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For the armed forces, monthly information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the total number of cases reported over the latest available 12-month period (1 October 2006 to 31 September 2007) is summarised in the following table.
|(1 )This column records the number of formal complaints of bullying reported within each service. This number includes ongoing cases and complaints which were later withdrawn|
The Department's unified diversity strategy makes clear that bullying and harassment are not tolerated in the Ministry of Defence or the armed forces. Revised complaints procedures were published in January 2007.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost to date to the public purse has been of prosecutions, trial proceedings and internal military investigations and proceedings concerned with the death of Mr. Baha Musa in Iraq in British custody. 
Des Browne: It has not been possible to collate all the necessary information within the required timescale. The following figures are for those costings available to date, though they are not final sums.
Army Criminal Legal Aid Authority costs for all defence teams are £8,140,696.91. The Military Court Service costs, including costs for witnesses, transcription,
hotel bills, catering, interpreters and miscellaneous items, are £363,800. The Army Prosecuting Authority costs, including those for the judicial review, are £1,231,240.
Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps his Department has taken on the (a) safety of and (b) support for Iraqi interpreters working with British forces in Iraq. 
Des Browne: We take our responsibilities to the Iraqi interpreters working with UK armed forces in Iraq extremely seriously, and have in place various measures for their protection and support. If a direct threat is made against any of our locally employed civilians we will take action to provide them with extra security, which may include bringing them into the contingency operating base. If an interpreter is required for a particularly sensitive issue, which would place an Iraqi in a difficult situation, then we will use a third-country national to translate instead.
As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced on 8 October 2007, Official Report, columns 23-24, we have introduced a policy to provide additional assistance to recognise more fully the unique contribution made by our Iraqi staff who have completed their work with us. This policy was detailed in written statements to the House by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary on 9 October 2007, Official Report, column 27WS, and 30 October 2007, Official Report, column 30WS, and is now in the process of being implemented.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, columns 1601-03W, on military equipment: Iraq, what types of body armour were gifted by the UK to the Iraqi government in 2005; and what the origin of the body armour so gifted was. 
Des Browne: The UK gifted 25,058 sets of body armour in 2005. These sets are made up of two elements, a bullet/fragmentation vest and a ballistic plate. The body armour was purchased from a commercial contractor specifically for gifting to the Iraqi authorities as part of the UKs efforts to prepare the Iraqi security forces to be self-sufficient in the management of their own security.
Willie Rennie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of civilian (a) women and (b) children killed in Iraq since March 2003; and how many of these died as a result of UK armed forces activity. 
I have nothing to add to the answer given by the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, my hon. Friend the Member for Pontypridd (Dr. Howells), on 9 October 2007, Official Report,
column 545W, to the hon. Member for Bristol, West (Stephen Williams). The UK Government do not collate these figures.
Des Browne: I have regular discussions with my counterparts from coalition countries, including the United States and our partners in Multi-National Division (South-East), on issues of mutual interest, including the situation in Iraq.
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Finance Director of his Department has visited (a) Operation Telic and (b) Operation Herrick to view existing operations. 
Des Browne: Non-essential visits to operational theatres are kept to the absolute minimum. The MODs finance director visited Operation Telic when working for Commander-in-Chief, Land Command, but has not visited Operation Telic or Operation Herrick in his capacity as finance director.
John Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the next report on health surveillance research on personnel deployed on Operation Herrick and Operation Telic will be made; and whether the research will continue until the end of all troop deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
Derek Twigg: A second three-year phase of research on the physical and psychological health of Operations Telic and Herrick personnel is currently being conducted by King's College London; it is contracted to provide the Ministry of Defence with an interim report by the end of February 2009 and a final report by the end of August 2009. I would expect to make a statement on receipt of the final report, and will do so on receipt of the interim report if any clear issues of significance have emerged at that point.
With regard to findings from the first phase of this research, 12 papers have been published in the scientific literature to date, and more will follow. The timing of such publications, in accordance with academic practice, is a matter for the researchers and the scientific journals concerned. No decision has yet been made about continuing the research beyond 2009.
Derek Twigg: The harmony guidelines are designed to ensure that the armed forces can perform the tasks that the Government require of them, without expecting our people to bear an excessive burden. They are applied to all trades in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) in a similar manner to other specialist trades (for example the Corps of Royal Engineers).
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