|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 31 October 2006, Official Report, column 335W, to the hon. Member for Congleton (Ann Winterton). Given the small number and specialist role of these vehicles, I do not intend to give precise details on the number available for deployment for reasons of operational security.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has undertaken to assess the impact of newly developed combat body armour on the frequency and severity of injury to combat personnel. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 22 January 2007]: The development of current and future types of body armour has been and continues to be supported by a wide range of research and analysis. This includes: biomedical research focusing on armour placement and coverage, as well as the medical treatment of casualties; the assessment of the protective properties of individual materials; and the use of war-gaming models to determine overall combat effectiveness of particular body armour designs. No specific data has been collated to determine scientifically the success of new designs in reducing injury and saving lives. Anecdotal evidence, however, points clearly to the effectiveness and popularity of these systems.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes he has initiated in departmental vetting requirements (a) between September 2001 and July 2005 and (b) since July 2005. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 23 January 2007]: Ministry of Defence vetting requirements reflect criteria laid down by Government and set out in the Prime Ministers Statement on vetting on 15 December 1994, Official Report, columns 764-6W. Following a Cabinet Office Review of Personnel Security that concluded in May 2004, new processes for a standard approach to Developed Vetting, across government, were introduced in April 2006. A new Baseline Personnel Security Standard replacing the current Basic Check is currently being introduced.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Marine, (c) Army, (d) RAF and (e) civilian personnel in his Department are stationed abroad; and in which countries. 
|Global location of UK regular forces at 1 October 2006|
|Location||Royal Navy||Royal Marines||Army||RAF( 1)|
|(1) Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system for RAF, location data for 1 April 2006 are provisional and subject to review.|
(2) Denotes zero or rounded to zero.
(3) Elsewhere includes all locations where five or less service personnel are stationed.
(4) Unknown Army personnel are those known to be abroad but who are recorded against the Y List (as such, the location of these personnel cannot be determined from centrally available databases). Personnel are assigned to the Y List when they are temporarily non effective for defined reasons including terminal leave, maternity and long term detention.
1. UK Regular Forces includes nursing services and excludes full-time reserve service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment, mobilised reservists and Naval Activated Reservists. It includes trained and untrained personnel.
2. RAF data are situated at 1 April 2006. Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system for RAF, location data after 1 April 2006 are unavailable.
3. Location is based on the posted location of the unit/posting which an individual is recorded against. Personnel deployed on operations to an area away from their posted unit location are shown against their posted unit location.
4. Personnel in naval parties are classed as posted to the naval party and so are shown against the location of the naval party.
5. Locations shown are those where more than five service personnel are stationed.
6. Personnel who are overseas temporarily are recorded against the location of their home port/unit.
7. Due to the rounding methods used totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. When rounding to 10, numbers ending in five have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.
|Global location of civilian personnel at 1 October 2006|
|Location at 1 October 2006||Civilian staff in full-time equivalent (FTE) terms|
|(1) Elsewhere includes all locations where five or less FTE are stationed, plus 180 staff serving afloat.|
1. Figures include locally engaged civilians and UK staff posted abroad. Postings abroad include any staff recorded centrally as employed outside the United Kingdom at 1 October 2006.
2. Locations shown are those where more than five FTE are stationed.
3. Figures are shown in full-time equivalent terms i.e. part-timers are counted proportionately based on number of hours worked.
4. Due to the rounding methods used totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. When rounding to 10, numbers ending in five have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|