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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicewomen requested an abortion in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) the age of the woman, (b) the grounds for the abortion, (c) the number of weeks of gestation at which the request was made, (d) the procedures used and (e) whether the operation was performed. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Royal Air Force alcohol strategies; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Kevan Jones: Officials are preparing a joint service publication which will incorporate the MODs alcohol strategy. It is expected to be published by the end of this year. I will place a copy of the alcohol strategy element in the Library of the House.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of HM Armed Forces have availed themselves of the scheme enabling them to have a career break; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Kevan Jones [holding answer 9 October 2008]: Members of the armed forces have been able to apply to take a career break since 31 May 2005. Career breaks for service personnel are granted at the absolute discretion of the service, when manning margins allow and where they do not compromise operational capability. In that time, the number of career breaks taken has been: Royal Navy, 19 (figures only available from March 2006); Army, 45; and Royal Air Force, 35.
Mr. Hutton: The MOD has a Combat Identification programme to improve its capability in this area and is working with NATO working groups and Coalition allies to develop interoperable solutions. Recent progress has included equipment procured for operations in response to specific theatre requirements, such as an improved aircraft targeting pod capability and improved forward air controller equipment, as well as further developing combat ID awareness and pre-deployment training. Further information can be found on page 103 of the MOD annual report and accounts 2007-08 at:
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have held discussions in the last four months with Essex County Council about possible involvement by his Department or Colchester Garrison in the future of secondary school education in Colchester; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sources of funding there are for further and higher education payments to be made to service personnel as outlined in the Service Personnel Command Paper; and whether these payments will cover living costs. 
Mr. Kevan Jones: Funding to meet this commitment comprises that already allocated as employer contributions to the Armed Forces Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme supplemented by resources made available by DIUS and the Scottish and Welsh administrations.
The commitment in the Service Personnel Command Paper (Cm 7424) applies to tuition fees. Additional living or other expenses incurred by service leavers in further or higher education are not covered, but a range of other support sources are available to help with non-tuition related costs where appropriate such as discretionary learner support funds for students in further education who need help with additional costs associated with their learning such as books, travel and child care.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual (a) operating and (b) support costs are for one unit of (a) an armoured regiment equipped with Challenger 2 tanks, (b) a formation reconnaissance regiment, (c) an engineer regiment, (d) a Royal Marine Commando battalion, (e) a Regular Army equipment support battalion, (f) a Royal Logistics Corps regiment and (g) a (National Communications) Signal Brigade. 
|Naval service, Army and RAF medical discharges for mental and behavioural disorders, numbers( 1) ,2001-07|
|(1) Numbers may not add up to the sum of their parts due to rounding to the nearest 5.|
(2) Includes the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many out-of-court settlements there were regarding war pensions in each of the last five years; and what information his Department holds on the reasons for such settlements being made. 
Mr. Kevan Jones: Details of the number of common law compensation claims brought against the MOD together with payments made and the basis for settling such claims is set out in the Departments claims annual report. Copies of the report are available in the Library of the House for each year since it was first published in 1997-98. About 97 per cent. of such claims are settled one way or the other out of court. The 2007-08 report is scheduled to be published in the autumn and a copy will be placed in the Library of the House.
|April to March each year||Cases qualifying for payment||Ex-gratia comp for delay||Ex-gratia actual financial loss||Loss of statutory entitlement||Ex-gratia consolatory payment|
Robert Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has commissioned on post-traumatic stress syndrome and related topics in order to facilitate the discharge of its duty of care for members of HM Armed Forces. 
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers or equivalent ranks and (c) other ranks or equivalent left (i) the Royal Navy, (ii) the Royal Marines, (iii) the Army and (iv) the Royal Air Force in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many from each of the above rank categories in each service were involuntarily discharged. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 8 October 2008]: The following table shows the number of trained officers, non-commissioned officers (NGOs) or equivalent ranks and other ranks or equivalent that left the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, the Army and the Royal Air Force Regular Forces(1) in each of the last five financial years.
(2) Non-Commissioned Officers are Ratings at Leading Hand and above in the Royal Navy, Ratings at Lance Corporal and above in the Royal Marines, Soldiers at Lance Corporal and above in the Army and Airmen at Corporal and above in the Royal Air Force.
( 3) Other ranks have been classified as ratings of able rate in the Royal Navy, ratings at Marine in the Royal Marines, Private and Junior Soldiers in the Army and Junior Technician/Leading/Senior Aircraftsmen in the Royal Air Force.
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