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Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been allocated to urgent operational requirement spending on vehicles since 1997. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which armoured vehicles procured since 1997 have been paid for out of (a) planned budgetary provision and (b) urgent operational requirements provision. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Since 1997 Viking, Panther, Vector, Titan, Trojan, Beach Recovery Vehicle, Challenger II and Challenger II Driver Training tanks have been paid for out of planned budgetary provision. Mastiff vehicles and ambulances and Vector ambulances were procured as Urgent Operational Requirements.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to departmental staff were reported (i) lost, (ii) missing and (iii) stolen in each year since 2001. 
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many universal serial bus flash memory data storage devices used to store (a) restricted, (b) confidential, (c) secret and (d) top secret data have been lost by or stolen from his Department in each year since 2001. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: As a result of the recent theft of a laptop, the Ministry of Defence has initiated an investigation into the details of all lost or stolen electronic media since 2003. This investigation involves the collation and examination of reports from across the Department including final disposal action, where available. While every effort is being made to gather the information as quickly and accurately as possible, not all the details are currently available. In addition, it should be noted that details of such incidents were not collated centrally before 2003 and therefore will not be available.
I will write to the hon. Members when the information has been collated and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.
Substantive answer from Bob Ainsworth to Sarah Teather and Liam Fox:
I undertook to write to you in answer to your Parliamentary Question on 18 February 2008, (Official Report, column 95W) about universal serial bus (USB) flash memory data storage devices lost or stolen in each year since 2001. No centralised records were maintained before 2003 and it has therefore not been possible to provide the information for earlier years. The figures below continue to be adjusted as a result of additional thefts and losses along with subsequent clarification of historic incidents. As a result of the investigation into details of electronic media lost/stolen since 2003 which I announced on 31 March 2008, (Official Report, column 517W), details on the number of USB data storage devices reported as lost or stolen from the Department since 2003 are set out in the following table.
|Unclassified/none||Restricted||Confidential||Secret||Top secret||Not determined||Total|
|(1) Up to 25 June 2008.|
In some instances it has not been possible to determine the level of Protective Marking (classification) as it was not established when the incident was reported.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Departments personal digital assistants have been (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last five years; and what the value of those items was. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: As a result of the recent theft of a laptop, the Ministry of Defence has initiated an investigation into the details of all lost or stolen electronic media, including PDAs, since 2003. This process involves examining and collating reports from across the Ministry of Defence including final disposal action.
While every effort is being made to gather the information expeditiously, not all the details are presently available.
I will write to the hon. Member when the information is available and arrange for a copy to be placed in the Library of the House
Substantive answer from Bob Ainsworth to Mark Hoban:
I undertook to write to you in answer to your Parliamentary Question on 18 February 2008, (Official Report, column 95W), about lost and stolen personal digital assistants (PDAs) in each of the last five years. The following table shows the number of official issue PDAs centrally reported as lost or stolen from the Department since 2003. These figures are derived from the data collated as a result of the investigation into details of computer and other electronic media lost/stolen since 2003 and provided to Sir Edmund Burton as part of his review.
The value is based on an approximate replacement cost of £250.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2008, Official Report, column 721W, on EU defence policy, how many of the UK military staff worked (a) exclusively on European Union matters and (b) on both NATO and UK military staff European Union matters in each month since September 2007; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the full description of each post identified. 
Des Browne: All UK military personnel seconded to the EU Military Staff work exclusively on European Union matters.
Job titles and descriptions for the posts currently filled by UK military personnel and MOD civilian staff attached to the European Union Military Staff (EUMS), European Union Military Committee (EUMC) and other EU institutions are as follows:
Director General of the EU Military Staff (DGEUMS): Responsible for leading the efficient functioning of the Military Staff in accordance with the agreed EUMS terms of reference. Responsible for the provision of early warning, situation assessment
and strategic planning for missions and tasks foreseen in the treaty on European Union (TEU), including those identified in the European Security Strategy.
Personal Staff Officer (PSO) to DGEUMS: Supports DGEUMS in all external relations issues, including the preparation of background information, in particular with regard to public relations correspondence.
Concepts and Capabilities DivisionChief of Concepts Branch: Directs, co-ordinates and supervises all branch work.
Civilian-Military CellChief of Civilian/Military Strategic Planning Branch: Directs, co-ordinates and supervises all branch work.
Policy and Plans Division, Doctrine and Concepts BranchStaff Officer: Contributes to the elaboration of the doctrinal and conceptual aspects of the EUMS contribution to the development of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP).
Operations and Exercises Division, Crisis Response Planning/Current Operations BranchStaff Officer: Contributes to the development of operational policy and conceptual documents.
Logistics and Resources Division, Resources Support BranchStaff Officer: Contributes input and assessment concerning all movement and transportation (M and T) aspects, including Strategic Lift, to military strategic planning.
Intelligence Division, Production BranchStaff Officer: Contributes to the analysis of documentation received and the production of intelligence reports and information for current intelligence and early warning.
Intelligence Division, Requirements BranchStaff Officer: Handles and administrates the outflow of information in the Data Management Cell and is responsible for advice on Intelligence collation and dissemination.
Executive Office of the Deputy Director General/Chief of Staff EUMSStaff Officer: Contributes to the co-ordination of EUMS external interface with military delegations of EU member states and third nations, other EU bodies, NATO, UN and other international bodies.
EU Cell (SHAPE)Staff Officer: Contributes to matters concerning the EU-NATO strategic partnership, military strategic planning aspects and EU politico-military matters.
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