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The equipment failure reporting system (EFRS) is the mandated system for equipment users to report failures, such as accidental damage, maintenance related failures and breakdowns, or the failure of an 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 a problem caused by 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.
Derek Twigg: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) keeps its estate in Great Britain (around 240,000 hectares) under continual review to ensure that it is no larger than is required for defence purposes. Land and property may be temporarily used for many purposes and no central record is maintained.
Under Treasury guidelines, we seek to dispose of surplus property as quickly as possible. A list of sites either currently in disposal or where a decision has been taken to dispose in the future is available in the Library of the House and is regularly updated. In addition, information regarding property for sale can be found on the Defence estates website at:
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants, (b) special advisers and (c) Ministers in his Department staying overnight in (i) mainland Great Britain, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) the Republic of Ireland and (iv) other countries in the last 12 months. 
Derek Twigg: This information is not held centrally in the form requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the Ministry of Defence operates a Central Hotel Booking Service, which accounts for the great majority of all temporary overnight hotel requirements for civil servants, special advisers and Ministers. For the period from March 2007 to February 2008, the total civilian bookings through the Central Hotel Booking Service contract were £12.9 million.
These figures do not cover cases where, for instance, costs of accommodation may be included within a training cost or otherwise be paid for direct by budget holders; or where private arrangements are made and costs reclaimed locally overseas. Nor does the figure include non-departmental public bodies which do not use the contract.
In addition the cost of claims made by civilian staff through the central travel and subsistence service for local accommodation outside the Central Hotel Booking Service in 2006-07 was £2.15 million.
Derek Twigg: The UK Government are supportive of efforts to achieve gender equality and continue to work very closely with both the Women's National Commission and the Women's Budget Group on promoting gender equality within the UK. In 2004, HM Treasury undertook a pilot project on gender analysis of expenditure with the Women's Budget Group. The project demonstrated the value of gender analysis in some areas and identified what tools and expertise were necessary within Government to carry out gender analysis, but that further work was needed before gender responsive budgeting could be implemented. In 2008, HM Treasury will be conducting further work that will determine whether it is prudent and feasible to disaggregate departmental expenditure statistics by gender.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what standard issue equipment each soldier deployed to (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq receives; and at what cost per soldier in each case. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The following list shows standard personal equipment, which is typical of that issued to British Army personnel when deploying to either Iraq or Afghanistan. The total cost of this equipment amounts to around £2,500 per individual.
The actual equipment an individual is supplied with will vary dependant on the role of the soldier, the time of year in which they deploy and whether they have previously been supplied with any of the listed items. Neither does the list include any other items an individual may need on a particular deployment which were supplied to them, for example, as part of their initial issue kit.
Lightweight Desert Jacket
Desert Combat Smock
Desert Helmet cover
Desert Combat Gloves
General purpose belt
Hot weather shirts
Warm weather safety boots
Lightweight Desert Combat boots
Combat ear protection
Pad Knee/Elbow Desert
Thermal Sleeping Mat
Op Travel Bag
Shelter Sheet Desert
Bag Shelter Sheet
Insect Net Protector (Mos Net) Bed
Cover Rucksack Small (Pouches)
Cover Rucksack Large
Spectacles Combat (Sunglasses)
Eyewear Prescriptive Lens Fitment
Warm Weather Sleeping Bag
Liner Sleeping Bag
Vest Tactical Load Carrying
Head Net Insect
30 Litre Patrol Pack
Rag Sweat Desert
Snap Link Rappeller
MK12 General Purpose Binocular
General Service watch
SA80 A2 Individual weapon (Magazine and Sling cleaning Kit)
Right Angle torch
Enhanced Combat Body Armour
First Field Dressing
Entrenching Tool Hand
Personal Medical Kit
Operational Medical Record Card
Colin Burgon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK armed forces personnel were based in Iraq on 1 January 2008; and how many there were on 1 January in each of the previous three years. 
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At the time of their deaths two members of the Territorial Army were serving with the 52nd Lowland Regiment, one was serving with the 150 (Yorkshire) Transport Regiment (Volunteers), one was serving with the Royal Military Police and one was serving with the Tyne-Tees Regiment.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy, (c) Royal Air Force and (d) Marines have been killed in operations in Iraq since 2003. 
20 Royal Navy personnel (12 Royal Marines);
132 Army personnel; and
22 RAF personnel.
The average number of Nimrod MR2 aircraft which were fit for purpose in February 2008 was five. Aircraft defined as fit for purpose are those considered capable of carrying out their planned missions on a given date.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2008, Official Report, column 2057W, on peacekeeping operations, whether there is a NATO Operational Reserve Force for ISAF forces in Afghanistan. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The Operational Reserve Force (ORF) for ISAF was provided from August to December 2006 by Romania. Since December 2006, it has been an unfilled requirement on NATOs Combined Joint Statement of Requirements. NATO is working to ensure that the ISAF ORF requirement is met as soon as possible. There are existing in-theatre and strategic reserves.
ensure that in the interpretation and application of this Treaty the law is observed.
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