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Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what compensation is payable to a member of the armed forces discharged with hearing loss of under 20 per cent. if the hearing loss increases subsequently. 
Mr. Kevan Jones [holding answer 2 March 2009]: Under War Pension Scheme and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme legislation there is no compensation payable to personnel with noise induced hearing loss of less than 20 per cent. The body of medical opinion confirms that hearing loss caused by excessive noise does not increase once exposure to the source of the noise ceases. Any subsequent hearing loss cannot therefore be due to service.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British military personnel have received training in the (a) Farsi or Dari, (b) Arabic, (c) Urdu and (d) Pashto languages in each year since 2007. 
|(1) Figures for 2008-09 are to date as the training year is not yet complete.|
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current (a) trained requirement, (b) actual strength and (c) numbers fit for duty is for each regiment of the (i) Royal Logistics Corps, (b) Royal Artillery, (c) Royal Signals and (d) Royal Engineers. 
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many and what percentage of armed forces personnel who have served in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan have been diagnosed with a mental health condition; 
(2) how many service personnel who have served in (a) Afghanistan since 2001 and (b) Iraq since 2003 his Department has recorded as having a mental health condition of each type in each year since 2001. 
Mr. Kevan Jones [holding answer 3 February 2009]: Since July 2007 the Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA) organisation has reported on the Psychiatric Morbidity of the UK armed forces. Quarterly reports for the whole of 2007 are available to view both in the Library of the House and on the DASA website at:
The morbidity report shows the number of new attendances at military Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMHs) during each quarter and the results of the initial mental health assessment. The figures shown in the following table are extracted from the morbidity report and show initial assessments of mental disorder broken down by operational deployment for the calendar year 2007.
|I nitial mental disorder assessments in 2007: ICD-10 groupings by deployment|
|Deployment: theatres of operation|
|Iraq and/or Afghanistan( 1)||Iraq||Afghanistan( 1)||Not known( 2)|
|ICD-10 description||Patients seen||Patients seen||Patients seen||Patients seen|
|(1) Does not include personnel deployed to Afghanistan during the period January 2003 to October 2005.|
(2) Records supplied without identifiers.
(3) Data for disorders due to use of alcohol are not available for the period JanuaryMarch 2007.
DASAs statistics show that the total number of new patients assessed with a mental health disorder during their first appointment at MODs out-patient DCMHs during 2007 is 19.9 per 1,000 strength of the armed forces, or 1.99 per cent. This figure covers all patients, including those who had not deployed operationally. Of the 190,400 regular members of the armed forces in service on 1 January 2008, 56 per cent. had previously deployed on operations to Iraq, Afghanistan or both theatres.
Mr. Kevan Jones: X-Factor is paid in addition to base pay to reflect the relative disadvantage between the conditions of service experienced by members of the armed forces over a full career and conditions in civilian life. It is only paid to service personnel and is for the duration of their Service career regardless of where they are serving.
All Regular, mobilised reserve and full-time reserve service personnel receive full X-Factor, which is currently 14 per cent. of base pay, up to the rank of lieutenant colonel and equivalent. Beyond this point it tapers in recognition of the diminishing impact of the X-Factor components on higher ranks. The level of X-Factor for other reserve personnel is set at either 0 per cent. or 5 per cent. of base pay depending on their level of commitment.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost of the Support Vehicle programme was on 31 March (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005, (e) 2006, (f) 2007 and (g) 2008, broken down by (i) direct resource departmental expenditure limit (DEL), (ii) indirect resource DEL and (iii) capital DEL. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: The information requested is shown in the following table. The figures include the cost of the assessment, demonstration and manufacture phases. There are no records of support vehicle project costs prior to 2003.
|As at 31 March each year|
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