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Other Ranks under training

Other ranks pay spine Number of personnel Pay rate

New Entrants




Armed Forces: Defence Equipment

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether service members (a) wounded and (b) killed on operations whilst wearing non-issued body armour are entitled to compensation. [265146]

Mr. Kevan Jones: All personnel deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan are issued with a complete set of Enhanced Combat Body Armour (ECBA) before departure. Improved Performance Body Armour (OSPREY) and Enhanced Personnel Protection Equipment (KESTREL) are provided in addition to ECBA to personnel whose roles require it. These have been designed to protect against specific threats faced by personnel undertaking certain roles.

Service personnel injured (or surviving dependants of those killed) on or after 6 April 2005 wholly or predominantly due to service are eligible for compensation under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. All decisions on entitlement are made on a case by case basis; this is equally true if a casualty were found to be wearing non-issued body armour.

Armed Forces: Food

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the food provided for armed forces personnel came from UK sources in 2007-08. [265122]

Mr. Quentin Davies: During the financial year 2007-08, MOD increased the overall percentage of UK indigenous food it provides to armed forces personnel from 43 per cent. to 59 per cent.

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Armed Forces: Housing

Mr. Walter: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many properties at Blandford Camp were surveyed as part of the Service Family Accommodation Review commissioned by his Department; and into which housing category such properties fall. [266460]

Mr. Kevan Jones: The Service Family Accommodation (SFA) at Blandford was not included in the condition survey at this stage because there is a continuing project to upgrade all SFA at Blandford Garrison to Standard 1 for Condition. In 2007 the site was confirmed as a future tri-service base and work began to upgrade 138 family homes; the programme also includes the demolition and rebuilding of some 247 homes. The project will cost around £8.5 million. The aspiration is for all properties at Blandford to be at Standard 1 for Condition by 2015.

In addition to this 120 new en-suite single living accommodation bed spaces were finished in 2005.

Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much has been spent on the contracting of service mental health provision to the Priory Clinic in each year since 2003; [265137]

(2) how many service personnel at each rank were referred to the Priory Clinic as (a) inpatients and (b) outpatients in each year since 2005. [265138]

Mr. Kevan Jones: The data requested relating to in-patients, up until 26 January 2009, can be found in the following table:

Number of patients treated Contract value (£ m illion )

1 December 2003 to 31 March 2004



1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005



1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006



1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007



1 April 2007 to 31 March 2008



1 April 2008 to 26 January 2009



These figures take into account the cost of assessing patients as well as any treatment programmes provided; the individual care needs of each patient will vary depending on their particular medical circumstances.

The only specific out-patient referrals for which we contract is the provision of psychology treatment. This element of the contract commenced in 2006 and the total number of patients referred can be found in the following table:

Number of patients treated

1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007


1 Apr 2007 to 31 March 2008


1 April 2008 to 26 January 2009


In both tables, individual patient ranks have not been included to ensure that clinical confidentiality is protected.

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The contract with the Priory Group has been replaced with a new contract awarded to the South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT). SSSFT will lead a partnership of seven NHS trusts, using facilities at each of the trusts concerned to ensure coverage across the country. This continues the community-based approach we follow for our out-patients who are seen at our regional military mental health centres.

Armed Forces: Occupational Therapy

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel returning from conflict zones have received occupational therapy treatments for (a) physical and (b) mental trauma in the last five years. [263613]

Mr. Kevan Jones: Information on the types of treatment an individual receives is only held on their medical records and it would incur disproportionate cost to extract this information. However, any treatment received from the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court and, in some cases, a military Department for Community Mental Health (DCMH) will incorporate elements of occupational therapy tailored to the needs of the patient.

Information on the number of service personnel who have been medically evacuated from Operations Herrick or Telic and subsequently attended DMRC Headley Court for rehabilitative treatment is available and is shown in the following table. These figures cover the period from 8 October 2007, the earliest date from which validated data are available, to 3 March 2009.

Herrick Telic Total

Number of personnel to have been medically evacuated.




Number of personnel to have then attended DMRC




1. Information is extracted from the Defence Patient Tracking Application, this system is constantly updated and therefore all figures are provisional and subject to change.
2. Figures include personnel from Naval Service, Army, RAF and UK civilians.
3. Figures show the number of individual patients treated and not the number of treatments (a patient may be admitted on more than one occasion).
4. Figures exclude Special Forces.

For available data on service personnel requiring mental health care and their deployment history, I refer the hon. Member to my answer to the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox) of 3 March 2009, Official Report, columns 1435-36W.

Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) Warrior, (b) CVR(T) and (c) Saxon vehicles have been fit for service in each year since 2005. [264958]

Mr. Quentin Davies: “Fit for service” has been interpreted as the MOD’s “Fit for Purpose”, which is a vehicle capable of being used for the purpose for which it is required:

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Fit for purpose
Vehicle type

Warrior CVR(T) Saxon

















AWE Burghfield: Nuclear Weapons

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2009, Official Report, column 1668W, on AWE Burghfield: nuclear weapons, what internationally recognised standards and codes of practice are applicable. [265568]

Mr. Quentin Davies: A wide range of internationally recognised standards and codes of practice are pertinent to the proposed main process facility for the assembly and disassembly of nuclear warheads at AWE Burghfield. Those that are most relevant to the resilience to nuclear accidents are in the following table.

Document Reference Number Reference

JSP 482

MoD Explosives Regulations

T/AST/ 003

NII Technical Assessment Guide - Safety Systems

T/AST/ 005

NII Technical Assessment Guide - Demonstration of ALARP

T/AST/ 007

NII Technical Assessment Guide - Severe Accident Analysis

T/AST/ 008

NII Technical Assessment Guide - Safety Categorisation and Equipment Qualification

T/AST/ 017

NII Technical Assessment Guide - Structural Integrity, Civil Engineering Aspects


NII Technical Assessment Guide - Criticality Incident Detection Systems


Deterministic Safety Analysis and use of Engineering Principles in Safety Assessment


Structures to resist the effects of Accidental Explosions. US Departments of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force November 1990

UFC UFC 3-340-01

Protective Structures Automated Design System (PSADS) Design and Analysis of Hardened Structures To Conventional Weapons Effects U.S. Army Corps of Engineers June 2002

No reference number

Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations 2005

No reference number

Baker, W et al Explosion Hazards and Evaluation 1983

No reference number

Kingery, C.N. Bulmarsh, G Airblast Parameters from Spherical Air Burst and Hemispherical Surface Burst US Army Armament Research and Development Centre 1984

No reference number

Hyde, D Con Wep - Conventional Weapons Effects. Department of the Army, Waterways Experimental Station, US Army Corps of Engineers 1986

Typical standards relating to facility integrity are in the following table.

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Document Reference Number Reference


Code Requirements For Nuclear Safety Related Concrete Structures


Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings

ANSI/AISC 358-05

Prequalified Connections for Special and Intermediate Moment Frames in Seismic Applications

ANSI/AISC 360 05

Specification for Structural Steel Buildings

ASCE 43-05

Seismic Design Criteria for Structures, Systems and Components in Nuclear Facilities

ASCE 4-98

Seismic analysis of safety related nuclear structures


Applied Technology Council Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Concrete Buildings


Structural Welding Code - Seismic Supplement

BS 2573; Part 1

Rules for the Design of cranes - Specification for classification, stress calculations and design criteria for structures; 1983..

BS 2573; Part 2

Rules for the Design of cranes - Specification for classification, stress calculations and design of mechanisms; 1983.

BS 2573-1

Rules for the Design of Cranes - Part 1: Specification for Classification, Stress Calculations and Design Criteria for Structures

BS 2573-2

Rules for the Design of Cranes - Part 2: Specification for Classification, Stress Calculations and Design of Mechanisms

BS 4094

Data on Shielding from Ionising Radiation

BS 4449:2005

Steel for the reinforcement of concrete - Weldable reinforcing steel - Bar, coiled and decoiled product.

BS 5628

Code of Practice for use of masonry

BS 5760

Reliability of systems, equipment and components

BS 5950-1:2000

Structural use of steelwork in buildings. Code of Practice for design - Rolled and welded sections.

BS 6385

Ergonomic principles in the design of work systems

BS 6399

Loading for buildings

BS 8110-1:1997

Structural Use of Concrete. Part 1 Code of Practice for design and construction.

BS EN 13001-1

Crane Safety -General Design

BS EN 13001-2

Crane Safety-General Design

BS EN 13463-1

Non-electrical equipment for potentially explosive atmospheres

BS EN 292-1

Safety of Machinery- Basic concepts, general principals for design

BS EN 349

Safety of machinery: Minimum gaps to avoid crushing parts of the human body

BS EN 614

Safety of machinery: Ergonomic design principles

BS EN 62305

Lightning Regulations

BS EN ISO 11604

Ergonomic Design of Control Centres

BS EN 1011-2: 2001

Welding Recommendations for welding of metallic materials Arc welding of ferritic steels

BS EN 287-1: 2004

Qualification test of welders Fusion welding. Steels

BS EN 875: 1995

Destructive tests on welds in metallic materials. Impact tests Test specimen location, notch orientation and examination

BS EN ISO 15609-1

Specification and qualification of welding procedures for metallic materials. Welding procedure specification Arc welding

BS EN ISO 15614-1

Specification and qualification of welding procedures for metallic materials - Welding procedure test - Part 1 Arc and gas welding of steels and arc welding of nickel and nickel alloys

Def Stan 00-25

Human factors for designers of equipment

Def Stan 00-40

Reliability and Maintainability (R and M)

Def Stan 00-41

Reliability and Maintainability MOD Guide to Practices and Procedures


Structural requirements for weapon support equipment; Issue 1 Chapter 5

FEMA 440

Improvement of non-linear static seismic analysis procedures (2005)


Health and Safety Executive - Approved Code of Practice and Guidance - Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres

IAEA Tecdoc 1333

Earthquake experience and seismic qualification by indirect methods in nuclear installations


IAEA Report: Consideration of external events in the design of nuclear facilities other than nuclear power plants, with emphasis on earthquakes, dated March 2003

IEEE 344:1987

Recommended practice for seismic qualification of Class IE equipment for nuclear power generating stations


Changerooms Design Operation and Maintenance a Nuclear Industry Code of Practice

JSP 440

Defence Manual for Security

JSP 467

The specification of power driven lifting appliances used for handling conventional and nuclear armaments

JSP 482

Explosives regulations

JSP 538

Issue 2. Regulation of the Nuclear Weapon Programme - Nuclear Weapon Safety Principles and Safety Criteria and Safety Principles and Guidelines for Nuclear Weapon Systems

Kincade, R.G. Anderson J. - Electrical Power Institute

Human Factors Guide for Nuclear Power Plant Control Room Development. Other standards

Mil Std 1472D

Department of Defence: Human engineering requirements for military systems, equipment and facilities

Mil Std 1472F

Department of Defence: Design Criteria Standard - Human engineering

MoD/DE Functional Standard Design and Maintenance Guide 02

‘Glazing standards for MoD buildings subject to terrorist threat'


Ergonomics: Guidelines for the design of operator interfaces. British Nuclear Fuels plc

SI 1988 No. 1657

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH)

SI 1998 No. 2307

The lifting operations and lifting equipment regulations (LOLER)

SI 1999 No. 3232

Ionising Radiation Regulations (IRRs)

STGP10 (Sea Technology Group, MoD)

"HFI Management Guide"

No reference number

Flood Estimation Handbook, Institute of Hydrology, Wallingford, UK, 1999

No reference number

Flood Studies Report, Institute of Hydrology, HR Wallingford, UK, 1975

No reference number

The Crown Fire Standards 1997

No reference number

Lifting Operation and Lifting Equipment Regulations

No reference number

SQUG, Generic Implementation Procedure GIP for Seismic Verification of Nuclear Plant Equipment - Revision 3 A, December 2001

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