consist of 14 Units, 14 Ships and 714 personnel.

These figures refer to RNR only and do not include any Royal Marines Reserve personnel.

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy reservists were deployed in each year since 2000-01, broken down by location. [140242]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 14 June 2007]: The number of Royal Navy reservists deployed in each year since 2000-01, broken down by location, is as follows:


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Location 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 Total

Iraq

320

125

9

3

30

11

498

Afghanistan

26

5

31

Bosnia

1

1

2

North East Africa

2

1

1

Balkans

1

1

Other

3

6

1

10

Total

320

125

14

10

58

18

545


The figures are for trained strength and not total, and do not include Royal Marines Reserve or those on full-time reserve service.


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