Previous Section Index Home Page

4 Oct 2004 : Column 1880W—continued

Military Operating Structures

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the operating structures of the (a) Queen's and Light Division and (b) Prince of Wales and King's Division. [188782]


 
4 Oct 2004 : Column 1881W
 

Mr. Ingram: I have assumed that the hon. Member is referring to the Regimental structure of the Divisions in Question and have answered the question accordingly. This information is provided in the following table:
DivisionComprising of:
The Queen's DivisionThe Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
The Royal Anglian Regiment
The London Regiment
Light DivisionThe Light Infantry
The Royal Green Jackets
Prince of Wales DivisionThe Devonshire and Dorset Regiment
The Cheshire Regiment
The Royal Welch Fusiliers
The Royal Regiment of Wales
The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment
The Staffordshire Regiment
King's DivisionThe King's Own Royal Border Regiment
The King's Regiment
The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire
The Green Howards
The Queen's Lancashire Regiment
The Duke of Wellington's Regiment

 
4 Oct 2004 : Column 1882W
 

MOD Land

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the land in Scotland not owned or leased by his Department but over which it has limited rights, including areas of foreshore; and if he will make a statement. [173439]

Mr. Caplin: The information requested is set out as follows.
List of current land over which MOD has limited rights

LocationDate
DERA Hebrides RangeSouth UistRestrictions and access1 November 1968
DERA Hebrides RangeSouth UistCompensation payment for restrictive rights over areas of land known as danger areas19 May 1973
Galloway Trg. AreaGalloway ForestTraining area1 January 1987
Cultybraggan Trg. CampCultybragganLand for dry training23 September 1989
Tighnablair Trg. AreaCultybragganLand for Army training1 June 1990
Barry BuddonBarry BuddonLightkeepers House1 September 1990
Lossie Forest Trg. AreaLossie ForestLand for training1 January 1992
Tighnablair Trg. AreaCultybragganLand for Army training16 May 1992
Castle Kennedy Trg. AreaCastle Kennedy AirfieldArmy training1 January 1993
Ardgarten Trg. AreaArdgarten ForestTraining landl July 1993
Glutt FieldGlutt FieldFiring range16 February 1994
Ardgarten Training AreaGlencroe HillTraining land1 June 1994
Loch Ewe Trg. AreaGairloch EstateArmy training area1 October 1995
Loch Ewe Trg. AreaInveran EstateArmy training area1 October 1995
Loch Ewe Trg. AreaBig Sands EstateArmy training area1 October 1995
Cultybraggan Trg. CampLochearnTraining rights1 April 1996
Cultybraggan Trg. CampBennybeg CragsClimbing Training1 April 1996
CharterhallCharterhallTraining Area12 August 1996
Wyvis EstateEvantonTraining area2l October 1996
Grantown-on-SpeyRAF OAC Grantown-on-SpeyArea of land for training1 April 1997
Grantown-on-SpeyRAF OAC Grantown-on-SpeyArea of land for training1 April 1997
InvernessLeiterchuillin CragsLease of training rights1 April 1998
Wolfehopelee ForestWolfehopelee ForestTraining area1 January 1999
GrandtullyAberfeldyTraining rights1 July 1999
DalbeattieEdingham Fibua SiteTraining rights15 January 2000
Loch FyneNoise Trials RangeLease of land20 March 2000
Loch Ewe Trg. AreaTournaig EstateTraining rights1 April 2000
GallowayGallowayAccess track to trg. area1 April 2001
Loch Ewe Trg. AreaAultbea EstateTraining rights1 April 2002
MachrihanishMachrihanish Trg. AreaLand for military training1 April 2002
South KintyreSouth Kintyre Trg. AreaLand for training1 April 2002
South Kintyre Trg. AreaSouth KintyreLand for military training1 April 2002
South KintyreSouth Kintyre Trg. AreaLand for military training1 April 2002
Balduff Training AreaBalduffLease of land for military training1 May 2002
Balduff Training AreaBalduffLease of land for military training1 May 2002
Balduff Training AreaBalduffLease of land for military training1 May 2002
Balduff Training AreaBalduffLease of land for military Training1 May 2002
Huntleys CaveGrantown-on-SpeyRock climbing1 April 2003

Location (no particular establishment overseeing)A right in Perpetuity is usually associated with a facility owned by the MOD and restricts the landowner in undertaking certain types of activity or development. The Terminable rights are in association with leased with leased land and usually terminate at the same time as the lease expiresStart date
SouthqueensferryRestrictive rights in PerpetuityJuly 1863
MilltownRestrictive rights in PerpetuityFebruary 1955
Saxa VordRestrictive rights in PerpetuityMarch 1960
Rona and Raasay IslesRestrictive rights TerminableApril 1961
Craigowl HillRestrictive rights TerminableFebruary 1962
SkipnessRestrictive rights TerminableFebruary 1963
AultbeaRestrictive rights TerminableOctober 1963
BlackdogRestrictive rights in PerpetuityFebruary 1964
CultybragganRestrictive rights in PerpetuityNovember 1966
BenbeculaRestrictive rights TerminableSeptember 1967
BurntislandRestrictive rights TerminableDecember 1967
South UistRestrictive rights in PerpetuityNovember 1968
CoveseaRestrictive rights TerminableDecember 1968
UigRestrictive rights in PerpetuityJune 1969
WickRestrictive rights TerminableNovember 1969
MachrihanishRestrictive rights TerminableDecember 1971
EskdalemuirRestrictive rights TerminableSeptember 1972
CrimondRestrictive rights in PerpetuityJune 1973
ClyinderRestrictive rights in PerpetuityOctober 1973
ApplecrossRestrictive rights in PerpetuityOctober 1974
RosneathRestrictive rights in PerpetuityNovember 1975
St. KildaRestrictive rights TerminableApril 1976
CastlelawRestrictive rights TerminableSeptember 1977
Barry BuddonRestrictive rights in PerpetuityMarch 1978
PerthRestrictive rights TerminableApril 1981
North UistRestrictive rights in PerpetuityMay 1981
AviemoreRestrictive rights TerminableNovember 1982
CharterhallRestrictive rights TerminableMay 1985
StrathallenRestrictive rights TerminableAugust 1986
DrymenRestrictive rights in PerpetuityMarch 1987

 
4 Oct 2004 : Column 1883W
 

Nimrod

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to retain the skilled workforce at Woodford between the development and production phases of the Nimrod MRA4 through the commissioning of lead items. [188148]

Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 17 May 2004, Official Report, column 667W.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of the upgrade of the Nimrod R1 aircraft, how many aircraft are involved; when the work is due (a) to begin and (b) to be completed; what the life span of the upgraded aircraft will be; and if he will make a statement. [188150]

Mr. Ingram: Under Project Helix the mission systems on the RAF's three Nimrod Rl aircraft are due to be upgraded, together with associated ground stations and training facilities. The assessment phase for the project began in April 2004 and the demonstration and manufacture phase is planned to start in 2007. The full project is due to be completed in 2018 at an estimated total cost of over £400 million (VAT inclusive).

Under current plans the Nimrod Rl will have a service life well into this century.

Operational Deployments

Mr. Flook: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the last three operational deployments were and what the length between each has been for (a) 40 Commando, (b) 42 Commando, (c) 45 Commando and (d) Head Quarters, Royal Marines. [189402]

Mr. Ingram: The last three operational deployments of the Royal Marine units specified are:

40 Commando

A single company was deployed to Afghanistan from November 2001 to November 2002, followed by a gap of one month before the whole unit was deployed to Operation Telic (Iraq) from January 2003 to April 2003.
 
4 Oct 2004 : Column 1884W
 
A further gap of 14 months ensued before re-deployment of the whole unit to Operation Telic in July 2004.

42 Commando

The whole unit was deployed to Operation Silkman (Sierra Leone) from September 2001 to November 2001; a subsequent gap of three months was followed by deployment of the whole unit to Operation Banner (Northern Ireland) for the period March 2002 to September 2002, thence a gap of four months before it deployed to Operation Telic from February 2003 to May 2003.

45 Commando

The whole unit was deployed to Operation Jacana (Afghanistan) for the period April 2002 to July 2002. A gap of six months ensued before the bulk of the unit was deployed to Operation Telic for the period February 2003 to May 2003. A subsequent gap of six months was followed by deployment of the whole unit to Operation Banner from December 2003 to June 2004.

Headquarters Royal Marines

Headquarters Royal Marines was disestablished as a result of the Fleet FIRST reorganisation in 2002. However, it was not a deployable headquarters. HQ 3 Commando Brigade however, deployed to Operation Agricola (Kosovo) from August 2000 to February 2001, with a gap of 12 months before deployment to Operation Jacana from March 2002 to July 2002. A further gap of five months was followed by deployment to Operation Telic from January 2003 to May 2003.

The dates given represent when the main bulk of the unit was deployed, because the deployment to, and recovery from an operation, are protracted and multi-phased.


Next Section Index Home Page