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Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF aircraft of each type were (a) in service, (b) in the forward fleet and (c) fit for purpose on the latest date for which figures are available. 
"In service" has been taken to mean the effective fleet, which includes all aircraft barring those which are redundant, declared as surplus or awaiting disposal. The Forward Fleet comprises aircraft which are serviceable and those which are short-term unserviceable. Short-term unserviceable aircraft are undergoing minor works, forward maintenance or any other unforeseen rectification work that can arise on a day-to-day basis. Serviceable aircraft available to the front-line commands for operational and training purposes on a given date are termed available. The number of aircraft available in individual fleets varies according to normal fleet management activities including requirements for mandated maintenance and upgrade programmes and the larger variations are explained in the table.
|Aircraft type||In service fleet||Forward fleet||Available||Notes|
As a result of the severe weather conditions during January there were occasions when aircraft movements around the airfield were reduced. As a consequence aircraft repairs and maintenance tasks took longer than normal thereby reducing availability.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on explosive ordnance disposal (a) training and (b) equipment from (i) his Department's core budget and (ii) the contingency reserve in each year since 2005. 
Bill Rammell: The Ministry of Defence's accountancy systems do not support calculations of aggregate expenditure on all explosive ordnance disposal equipment and training over the last five years. A complete answer to the question could therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Funding for any particular area comes from a wide variety of sources including the single services, the use of subsidised facilities, and local donations and fundraising efforts. To determine how much funding has been allocated to a specific unit would require a manual search of records and would therefore incur disproportionate cost.
The Government remain committed to the Cadet Organisation whose origins date back 150 years. It is one of the oldest and most successful voluntary youth organisations in the world. Today it numbers 131,000 young people, led by 25,000 adult volunteers, in well over 3,000 sites across the country.
Mr. Kevan Jones [holding answer 5 March 2010]: The term administrative discharge is applied to those service personnel who are to be dismissed from the armed forces for which there is no specific exit category. Service personnel may be administratively discharged as a result of a range of factors including: civil conviction, failing to maintain a level of physical fitness to pass a fitness test despite undertaking remedial training, financial mismanagement, persistent poor conduct and failing a random drug test. The following tables provide information on the total administrative outflow since 2001:
|Table 1: Administrative discharges in respect of the naval service|
|Naval service||Administrative discharge||Proportion of all discharged (percentage)|
|Table 2: Administrative discharges in respect of the Army|
|Army||Administrative discharge||Proportion of all discharged (percentage)|
|(1) Data are for an 11 month period from legacy systems prior to JPA.|
(2) Not held centrally.
|Table 3: Administrative discharges in respect of the Royal Air Force|
|Royal Air Force||Administrative discharge||Proportion of all discharged (percentage)|
|(1) Introduction of new administrative discharge procedures under Queen's Regulations|
Data have been rounded to the nearest 10.
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