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As disclosure of exact numbers would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness and security of our armed forces, I have rounded numbers to the nearest 100, or where less than 100 to the nearest 10.

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2008, Official Report, column 1702W, on armed forces deployment, how the figures for the (a) army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy and Royal Marines break down between regular and reserve personnel. [207405]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: In very broad terms, using the methodology applied in my previous answer on 15 May 2008, Official Report, column 1702W, approximately 11 per cent. of the Regular Army is preparing for operations and the same proportion has recently returned from operations. For the Territorial Army the equivalent proportion is approximately 2.5 per cent. in each case. For the RAF, the proportion of reservists contained within the overall numbers about to deploy and recently returned from operations fluctuates considerably, and it would not be possible to produce a representative snapshot. As I made clear in my previous answer, data for the Royal Navy could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Armed Forces: Discrimination

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what instances of (a) discrimination and (b) criminal action against persons in military and naval uniform in a public place have been recorded by his Department in each year since 1997. [207280]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Instances of discrimination are not held centrally, and details of criminal action against persons in military uniform are not held in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Armed Forces: Food

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of administering the Pay As You Dine scheme was in 2007-08. [207568]

Derek Twigg: The cost of administering the Pay As You Dine scheme is not readily available as it is embedded within MOD's multi-activity contracts and PFI projects. As such the information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment has been made of the effects of the Pay As You Dine scheme on nutrition of young soldiers; and what steps he is taking to ensure that young soldiers reliant on the Pay As You Dine scheme consume an adequate diet; [207569]

(2) what assessment has been made of whether the Pay As You Dine scheme has promoted healthy eating; [207570]

(3) what customer satisfaction surveys of the Pay As You Dine scheme have been undertaken; and if he will publish the results of the surveys. [207571]

Derek Twigg: I will write to the hon. Member.

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of food provision in the armed forces was in each year since 1997. [207572]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Gross expenditure on food purchase and services across the MOD for which figures are available are as follows:

Financial year Gross expenditure (£ million)

1997-98

190

1998-99

195

1999-2000

195

2000-01

194

2001-02

205

2002-03

232

2003-04

271

2004-05

235

2005-06

243

2006-07

(1)274

(1) This figure excludes expenditure on food supplied and paid for through Pay As You Dine (PAYD) contracts which commenced April 2006.

Armed Forces: Industrial Health and Safety

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment for the protection of hearing is provided to armed forces personnel in theatre. [207035]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: As part of the general equipment allocation, all Army personnel and Royal Marines are issued with a muff type ear protector which can be supplemented by disposable earplugs. These are also issued to RAF and RN personnel when their job requires them. In addition, specialist ear protection is provided for personnel when their role requires additional protection.

All service personnel arriving in theatre are provided with a re-usable double-ended earplug which provides protection against weapon firing or against continuous background noise. Hearing protection is also incorporated into most communication systems used by vehicles crews.


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Armed Forces: Manpower

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current (a) required and (b) actual strength of each service is, broken down by rank. [203207]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The latest available figures for (a) full-time trained armed forces requirements and (b) full time trained armed forces strengths are presented as follows:

Naval service full- time trained strengths and requirements( 1) by NATO rank
Naval service Paid rank Requirement as at 1 March 2008 Strength as at 1 March 2008( 2)

Officers(3)

OF9

*

(4)

OF8

10

(4)10

OF7

30

(4)30

OF6

60

(4)80

OF5

270

(4)290

OF4

1,140

(4)1,110

OF3

2,180

(4)2,380

OF2

2,900

(4)2,660

OF1/OF(D)

70

(4)70

Other ranks

OR9

860

(4)830

OR8

900

(4)810

OR7

4,120

(4)4,370

OR6

5,210

(4)4,760

OR4

6,820

(4)6,310

OR3(5)

*

(4)620

OR2

11,770

(4)10,680

Total full time trained strength and requirement

36,360

(4)35,000

* = Zero or rounded to zero.
(1) The full time trained strength and the trained requirement both comprise trained UK regular forces, trained Gurkhas, FTRS (full time reserve service) personnel and nursing services. They do not include the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment or mobilised reservists.
(2) FTRS strength figures include full commitment (FC), home commitment (HC) and limited commitment (LC) individuals. For the Army, FC and LC individuals serve against the requirement while HC individuals fill posts specifically for FTRS personnel. For the RAF, FC individuals serve against the requirement while HC and LC individuals fill posts specifically for FTRS personnel. All Navy FTRS individuals serve against the requirement.
(3) No services have personnel at NATO Rank OF-10.
(4) Provisional.
(5) The naval service has no personnel at substantive rank OR-3 and no requirement at this rank. Marines with a substantive rank of OR-2 but acting as Corporal are recorded as paid rank OR-3, which aligns with the recognised rank of Lance Corporal in the Army.
Notes:
1. The requirement and strength figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 and figures ending in five have been rounded to 20 to prevent bias, therefore totals may not always equal the sum of the parts.
2. Due to ongoing validation of data from the new Personnel Administration System, Army statistics from 1 April 2007 are provisional. All naval service and RAF statistics from 1 May 2007 are provisional and subject to review.

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Army full- time trained strengths and requirements( 1) by NATO rank
Army Paid rank Requirement as at 1 March 2008 Strength as at 1 March 2008( 2)

Officers(3)

OF9

*

(4)10

OF8

20

(4)20

OF7

40

(4)40

OF6

170

(4)180

OF5

550

(4)590

OF4

1,710

(4)1,790

OF3

4,280

(4)4,950

OF2

4,840

(4)4,920

OF1

1,880

(4)1,720

Other ranks

OR9

1,420

(4)1,730

OR8

4,280

(4)4,800

OR7

5,830

(4)6,200

OR6

10,540

(4)10,490

OR4

16,720

(4)15,770

OR3

18,280

(4)16,980

OR1/OR2

31,280

(4)27,970

Total full time trained strength and requirement

101,800

(4)98,170

* = Zero or rounded to zero.
(1) The full time trained strength and the trained requirement both comprise trained UK regular forces, trained Gurkhas, FTRS (full time reserve service) personnel and nursing services. They do not include the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment or mobilised reservists.
(2) FTRS strength figures include full commitment (FC), home commitment (HC) and limited commitment (LC) individuals. For the Army, FC and LC individuals serve against the requirement while HC individuals fill posts specifically for FTRS personnel. For the RAF, FC individuals serve against the requirement while HC and LC individuals fill posts specifically for FTRS personnel. All Navy FTRS individuals serve against the requirement.
(3) No services have personnel at NATO Rank OF-10.
(4) Provisional.
Notes:
1. The requirement and strength figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 and figures ending in five have been rounded to 20 to prevent bias, therefore totals may not always equal the sum of the parts.
2. Due to ongoing validation of data from the new Personnel Administration System, Army statistics from 1 April 2007 are provisional. All naval service and RAF statistics from 1 May 2007 are provisional and subject to review.

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