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Derek Twigg: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) encourages Service personnel to prepare for their return to civilian life during their careers by purchasing their own homes. A Long Service Advance of Pay is available which currently consists of an interest-free loan of up to £8,500. In September 2006, Service personnel were given access to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Key Worker Living programme (KWL). On 28 December, the Government extended the scheme for KWL low cost home ownership schemes for qualifying Service personnel across all English regions. This will continue to give additional routes for Service personnel to enter the housing market.
In addition, we announced in a written statement on 19 March 2008 that we are launching a new initiative on home ownership for Service personnel. This will be a pilot scheme tailored to the particular needs of Service personnel. In the coming months we will work with commercial providers and public bodies to identify the most suitable approach. £20 million has been allocated for this pilot scheme which will be launched during financial year 2009-10 and run for up to four years.
The MOD also has a Joint Service Housing Advice Office that gives regular briefings which are available to all Service personnel. In addition to these, they can provide detailed advice and information on specific aspects related to sourcing accommodation. Service leavers may also be provided with assistance to find housing, although this would not necessarily be related to the property ladder.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British members of the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF left the service before their term of service was due to end in 2007. 
Derek Twigg: The following table shows the number of British personnel to leave the UK regular forces(1) during the calendar year 2007 (for Naval service and RAF) and during calendar year 2006 for the Army.
|Business area||Outflow( 3) before time expiry|
|(1) Figures are for UK regular forces and therefore include nursing services and exclude full time reserve service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. It includes trained and untrained personnel.|
(2) Due to ongoing validation of data from the new Personnel Administration System, all Army Voluntary Applications data from 1 April 2007 are unavailable. Therefore the Army outflow figure is for the calendar year of 2006.
(3) Figures include all outflow to civil life excluding time expiry.
(4) Data are provisional.
Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10
Mr. Mates: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of increasing the pension entitlement of those forces' widows receiving one-third of their late husband's pension entitlement to one-half. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The number of people joining the regular Army since 2005 can be found in Table 3 of Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 1Strength, Intake and Outflow of UK Regular Forces. The number of people leaving the Army since 2005 can be found in Table 4 of the same publication. TSP1 is published monthly. The most recent publication shows figures for 1 April 2003 to 1 March 2008 and can be found at http://www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/tspl/intake.html for intake(1 )and http://www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/tspl/outflow.html for outflow(2). Copies of TSP1 are available in the Library of the House and also at http://www.dasa.mod.uk.
(1 )Figures show all intake to UK Regular Forces including re-enlistments and rejoined reservists.
(2) Figures show all outflow from UK Regular Forces including recalled reservists on release and outflow to the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the memorandum of agreement concerning the Ballistic Missile Early Warning Station at Fylingdales Moor of 1960. 
Des Browne: I presume that the hon. Member is referring to the document entitled Exchange of Notes between the United States of America and the UK relating to a Ballistic Missile Early Warning Station at Fylingdales Moor dated 15 February 1960. This document is available on the United Nations website at http://untreaty.un.org/unts/l_60000/10/40/00019975.pdf. I shall also place a copy of the document in the Library of the House.
Dan Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of (a) salaries for permanent Civil Service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) payments to temporary or agency workers in his Department was in each month since May 2005. 
The figure for permanent non-civil service staff includes locally engaged civilians employed overseas, and Ministers. The figure for temporary and agency staff includes both directly employed casual staff and payments to contractors for agency staff. Monthly figures could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Derek Twigg: Civil servants deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan receive two operational allowances and one grant. The operational deployment allowance reflects the day-to-day challenges and hardships of life in an operational theatre compared to the normal living and working environment. The operational working allowance, which differs depending on location and grade, reflects the significantly longer hours associated with operational posts. Finally, an operational deployment grant covers the additional cost of suitable clothing, personal effects and luggage for the area of deployment.
There are no bonuses awarded specifically for being located in Iraq or Afghanistan but service here counts towards the consideration of annual performance awards in the same way as all other Ministry of Defence civil servants.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what property his Department owns (a) in London, (b) elsewhere in the UK and (c) overseas; and what the latest available valuation of the property was in each case. 
Derek Twigg: Details of all Ministry of Defence holdings over £1 million and their latest asset valuation are available in Chapter 7 of the National Asset Register (CM7022), which can be found on HM Treasury's website.
Derek Twigg: The proportion of former service personnel receiving a pension cannot be identified as the overall number of surviving veterans is not known. However, the number of pensions in payment, broken down by scheme is as follows:
|Pension scheme||Pensions in payment|
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2008, Official Report, column 1310W, on Iraq: detainees, what monitoring and administration of individuals in detention is necessary; and what the UK's reporting obligations are to the International Committee of the Red Cross. 
Des Browne [holding answer 24 April 2008]: In order to ensure that we can effectively administer individuals while they are detained by the UK armed forces, it is necessary to obtain and record some personal details. This is important, for example, to enable the relevant persons, such as their next of kin, to be informed of their detention and the location in which they are being detained. We collect information on an individual throughout their time in our detention, including their date of capture, medical records, and the date of release or transfer.
We are obliged, as laid out in the Coalition Provisional Authority Memorandum Number 3 (Revised), to report to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) information on individuals we have in our detention in Iraq and to grant the ICRC access to them.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the armed forces' helicopter fleet of the types (a) Apache, (b) Gazelle, (c) Lynx Mk3, (d) Lynx Mk7, (e) Lynx Mk8, (f) Lynx Mk9, (g) Merlin Mk1 and (h) Merlin Mk3 were deployed on operations in the last 12 months. 
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation are in each standard for condition grade at RAF Brize Norton. 
Derek Twigg: All single living accommodation (SLA) in Great Britain is assessed by grade for charge (GfC), an assessment of the chargeable condition which takes into account physical condition along with other factors such as the size of the property and closeness to amenities. Service family accommodation (SFA) in Great Britain is assessed by standard for condition (SfC), an assessment of the physical condition of the property alone. In both standard and grade, one is the highest and four the lowest.
|SLA at RAF Brize Norton is at the following GfC|
|Number of SLA bed-spaces||As a percentage of the total stock|
|SFA is at the following SfC|
|Number of SFA properties||As a percentage of the total stock|
While the Department recognises that some accommodation at Brize Norton is not of the standard that service personnel and their families deserve we are taking steps to address this. We plan to invest over £38 million to deliver some 670 new en-suite bed-spaces by 2012 after which around 70 per cent. of the SLA at Brize Norton will be at Grade 1 or 2. There will be no occupied Grade 4 accommodation at Brize Norton after 2008-09.
From 2012, RAF Brize Norton will become the UK's single air port of embarkation for the deployment and recovery of forces and material committed to operations and training. Programme CATARA (the Centralisation of Air Transport and Air to Air Refuelling assets and Associated Units), is taking forward the development and reconfiguration of the station's infrastructure to ensure RAF Brize Norton's future contribution to the Defence output can be delivered effectively and efficiently. In connection with this project, we will provide an additional 200 SFA.
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