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Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each private finance initiative project approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years. 
Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many and what proportion of Parliamentary questions for answer on a named day to his Department received a (a) holding and (b) substantive answer on the named day in each year since 2001. 
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Mr. Bob Ainsworth: We continue to make good progress on the future orders for the surface fleet of the Royal Navy. We have committed to ordering two new aircraft carriers and have placed orders for six Type 45 destroyers. It is our intention, in addition, to deliver replacement vessels in the future for Type 22 and 23 frigates, and elements of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Our judgment remains that in the medium term, a fleet of eight of the current classes of attack submarine will be sufficient to meet the full range of tasks. By 2022 we will have completed the transition to the more capable Astute class, for which it remains our plan to order seven boats. Over the next 14 years, attack submarine numbers will fluctuate between seven and eight as Astute replaces the current classes.
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A combination of base and bolt-on armour is likely to be used for most future
armoured fighting vehicles. It allows us to reconfigure the armour solution to counter threats as they emerge, and to take advantage of the latest armour technologies.
Des Browne: The security situation in Afghanistan is stable if fragile in places. The Afghan National Army and troops from the 40-nation International Stabilisation Assistance Force are actively engaged in operations to maintain the pressure on the Taliban and extend the authority of the Government of Afghanistan.
22. Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many pilot schemes he has established for the identification of veterans in need of mental health services and for the provision of such services. 
Derek Twigg: The MOD, the four UK health departments and Combat Stress have been working together with clinical experts and the Health and Social Care Advisory Service (HASCAS) to develop a new model of community-based veterans mental healthcare that will address assessment and treatment of veterans mental health problems. Pilots have been launched in Staffordshire and Shropshire, Camden and Islington, Bishop Auckland and Cardiff Vale. These will be followed shortly by pilots in Lothian and Cornwall. Following two years of piloting and evaluation it is planned to roll the model out across the UK.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The Future Rapid Effect System is progressing well. We have selected the system of Systems Integrator, completed the Utility Vehicle design trials and issued a pre-Qualification Questionnaire for the Utility Vehicle Integrator in recent months. FRES is currently in its assessment phase and work on detailed requirements is continuing.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence announced in July 2007 at the conclusion of the Naval Base Review, the most effective means of supporting the Royal Navy is to retain all three naval bases, including Devonport.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: As at 27 February 2008, the Army currently has 67,400 personnel within its deployable formations. 53,400 of these personnel are presently graded as deployable, with a further 7,600 personnel graded as being deployable in a limited range of roles. Non-deployable personnel will include those who are medically unfit and those filling key roles in support of families of those service personnel who are not deployed.
Additionally there are elements of the Army that are deemed as being in non-deployable posts employed in essential roles often directly supporting operations within the training organisations, staff headquarters and the regional forces command structure.
Des Browne: Skill Force is involved in the city of Nottingham helping difficult to reach young people during term-time through an alternative curriculum that includes team building and problem solving skills, leading to a variety of awards and qualifications. They are currently working in three Nottingham schools, but such has been their success that they hope to expand to cover five schools in the city from September of this year. As with the rest of the Skill Force project, they are making an extremely valuable contribution to efforts to tackle social exclusion among young people.
The Health Secretary announced in November an extension of NHS priority treatment. From 1 January all veterans, not just war pensioners, should receive priority access to NHS secondary care for conditions which are related to their service. The Department of Health has issued guidance on the new provision. Defence and Health officials and the
ex-Service organisations are now working together on communicating the new arrangement to GPs and the veterans community and monitoring its effectiveness.
Des Browne: The UK will look to the Bucharest summit to reaffirm NATOs solidarity and commitment to its operations and missionsparticularly in Afghanistan, where we need to build on the success NATO has achieved to date, and agree a comprehensive plan for the future. We will want it to maintain momentum on capability developments and force generation, both for current operations and more widely. Heads of State and Government will consider membership invitations for those countries currently participating in Membership Action Plans.
Des Browne [holding answer 22 February 2008]: Among other requirements, NATO currently needs more training and mentoring personnel, combat forces in the south and east of Afghanistan and key enablers, such as helicopters, to meet the Combined Joint Statement of Requirements for Afghanistan.
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many sea king helicopters are to be fitted with Carson blades; and how many of those helicopters with such blades will be deployed in Afghanistan. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: We are fitting 14 Sea King HC4 helicopters with Carson blades. We have deployed a number of Sea King helicopters fitted with Carson blades to Afghanistan, and expect to deploy more later this year. I am withholding information on the exact number of helicopters deployed as its release would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British military personnel are attached to the (a) European Union Military Staff, (b) European Defence Agency, (c) European Union Military Committee and (d) other EU institutions. 
Des Browne: 17 British military personnel are currently seconded to the EU Military Staff in Brussels, and there are two British military staff officers currently working in the European Defence Agency.
The European Union Military Committee is a regular meeting of the Chiefs of Defence Staff or their representatives from the EU member states, not a standing EU structure. There is one British military officer who is seconded as the military adviser to the permanent Chairman of the EU Military Committee.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) single living and (b) service family accommodation units in (i) Germany, (ii) Cyprus, (iii) Gibraltar and (iv) the Falklands Islands there were in each of the four charge grades at the most recent date for which figures are available. 
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