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Navy
Naval Air Squadron (MAS) Helicopter type Establishment (requirement) Actual strength

845 NAS

Sea King Mk 4/6CR

47

43

846 NAS

Sea King Mk 4/6CR

47

42

848 NAS

Sea King Mk 4

37

36

849 NAS

Sea King ASaC Mk 7

15

14

854 NAS

Sea King ASaC Mk 7

15

14

857 NAS

Sea King ASaC Mk 7

15

15

771 NAS

Sea King Mk 5 (Search and Rescue)

42

37

HMS GANNET

Sea King Mk 5 (Search and Rescue)

20

18

700 NAS

Merlin Mk 1

11

9

814 NAS

Merlin Mk 1

33

29

820 NAS

Merlin Mk 1

33

26

824 NAS

Merlin Mk 1

63

48

829 NAS

Merlin Mk 1

28

19

702 NAS

Lynx Mk 3/8

24

22

815 NAS

Lynx Mk 3/8

70

60

847 NAS

Lynx AH7

21

17


RAF
Royal Air Force Squadron Helicopter type Establishment (requirement) Actual strength

33Sqn

Puma HC 1

66

65

230 Sqn

Puma HC 1

64

64

7 Sqn

Chinook HC 2

46

44

18 Sqn

Chinook HC 2

94

86

27 Sqn

Chinook HC 2

68

72

28 Sqn

Merlin Mk HC 3

88

84

22 Sqn

Sea King Mk 3

60

60

202 Sqn

Sea King Mk 3

60

60

203 (R) Sqn

Sea King Mk 3

26

25

SARTU

Griffin HAR 2

19

18

60 (R) Sqn

Griffin HT 1

24

24

84 Sqn

Griffin HAR 2

12

12

DHFS

Squirrell HT 1

18

18

32 Sqn

Augusta 109

3

3


The actual strength of the two Apache Units (three and four Regiment Army Air Corps) reflects the fact that these helicopters are relatively new to service and as such these newly formed units will not achieve ‘steady state’(1) until 2010; we are in the process of manning these units and have a number of pilots in the training pipeline. Apache pilot availability is sufficient to meet operational requirements.


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Military Bases: Colchester

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to locate further units of 16 Air Assault Brigade at Colchester Garrison; and if he will make a statement. [155480]

Des Browne [holding answer 17 September 2007]: There are no plans to locate further units of 16 Air Assault Brigade at Colchester Garrison.

Territorial Army: Manpower

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current establishment of each (a) regiment, (b) corps and (c) sub-unit of the Territorial Army is. [152639]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: I have written to the hon. Member today and will place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Home Department

Alcoholic Drinks: Children

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded in respect of retailers selling alcohol to those aged under 18 years in each year since 1997; how many police cautions were issued; and what the average fine levied was. [Official Report, 26 June 2008, Vol. 478, c. 3MC.][154984]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 10 September 2007]: Information on the number of recorded offences of retailers selling alcohol to those aged under 18 years are summary and are not included in the police recorded crime statistics.

Statistics for the number of police cautions issued and the average fine have been provided by the Ministry of Justice and are given in the table for 1997-2005. Data for 2006 will be available in the autumn of 2007.

Retailers selling alcohol to those aged under 18
Num ber of police cautions issued( 1,2) Average fine (£)

1997

171

227

1998

76

212

1999

69

194

2000

53

206

2001

48

208

2002

59

249

2003

63

253

2004

101

238

2005

98

246

(1 )These data are on a principal offence basis. (2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative databases generated by the police. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

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Asylum: Social Security Benefits

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what studies have been undertaken into the effect of appellant asylum seekers who have been denied benefits on social services departments. [155332]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 12 September 2007]: Asylum seekers are not eligible to receive income support, jobseekers allowance or other similar benefits. As such, no such studies have been undertaken by the Home Office.

Burglary: Surrey

Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries were (a) reported and (b) successfully detected in Surrey in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [155326]

Jacqui Smith [ h olding answer 12 September 2007] : The information requested is given in the following table:

Burglary offences recorded in Surrey
Financial year Number of offences Number of detections

2002-03

9,727

844

2003-04

9,700

1,000

2004-05

8,870

959

2005-06

8,410

872

2006-07

8,141

1,001


Cars: Theft

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in England and Wales were charged for the recovery of their stolen vehicle from police, and police approved, car pounds in each of the last five years, broken down by police force; and how much was received by such car pounds in each such year. [155540]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 17 September 2007]: This information is not collected centrally. When the police use their powers to remove and store any vehicle, including a stolen vehicle, that is illegally, dangerously or obstructively parked or broken down or abandoned, they may levy prescribed charges to cover the costs incurred. The charges are currently £105 for the removal and £12 per day for storage.

CCTV: York

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much central government funding has been spent on closed-circuit television in York since 1997. [155494]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 17 September 2007]: Since 1997, the Home Office has specifically provided the City of York with £268,000 for closed circuit television.

Other years' crime reduction funding has been allocated directly to the local Crime and Disorder
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Reduction Partnership and Basic Command Unit in York to finance a variety of interventions, including CCTV. Information about the allocation of that funding is not held centrally.


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