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Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what type of aircraft (a) constitute the airlift capacity and (b) are planned to constitute the airlift capacity in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2015; and what tonnage this (A) comprises and (B) is planned to comprise in each year. 
|Number of aircraft||Maximum capacity (tonnes) for fleet||Number of aircraft||Maximum capacity (tonnes) for fleet|
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme as it applies to servicemen and women who have experienced hearing loss. 
I have recently replied to a letter from Dr. John Low, Chief Executive of the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID) and the Department has also responded to a letter from Mr. Chris Underwood who is the RNID's Campaign Manager. Both raised concerns about the 50dB threshold used to determine eligibility for awards under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme where bilateral noise induced
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sensorineural hearing loss has resulted from military service. I have offered to meet Dr. Low to discuss his concerns.
In general, all Combined Cadet Force contingents begin by providing Army detachments, and subsequently providing detachments of the other armed forces, should there be a requirement, when the contingent is well established.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what lessons he has drawn from past counter-insurgency campaigns overseas on the effects of announcing in advance timetables for the withdrawal of forces. 
John Reid: The Government seek to apply lessons learned from past campaigns wherever possible, including through the Ministry of Defence's operational audit process. In particular, we believe that the United Kingdom force levels in all operations, including those with a counter-insurgency dimension, should be a function of the operational requirement for forces, not of artificial timetables.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the critical manning groups which have been identified in each of the three services; and what the shortfall against requirement was in each case. 
Mr. Touhig [holding answer 5 July 2005]: The critical manning groups identified by each service and the shortfalls against requirement, as at 30 June 2005 and rounded to the nearest 10, are as follows:
|Submarine Nuclear Watchkeepers||120||170|
|Leading Hand Warfare||1,300||1,810|
|Submarine Leading Hand Communicators||40||80|
|Leading Air Engineering Mechanics||390||580|
|Royal Marines (marine rank)||2,520||3,100|
|Petty Officer Marine Warfare||40||60|
|Fast Jet Pilot||60||70|
|Leading Aircraft Controller||50||70|
|Air Engineering Mechanics||970||1,140|
|Explosives Ordinance Disposal||520||700|
|Clerk of Works||210||270|
|Mechanical Engineering Fitter||540||600|
|Communications Systems Engineer||730||960|
|Information Systems Engineer||280||380|
|Military Intelligence Operator||880||1,330|
|Military Intelligence Linguist||220||230|
|Human Intelligence Operator||40||80|
|General Medical Practitioner||110||210|
|Roval Air Force|
|Fighter Controller (Squadron Leaders and below)||320||400|
|Provost/Security (Squadron Leaders and below)||140||170|
|Admin Training (Squadron Leaders and below)||230||260|
|Medical Support Officers||70||90|
|Weapon Systems Operator Linguist||40||70|
|Air Load Master||480||510|
|Ground Engineering Technician||590||640|
|RAF Regiment Gunner||1,840||1,940|
|Ground Equipment Technician||680||740|
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the total cost of the Defence Assistance Fund was for each of the last four years; how much of that funding in each year was used to promote military exports; and what the allocated funding is for 200506; 
(2) what the cost of the Defence Assistance Fund was for the last year for which figures are available; how much of the funding was used to promote military exports; and what the allocated funding is for 200506. 
John Reid: Defence Assistance Fund (DAF) expenditure was £7.2 million in 200102; £9.7 million in 200203, £10.4 million in 200304 and £13.5 million in 200405. Of this, the amount spent on supporting defence exports was £5 million in 200102; £4.2 million in 200203, £6 million in 20032004 and £4.7 million in 200405. The DAF allocation for 200506 is £17.6 million.
Mr. Touhig: Until 200102 details of the Ministry of Defence's expenditure on advertising were included in those for advertising and publicity" in the annual departmental performance reports, copies of which were placed in the Library of the House.
The introduction of resource accounting and budgeting (RAB) in the Ministry of Defence has changed the way in which we account for and record our expenditure. Under RAB there is no specific heading for recording expenditure on advertising. This expenditure is included in the figures for publicity and recruiting" but these figures could be separated only at disproportionate cost. The final outturn figure for publicity and recruiting, which includes advertising, for 200203, was £52.5 million and for 200304 they were £53.6 million.
Mr. Touhig: The Fire Study 2000 recommendations are the subject of an ongoing implementation programme. It is planned to introduce a single, fully integrated and regionally based structure for the delivery of fire services, in line with Fire Study 2000, by the end of September 2006, and this has been accompanied by a review of the delivery of training at national, regional and local level and a rationalisation of vehicle and equipment requirements. As also recommended by Fire Study 2000, the introduction of specialist sponsored reserves for overseas deployments is also being developed.
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