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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2008, Official Report, column 64W, on armed forces: peacekeeping operations, whether the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
is involved with the analysis of member states' (a) training capacities and (b) training needs, to assess the potential added value of multi-national initiatives; and what co-ordination NATO will have in conjunction with the European Defence Agency on this issue. 
NATO is fully involved in this work. The initial survey and analysis of Allies' helicopter capabilities was conducted by NATO, including at an expert workshop at NATO HQ. The survey and workshop identified insufficient and inadequate training as a main factor limiting the number of deployable helicopters.
NATO and the European Defence Agency are co-ordinating their efforts to remedy these shortfalls through the EU NATO Capability Group.
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(1) UK regular forces includes nursing services and excludes full time reserve service personnel, Gurkhas, the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. It includes trained and untrained personnel.
(2) Actual recruitment (intake from civilian life) figures are taken from table 3 in TSP1, the latest edition is available at www.dasa.mod.uk.
(3) Recruitment target figures have been provided by the single services.
(4) Recruitment targets are not available pre financial year 2000-01.
(5) Denotes provisional and subject to review due to ongoing data validation of the joint personnel administration system (JPA).
Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2008, Official Report, column 379W, on the armed forces: USA, on how many occasions since 1997 visiting US personnel have been (a) prosecuted under UK law and (b) dealt with under US law for offences committed in the UK; and what information his Department holds on the results of such cases dealt with by the US military authorities. 
Jim Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have lost their lives in road traffic accidents involving a Land Rover TUM/TUL HS Wolf since it entered service in April 1997; and how many of these accidents have been attributed to excess speed. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 12 June 2008]: As at 31 May 2008,17 UK regular armed forces service personnel have died in road traffic accidents in Land Rover TUM/TUL HS Wolf since it entered service in April 1997.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many unsociable hours as defined by the Defence Analytical Services Agency (a) armed forces, (b) Royal Navy, (c) Army and (d) Royal Air Force personnel undertook in each of the last five years. 
The 2006-07 Survey of Continuous Working Patterns report provides estimates of the average number of unsociable hours worked per week. A five year time series by service is provided on page 10 of this report a copy of which is available in the Library of the House.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of (a) armed forces, (b) Royal Navy, (c) Army and (d) Royal Air Force personnel worked excessive hours as defined by the Defence Analytical Services Agency in each of the last five years. 
The 2006-07 Survey of Continuous Working Patterns report provides estimates of the proportion of personnel working excessive hours per week. A five year time series by service is provided on page 11 of this report a copy of which is available in the Library of the House.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: At the request of DFID, on 15 May the MOD deployed the closest available vessel to international waters near Burma as a contingency to assist with the humanitarian response if needed. HMS Westminster's capabilities include fresh water production (up to 50 metric tonnes per day), two sea boats for the transport of personnel and equipment, communications liabilities and a Merlin helicopter which could be used for reconnaissance or to transport personnel and equipment. In addition, the ship's company of around 150 personnel are trained in disaster relief.
You will be aware that the Burmese authorities formally declined the offer of assistance from naval vessels so none of these capabilities have been utilised. Following discussions with the French and US, and in the light of the UN/ASEAN Cyclone Nargis International Pledging Conference on 25 May, the decision was taken on 28 May to withdraw HMS Edinburgh to allow her to return to other tasking. The MOD, DFID and FCO continue to keep under review how the UK may best contribute to relief efforts as the consequences of Cyclone Nargis become evident.
DFID has so far committed £17 million for emergency cyclone relief, in addition to its normal funding programmes in Burma. The International Development Secretary attended the 25 May donor conference in Rangoon and gave strong support to the UN Secretary-General's efforts to press the regime to give full co-operation to the international aid effort.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the adequacy of rotary wing support for British forces operating in the Caribbean on counter-narcotics operations. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: We do not deploy military assets dedicated specifically to counter-narcotic activities. Military forces are, however, made available upon request, when operational commitments and resources allow, to support the counter-drugs activities of the law enforcement agencies, in this case, the Joint Inter Agency Task Force. Sufficient helicopters are available to fulfil that tasking.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The Royal Navy has deployed one Frigate and one Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tanker to the Caribbean for the 2008 Hurricane season from June 2008 to November 2008. Outside of the core hurricane season, the RN deploys one Royal Fleet Auxiliary Bay Class Landing Ship Dock. In both instances, the primary roles of the ships are to provide reassurance to the Overseas Territories as well as Humanitarian and Disaster relief training to local organisations, and Humanitarian and Disaster relief as co-ordinated with FCO and DFID. Concurrently, RN units contribute to the counter-narcotics and all periods at sea are devoted to Maritime Security in the round.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: We do not deploy military assets dedicated specifically to counter-narcotic activities. Military forces are, however, made available upon request, when operational commitments and resources allow, to support the counter drugs activities of the law enforcement agencies, in this case, the Joint Inter Agency Task Force.
The following table shows British helicopters deployed with Atlantic Patrol Task (North) which covers the Caribbean. It should be noted that the primary purpose of this task is the promotion of British interests in the region and the security of the overseas territories rather than counter-narcotics operations.
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