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Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Between 1 January 2006 and 15 April 2009, the latest date for which casualty information is available, there were 744 non-fatal UK military casualties in Afghanistan, of these 77 have been very seriously injured and 101 have been seriously injured. These figures include injuries as a result of hostile action and non battle injuries, and exclude all casualties with natural causes. The location information available does not provide enough detail to give figures for Helmand province.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Officials are collating and validating the data needed and this is taking longer than anticipated. I will write to the right hon. and learned Member when this work is complete and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of the cost of the two aircraft
carriers on order; and what the total estimated cost was in 2006-07. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: Following the equipment examination we have estimated the costs of the two Queen Elizabeth (QE) Class aircraft carriers in conjunction with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance and other stakeholders. Further negotiations with industry are proceeding and it would not be appropriate to release any estimates until these negotiations conclude and agreement has been reached. This is currently expected to be later this year.
The Secretary of State for Defence during the CSR and Aircraft Carriers debate on 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 865, announced that the approved QE Class project cost at the time was £3.9 billion.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many foreign nationals from each country of origin (a) serving and (b) who formerly served in the UK armed forces are estimated would become eligible for residency in the UK if there were an automatic right to residency as a current or former service person. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth [ holding answer 7 May 2009 ]: Foreign and Commonwealth personnel are able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK or Indefinite Leave to Enter (ILE) the UK, or Settlement as they are more commonly known, upon discharge from the Services so long as they have completed a minimum of 4 years Service at the point of discharge. It is for the Home Office to decide whether or not an individual meets all the requirements to be granted ILR or ILE.
|Number of foreign nationals serving in the trained regular UK armed forces as at 1 January 2009 by nationality( 1)|
|All Services( 2)||Naval Service( 2)||Army( 2)||RAF( 2)|
|(1) Nationality is as recorded on the Joint Personnel Administration system (JPA).|
(3) Includes Zimbabwean and Fijian citizens, who continue to retain Commonwealth status under the British Nationality Act 1981.
(4) Zero or rounded to zero
(5) Citizens of the Republic of Ireland.
(6) Includes those with an unrecorded nationality.
Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10
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