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Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many instances of breakdown and maintenance damage have been recorded in the (a) Vector and (b) Bulldog vehicle since it first entered service. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Based on records from the Equipment Failure Reporting System (EFRS), since the Vector vehicle entered service, approximately 119 Equipment Failure Reports (EFRs) have been raised. For the Bulldog vehicle there have been approximately 228 EFRs.
The EFRS is the mandated system for the user to report equipment failures, such as accidental damage, maintenance related failures and breakdowns, as well as equipment failure of any item fitted to the vehicle. It does not incorporate the results of subsequent investigations and therefore does not differentiate between what might later prove to have been operator error or damage sustained as a result of operations. Nor does this data record the severity of a failure which might have no discernible impact on operational capability or safety.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2138W, on AWE Burghfield: floods, and page 22 of the Health and Safety Executive Nuclear Newsletter, November 2007 issue, on what date (a) the Health and Safety Executive nuclear installation inspectorate was satisfied that emergency arrangements were in place and (b) operational activities resumed. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Following the flooding at AWE Burghfield in July 2007, contingency emergency arrangements put in place were considered by the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) to be adequate at all times for the activities being undertaken. NII inspected the interim facilities and witnessed an emergency exercise on 24 October, and agreed that nuclear operations could recommence on 5 November 2007.
Des Browne: UK defence industry has the opportunity to participate in the work to develop missile defence systems. The MOD supports this effort through the work of the UK Missile Defence Centre, which provides assistance and advice to UK industry.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The size of the EU military force in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUFOR ALTHEA) has reduced from 2,566 at the end of November 2007 to 2,232 at the end of February 2008. The reductions resulted from the progressive transfer of responsibilities from EUFOR ALTHEA to Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities and the attendant closure of former camps at Mostar used by French forces and Rajlovac used by German and Italian forces.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tracks needed replacement on Challenger 2 main battle tanks in each of the last six months; how many spare tracks there were available in theatre in each such month; and how many spare tracks there are available. 
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The number of tracks which needed replacement is not held centrally. A Unit does not stipulate why it is demanding track or part of a track, which might be requested to be either fitted to a vehicle or for stock. A full set of Challenger 2 track is made up of 160 links and is accounted for/stored in sections of five links joined together, called a wrap. A Unit can demand a full vehicle set or a single wrap if it requires only spare links.
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2008, Official Report, column 1490W, on Cyprus: military bases, how many individuals were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of poaching under the Protection and Management of Game and Wild Birds Ordinance 2004 in each of the last three years. 
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what level of commercial experience is required of candidates for each grade of post at the Defence, Equipment and Support headquarters at Abbeywood. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Under the spending review 2004 efficiency programme, the MOD is required to achieve £2.83 billion of cumulative input and output efficiency savings by the end of 2007-08. We are on course to overachieve against this target.
These savings are delivered by departmental change programmes and by implementing the force capability changes set out in Delivering Securities in a Changing World: Future Capabilities, published in July 2004, rather than by targets on Top Level Budget (TLB) holders. Further details can be found in the MOD Efficiency Technical Note which is available online at:
Efficiency savings across the Department are reinvested to fund high priority areas of expenditure, such as support to operations and our personnel, including through sustained investment in accommodation.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to protect the security of personal data held by his Department, with particular reference to interference by militant extremists; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth:
The Ministry of Defence regulations require that personal data are protected in accordance with legal statute and the Governments own internal security guidance. The Ministry of Defence is fully engaged in the Cabinet Office led Data Handling Review and we have confirmed to Robert Hannigans team our committed to meeting the implementation dates he has set. In addition, I have also invited Sir Edmund Burton, Chairman of the Information Assurance Advisory Council,
to examine the adequacy of the measures taken to protect personal data held by the MOD. Depending on his findings, I will consider what further measures may be required.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the (a) cost to the public purse and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies and other public bodies for which he has responsibility in the last 12 months. 
Derek Twigg: Details of all properties that have been empty for all or part of the last 12 months and their associated costs are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Newark (Patrick Mercer) of 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 964, on departmental Freedom of Information (FOI), if he will give a breakdown of all identifiable sources of the FOI requests received by his Department. 
Media and Journalists
169 civilian staff are recorded on the Department's central system (HRMS) as home workers. It is possible that under historic reporting
arrangements there may be significantly more whose home working is not recorded centrally. 44 new formal home working arrangements were approved in the year from February 2007 to January 2008. Staff may also work from home on an occasional basis, but such arrangements are not recorded centrally.
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