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Mr. Kevan Jones: The information requested is not held. However, the Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA) organisation have estimated that, as at November 2009, there were 2,207 veterans in prisons in England and Wales out of a total prison population of just over 81,000 offenders. This represents almost 3 per cent. of the prison population and was determined by matching a database of offenders aged 18 and over from the Ministry of Justice against a database of service leavers (regulars only) from the MOD (some 1.3 million records). This is the most comprehensive study to date on veterans in prisons and the estimate of 3 per cent. is in line with a Home Office survey of 2,000 nationally representative offenders at the point of release in 2001, 2003 and 2004, which reported the proportion of veterans to be 6 per cent., 4 per cent. and 5 per cent. respectively.
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Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 January 2010, Official Report, column 35W, on Type 45 destroyers, whether the problems encountered during the test firing of the Sea Viper missile will affect the timetable for bringing HMS Daring into service; and what consideration he has given to fitting HMS Daring with a different missile system. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: In-depth analysis of the most recent test firing of the Sea Viper Missile System in November 2009, using range and telemetry data, is ongoing. Pending the outcome of this complex investigation, HMS Daring's planned in-service date remains later this year. No consideration has been given to an alternative to the Sea Viper Missile System.
Mr. Quentin Davies: The Phalanx Weapons System has not been fitted to HMS Daring although the ship has been designed with the space and services margin to allow additional equipment, including Phalanx, to be fitted. Any such decisions would be made in accordance with the ship's operational requirements.
Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the names are of service personnel who have died in the UK following injuries sustained on active service in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan who are not included in the published statistics of those who have died on active service in each of those countries. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The names of service personnel who sustain injuries while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan and who subsequently and sadly then die as a result of those wounds are announced by the Ministry of Defence and eulogised in the same way as those killed in action. Details of all operational fatalities are published on the MOD website. Such individuals are also included in published statistics on fatalities as a result of operations. For example, someone who receives injuries as a result of hostile action, who is then aeromedically evacuated back to the UK and subsequently dies as a result of those wounds, would be announced in the same way as if they had died in Iraq or Afghanistan and would be included in the published statistics as DOW (died of wounds). Consequently there are no service personnel who have died in the UK following injuries sustained on active service in Iraq or Afghanistan who are not included in the published statistics.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his statement of 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 801, on the future defence programme, how his Department plans to fill the requirement for long-range rescue and maritime reconnaissance after the planned withdrawal of Nimrod. 
Bill Rammell: The introduction of the MRA4 will bring a substantially more capable aircraft than the MR2 into the RAF's fleet. In the period of transition until the MRA4 enters service we intend to use other assets, as available, in the long-range search and rescue and maritime reconnaissance roles. We cannot comment on actual capability levels as this is classified information.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how many days Brize Norton was closed owing to the recent bad weather; how many flights were diverted as a result; and to what destination each was diverted. 
Bill Rammell: Between 1 and 17 January RAF Brize Norton closed on three occasions, the longest period of closure was 68 hours and the shortest was three hours. Details of the dates and times of the closures are shown in the following table.
During these periods of closure 14 flights were required to divert to other airfields: six to East Midlands Airport; four to Glasgow Prestwick Airport; two to Birmingham International Airport; one to Gatwick Airport; and one to JHC Flying Station Aldergrove.
Mr. Quentin Davies: HMS Daring is currently undertaking final trials and integration activity prior to achieving her in-service date, which is planned for later this year. At that point she will meet the Royal Navy's minimum operational requirement. A further period of crew training will then be carried out after which Daring will be available for deployment. I am unable to disclose further details as this would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related admissions there were to hospitals in each primary care trust area in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and what proportion these represented of all admissions in each area in each year. 
|Number of admissions of patients with an alcohol-related diagnosis as a percentage of all finished admissions, by primary care trust of residence|
|PCT name||Total hospital admissions||Alcohol-related hospital admissions||ARA as a percentage of total admissions||Total hospital admissions||Alcohol-related hospital admissions||ARA as a percentage of total admissions|
Includes activity in English National Health Service Hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.
The number of alcohol-related admissions is based on the methodology developed by the North West Public Health Observatory. Figures for under 16s only include admissions where one or more of the following alcohol-specific conditions were listed:
Alcoholic cardiomyopathy (I42.6)
Alcoholic gastritis (K29.2)
Alcoholic liver disease (K70)
Alcoholic myopathy (G72.1)
Alcoholic polyneuropathy (G62.1)
Alcohol-induced pseudo-Cushing's syndrome (E24.4)
Chronic pancreatitis (alcohol induced) (K86.0)
Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol (G31.2)
Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol (F10)
Accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol (X45)
Ethanol poisoning (T51.0)
Methanol poisoning (T51.1)
Toxic effect of alcohol, unspecified (T51.9)
Number of episodes in which the patient had an alcohol-related primary or secondary diagnosis
These figures represent the number of episodes where an alcohol-related diagnosis was recorded in any of the 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and seven prior to 2002-03) primary and secondary diagnosis fields in a Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) record. Each episode is only counted once in each count, even if an alcohol-related diagnosis is recorded in more than one diagnosis field of the record.
Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
Finished admission episodes
A finished admission episode is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Finished admission episodes are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. It should be noted that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the HES data set and provides the main reason why the patient was admitted to hospital.
As well as the primary diagnosis, there are up to 19 (13 from 2002-03 to 2007-08 and 6 prior to 2002-03) secondary diagnosis fields in HES that show other diagnoses relevant to the episode of care.
HES are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. Data are also received from a number of independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.
Assessing growth through time
HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. The quality and coverage of the data have improved over time. These improvements in information submitted by the NHS have been particularly marked in the earlier years and need to be borne in mind when analysing time series.
Some of the increase in figures for later years (particularly 2006-07 onwards) may be due to the improvement in the coverage of independent sector activity.
Changes in NHS practice also need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. For example, a number of procedures may now be undertaken in outpatient settings and may no longer be accounted for in the HES data. This may account for any reductions in activity over time.
Assignment of Episodes to Years
Years are assigned by the end of the first period of care in a patient's hospital stay.
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