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Nuclear Liabilities

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department’s nuclear liabilities have been quantified; and how they are funded. [116180]

Des Browne: The Department’s nuclear liabilities are set out in the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts, the most recent version being those for 2005-06 (HC1394) published on 14 July 2006; a copy of which is available in the Library of the House. The estimate of the MOD’s nuclear liabilities (page 220) is £9,753,827,000.

Provision for nuclear liabilities is made within the defence budget through the estimates process.

Official Engagements

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 101W, on official engagements, what factors he took into account when deciding not to attend (a) the Defence Council Reception and (b) the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme Reception on 22 November 2006. [115947]

Derek Twigg [holding answer 16 January 2007]: My right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary had arranged to host a Defence Council reception for Commonwealth Defence Attachés on 22 November 2006 and accepted an invitation from the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme to attend a reception that evening before it had been agreed to hold the Debate on the Address concerning defence and foreign affairs on that date. The Defence Secretary closed the debate on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government.

The timing of the debate required other meetings to be re-arranged. The Defence Secretary took the view that it was better for him to be represented by other MOD Ministers at both events than to ask the organisers to delay proceedings and thereby inconvenience those attending.


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Royal Auxiliary Air Force

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force was in each year since 1997. [113066]

Derek Twigg: The data showing the inflow and outflow of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF) in each year since 2000 are given in the following table:

Number
Intake Outflow

2000

670

580

2001

300

390

2002

260

400

2003

320

320

2004

450

450

2005

340

460

2006 to October

190

180

Notes
1. Data have been rounded to the nearest 10. Numbers ending in "5" have been rounded to the nearest 20 to prevent systematic bias.
2. The inflow and outflow data have been sourced directly from RAuxAF Squadrons. Data prior to 2000 are not available. Data for the calendar year 2006 are incomplete as they record inflow and outflow up to October 2006.

Royal Naval Reserve

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow of the Royal Naval Reserve was in each year since 1997. [113047]

Derek Twigg: The following table provides inflow and outflow figures for Royal Naval Reservists for each complete financial year from 1997.

Number
Inflow Outflow

1997-98

590

400

1998-99

440

320

1999-2000

600

470

2000-01

560

590

2001-02

680

560

2002-03

540

570

2003-04

280

540

2004-05

200

530

2005-06

270

430


Senior Officers: Transport

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what regulations cover the personal use of (a) land, (b) sea and (c) air transport by senior officers. [115503]

Mr. Ingram: The regulations covering the use of land, sea and air transport by senior officers are the same as for all other ranks, and are contained within internal Ministry of Defence Joint Service Publications (JSPs), JSP800 Volume 2 Passenger Travel Instruction, and JSP341 Defence Road Transport Regulations.

I will arrange for a copy of these to be placed in the Library of the House.


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Statistics

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions in the last five years the publication date of statistics produced by his Department has been changed; what the (a) subject of the statistics, (b) (i) original and (ii) final date of publication and (c) reason for the delay was in each case; and who took the decision to delay the publication in each case. [113671]

Derek Twigg: In accordance with the National Statistics Code of Practice (2002), the Head of Profession for Statistics in the Ministry of Defence has sole responsibility for determining, pre-announcing and, if necessary, altering the dates of publication of ‘National Statistics’ produced by the Department.

Any decision to change a pre-announced publication date will be based on a range of professional considerations such as the completeness of the underlying data, their fitness for purpose, the need for consistency and coherence, the need to promote widespread access and informed debate, or any earlier accidental or wrongful release. In reaching their decision, the Head of Profession will also take into consideration the detailed procedural guidance given in the ‘National Statistics Protocol on Release Practices’. The Code and its 12 supporting Protocols are available in the Library of the House, and can also be accessed using the following address:

This Department has no historical record of the occasions on which the Head of Profession changed a pre-announced publication date in the last five years.

Submarines

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential vulnerability of submarines at sea to detection by future space-based technology. [116010]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 17 January 2007]: Careful assessment has concluded that it is unlikely over the life of the next generation of submarines there will be any radical technological breakthrough that might diminish materially the current advantages of the submarine over anti-submarine systems. Provided we continue to invest in suitable research and development on effective counter-measures, we believe the risks to the submarines operating under the surface on patrol will remain manageable.

Televisions

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel in single living accommodation have (a) a television set and (b) access to Sky TV in their rooms; how many sets have been purchased for the use of service personnel in each year since 1997; and what the cost has been in each of the last 12 months. [116642]

Derek Twigg: Televisions in communal areas of bases are free provided by non-public funds. Details of the
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number and cost of these televisions is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Television sets in private and service accommodation are licensed and provided by the individual (except in substitute single service accommodation).

New single living accommodation facilities are wired for satellite television. The actual number of personnel who have their own televisions or Sky television in their rooms is not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Territorial Army

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow of the Territorial Army was in each year since 1997. [113048]

Derek Twigg: The following table shows the intake and outflow of TA personnel during the period 1 October 2003 to 31 October 2006. October 2003 is the earliest date for which reliable TA inflow and outflow data are available.

Inflow and outflow of the Territorial Army by calendar year( 1, 2, 3, 4)
Calendar year Inflow( 5) Outflow( 6)

2003 (1 October to 31 December)

3,360

2,370

2004

7,690

9,410

2005

8,650

8,240

2006 (up to 31 October)

6,800

8,670

(1) The data exclude full-time reserve service (FTRS), non-regular permanent staff (NRPS) and mobilised TA but includes the officer training corps (OTC).
(2) The data are based on flows during the period 1 October 2003 to 31 December 2003, calendar years 2004 and 2005, and 2006 to 31 October.
(3) The data have been rounded to the nearest 10, numbers ending in ‘5’ have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to avoid systematic bias.
(4) Figures are for both officers and soldiers.
(5) Inflow figures include all inflow e.g. intake from civil life and intake from other parts of the armed forces, but does not include the inflow of personnel returning from mobilisation.
(6) Outflow figures exclude those personnel who became mobilised.

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what changes in the Territorial Army (TA) structure in Scotland are planned as a result of TA rebalancing; which (a) headquarters and (b) centres (i) have been and (ii) are planned to be closed; and if he will make a statement; [115427]

(2) what the Territorial Army’s (TA) current strength is in Scotland, broken down by (a) regiment, (b) battalion, (c) company and (d) squadron; what the recruitment targets are; what changes are envisaged as a result of the TA rebalancing exercise; and if he will make a statement. [115428]

Derek Twigg: Under Territorial Army rebalancing, there are a number of changes to the Territorial Army structure in Scotland which involves the relocation of units between Territorial Army Centres (TAC), changes in manpower liability and changes in trades of some Territorial Army soldiers and officers; the key elements of which are shown in the following list:


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Sub Unit/Detachment Disbandment.

Sub Units and Detachments to be disbanded under TA Rebalancing :

Formations on New Units.

The following new Sub Units/Detachments will form under TA Rebalancin g:

Other Changes :

As a result of Territorial Army rebalancing, the Territorial Army presence in Scotland sees an overall net increase in manpower liability of 83 (from 3,563 to 3,648 officers and soldiers); an ongoing process which is due to be complete by 2010. There are no current plans to close any Territorial Army headquarters or centres under rebalancing, however, their use may change as the role of units utilising these sites change throughout the rebalancing process.

Details of the current strength of the Territorial Army in Scotland (as at 11 January 2007) are shown in the following table(1):


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Regiment/battalion Company/squadron Current strength (all ranks)

HQ 51 Brigade

70

Queen’s Own Yeomanry

A Squadron

55

Queen’s Own Yeomanry

C Squadron

54

105 Regiment Royal Artillery

207 Battery

129

105 Regiment Royal Artillery

212 Battery

91

71 Engineer Regiment

Regimental HQ & HQ Squadron

93

71 Engineer Regiment

102 Squadron

97

32 Signal Regiment

Regimental HQ & HQ Squadron

85

32 Signal Regiment

2 Signal Squadron

69

32 Signal Regiment

51 Signal Squadron

70

32 Signal Regiment

52 Signal Squadron

71

32 Signal Regiment

61 Signal Squadron

91

6 SCOTS

Regimental HQ & HQ Company

73

6 SCOTS

A Company

79

6 SCOTS

B Company

68

6 SCOTS

C Company

81

6 SCOTS

D Company

43

7 SCOTS

Regimental HQ & HQ Company

62

7 SCOTS

A Company

135

7 SCOTS

B Company

81

7 SCOTS

C Company

74

7 SCOTS

D Company

79

7 SCOTS

E Company

44

4 Parachute Regiment

15 Company

95

Scottish Transport Regiment

Regimental HQ & HQ Squadron

60

Scottish Transport Regiment

221 Squadron

105

Scottish Transport Regiment

230 Squadron

85

Scottish Transport Regiment

231 Squadron

149

Scottish Transport Regiment

251 Squadron

87

Scottish Transport Regiment

125 Squadron

84

205 Field Hospital

397

225 Field Ambulance

42

5 Royal Military Police

243 Provost Company

45

2 Signal Squadron

69

3 Flight Army Air Corp

14

206 Field Hospital

144 Parachute Squadron

12

23 Military Intelligence Company

55

101 Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

153 Workshop Company

64

Total strength

3,157


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