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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.

Departmental Land

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of land owned by his Department is unused; and if he will make a statement. [193010]

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:


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Departmental Official Visits

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. [193528]

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.

Departmental Public Expenditure

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether consideration has been given to applying gender responsive budgeting to his Department's budget. [192103]

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.

The MOD has a number of initiatives to promote gender equality where appropriate.

Afghanistan and Iraq: Defence Equipment

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. [193407]


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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.

Item


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Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

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. [182162]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The approximate number of established posts for UK armed forces personnel in Iraq on each of those dates are as follows:

As at 1 January each year Number approximate

2008

4,700

2007

7,100

2006

8,000

2005

8,000


The actual number of UK military personnel in theatre at any one time varies significantly for a range of reasons, including roulements, rest and recuperation periods and temporary troop deployments.

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army have been killed in operations in Iraq since 2003, broken down by (a) rank and (b) regiment. [194444]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: As at 12 March 2008, five UK Territorial Army personnel have died while on deployment in Iraq since the start of operations in 2003; three privates, one corporal and one sergeant.

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 (a) the Territorial Army and (b) Commonwealth forces served in Iraq in each year since 2003. [194445]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Data on the number of Commonwealth forces who have served in Iraq in each year since 2003 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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The number of Territorial Army personnel who have deployed to Iraq in the same period, is as follows:

Number

2002-03

3746

2003-04

4,458

2004-05

1,612

2005-06

1,189

2006-07

493

2007-08

334

Total

11,832


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. [194446]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: As at 12 March 2008, a total of 174 UK armed forces personnel have died while on deployment or as a result of injuries sustained in Iraq, broken down as follows:

Nimrod Aircraft

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Nimrod MR2 aircraft were (a) in service and (b) fit for purpose at the latest date for which figures are available. [193096]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The number of Nimrod MR2 aircraft that are planned to be in service with the RAF on 31 March 2008 is 15.

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.

Peacekeeping Operations

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. [193178]

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 NATO’s 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.

Treaty of Lisbon

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Article 3 of the Treaty of Lisbon is justiciable by the European Court of Justice. [191938]

Mr. Jim Murphy: I have been asked to reply.


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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) does not justify provisions in EU Treaties. Article 220 of the Treaty Establishing the European Community makes clear that the ECJ's role is to


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