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Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) target and (b) actual voluntary outflow rate for (i) officers and (ii) other ranks in each service was in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Voluntary exit rates 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. The most recent publication presents outflow for the 12 months to February 2008 and can be found at
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Information on the number of service personnel employed by each of the armed forces is published in Tri-Service Publication 1, "Strength, Intake and Outflow of UK Regular Forces" (TSP 1). Copies are available in the Library of the House and also at:
The latest available data published in TSP 1 is as at 1 March 2008. TSP 1 is a monthly publication, previous copies of which can be found at www.dasa.mod.uk. The next edition of TSP 1 is due to be released on 22 May 2008 and this will contain figures as at 1 April 2008.
Derek Twigg: We welcome the opportunity to visit schools. Armed forces personnel do visit schools to raise awareness and understanding and help with youth work, e.g. sports and engineering projects. Any visit will be at the invitation of a school and the school will work with the armed forces to determine what information will be provided to young people. This will include information on careers in the services as well as providing general information to make students aware of the work of the MOD and armed forces worldwide.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time teachers were employed by Service Children's Education at the latest date for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the full-time requirement. 
The estimated teacher establishment for the academic year 2008/09 is 737 full-time teachers and 37 part-time teachers, with the bulk of these reductions reflecting the closure of OsnabrÃ1/4ck Station in Germany during 2008-09.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what specialist training in the immediate management of traumatic injuries and Major Incident Medical Management and Support medical officers on the Army's Entry Officer course receive. 
Derek Twigg: All Army medical officers undergo the post graduate medical officers course which is delivered by the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. It includes a full major incident medical management and support course, followed by an examination which has to be passed. The remainder of the course covers a broad range of topics specific to military medicine, with a specific focus on time at general duties. All military medical officers also undertake four months accident and emergency experience during training.
Those students notified for deployment on operations within three months of the course end, undertake the battlefield advanced trauma life support course. Those scheduled to deploy at a later date undertake this training from within their units.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of Role 1 medical officers deployed on operations had received refresher training in the management of trauma at the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: There is a mandatory pre-deployment course, which is run separately by each service and is followed up by role-specific orientation training in theatre. Represented in days, the mandatory course duration is as follows:
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Pre-deployment courses differ between the services due to differing roles undertaken and theatre specific relevance of other training undertaken. Pre-deployment training is very much longer than these service specific pre-deployment courses.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The Queen's Colour Squadron is not currently committed to squadron-level operations in Afghanistan. However, a small number of its personnel have been deployed on force-protection duties there since last October. Prior to their deployment, personnel undertook an intensive training package designed specifically for their role in Afghanistan. The package included briefings, practical training and an intensive series of live firing exercises.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Arctic flying training for armed forces helicopter pilots takes place on an annual basis at the Joint Helicopter Command Clockwork facility at Royal Norwegian Air Force Base Bardufoss, which provides ground and air training for all rotary wing and support units. The flying syllabus covers day and night flying sorties, mountain flying and other sorties pertinent to aircraft type and role.
elements of the Commando Helicopter Force,
elements of 33 Squadron Royal Air Force and
elements of 4 Regiment Army Air Corps.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) shortest and (b) average number of months between the completion of Phase 2 training and the deployment of personnel in the Army was for the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: All soldiers are deployed or posted directly to their parent unit upon completion of Phase 2 training. Data on time between completion of Phase 2 training and deployment on a operational tour is not readily available.
Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions a government procurement card was used by his departmental officials and by service personnel in each of the last five years; how much was spent via such cards in each such year; and what effect on administrative costs the use of such cards is estimated to have had since they came into operation. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The total expenditure and total number of transactions on the Government Procurement Cards (GPC) held by departmental officials and service personnel over the last five years is detailed as follows:
Since its implementation in the MOD, the GPC has achieved total process and administration cost savings of £101,894,044, based on the NAO savings figure of £28 per transaction. A breakdown of this is shown in the following table:
Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many full-time posts were filled on a temporary basis for a period in excess of six months in his Department in each of the last three years. 
Derek Twigg: The information is not held in the format requested. However, I am able to provide the monthly average of the number of people filling a post on a temporary basis for Financial Year 2006-07 and for 2007-08 which was 2,581 and 2,867 respectively. These numbers do not include temporary or agency staff filling vacancies nor do they distinguish between full-time and part-time posts. They also exclude staff in Trading Funds.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 18 February 2008, Official Report, column 113W, on the baseporting of ships at Devonport. The position applies equally to frigates and submarines.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: As of 21 April 2008, there are 49 Typhoon aircraft in service with the RAF, of which 34 aircraft are fully operational for daily tasking and 15 in capability upgrade, flight test activities and scheduled maintenance.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Fleet Air Arm personnel were (a) qualified and (b) serving as fighter pilots at the latest date for which figures are available. 
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the A400M aircraft ordered by his Department will have an explosive suppressive foam capability to respond to fuel tank explosions. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 21 April 2008]: Explosion suppressant foam is one of several fuel tank inerting systems available to prevent fuel tank explosion. An alternative inerting system is the on board inert gas generation system (OBIGGS), such as that fitted as standard to C-17s.
All but one of our A400M aircraft will, during manufacture, will be fitted with the necessary equipment to enable fuel tank inerting to be installed. The one exception to this is an early development aircraft which is already under construction and cannot be fitted with
the enabling pipework for fuel tank inerting during its production. We are currently looking at ways to address this shortfall.
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