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I am able to provide the total amount of fuel consumed by UK forces in Afghanistan and Iraq for those dates highlighted and this is shown in the following tables. Data are not held centrally on the dates prior to those stated and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
|Afghanistantotal fuels consumed since October 2006-June 2007|
|Iraqtotal fuels consumed since January 2005-August 2007|
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what percentage of time (a) HMS Illustrious and (b) HMS Ark Royal were (i) on operations and (ii) undergoing maintenance in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 129W, on animal experiments, what his timetable is for making the appointments. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: I can confirm that a team has been appointed to examine the future of animal testing in support of a possible future submarine escape and rescue research programme. The team comprises a core group of six specialists supported by a number of independent external advisers. It is led by an ex-military scientist, qualified to postdoctorate level, supported by subject matter experts in defence related human physiology research, submarine design and operation, and law pertaining to the use of animals in scientific research. The group of external advisers includes leading academics in the field of human physiology.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hyperbaric experiments have been carried out on live goats since March 2007; what plans he has to commission future experiments; and if he will make a statement. 
A number of studies reviewing the need for further use of goats in this research programme are currently being undertaken. These studies take into account MODs duty of care to sustain the health and welfare of submarine crews and to provide them with the ability to operate safely and effectively. The teams are investigating a range of options for submarine escape and rescue, and life support, including and excluding animal experimentation.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the unit costs of (a) tug and (b) winch launches when used for glider flights as part of armed forces training courses. 
|Type of launch||Estimated unit cost (£)|
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Farsi/Dari, (b) Arabic, (c) Urdu, (d) Pashto, (e) Swahili, (f) Uyghur, (g) Uzbek (h) Tajik and (i) Kurdish speaking military personnel are serving in the British armed forces. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth:
The numbers of presently serving military personnel known to have skills of at least standardized language profile (SLP) Level 1 in the specified languages are listed in the following table. The numbers are listed in two categories tested and untested. Those included in the tested column have confirmed their skill in a military language
examination within the last three years and their qualification is current. Those included in the untested column were either examined more than three years ago and their qualification has expired, or are known to have some level of skill which has not been confirmed by military language examination.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British military personnel have received training in (a) Farsi/Dari, (b) Arabic, (c) Urdu, (d) Pashto, (e) Swahili, (f) Uyghur, (g) Uzbek (h) Tajik and (i) Kurdish in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The following tables show the number of persons receiving training to at least standardized language profile (SLP) Level 1 in the languages for which information is requested. Despite extensive trawls, it is only possible to provide annual figures for Arabic. For the other languages, an aggregate figure for the entire period since 1997 has been collated.
|(1) To date|
|Other languages: 1997-2007( 1)|
|(1 )To date|
Over the 10 year period, training organisations and military language examination systems have evolved considerably. This may have led to loss of data for the earlier part of the period, with the result that totals for
each language are potentially understated. The figures quoted include special forces personnel.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average tour intervals are of the (a) infantry, (b) Royal Regiment of Artillery, (c) the Corps of the Royal Engineers, (d) the Royal Logistic Corps and (e) the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The average unit tour interval for the infantry and the Royal Regiment of Artillery is 23.5 and 20.8 months, respectively. This is calculated on the basis of the mean time between the start of the most recent deployment and the end of the previous deployment for all formed units within each arm.
The unit tour interval is a less relevant measure when applied to the Corps of Royal Engineers, the Royal Logistic Corps and the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. This is due to the frequency with which personnel move between formed units within these corps (which means that the personnel deployed with a unit will be substantially different from the personnel who deployed with the same unit on a previous occasion). Unit tour interval data for these corps is not therefore routinely collated.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: This information is published in HM Treasurys Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis. The most recent version, CM7019 from April 2007 is available in the Library of the House and at:
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will break down in (a) near cash and (b) non-cash terms columns 1-8 of the subhead detail tables for his Department contained in the (i) main estimate, (ii) winter supplementary estimate and (iii) spring supplementary estimate for financial years 2001-02 to 2007-08. 
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) planned (i) non-cash limit and (ii) near-cash resource Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL), (b) anticipated operating appropriations in aid, (c) planned capital DEL and (d) anticipated non-operating appropriations in aid are for each of his Departments top-level budget holders in each year of the comprehensive spending review; 
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the near cash resource and capital departmental expenditure limits are for his Department in each year of the 2007 comprehensive spending review period. 
|Near-cash resource DEL||Capital DEL|
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the financial year 2006-07 outturn for resources one, two and three provision for each subhead was broken down by (a) near cash departmental expenditure limit (DEL), (b) non-cash DEL, (c) capital DEL, (d) near cash annual managed expenditure, (e) non-cash annual managed expenditure, (f) capital annual managed expenditure, (g) near cash non-budget and (h) non-cash non-budget. 
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