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For those in areas not yet involved in the service, veterans with mental health problems and operational service after 1982 may attend the Medical Assessment Programme at St. Thomas' Hospital, London. Veterans are also a Special Interest Group in accessing Psychological Therapies as part of the Department of Health's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme.

AWE Management: Government Shareholding

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the compatibility of the Government's golden share in AWE Management Ltd. with (a) UK and (b) EC competition law. [314625]

Mr. Quentin Davies: The Government do not own a share in AWE Management Ltd. The share owned by the Government is a special share in the share capital of AWE plc. An assessment of this share has been made and I am satisfied that it is compatible with UK and European Union laws.

Ex-servicemen: Care Homes

Dr. Ladyman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate has he made of the number of residential home and nursing home places that are available specifically for former service personnel; [314385]

(2) what steps his Department is taking to ensure the provision of residential and nursing home places for former service personnel diagnosed with service-related disabilities, long-term illnesses or age-related care needs; and if he will make a statement. [314388]

Mr. Kevan Jones: The MOD does not provide residential care for ex-service personnel. The MOD does, however, work with other Government Departments, local authorities and ex-service charities to ensure that residential care services take account of veterans' needs where appropriate.

Military Bases: Security

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many break-ins at UK military bases were reported in each of the last 12 months. [314475]

Mr. Kevan Jones: ‘Break-ins’ is not a category used to record incidents; the following table sets out the number of recorded site incursions into UK military bases and establishments.

2009Site incursions

























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Nuclear Submarines: Decommissioning

Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a decision on the location of the submarine dismantling project is likely to be made; and if he will make a statement. [314474]

Mr. Quentin Davies: The submarine dismantling project is considering possible sites for both the initial dismantling of out of service submarines and the interim storage of the resulting intermediate level radioactive waste. The analysis of the various options will take account of a wide range of factors, including the output from a strategic environmental assessment (SEA). The options analysis and the SEA will be key elements of the planned public consultation.

Further analysis work is still required and, until public consultation is complete, no decisions will be taken on the sites for either submarine dismantling or waste storage. Public consultation is currently planned to take place during 2010.


Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the advice issued to staff of his Department on stress recognition and management. [314520]

Mr. Kevan Jones: MOD is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of its employees and has a number of procedures in place to manage stress at work. Advice based on the Health and Safety Executive's management standards is available to all employees and gives easy-to-use guidance on the successful prevention, recognition and management of stress at work.

This advice is detailed in Joint Service Publication (JSP) 375 - The Health and Safety Handbook - Leaflet 25 which explains the broad policy for the management of stress at work across MOD which covers both military and civilian personnel.

A Well Being Handbook also provides a generic guide for employees to recognise and manage their own workplace stress.

In addition to the above, MOD have the Trauma Risk Management Stress Handbook for service personnel who have experienced stress during or following operational deployment.

Copies of all of the above documents will be placed in the Library of the House.

Warships: Decommissioning

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships have gone out of service in each year since 1997. [314672]

Mr. Quentin Davies: The Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels, including submarines, withdrawn from service in each year since 1997 are shown in the following table:

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Royal Navy vessels withdrawn from serviceRoyal Fleet Auxiliary vessels withdrawn from service


HMS Battleaxe

RFA Resource


HMS Orwell


HMS Peacock


HMS Plover


HMS Starling


HMS Orkney


HMY Britannia



HMS Blackwater



HMS Spey


HMS Arun


HMS Itchen



HMS Birmingham



HMS Boxer


HMS Beaver


HMS London



HMS Brave

RFA Olna


HMS Bicester

RFA Olwen



HMS Intrepid



HMS Coventry


HMS Berkeley


HMS Cromer


HMS Herald


HMS Bulldog



HMS Fearless



HMS Sheffield


HMS Alderney


HMS Beagle



HMS Splendid



HMS Anglesey


HMS Shetland


HMS Guernsey


HMS Lindisfarne



HMS Bridport

RFA Sir Geraint



HMS Glasgow

RFA Sir Percivale


HMS Newcastle


HMS Cardiff


HMS Norfolk


HMS Marlborough


HMS Sandown


HMS Inverness


HMS Brecon


HMS Cottesmore


HMS Dulverton


HMS Leeds Castle



HMS Spartan

RFA Sir Galahad


HMS Sovereign

RFA Sir Tristram


HMS Grafton

RFA Grey Rover



HMS Dumbarton Castle

RFA Brambleleaf


RFA Oakleaf



HMS Superb

RFA Sir Bedivere



HMS Trafalgar



HMS Southampton


HMS Exeter


HMS Nottingham is due to be withdrawn from service during February 2010.

Prime Minister

Departmental Responsibilities: Females

Jo Swinson: To ask the Prime Minister if he will consider the merits of establishing a ministerial post to take forward the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development to prevent violence against women and to promote women’s rights internationally. [315680]

The Prime Minister: The Government are committed to tackling violence against women and promoting women’s rights internationally. We currently support action on violence against women through a range of initiatives in over 20 countries and we work through international organisations to promote women’s rights internationally.

The machinery of government is kept under review.

Children, Schools and Families

Class Sizes

Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the ratio of teaching assistants to pupils is at (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Suffolk, (ii) the East of England and (iii) England. [313861]

Mr. Coaker: The following table provides the pupil to teaching assistant ratio in local authority maintained primary and secondary schools in Suffolk local authority, the East of England Government office region and England, January 2009.

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Pupil:teaching assistant(1) ratios(2), (PTAR), in local authority maintained primary and secondary schools, January 2009—Coverage: Suffolk local authority, East of England Government office region and England
 Suffolk local authorityEast of England Government office regionEngland











(1) Includes higher level teaching assistants, nursery nurses, nursery assistants, literacy and numeracy support staff, other non-teaching staff regularly employed to support teachers in the classroom, special needs and minority ethnic pupils support staff. (2) The pupil to teaching assistant ratio is calculated by dividing the total full-time equivalent (FTE) number of pupils on roll in schools by the total FTE number of teaching assistants employed in schools. Source: Annual School Census.