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Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) psychologists, (b) psychiatrists, (c) mental health nurses and (d) occupational therapists in Defence Medical Services have been employed in (i) Scotland, (ii) England, (iii) Wales, (iv) Northern Ireland and (v) other countries in each year since 1997; [291383]

(2) how much has been spent on (a) psychologists, (b) psychiatrists, (c) mental health nurses and (d) occupational therapists by the Defence Medical Services in (i) Scotland, (ii) England, (iii) Wales, (iv) Northern Ireland and (v) other countries in each year since 1997. [291384]

Mr. Kevan Jones [holding answer 16 September 2009]: The majority of mental health personnel are employed in MOD's 15 Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMHs) in the UK, (with additional centres in Germany, Cyprus and Gibraltar), with a small number at other MOD locations. The DCMHs are located in areas of major military population, and include 11 in England, three in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland.

The number of personnel employed in the specified regions as at July 2009 are provided in the table. These include both military and civilian personnel.

Location Psychologists Psychiatrists( 1) Mental Health Nurses Occupational Therapists (Mental Health( 2)

England

10

22

85

-

Scotland

1

1.5

5

-

Wales

-

-

-

-

Northern Ireland

-

0.5

3

-

Other

1

4

24

3

Total

12

28

117

3

(1) One individual works part-time at two separate DCMHs. These are shown as "0.5" at each location.

(2) Specialised Occupational Therapists (Mental Health) are only employed in DCMHs in Germany. Elsewhere, this function is undertaken by mental health nurses.


Historical figures back to 1997 are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Funding provision is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Armed Forces: Pensions

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to paragraph C.76, Page 242 of the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2009, if he will place in the Library a copy of the actuarial advice he received on the armed forces' pension scheme; and if he will make a statement. [289105]

Mr. Kevan Jones: The armed forces pension scheme is advised by the Government's Actuary's Department. The last formal valuation was carried out as at 31 March 2005 and the results of which form the basis for the actuarial statement in the resource accounts for 2005-06 and for subsequent years to date. The resource accounts, which include these actuarial statements for 2005-06 to 2008-09 have been placed in the Library of the House.

BVT Surface Fleet

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for which shipbuilding projects BVT has exclusivity under the terms of its business agreement. [291381]

Bill Rammell: The Terms of Business Agreement (ToBA) is a complex commercial arrangement that provides BVT Surface Fleet Limited (BVT) with a right of exclusivity in design, build and integration for future destroyers, frigates and minor warships.

Concept design will normally be carried out by the Naval Design Partnership in which BVT plays a part.

BVT Surface Fleet: Scotland

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate how much of the planned annual expenditure under the terms of business agreement with BVT will be spent in Scotland in each of the next five years. [291380]

Bill Rammell [holding answer 16 September 2009 ] : This information is not held in the format requested.

This BVT Surface Fleet Limited (BVT) Terms of Business Agreement (ToBA) is a long-term partnering arrangement that provides a framework for how BVT and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) will work together over the next 15 years in the area of warship design and build and elements of warship support.

Other than the commitment from MOD to support a range of key industrial capabilities, the ToBA does not contain nor commit MOD to a particular level of annual expenditure in any geographical location or constrain BVT in relation to how or where BVT conducts its business.

Defence Medical Services: Scotland

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in the Defence Medical Services are based in Scotland. [291183]

Mr. Kevan Jones: As at 1 April 2009, 280 Defence Medical Service personnel were based in Scotland. Some
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Army Medical Service personnel are excluded from this figure as some will work outside of the Army Corps that were used to identify Army Medical Service personnel.

Due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System all strength statistics are provisional and subject to review.

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory: Scotland

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory have been employed in Scotland in each year since 1997. [290793]

Mr. Quentin Davies [holding answer 9 September 2009]: The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) was formed in July 2001 following the division of Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) into DSTL and QinetiQ. DSTL does not have records specifically detailing staff numbers in Scotland, prior to 2003.

However, as part of an ongoing DSTL site rationalisation plan, all DSTL jobs in Scotland were relocated from Glasgow and Dunfermline to DSTL Porton Down. Therefore, it is recorded that the DSTL staff numbers in Scotland on 1 April 2003 were 48 and on 1 April 2004 were six. The last employee in Scotland left DSTL on 31 October 2004, and since this date, DSTL has not had any employees in Scotland.

Defence: Procurement

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date Bernard Gray was commissioned by his Department to review military equipment procurement; on what date Mr. Gray delivered a draft report to his Department; what access Mr. Gray was given to documentation and personnel in his Department and agencies responsible to his Department in researching and preparing his report; and when he expects to publish the final report. [290926]

Mr. Quentin Davies [holding answer 9 September 2009]: The then Secretary of State (Mr. Hutton) announced on 11 December 2008 that Bernard Gray had been commissioned to undertake a review of military acquisition. The initial draft was received by the Department on 29 May 2009. Mr. Gray was given full access to military and civilian personnel, and acquisition-related documentation, throughout the Department.


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Departmental Budgets

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much and what proportion of his Department's science, innovation and technology budget was spent in Scotland in each year since 1997. [290802]

Mr. Kevan Jones [holding answer 9 September 2009]: Direct contract payments made from the Science Innovation Technology (SIT) budget on equipment and non-equipment contracts and those where the primary work was identified as being undertaken in Scotland are shown in the following table.

VAT Exclusive: £ million

Total Expenditure in Year - Scotland Total Expenditure in Year -SIT Proportion of SIT Expenditure in Year in Scotland (%)

2003-04

4

392

1.0

2004-05

9

471

1.9

2005-06

10

500

2.0

2006-07

11

488

2.3

2007-08

12

531

2.3

2008-09

10

509

2.0

Note:
Rounded to the nearest £ million

Requested information prior to 2003-04 is not available and can only be provided at disproportionate cost. Staff costs are not included. There may also be further work that was carried out in Scotland, but location data is not available on central records. However, this element is likely to be very small.

Departmental Manpower

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) armed service personnel and (b) administrative staff were employed by his Department in each year since 1997. [291314]

Mr. Kevan Jones: The number of Armed Forces and Civilian personnel employed in each year since 1997 is provided in the table.

This information can also be found in the UK Defence Statistics table 2.1, "Recent trends in Service and civilian personnel strengths at 1 April each year", at the following DASA website


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Thousand: FTE

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 * 2002 * 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 * 2008 * 2009

Service personnel(1)

215.1

214.3

213.2

212.7

211.2

210.8

213.5

213.3

206.9

201.4

(2)196.1

(2)193.1

(2)194.7

UK Regulars

210.8

210.1

208.6

207.6

205.7

204.7

206.9

207.0

201.1

195.9

(2)190.4

(2)187.1

(2)188.4

FTRS

-

0.1

0.6

1.0

1.4

2.0

2.5

2.2

1.7

1.5

1.6

(2)1.8

(2)2.1

Gurkhas(3)

4.3

3.6

3.6

3.7

3.8

3.8

3.8

3.7

3.7

3.7

(2)3.7

(2)3.9

(2)3.9

Locally entered/ engaged(3)

-(4)

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.3

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

Civilian Level 0(5,6)

133.3

126.3

123.0

121.3

*118.2

110.1

107.6

109.0

108.5

103.4

97.7

89.5

86.6

Civilian Level l(7)

101.9

97.1

94.1

91.9

86.0

83.6

81.5

82.2

82.0

78.1

73.8

69.0

66.4

Trading Funds(6)

15.5

14.0

14.0

14.5

18.8

12.4

12.2

11.4

10.8

10.7

10.1

9.2

9.6

Locally Engaged Civilians

15.9

15.2

14.9

14.8

13.3

14.1

13.8

15.4

15.7

14.5

13.8

11.2

10.5

* Denotes discontinuity in time series.
(1) Data for the Home Service of the Royal Irish Regiment is excluded from this table. The Home Service of the Royal Irish Regiment was officially disbanded on 31 March 2008.
(2) Denotes provisional - Due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System, Service strength statistics for 1 April 2007 onwards are provisional and subject to review.
(3) Gurkhas are included in the locally entered service personnel figures until 1997 after which they are shown separately.
(4) Denotes brace.
(5) Civilian Level 0 - This contains all those at Level 1 plus Trading Funds and Locally Engaged Civilians.
(6) The following changes have affected the continuity of the civilian data: In Financial Year 2001-02 the QinetiQ portion of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (8,000) was established as a private company. At 1 April 2008 the Defence Aviation Repair Agency and the Army Based Repair Organisation merged to form the Defence Support Group and around 1,000 personnel transferred to the Vector Aerospace Corporation.
(7) Civilian Level 1 - Permanent and casual civilian personnel and Royal Fleet Auxiliaries, but excludes Trading Funds and Locally Engaged Civilians
Notes:
1. All figures are rounded to the nearest 100.
2. Totals and subtotals have been rounded separately and so may not equal the sum of their rounded parts.
Source:
DASA (Quad-Service)

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