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Armed Forces: Manpower

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving military personnel in each age range in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force are (i) single, (ii) married, (iii) divorced and (iv) separated. [214384]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Records on the number of serving military personnel in each age range by marital status are not held centrally, following the implementation of the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Prior to JPA information on the strength of the UK regular forces by marital status and age was published in Tri-Service Publication 11, “UK Regular Forces Marital Status” (TSP 11). Copies of the most recent and historical publications can be found at:

Figures for the naval service were last published as at 1 October 2006, Army as at 1 March 2007 and RAF as at 1 April 2006.

Armed Forces: Recruitment

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have been recruited to the armed forces from each region in the United Kingdom in the last three years. [214212]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Information on recruitment by region is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 718W, on armed forces: recruitment, for what reasons the recruitment target for the Army in 2005-06 was set at 73,400. [214366]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: This was due to a printing error in the Hansard Publication which has been identified and a correction requested for the bound volume.

The correct recruitment target for the Army in 2005-06 was 13,400.

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces recruitment centres there are in each region of the UK. [214382]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The parent Armed Forces Careers Offices (AFCO) and their satellite offices are listed:


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Armed Forces: Training

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much training time for future officers at Sandhurst comprises counter-insurgency tactics and operations. [213984]


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Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Approximately 17 per cent. of the 44 weeks of instruction an officer cadet receives at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst is devoted to counter-insurgency tactics and operations. These are known as stabilisation operations at Sandhurst. The teaching is conducted in a variety of ways including theory, demonstrations, practice periods and two field exercises.

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much training time for (a) regulars and (b) Territorial Army personnel on pre-deployment to theatre is given to counter-insurgency tactics and operations. [213985]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: All soldiers deploying on operations will undertake theatre-specific Pre-Deployment Training (PDT), tailored to the particular needs of the unit, or individual, and the role they will undertake while on operations. The amount of time within the respective PDT programme that is dedicated to counter-insurgency tactics and operations will therefore vary.

Current operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan have a heavy, though not exclusive, focus upon counter insurgency activity, and this is mirrored in the respective PDT, which is usually undertaken over a period of six months.

Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured vehicles of each type are (a) in service, (b) fit for purpose and (c) not available. [214386]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The information requested is shown in the following table:

In service Fit for purpose Not available

Challenger 2

345

322

23

Driver Track Trg Vehicle

22

21

1

Challenger Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle

81

75

6

Trojan

16

14

2

Titan

14

12

2

Warrior

793

590

203

Saxon

147

143

4

Samson

52

30

22

Spartan

555

231

324

Scimitar

360

228

132

Samaritan

50

33

17

Sultan

205

119

86

FV430

1,490

1,118

372

Mastiff

108

108

0

WMIK/Jackal

52

50

2

Vector

169

169

0

Viking

Panther

59

59

0


For clarity, the in service numbers represent the total fleet numbers, the fit for purpose are those currently available, and the not available figure is the difference between the two.


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Currently available vehicles include those awaiting minor repairs or in transit to theatre. Those vehicles not available will be undergoing major ‘depth’ repair or planned refit programmes.

FV430 are currently undergoing a major upgrade programme to convert to Bulldog. A high proportion of Spartan, Scimitar and Sultan vehicles are also either undergoing major overhaul or are scheduled for refit.

AWE Burghfield: Finance

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the cost of AWE Burghfield’s operations in 2007-08 was apportioned in the Defence budget. [212332]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The full costs of the Atomic Weapons Establishment are funded from the Defence budget. For 2007-08, most of those costs were apportioned through Defence Equipment and Support, with a small proportion allocated through the Central Top Level Budget for Ministry of Defence police activities.

AWE Burghfield: Floods

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock) of 24 January 2008, Official Report, column 2138W, on AWE Burghfield: floods, whether a flood protection strategy has been developed for the Burghfield site; and whether hydraulic modelling has been conducted for the site. [213569]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: A flood protection strategy is being implemented at the AWE Burghfield site and a hydraulic model of the catchment area of AWE Burghfield, both upstream and downstream, has been prepared. The model will be used for analysis and simulation of future design options and for the preparation of detailed designs.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date a flood risk assessment for the proposed new Conventional Manufacturing Rationalisation Facility at AWE Burghfield was submitted to the local planning authority. [213570]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: A flood risk assessment for the Conventional Manufacturing Facility was sent to West Berkshire Council planning authority with the planning application on 22 May 2008, and can be viewed on their planning application website:

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what studies have been conducted by his Department to establish whether the proposed major housing development at Kennet Valley Park would have implications for (a) flood protection and (b) safety requirements at AWE Burghfield. [213571]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: MOD is aware of this proposed housing development and it has been taken into account in the flood protection strategy for AWE Burghfield.


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