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Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many training hours (a) helicopter pilots and (b) trainee helicopter pilots spent on average in each aircraft type in the Royal Air Force in each (i) year since 2005 and (ii) month of 2009. 
Bill Rammell: To become a qualified RAF helicopter pilot individuals undertake initial flying training. Once qualified, pilots are trained to adapt their flying skills to a specific aircraft type which is known as operational conversion unit training. Both types of training are conducted through standardised packages with a set number of flying hours for each pilot. The level of flying required of each pilot for both categories has not changed significantly since 2005.
Squirrel: 84 hours, 45 minutes;
Griffin: 77 hours.
Merlin: 29 hours;
Puma: 55 hours;
Chinook: 125 hours;
Sea King: 70 hours;
Augusta Western: 28 hours.
Pilots record their own training hours within their personal log books. To determine the average training hours helicopter pilots undertake outside of these training courses would require a manual extraction of data from each individual's flying log followed by analysis. This information is not held centrally and could be obtained at only disproportionate cost.
Mr. Quentin Davies: After clarification I understand that your question refers to how much the Department has spent on joint European equipment acquisition projects over the past 10 years. Records containing the information you seek for all joint European equipment projects is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. I am, however, able to provide you with expenditure information on the largest of these projects drawing on information published in the Major Project Reports. This is provided in the table.
The table includes costs for the Type 45 destroyer project. This is a UK project, but an element of the costs relate to procurement of the Sea Viper (formerly PAAMS) missile, which is being procured collaboratively with France and Italy. The costs for Sea Viper are not recorded separately.
|Ministry of Defence-major projects report|
|Description||Cost up to March 2000||March 2001||March 2002||March 2003||March 2004||March 2005||March 2006||March 2007||March 2008|
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many graduates there were from RMA Sandhurst in each of the last 10 years; and how many of them are still employed within the Army. 
|Output from RMAS|
Figures prior to financial year 2001-02 are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Regular Officer information for 2009-10 does include a cohort of Officer Cadets who will pass out at Easter. Subject to any late removals from course this number may change. All TA courses for this period have completed.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many graduates there were from Britannia Royal Naval College in each of the last 10 years; and how many of them are still employed within the Navy. 
|Britannia Royal Navy College|
|(1) These figures include Royal Navy Reserve personnel.|
Mr. Kevan Jones: The number of staff employed in the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency in each salary band for both military and civilian staff, as at 1 February 2010, are shown in the following tables:
|Broader banded grade||Number( 1)|
|(1) The figures for civilian staff are a headcount based on their substantive grade. Headcount is a measure of the size of the workforce that counts all staff equally regardless of their hours of work.|
(2) Ministry of Defence staff employed on national health service terms and conditions.
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