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The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): During the current Op Herrick 11 deployment, Task Force Helmand has successfully neutralised 768 improvised explosive devices. This figure covers the period October 2009 until the end of February 2010.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will address the concerns of British aid agencies about the ability of soldiers from the provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan to manage development projects and earn the trust of local communities. [HL2573]
The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): Earning the trust of local communities is a key aspect of the International Security Assistance Force counter insurgency approach in Afghanistan of which the provincial reconstruction team in Helmand, including its military staff, plays a crucial role. We are not aware of any concerns from British aid agencies about the ability of military personnel within the provincial reconstruction team.
Baroness Taylor of Bolton: For reasons of operational security, I am unable to provide the numbers of vehicles currently deployed to Afghanistan or the numbers that will be deployed in the future. However, I can confirm that we are continuously delivering improvements to our fleet of protected vehicles in Afghanistan to ensure that they meet operational requirements. We are buying Warthog vehicles to replace the Vikings on operations in Afghanistan and their delivery is being brought forward, as announced by the Prime Minister on 1 September 2009.
By the end of 2009, the numbers of protected vehicles in theatre had increased by 36 per cent since August 2009, including 90 per cent more Mastiff and Ridgeback. We are also looking to the future, and are
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The Chief of the General Staff is the professional head of the Army. He is responsible for generating a balanced and integrated Army capability, and for maintaining the fighting effectiveness, efficiency and morale of the service. As a member of the Defence Council and the Army Board, the Defence Ministerial Committee, the Defence Board, the Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Senior Appointments Committee he contributes to the conduct of defence higher-level business, with a particular responsibility for providing specialist advice on Army matters. He chairs the Executive Committee of the Army Board.
The Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, together with the Second Permanent Secretary, acts as joint Chief Operating Officer for Defence, ensuring that strategic decisions are implemented. He is a member of the Defence Council, the Defence Ministerial Committee, the Defence Board, the Chiefs of Staff Committee, the Defence Board Sub Committee on Equipment and the Investment Approvals Board. He co-chairs the Defence Operating Board. He also deputises for the Chief of Defence Staff.
The Chief of Defence Materiel is the head of Defence Equipment and Support. He is a member of the Defence Council, the Defence Board, the MoD Investment Approvals Board, the MoD Research and Development Board; he chairs the Defence Logistics Board (as the process owner for end-to-end defence logistics) and is the UK's national armaments director. Chief of Defence Materiel attends the Defence Ministerial Committee by invitation.
The Commander-in-Chief Land Forces is responsible for delivering forces that are properly trained, prepared and equipped to deliver success on current and future contingent operations. He commands the Field Army, Personnel Support Command, which includes the Territorial Army, Force Development Training and the Joint Helicopter Command, which collectively comprise some 90,000 military personnel and 30,000 civilians.
The Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) is the senior British Officer in the Supreme Headquarters Allied Forces Europe and in NATO. DSACEUR acts as a deputy for SACEUR on NATO business and has particular responsibilities for force generation for operations. DSACEUR is also the Operation Commander for Operation ALTHEA, which is the EU Operation in Bosnia under the Berlin Plus agreement.
The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The individual locations of all non-deployed Pashto speakers can only be provided at disproportionate cost and details would be constrained by security considerations. In-date military Pashto speakers will be located outside Afghanistan for a number of reasons:rear-based intelligence support to operations (using Pashto); Pashto language training (instructor or continuation training); general pre-deployment training;mid tour and post tour leave;recuperation between tours (in line with Harmony Guidelines); non-language career progression needs;service employment priorities; andreturning to the reserve.
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A combined figure has been provided for Farsi and Dari as they are mutually comprehensible. The MoD does not currently have a need for trained personnel in Hazaragi or Uzbek. The numbers trained in Farsi/Dari and Pashto at lower levels are planned to increase significantly in subsequent roulements. Higher-level training (for professional and expert qualifications) enables trusted translation; lower-level training enables linguists to undertake basic military business. The majority of the higher-level capability requirement is provided by contractors and locally employed civilians.
The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The provision of official service residences has been reviewed several times in recent years to ensure that the system is appropriate, efficient and meets its objective of helping senior officers to fulfil the responsibilities of their posts. However, as part of a programme of work looking at how we can provide better value for money across the Ministry of Defence, we are currently undertaking a further study into the support provided to Ministers, senior officials and senior officers. This study covers, among other things, the provision of official service residences. We hope to conclude the study shortly.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children of service background attending private schools in the United Kingdom are paid for out of public funds; of those, how many are children of (a) officers, (b) non-commissioned officers, and (c) other ranks; and what is the total annual cost involved. [HL2590]
The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The number of children of service background attending private schools in the United Kingdom receiving public funding for the financial year 2008-09 was 9,090. This figure can be broken down as follows:
The total annual cost to the Ministry of Defence for financial year 2008-09 was £172,844,735 and includes tax and national insurance on the benefit paid to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs by the department on behalf of individuals.
In the Armed Forces, the allowance paid to service personnel to fund the education of their children in independent schools is known as the continuity of education allowance (CEA). The purpose of the CEA is to allow children of Armed Forces personnel to achieve a stable education against a background of frequent parental postings both at home and overseas.
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Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The Government are committed to supporting the enhancement and protection of the development of the Irish language and the enhancement and development of the Ulster-Scots language, heritage and culture. It continues to have a range of discussions on these matters.
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many businesses were registered in each region and country in the United Kingdom in (a) 1997, (b) 2006 and (c) 2009. (HL2752)
|Counts of Enterprises by Region and Country|
|Table 1: Average net weekly equivalised household income in the City of York Parliamentary constituency area, 2001-02 and 2007-08 1,2|
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|Mean income (before housing costs)3||Mean income (after housing costs)3|
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