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I am withholding details of the number of improvised explosive attacks as the information would or would be likely, to prejudice the capability, effectiveness and capability of the armed forces.

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.

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current status is of Taliban leader Naim Atallah who was captured in Helmand province in August 2007. [190892]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: I have nothing further to add to the answer I gave on 17 September 2007, Official Report, column 2169W.

Air Force: Military Bases

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to review the provision of military airfields in the UK. [191327]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: I refer the hon. Member to the previous answer I gave on 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 30W.

Armed Forces: Dismissal

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. [191554]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: None.


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Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers were subject to manning control after 12 years service in the last 12 months. [191555]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: None.

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. [191556]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: None.

Armed Forces: Housing

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. [184382]

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:

Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4

Germany

2,356

1,494

4,186

8,989

Cyprus

67

14

534

882

Falklands/Ascension Islands

14

6,105

Gibraltar

325

24

41

Rest of World

34

62

87

2,014


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.

It should be noted that a large proportion of overseas SLA is only used during operational deployments. Although much of this accommodation is G4fC, residents are not charged for it.

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.

Armed Forces: Labour Turnover

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel left the armed forces to join private military companies in each year since 2003. [190648]


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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) 5—‘Trained 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:

Copies of TSP 5 are available in the Library of the House and also at:

Armed Forces: Pay

Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicemen and women's pay was paid late in each of the last five financial years. [173709]

Derek Twigg [holding answer 13 December 2008]: The number of service personnel who were paid late in each of the last five financial years were as follows:

Financial y ear Number

2002-03

29

2003-04

26

2004-05

0

2005-06

474

2006-07

773


Armed Forces: Suicide

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. [190880]

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:


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Table 1: Suicide and open verdict deaths: UK regular armed forces, by age and by calendar year, 1997 to 2006
Number
All <20 years 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40+

All

213

31

53

46

35

30

18

1997

26

4

6

4

5

4

3

1998

19

2

2

8

1

3

3

1999

27

4

6

4

7

4

2

2000

36

2

12

12

3

5

2

2001

15

5

3

1

4

2

0

2002

15

3

4

2

2

3

1

2003

26

4

8

8

5

0

1

2004

19

2

4

2

6

4

1

2005

20

3

5

4

0

4

4

2006

10

2

3

1

2

1

1


Information on suicide and open verdicts by regiment (or other service equivalent) could be disclosive of individual identities. For this reason, the information cannot be provided.

A breakdown of suicide and open verdicts during this period by service and by year is provided in the following table:

Table 2: Suicide and open verdict deaths: UK regular armed forces, by service and by calendar year, 1997 to 2006
Number
All Naval service( 1) Army RAF

All

213

34

141

38

1997

26

4

17

5

1998

19

2

13

4

1999

27

6

17

4

2000

36

6

22

8

2001

15

2

11

2

2002

15

4

11

0

2003

26

3

16

7

2004

19

2

15

2

2005

20

5

11

4

2006

10

0

8

2

(1) Includes Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

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