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Challenger 2 Tanks

Lord Vivian asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: Former Royal Armoured Corps training establishments are now part of the Army Training and Recruiting Agency (ATRA). The Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) Gunnery School, Lulworth, the Armour and Reconnaissance Wing of the AFV Driving and Maintenance School, Bovington, and the AFV Command and Information Systems (CIS) School, Bovington, all of which form part of the Armour Centre (formerly the RAC Centre), currently share 22 Challenger 2 main battle tanks.

The tank squadron at Warminster is part of the Land Warfare Training Centre (LWTC) battle group, which provides support to both individual and collective training and exercises. The current LWTC tank squadron is A Squadron, one Royal Tank Regiment, which holds 15 Challenger 2 tanks.

Thirty-two Challenger 2 tanks are held at the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS).

In addition, tanks not required for other uses are held at the Defence Supply and Distribution Agency depot at Ashchurch. The number held there on any one day will depend on how many are required for all other uses, including the armoured regiments, training establishments, trials work, or the repair pool. On 4 July 2003, there were 17 tanks held at Ashchurch, including some waiting to be called forward for inspection and/or repair.

Army Personnel Centre: Key Targets

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: The chief executive of the Army Personnel Centre has been set the following key targets for 2003–04:


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    performance was the maintenance of 94 per cent of posts manned.


    2. To maintain at 98 per cent the proportion of personnel posted in-year by the APC whose rank and service qualifications meet the specifications of the post. The 2002–03 performance was 97.5 per cent of personnel posted in-year who met the specifications of the post.


    3. To maintain at 65 per cent the percentage of in-year postings authorised by the APC where personnel are given at least 4 months' notification. The 2002–03 output was 64.8 per cent of personnel given at least 4 months' notification.


    4. To remain within 0 per cent to 1 per cent of the annual resource allocation while achieving targets. The 2002–03 performance was within 0.99 per cent of the annual resource allocation.

Training Group Defence Agency: Key Targets

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What key targets have been set for the Training Group Defence Agency for financial year 2003–04.[HL4092]

Lord Bach: The Commander-in-Chief, Royal Air Force Personnel & Training Command has set the chief executive of the Training Group Defence Agency the following targets for Financial Year 2003–04.

Key Target 1a:

Training Output—Quantity of Output (Ab Initio Flying Training)

To train the required number of aircrew of the three Services to standards for entry to Royal Air Force and Royal Navy operational conversion unit training, the Defence Helicopter Flying School and other specialist flying training courses.

Number
Fast-Jet Pilots67
Multi-Engine Pilots62
Rotary Wing Pilots37
Fast-Jet Weapons Systems Operators28
Multi-Engine Weapons Systems Operators9
Rotary Wing Weapons Systems Operators5
Non-Commissioned Aircrew103
Total311

Key Target 1b:

Training Output—Quantity of Output (Ab Initio Ground Training)

To train the detailed number of military personnel to the standards required to undertake ground appointments.

Number
Officer Initial Specialist Training339
Airman Initial Specialist Training2,504
Total2,843

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Key Target 2a:

Training Output—Quantity of Output—Training Places (Flying)

To train aircrew of the three Services to standards for entry to the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy operational conversion unit training, the Defence Helicopter Flying School and other specialist flying training courses, as well as providing training places for international students.

Number
Flying Training Courses—RN202
Flying Training Courses—Army374
RAF Flying Instructor Courses150
RAF Refresher & Orientation Courses170
RAF Specialist & Operational Courses240
Flying Training (International)92
Total1,228

Key Target 2b:

Training Output—Quantity of Output—Training Places (Ground)

To train military personnel to the standards required to undertake ground appointments.

Number
Pre-employment Training16,029
Career Development Training6,562
Total22,591

Key Target 3:

Quality of Output

To underpin the military effectiveness of the Royal Air Force by the timely provision of military personnel trained to the standards agreed with the agency's customers.

Key Target 4:

Cost Management

To ensure that the necessary systems are in place to manage the business on an output-cost basis.

Key Target 5:

Efficiency

To reduce the average per capita cost of initial training measured as a cumulative improvement on 2001–02 costs.

Army Training and Recruitment Agency: Key Targets

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What key targets have been set for Army Training and Recruiting Agency for financial year 2003–04.[HL4093]

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Lord Bach: The chief executive of the Army Training and Recruitment Agency has been set the following key targets for 2003–04:


    1. To meet the Army's requirement from the ATRA for 600 trained mainstream officers available to take up their first appointment within a permissible variance of 2 per cent. The 2002–03 performance was an output of 604.


    2. To meet the Army's requirement from the ATRA for 9,400 soldiers available to take up their first appointment within a permissible variance of +1 to –2 per cent. The 2002–03 performance was an output of 9,264.


    3. To achieve a 98 per cent first-time pass rate to externally endorsed training standards and within course duration for all officers who undergo career or professional development training after meeting entry standards. The 2002–03 performance was a first-time pass rate of 93.6 per cent.


    4. To achieve a 96 per cent first-time pass rate to externally endorsed training standards and within course duration for all soldiers who undergo career or professional development training after meeting entry standards. The 2002–03 performance was a first time pass rate of 94.8 per cent.


    5. Subject to realism caveats, to reduce the per capita cost of training a successful military recruit to £52,200 by April 2006. The 2002–03 performance discounted for the effect of the estate revaluation, was £53,400 against a target of £54,000.

Service Children's Education: Targets

Lord Davies of Coity asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What key targets have been set for Service Children's Education for financial year 2003–04.[HL4094]

Lord Bach: The chief executive of Service Children's Education has been set the following key targets for 2003–04.

To meet the following percentage of pupils achieving Level 2 or above at the end of key stage 1 in:


    Reading: 91 per cent


    Writing: 93 per cent


    Mathematics: 95 per cent

To meet the following percentage of pupils achieving Level 4 or above at the end of key stage 2 in:


    Reading: 85 per cent


    Writing: 69 per cent


    English: 80 per cent


    Mathematics: 81 per cent


    Science: 91 per cent

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To meet the following percentage of pupils achieving Level 5 or above at the end of key stage 3 in:


    English: 79 per cent


    Mathematics: 79 per cent


    Science: 78 per cent


    ICT: 68 per cent

For Year 11 pupils in SCE to meet the following key stage 4 (GCSE) targets:


    Pupils achieving five or more GCSE passes at Grades A*–G: 96 per cent


    Pupils achieving five or more GCSE passes at Grades A*–C: 57 per cent

To maintain the following three-year rolling average percentage of achieving five or more higher (A*–C) in GCSE of 54 per cent.

For pupils in SCE to meet the following key stage 5 (A–level) targets:


    Subject entries achieving passes at Grades A–E: 100 per cent


    Subject entries achieving passes at Grades A–C: 65 per cent

To maintain the following three-year rolling average of subject entries achieving passes at grades A–C at A–level of 65 per cent

Ofsted UK LEA performance—to meet the following standards in Ofsted reports of inspections of SCE schools:


    Quality, school climate, management and efficiency—Grade 3 or above: 100 per cent


    Standards—Grade 3 or above: 96 per cent


    School climate—Grade 2 or above: 96 per cent


    Standards—Grade 2 or above: 65 per cent


    Quality, management and efficiency—Grade 2 or above: 85 per cent

To respond in full to customers seeking education advice from SCE(UK) within the following timescales:


    93 per cent within 10 working days of receipt.


    Remainder within 20 working days of receipt.

The key stage 1 to key stage 2 value added score for SCE will show an index of at least 100.

Customer Satisfaction

To demonstrate customer satisfaction with SCE schools through a result of 69 per cent or greater "satisfaction" from the Army continuous attitude surveys.

To develop customer performance criteria on the efficiency and effectiveness of SCE headquarters for incorporation as a key target for 2004 and beyond.


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