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Jessica Morden: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of high-tech contracts arising from the construction of the two new aircraft carriers will be competitively tendered. 
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of (a) 1 star, (b) 2 star, (c) 3 star and (d) 4 star officers in the armed forces were serving abroad at the most recent date for which figures are available. 
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) 1 star, (b) 2 star, (c) 3 star and (d) 4 star officers in the armed forces occupy service accommodation as their main place of residence. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Information on the strength of the UK regular forces by rank is published in table 2 of Tri-Service Publication 9, UK Regular Forces Rank Structure (TSP 9). Copies of the most recent and historical publications can be found at:
In TSP 9, 4 star officers are referred to as OF-9, 3 star officers as OF-8, 2 star officers as OF-7 and 1 star officers as OF-6. 1997 data are not available on our website and are provided in the following table:
|UK regular strength of 1 to 4 star officers, at 1 April 1997|
|1 star||2 star||3 star||4 star|
| Notes: 1. Figures less than 100 have been left unrounded so as not to obscure the data. 2. Those above 100 have been rounded to the nearest 10.|
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the income of a private soldier who had completed basic training was as a proportion of that of a (a) 1 star, (b) 2 star, (c) 3 star and (d) 4 star officer in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The basic pay of a trained private soldier, expressed as proportion of that of a (a) 1 star, (b) 2 star, (c) 3 star and (d) 4 star officer in each year since 1997 is shown in the following table:
|Privates annual pay expressed as a percentage of annual pay of a:|
|1 star officer||2 star officer||3 star officer||4 star officer|
The minimum rate of pay has been used for each rank. The figures reflect basic pay only, i.e. those rates paid in accordance with an individual's rank, trade and seniority. Other elements of the military remuneration package, such as specialist pay and allowances, are not included.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2008, Official Report, column 1209W, on the armed forces: vehicles, for what reasons and when the restrictions on speed and distance in relation to dual purpose vehicles referred to in the answer were brought in; when they were brought in; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 19 June 2008]: Speeds and distance regulations for dual purpose vehicles (DPVs) were introduced in January 2005. They were brought in to mitigate some of the risks of using standard seating systems, established following a risk review.
Enhanced seating systems are being progressively phased in through the DPV fleet, a programme which began in May 2007, to improve comfort and safety. In September 2007 the speed and distance restrictions for enhanced seating systems were introduced.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current average individual separated service rate is for each unit in the (a) infantry, (b) Royal Corps of Signals, (c) Royal Logistics Corps, (d) Royal Engineers and (e) Royal Artillery. 
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the efficiency savings required by his Department from Defence Medical Services were in 2007-08; and what the planned savings targets are for 2008-09. 
Derek Twigg: Under the spending review 2004 efficiency programme, the MOD was required to achieve £2.83 billion of cumulative input and output efficiency savings by the end of 2007-08. Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Health) Higher Level Budget (DCDS(H) HLB) delivered £102 million of this target in output efficiencies. This was achieved primarily in the patient care pathways through the Defence Rehabilitation Programme. By improving access to diagnosis, rehabilitation and orthopaedic surgery the MOD saved an estimated 1.27 million deployable man-days in 2007-08 that would otherwise have been lost while individuals waited for treatment.
Des Browne: The Defence Budget for the period 2008-09 to 2010-11 is set out in the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review and pre-Budget-report (CM 7227). The Budget for 2011-12 and beyond will be set as part of the next spending review.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what independent inquiries have been commissioned by his Department in the last five years; what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was of each; and what steps were taken following each. 
We announced on 14 May 2008, Official Report, columns 60-61WS, an independent inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa, who died in British custody in Iraq in September 2003. The terms of reference are being determined.
To establish the exact circumstances and events that led to the loss by MOD of personal data; to examine the adequacy of the steps taken to prevent any recurrence, and of MOD policy, practice and management arrangements in respect of the protection of personal data more generally; to make recommendations; and to report to MOD's Permanent Secretary not later than 30 April 2008.
In light of the board of inquiry report: to examine the arrangements for assuring the airworthiness and safe operation of the Nimrod MR2 in the period from its introduction in 1979 to the accident on 2 September 2006, including hazard analysis, the safety case compiled in 2005, maintenance arrangements, and responses to any earlier incidents which might have highlighted the risk and led to corrective action;
To assess where responsibility lies for any failures and what lessons are to be learned;
To assess more broadly the process for compiling safety cases, taking account of best practice in the civilian and military world; and
To make recommendations to the Secretary of State as soon as practicable, if necessary by way of interim report.
The first was on operational aspects of the incident including risk and threat assessment, strategic and operational planning, tactical decisions, rules of engagement, training, equipment and resources. The HCDC has been fully briefed on recommendations, and on progress in relation to the full implementation of the resulting action plan. The costs of this review were not collated centrally but were restricted to travel costs.
To conduct a review of media access to individual personnel involved in operations, particularly in such high-profile incidents. The review is to draw on all relevant experience, including recent incidents and other high-profile incidents; consider how best to manage the complex issues at play, including in balancing our responsibilities to support our people and their families, to safeguard the security of our people and operations, to protect the reputation of the services, and to meet the requirements of transparency in a demanding media environment; and identify lessons and make recommendations for any necessary changes in policy, regulations, processes and practice, including in relation to media payments to our personnel.
Urgently to review the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four soldiers at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut between 1995 and 2002 in light of available material and any representations that might be made in this regard, and to produce a report.
The total cost of the review was £866,980. The Government's response was announced on 13 June 2006, Official Report, column 637W. Since then, Dr. Susan Atkins has been appointed as the first Service Complaints Commissioner, and a new service complaints process came into effect on 1 January 2008.
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