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Armed Forces: Electoral Register

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent Defence Analytical Services Agency service voting survey. [216236]

Derek Twigg: Yes.

Armed Forces: Fire Services

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel were deployed during the firefighters’ strike in 2002 and 2003. [211962]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: During the national firefighters’ strikes in 2002 and 2003 approximately 19,000 members of the armed forces, drawn from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force were deployed to provide fire cover at the request of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Armed Forces: Health Services

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel were referred to the Priory Clinic in each year since 2004. [216494]

Derek Twigg: In-patient care for service personnel with mental health problems is provided in specialised psychiatric units under a contract with the Priory Group. An interim arrangement was signed with the Priory Group commencing in December 2003. The full contract,
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whereby the Priory Group became the nominated provider of in-patient mental health provision, commenced on 1 April 2004.

The data requested, up until 31 March 2008, is shown in the following table:

Period Number of patients treated

1 December 2003 to 31 March 2004

58

1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005

321

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006

351

1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007

306

1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008

289


Armed Forces: Housing

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of single living accommodation units (a) in the UK and (b) overseas are in each standard for condition grade. [216074]

Derek Twigg: All Single Living Accommodation (SLA) is assessed by Grade for Charge (GfC) rather than Standard for Condition. GfC is an assessment of the chargeable condition of the accommodation, along with other factors such as the size, location and closeness to amenities. As at March 2008, SLA is at thefollowing grade:

UK SLA bed-spaces Percentage Overseas SLA bed-spaces Percentage

Grade 1

34,320

25

2,650

12

Grade 2

19,180

14

1,800

8

Grade 3

21,460

16

4,890

23

Grade 4

62,460

45

11,980

56


This Department accepts that not all SLA is of a standard that our Service personnel deserve and we are addressing this. Since 2003, some 26,000 new or improved bed-spaces have been delivered with a further 30,000 planned by 2013.

More generally, over the next decade £8.4 billion will be spent on accommodation.

Armed Forces: Manpower

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required number, (b) current actual number, (c) number fit for purpose and (d) percentage shortfall is of each pinch point trade in the armed forces. [214347]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The Pinch Point Register is as at Quarter 4 2007-08. Information on the fitness of personnel within each pinch point trade is not routinely held and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Royal Navy
Operational pinch point trades Liability Shortfall

Number Percentage

Lt X SM Advanced Warfare Course Qualified

75

7

9

RN Harrier GR7 Instructors

7

4

57

GR7 Harrier Pilots—Lt

35

17

48

Merlin Pilots

112

44

39

Merlin Observers

116

53

46

Merlin Aircrewmen

102

22

22

Leading Hand Warfare

1,108

459

41

Strategic Weapons Systems Junior Ranks

110

26

24

Able Bodied Warfare Specialist (Sensors Submariner)

173

39

23

Able Bodied Warfare Specialist (Tactical Submariner)

121

25

21

Able Bodied Diver

136

41

30

Able Rate 1 Seaman

351

54

15

Able Rate 1 Warfare Specialist

754

181

24

Able Rate 1 Communications and Information Systems

375

48

13

Leading Aircraft Controllers

75

33

44

Royal Marines Other Ranks

6525

522

8

Sea-King and Lynx Avionics Supervisors

348

64

18

Cat A Nuclear Watchkeepers

217

53

24

Petty Officer Mine Warfare

56

15

27

Cat B Nuclear Watchkeepers

417

77

18


Army
Operational pinch point trade Liability Shortfall

Number Percentage

Infantryman Pte-LCpl

14,615

1,647

11

REME Vehicle Mechanic Pte-Cpl

3,625

493

14

REME Armourer Pte-Cpl

397

80

20

REME Recovery Mechanic LCpl-Cpl

344

128

37

Intelligence Operator—Military Intelligence Cpl-Sgt

690

228

33

RE Clerk of Works SSgt-W01

245

+1

+0.4

RE Mil Engr Fitter Spr-LCpl

466

71

15

RA Gunner LBdr-Bdr

5,048

718

14

Manning Pinch Point Trades

AMS ITU Nurse Cpl-Capt

121

86

71

AMS Emergency Medicine Nurse Cpl-Capt

101

63

62

AMS Radiologist Maj

4

3

75

AMS Orthopaedic Surg Maj+

13

6

46

AMS Gen Surg Maj+

17

7

41

AMS Anaesthetist Maj+

49

23

53

AMS Gen Med Prac Capt+

153

16

10

AMS Radiographer Cpl+

24

14

58

AMS Registered General Nurse

293

30

10

AMS Operation Department Practitioner Cpl+

95

13

22

RA Unmanned Ariel Vehicle Operator (Level 4) LBdr-Bdr

280

43

15

RE Mil Engr Geo Spr-W02

82

+11

+13

RE Explosive Ordnance Disposal Cpl-SSgt

115

95

17

RE Mil Engr C3S Spr-LCpl

583

+10

+2

RLC Ammo Tech Cpl-SSgt

285

128

45

RLC Postal and Courier Op Pte-Cpl

433

83

19

RLC Chef Pte-LCpl

1,459

93

6

RSigs IS Engr Cpl-Sgt

237

35

15

AGC(SPS) Mil Admin Pte-Sgt

2,610

308

12

CAMUS Musician

300

69

23


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