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Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why his Department discounts flying pay for flight lieutenants as pensionable pay in the final reckoning of service pension paid to qualified pilots. 
Mr. Touhig: Pension benefits paid under the Armed Forces Pension Schemes, like other public sector pension schemes, are calculated on basic pay only. Any additions, such as specialist pay or allowances are not included because these are earned intermittently, rather than all the way through an individual's career.
Mr. Touhig: Members of the reserve forces who serveon a full time reserve service commitment or an additional duties commitment are pensioned in accordance with administrative arrangements made under the Armed Forces Pension Scheme 75 or the Reserve Forces Pension Scheme. Aside from mobilised service, volunteer reserve service does not attract entitlement to an armed forces pension because the terms and conditions of service are entirely different from those of the regulars. It attracts payment of an annual bounty in recognition of the different nature of the commitment. Volunteer reserves have an option to make pension savings through the Armed Forces Stakeholder pension scheme.
BAE Systems Land Systems has had frequent dialogue with the Environment Agency regarding its chemical licenses. There is an agreed process to revoke the chemical licenses for sites and this will be undertaken in line with the company's decommissioning programmes for the Chorley and Bridgwater sites.
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Mr. Ingram: The low frequency active sonar operated by the Royal Navy is known as Sonar 2087. The Ministry of Defence has conducted environmental impact assessments of marine habitats in which Sonar 2087 might operate. These assessments indicated that the use of Sonar 2087, as with underwater sound generally, has the potential to impact on the marine environment. A range of rigorous mitigation measures have been developed to minimise this and they are integral to Royal Navy operating procedures. There have been no recorded incidents of harm being caused to marine life by Sonar 2087. We continue to support a sustained programme of research into the effects of active sonar.
The new establishment figure for the Territorial Army Medical Services will be 5,268. This excludes the Officer Training Corps and Full Time Regular Service, Non Regular Permanent Staff and Regular Army personnel.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tours each regiment of the Royal Armoured Corps has undertaken in the last five years; what the (a) location and (b) length was of each; and what the length of time was between each deployment. 
Mr. Ingram: The following table contains information on the tour intervals between unaccompanied regimental or formed sub-unit level operational deployments by the Royal Armoured Corps (including the Household Cavalry Regiment) in the past five years.
|The Household Cavalry Regiment||Bosnia (sub-unit) October 2001 to September 2002||3 months||Iraq (sub-unit) February to July 2003||2.5 months||Bosnia (sub-unit) October 2003 to March 2004||0.5 month||Iraq (Regt minus) April to October 2004|||
|1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards||Bosnia (sub-unit) October 2000 to September 2001||16 months||Iraq February to June 2003||1 6 months||Iraq November 2004 to April 2005|||||||
|The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys)||Iraq February to June 2003||26 months||Iraq November 2005 to date|||||||||||
|The Royal Dragoon Guards||Iraq November 2004 to April 2005|||||||||||||||
|The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish)||Kosovo (Regiment minus) November 2001 to April 2002||n/a||Kosovo (sub-unit) May to October 2002||12 months||Iraq November 2003April 2004|||||||
|9th/12th Royal Lancers (The Prince of Wales' s)||Kosovo (sub-unit) March to June 2001||21 months||Bosnia (sub-unit) April to October 2003||1 months||Iraq (Regt minus) November 2003 to April 2004||1 8 months||Iraq November 2005 to date|
|The King's Royal Hussars||Northern Ireland December 2002 to July 2003||21 months||Iraq May to October 2005|||||||||||
|The Light Dragoons||Bosnia (sub-unit) October 2002 to March 2003||4 months||Iraq August to October 2003||1 8 months||Iraq May to October 2005|||||||
|The Queen's Royal Lancers||Bosnia (sub-unit) May to October 2001||15 months||Kosovo May to October 2002||12 months||Iraq May -October 2004|||||||
|2nd Royal Tank Regiment||Kosovo March to June 2001||19 months||Iraq (sub unit only from June to November)|
February to November 2003
|1 3 months||Kosovo (sub-unit) May to November 2005|||||||
Mr. Jim Murphy: The Cabinet Office Strategy Board was replaced by a new Cabinet Office board in November 2005. These changes were made to provide better governance and leadership in order to help create a more effective Department. The current board membership is:
The Chief Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister (David Bennett) and the Cabinet Office Minister's private secretary also attend. David Bennett does not attend for staffing discussions.
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The board's role is to steer and manage the business of the Department in accordance with ministerial priorities. It routinely considers HR, finance issues. Its current and future work programme includes consideration of business continuity planning, risk, leadership within the Cabinet office, the future direction of the Cabinet Office, performance management. Its responsibilities include:
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