|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
|G. Pig||Ferret||Mouse||Pig||Rabbit||Rat||Sheep||Non-human primates||Total|
In addition, testing on live goats took place at QinetiQ Alverstone as part of MOD's Submarine Escape and Abandonment System (SMERAS). 64 procedures were carried out in 2005 and 60 procedures were carried out on a herd of approximately 40 goats until November 2006 when animal procedures stopped.
Mr. Quentin Davies: The Department is currently undertaking research into defence medical countermeasures, combat casualty care and trauma assessment programmes, which by necessity involve the use of animal procedures.
|Royal Navy||Army||Royal Air Force|
Regimental or unit mascots may be partially funded at public expense. However, many of them are funded to a varying degree from regimental funds in addition to the public purse. The Army currently has the following mascots: two Drum horses; one Indian Black Buck; one Irish Wolfhound; two Mountain goats; two Swalesdale rams; and three Shetland ponies. Neither the RN nor the RAF has any mascots.
Mr. Kevan Jones: The Royal Navy has no military working dog handlers, the Army has 178, and the Royal Air Force has 252. Army data are at 1 August 2008 (which was the last time this information was captured) and RAF data are at 12 December 2008.
Mr. Kevan Jones: The Royal Navy has no dogs, the Army has 166 dogs and the Royal Air Force has 292 dogs. Army data are at 1 August 2008 (the latest date this information was captured) and RAF data are at 12 December 2008. Dogs are kept for the following purposes:
|Type of dog||Army||RAF|
Figures for military working dogs are a snapshot in time, and include those dogs being trained, those in service in the UK and those deployed on operations. It should be noted that the number of holdings may vary weekly according to training input and outflow, together with operational demand.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of (a) people in the armed forces, (b) new recruits to the armed forces and (c) people who have left the armed forces in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Information on the number of people in the armed forces, the number of new recruits to the armed forces and the number of people who have left the armed forces in each of the last five years can be found in Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 1UK Regular Forces Strengths and Changes.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Those elements of the armed forces which provide specialist capabilities to the civil authorities are regularly trained and exercised for their role. These include explosive ordnance disposal and search and rescue teams, civil contingencies reaction forces and counter terrorist forces.
Other elements of the armed forces will not routinely be involved in responding to emergencies or natural disasters, although they might be used to support the lead responders in particularly difficult circumstances. They would be provided with such training as was necessary prior to any such deployment. Defence also takes part in the national exercise programme in order to ensure that it can provide any support required by
the lead responder. The Services chain of command in the regions of the UK is provided with regular training, education and exercising on the nature of military operations in the UK to ensure that they are prepared to command operations at short notice if required.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of UK's overseas military commitments on the ability of the armed forces to respond to a domestic emergency. 
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armoured and protected Land Rovers were deployed to Iraq prior to October 2003; what the vehicle classification was in each case; how many of each were deployed; and when each was deployed. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: The Future Rapid Effect System programme is in its assessment phase. The number of vehicles that will be needed to meet the requirement, the timetable for delivery, funding allocation and the in- service date will not be fixed until the main investment decision has been taken.
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what resources and procedures his Department has in place to respond to (a) a biological terrorist attack, (b) a chemical terrorist attack and (c) a nuclear or radiological terrorist attack. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth:
The MOD makes a number of specialist capabilities available to the civil authorities for dealing with CBRN terrorism. These include mitigation advice, specialist search, explosive ordinance disposal, detection, sampling and identification, and decontamination, as well as access to world leading research and development in this field through the Defence Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the
Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). Some of these capabilities are held at high readiness and routinely exercise and operate with police forces.
|(1) Denotes information that is incomplete.|
(2) Denotes estimated spend.
These figures do not include counter-narcotics assistance.
As well as these bilateral projects, the UK supports projects running through several UN agencies including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, that provide training to more than two thousand serving men and women.
Mr. Quentin Davies: Since 2003 equipment expenditure data are published annually in Table 1.4 of the UK Defence Statistics by Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DAS A). Copies can be found in the National Statistics section of the DAS A website:
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|