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Departmental Marketing

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1589W, on departmental marketing, what the dimensions are of the display boards in his Department’s London buildings. [185021]

Derek Twigg: There are currently no display boards relating to departmental marketing in the Ministry of Defence London buildings.

Departmental Pay

Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library an index of military salaries of his Department’s staff, rebased to 2000, for each financial year from 1996-97 to 2006-07. [180296]

Derek Twigg: The Defence Analytical Services Agency’s publication ‘United Kingdom Defence Statistics’ for 2007, table 2.26 provides an index of military salaries, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. However, I have arranged for a copy of this, recalculated to a base of 2000-01 to be placed in the Library of the House.

Departmental Public Expenditure

Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a breakdown of his Department’s expenditure by standard industrial classification for financial year 2006-07. [184857]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Estimates of aggregate MOD cash expenditure in UK industry and commerce, broken down by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC), are published by the Defence Analytical Services Agency, in table 1.9a of the annual statistical compendium “United Kingdom Defence Statistics”, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. The latest available figures are for 2005-06. Figures for 2006-07 will not become available until September 2008.


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Departmental Vehicles

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many vehicles were (a) owned and (b) purchased by his Department in each of the last 10 years. [183289]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The Ministry of Defence currently leases the majority of the white fleet vehicles it uses. This arrangement has been in place since 2001. Details of white fleet vehicles owned and purchased before this date are no longer held.

Falkland Islands: Land Mines

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of unexploded landmines in the Falkland Islands; what plans he has to remove them; and what the estimated cost is of removing them. [184436]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The field survey report conducted by Cranfield university, as part of the joint UK-Argentine feasibility study completed in October 2007, estimated that approximately 20,000 landmines may remain on the Falkland Islands. The feasibility study and the field survey are being made available in the Library of the House.

The Government are now considering the options for clearance before deciding on next steps. I am withholding the estimated costs as their release would, or would be likely to, prejudice commercial interests.

Fuels

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the additional costs incurred by his Department due to increases in the cost of fuel in each year from 2005-06 to 2007-08. [178503]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Fuel price changes (predominantly affecting maritime and aviation fuel) are estimated to have added outturn costs of around £80 million over the period 2005-06 to 2007-08 to the departmental fuel bill. The cost of fuel for operations, reflected in this figure, in Iraq and Afghanistan is paid for from the Treasury Reserve.

Future Rapid Effect System

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable is for announcing which utility variant vehicle has been chosen for the Army as part of the future rapid effect system programme. [178893]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: As I announced in my written ministerial statement on 29 November 2007, Official Report, column 40WS, further work with all three possible providers of the future rapid effect system utility vehicle design has been undertaken, and an announcement will be made in due course.


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Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft: Procurement

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the first full complement of Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to be deployed on an aircraft carrier. [185768]

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many joint strike fighters he plans to order in (a) the first tranche and (b) total; when he expects the first tranche of joint strike fighters to be available for ordering; on what date his Department first established that no joint strike fighters would be available by the planned in-service date of the first of the future aircraft carriers; how many (i) joint strike fighters and (ii) Harrier GR9s he plans to deploy on each future aircraft carrier; when he expects the order will be placed for each future aircraft carrier; and what the in-service date for each is expected to be. [184949]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: We will set the number and in-service date for the Joint Combat Aircraft (JCA) capability when the programme reaches sufficient maturity and we make the main investment decision. We will continue to ensure that the JCA and CVF programmes remain coherent, including carefully managing the transition from Harrier to JCA, as has been the plan since the start of the JCA programme. On the CVF order and in-service dates, I refer the hon. Members to the answer my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence gave on 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 20W.

Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Programme

Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability programme. [185466]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1593W, to the hon. Member for Moray (Angus Robertson).

Military Aircraft

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar and (e) VC-10 aircraft are (i) in service with the RAF and (ii) fit for purpose. [183515]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 9 October 2007, Official Report, column 509W, which gave the number of aircraft in service.

The number and percentage of C130J, C130K, VC10, Tristar and C-17 that are in the Forward Available Fleet and considered Fit for Purpose are detailed in the following table. Forward Available Fleet aircraft are those that are available to the front line command for
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operational and training purposes; and does not include aircraft undergoing scheduled depth maintenance, part of planned routine fleet maintenance. Aircraft defined as fit for purpose are those considered capable of carrying out their planned missions on a given date. The figures shown are the average for the financial year to 31 December 2007 and have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

Average forward available fleet Average percentage of total fleet Average fit for purpose Average percentage of forward available fleet

C-17

3

86

3'

86

Tristar

7

80

5

72

VC10

13

80

8

63

C130K

13

67

10

80

C130J

18

76

14

79


Military Equipment: Land Mines

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Husky or Chubby vehicle sets the Army has; and where they are stationed. [183611]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The Army does not use Husky or Chubby vehicle sets.

Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency: Manpower

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ministry of Defence police officers there were in each year since 1997; and how many there are expected to be in each year to 2012. [172776]

Derek Twigg: The figures for the number of Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) Officers since 1997 are provided in the following table.

The forecast for MDP Officers in 2008 is currently approx 3,500. Security at MOD establishments is kept under constant review and future numbers will reflect the needs of the Department.

Number of MDP Officers

1997

3,714

1998

3,625

1999

3,568

2000

3,393

2001

3,257

2002

3,247

2003

3,290

2004

3,322

2005

3,415

2006

3,465

2007

3,447



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