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These data are based on information derived from a number of sources and can only be an estimate, not least because of the difficulties in ensuring a consistent interpretation of the basis for collating statistics in a complex fast-moving multinational operation environment.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers have been subject to manning control since April 2006; and how many of those had (a) 12 years and (b) 15 years service. 
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers in the (a) 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment and (b) Royal Logistics Corps were (i) subject to and (ii) discharged under manning control in the last 12 months. 
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many single living accommodation units for service personnel are of standard (a) 1, (b) 2, (c) 3 and (d) 4 in each country in which UK forces are deployed. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 4 February 2008]: The standard of single living accommodation (SLA) is assessed by grade for charge (GfC)a measure of the physical condition of the accommodation and other relevant environmental and scaling factors. SLA bed-spaces in each country in which UK forces are deployed are at the following GfC:
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The low grade given to SLA in the South Atlantic Islands for example, reflects the remote location and environmental factors rather than the actual condition of the accommodation which is considered reasonable.
In Cyprus, some 650 bed-spaces will be upgraded by 2012 for use on a permanent basis. In addition, there are ongoing programmes of improvement work in all the above locations including the Hired Accommodation Revitalisation Programme project, which aims to replace or upgrade the entire hired estate in Germany over the next five years.
Over the next decade the MOD will spend over £8 billion on accommodation, including some £3.1 billion on bringing accommodation up to the top condition. This will include the delivery of some further 30,000 new or improved SLA bed-spaces by 2013.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Information on the number of personnel who have left the armed forces to join private military companies is not held centrally. Total outflow and voluntary exit rates from the trained strength, broken down by Officers and Other Ranks, can be found in Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 5Trained Outflow to Civil Life. Monthly figures show the number of personnel who have outflowed in the previous 12 month period. TSP 5 is published monthly and all publications can be found at:
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Mr. Amess: 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 (a) sex, (b) age, (c) regiment and (d) service in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: A total of 213 coroner-confirmed suicides or open verdict deaths among regular service personnel occurred during the 10-year period 1997 to 2006 (excluding any violent or unnatural deaths that have not yet been fully investigated by the coroner). Details which can be released without incurring potential disclosure of individual identities include:
Of the 213 coroner-confirmed suicide and open verdicts, eight were female service personnel;
A breakdown of suicide and open verdicts during this period, by age and by year is provided in the following table:
|Table 1: Suicide and open verdict deaths: UK regular armed forces, by age and by calendar year, 1997 to 2006|
|Table 2: Suicide and open verdict deaths: UK regular armed forces, by service and by calendar year, 1997 to 2006|
|All||Naval service( 1)||Army||RAF|
|(1) Includes Royal Navy and Royal Marines.|
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