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Claims under both schemes require medical and other evidence to be gathered and assessed before a decision can be taken. The average clearance times for the two schemes in 2006-07 were 49 days for the War Pension Scheme and 34 days for the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

Army: Motor Vehicles

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military vehicles for use by the Army were purchased by his Department in 2006-07, broken down by country of manufacture. [155390]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 17 September 2007]: This information is not held in the format requested. The total number of vehicles purchased for use by the Army between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007 was 6,911. This figure includes some vehicles purchased for use on a tri-service basis. For the purposes of this question, purchased has been defined as ‘placed on contract’.

Military vehicle acquisition, however, is complex and, in most cases, no single country is responsible for the delivery of a vehicle. Components are often manufactured by different companies in different countries and then assembled by a systems integrator, who may be based in yet another country.

Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fatalities each unit that has served in Iraq has experienced; and how many of those (a) died in Iraq and (b) subsequently died of wounds elsewhere. [155268]

Des Browne [holding answer 12 September 2007]: The Ministry of Defence publishes data on battle and non-battle fatalities, including their unit, that have resulted from our operations in Iraq since March 2003: details can be found on the Ministry of Defence website:

This information is updated after each incident.

The following table breaks down the number of military fatalities, by unit, in line with the information published on the website. In addition, one Defence Fire Service contractor has died on operations in Iraq.


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Number of fatalities for UK armed forces personnel, Iraq, by Unit as at 6 September 2007
Unit Total

Total

167

1 (UK) Armoured Division HQ and Signal Regiment

1

1 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

1

1 Assault Group

1

1 Black Watch

7

1 Coldstream Guards

2

1 Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry

1

1 Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons)

1

1 Irish Guards

4

1 Light Infantry

1

1 Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

2

1 Queen’s Dragoon Guards

2

1 Queen’s Lancashire Regiment

1

1 Royal Highland Fusiliers

1

1 Royal Horse Artillery

1

1 Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

1

1 Royal Regiment of Wales

1

1 Royal Welch Fusiliers

1

1 Squadron RAF Regiment

3

1 Staffordshire Regiment

4

1 Yorkshire Regiment

1

12 Regiment Royal Artillery

4

148 Commando Battery Royal Artillery

1

16 Squadron

1

2 Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment

8

2 Light Infantry

2

2 Parachute Regiment

2

2 Rifles

3

2 Royal Anglian Regiment

2

2 Royal Green Jackets

1

2 Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

2

2 Royal Tank Regiment

3

2 Royal Welsh

3

217 Transport Squadron

1

21st Signal Regiment (Air Support)

1

230 Squadron

1

28 Army Co-operation Squadron

2

29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery

2

3 Commando Brigade

6

3 Parachute Regiment

1

3 Royal Military Police

1

3 Royal Regiment of Scotland

2

33 Engineer Regiment (EOD)

2

33 Squadron

1

35 Engineer Regiment

1

4 Rifles

5

45 Commando

1

47 Squadron

5

504 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force

1

52nd Lowland Regiment

2

539 Assault Squadron

1

847 Naval Air Squadron

2

849 Squadron

6

9 Assault Squadron

1

9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s)

1

Army Air Corps

1

Blues and Royals, Household Cavalry Regiment

3

Cheshire Regiment

1

Engineering Wing, RAF Lyneham

3

HQ STC Air Staff

1

Intelligence Corps

2

IX (B) Squadron

2

King’s Royal Hussars

1

Parachute Regiment

2

Queen’s Royal Lancers

5

RAF Police

1

Royal Army Medical Corps

3

Royal Artillery

1

Royal Corps of Signals

3

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

5

Royal Logistic Corps

2

Royal Military Police

11

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

1

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

2

Tyne-Tees Regiment

1

Welsh Guards

1


Number of fatalities for UK armed forces personnel, who died as a result of their wounds (DOW) after being aeromeded from Iraq( 1) , by Unit, as at 4 September 2007
Unit Total

Total

3

1 Staffordshire Regiment

1

12 Regiment Royal Artillery

1

Royal Logistic Corps

1

(1) Two armed forces personnel died as a result of injuries sustained in operational accidents (DOP) and are not included in the above table.

Military Aircraft: Helicopters

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the crew (a) requirement and (b) strength is for each helicopter type in the (i) Army Air Corps, (ii) Navy and (iii) RAF. [153319]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The current (a) requirement and (b) strength for crew personnel, for each relevant Unit/Squadron, for each helicopter type in the (i) Army Air Corps, (ii) Navy and (iii) RAF are shown in the following tables.


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Army Air Corp
Army Air Corp Unit Helicopter type Establishment (requirement) Actual strength

HQ DAAvn

Lynx/Gazelle/Squirrel/Apache AH1

15

W

SAAvn

Lynx/Gazelle/Squirrel/Apache AH1

46

44

DHFS (Army)

Squirrel

14

10

1 Regt AAC

Lynx

40

41

3 Regt AAC

Apache AH1

61

31

4 Regt AAC

Apache AH1

61

43

5 Regt AAC

Gazelle

18

16

7 Regt AAC (V)

Gazelle (Regular)

4

4

Gazelle (Non-Regular Permanent Staff)

12

12

Gazelle (TA)

51

45

9 Regt AAC

Lynx

60

58

AMTAT

Apache AH1

12

12

HQ JSFAW (Army)

Lynx/Gazelle

3

3

657 Sqn AAC

Lynx

18

17

7 Fit—Brunei

Bell 21 2

8

10

8 Fit—Hereford

Augusta 109/Gazelle

4

5

12Flt—Elmpt

Gazelle

4

4

25 Fit—Belize

Bell 212

8

8

29 Fit—BATUS

Gazelle

4

4


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