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Information is not held centrally which can identify former service personnel released on non-medical grounds, who have subsequently been awarded war pensions for suffering the symptoms of Multiple
Sclerosis while in service. To obtain the information would involve the examination of individual files which could be done only at disproportionate costthere are currently around 178,000 people in receipt of a war disablement pension.
No service personnel have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and awarded attributable benefits under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Less than five service personnel have been discharged without benefits. The scheme provides no-fault compensation for all serving and former service personnel for injury/illness caused on or after 6 April 2005. It awards benefits where the evidence shows, on the balance of probabilities, that service is the predominant cause of the injury or disorder.
Mr. Charles Kennedy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on the operation of the Joint Personnel Administration; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) lowest and (b) average percentage spend was of procurement projects in each category (i) A, (ii) B, (iii) C, (iv) D and (v) all categories in the financial year 2006-07. 
|Category||Lowest speed (percentage)||Average speed (percentage)||Number of projects|
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many suicides there were among British armed services personnel in each of the last 10 years for which records are available, broken down by service; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: The number of coroner-confirmed suicides and open verdicts deaths that occurred among UK regular service personnel while in service during the period 1997 to 2006 is provided in the following table.
|Suicides and open verdict deaths( l) , UK regular armed forces, 1997 to 2006|
|All||Naval Service( 2)||Army||RAF|
|(1) The figures provided do not include any violent or unnatural deaths that have not yet been fully investigated by a coroner (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or the procurator fiscal (Scotland).|
(2) Naval service includes Royal Navy and Royal Marines.
(3) The figures for 2006 are provisional as we are still awaiting the outcome of a number of Coroners investigations.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 16 October 2007]: Commanders need a range of vehicles of varying protection, mobility and profile to be used as they see fit, to meet the mission and counter the threat. Mastiff fulfils a complementary role to the other vehicles we use on operations.
By deploying a suite of new capabilities to Afghanistan and Iraq over the last year, we have provided a greater range of capabilities from which commanders can choose the most suitable vehicles for a particular task.
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2007, Official Report, column 7, on Afghanistan, on what basis the figure of 400 Mastiff vehicles was determined; and if he will make a statement. 
The planned procurement of some 280 Mastiff vehicles, when combined with other new
protected vehicles, will deliver more than 400 new protected patrol vehicles to our forces. This represents a significant investment in the protection and operational effectiveness of our troops and, coupled with the delivery of enhanced protection to our in service vehicles like Bulldog, Viking and Warrior, will provide our troops with a range of options within a fleet of over 600 vehicles.
Derek Twigg: There are no specific military dress requirements associated with Army Board membership. There are therefore no additional uniform costs arising from an individuals appointment to the board.
Derek Twigg: The following table shows the average length of service completed by Direct Entry (DE) Captains on retirement from the Regular Army for each of the calendar years 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2006.
| Notes: 1. The averages are based on Army Captains who have left the Army on completion of their terms of service and includes those who have outflowed to the Regular Army Reserve during the stipulated period. 2. Army Captains on a Late Entry Commission type, those who have additional Soldier service, have been excluded from these averages. 3. The figures reflect reckonable service from age 21. 4. The average time served is for UK Regular Forces which includes Nursing Services and excludes Full Time Reserve Service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists.|
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many drugs tests on Army personnel produced positive results in (a) January to June 2006, (b) July to December 2006 and (c) January to June 2007; and how many of those results were positive for (i) cocaine, (ii) cocaine only, (iii) cannabis, (iv) cannabis only, (v) ecstasy and (vi) ecstasy only. 
|Positive r esults|
|Drug Type||1 January 2006 to 30 June 2006||1 July 2006 to 31 December 2006||1 January 2007 to 30 June 2007|
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British army personnel tested positive for single-drug-only use in (a) the first 120 positives tested in 2003 and (b) the 150 positives tested during 2006, broken down by day of the week tested. 
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