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Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean : Thirty-five thousand copies of Modernising Defence, The Annual Report of Defence Activity 1998-99, have been produced. The cost of designing and printing the document was £8,403, or 24 pence a copy. They are still being distributed and distribution costs are not separately identifiable.
The Naval Service, including the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, offer five and ten-year extensions beyond 22 years to specially selected senior rates, and to all ratings selected for promotion to Warrant Officer.
The Army has recently confirmed that it will maintain a 22-year career as standard, but is keen to maximise use of experienced personnel beyond this point where appropriate. Selected Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers are currently able to serve beyond 22 years, up to the age of 55,
A revised engagement structure, based on the principle of up or out", to maintain promotion flow, was introduced into the RAF on 1 April 1986. Except in some specialist trades, ground trades personnel join on a nine-year engagement and, subject to satisfactory performance and a personnel requirement, may extend to 12 or 15 years' service. Those promoted to corporal, progress to a 22-year engagement. Service beyond this point is linked to further promotion and a manning requirement. The RAF is developing a number of measures to address concerns about reduced promotion opportunities following reductions in the Service over the last decade.
The Job Shop" on the Internet is a means of advertising posts in the Territorial Army and is not, therefore, used directly to recruit Regular Army personnel. We do not maintain records identifying how many individuals have obtained Territorial Army posts as a result of using this facility.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: We have no plans to change the current system. It is Ministry of Defence policy not to have a union or federation for Service personnel. Service pay and allowances, and the charges related to services provided, are governed by an independent Pay Review Body. In addition, Service personnel have statutory redress of complaint procedures under which they have the right to submit a complaint to the Defence Council. The details of these procedures are kept under review. However, the Ministry of Defence does have agreements with a number of major unions and concessions with
No restrictions are placed upon attendance at meetings or training courses organised by civilian trade unions and professional associations, provided that Service personnel do not attend in uniform, service duties are not impeded, and that no action is taken which would bring the Service into disrepute. The Armed Forces must maintain a position of political neutrality. Service personnel may not participate in industrial action or in any form of political activity organised by a civilian trade union or professional organisation to which they belong.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Her Majesty's Government did not withdraw from the HORIZON Programme. The UK, France and Italy agreed in April 1999 to terminate the programme after its Project Definition and Initial Design Phase scheduled to complete in October 1999. The requirement to replace the RN's Type 42 Anti-Air Warfare Destroyers will now be met by the national Type 45 Destroyer Programme, with the first ship planned to enter service in 2007.
This programme will incorporate where possible the work completed on HORIZON and will also encompass the continuing collaboration with France and Italy on the Principal Anti-Air Warfare Missile System (PAAMS) which will be fitted to the Type 45. The contract for PAAMS Full Scale Engineering Development and Initial Production was placed by France on behalf of the three nations on 11 August 1999.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The cost of developing and producing modern defence equipment is such that co-operation with other nations is often an attractive option. By sharing the costs of development and achieving lower production costs through longer
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: All three officer training establishments spend a proportion of course time teaching military history pertinent to their respective Service. The relevance of content and time spent is reviewed on a regular basis and alterations are made when it is considered that the course can be improved. Each Service is presently satisfied with its teaching of military history and the time allocated to it.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: the MoD is currently producing a Strategic Development Plan for the Defence Estate of Greater London. The future of RAF Northolt forms a part of this work. While significant progress has been made, the work is still some way from completion and I am not able to give a date for the publication of the findings. It would be inappropriate for me to comment on any specific
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The last 12-month period for which figures are available is January to December 1998. In that year there were a total of 13,575 aircraft movements, a movement being defined as a take-off or landing. This total was made up of 4,626 movements by RAF aircraft, 110 movements by civilian aircraft on UK Government business, 1,838 movements by other military aircraft and 6,997 civilian aircraft movements, of which 6,257
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