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Robert Neill: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1049W, on the Valuation Office: Northern Ireland Land and Property Services, if he will place in the Library a copy of minutes of the (a) 47th, (b) 48th and (c) 49th meetings. 
Mr. Timms: A copy of the minutes of the 49th meeting of the Steering Committee on Harmonisation (Practice and Procedure) England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland will be placed in the Library.
The specific information requested is available only at disproportionate cost. However, HM Revenue and Customs processed more than 14 million items as change of circumstances between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2008. The changes may not necessarily have led to a change in the calculation of a tax credit
award, while some awards may have changed more than once. This figure includes the processing of change of circumstances notifications and changes made following some IT upgrades.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many incidents of (a) theft and (b) vandalism have been reported in relation to British military supplies during transit from the port of debarkation in Pakistan to the final destination in Afghanistan in each month in 2009 to date. 
Bill Rammell: There have been no incidents of theft or vandalism reported on British military supplies during transit from the port of debarkation in Pakistan to the final destination in Afghanistan during 2009.
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements there are for the training of RAF pilots in air-to-air refuelling techniques before Tornado GR4s deploy to Afghanistan. 
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2009, Official Report, column 828W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, what his estimate is of the number of troops likely to be required by Regional Command South in October 2009. 
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow rate was of RAF pilot crew for each aircraft type in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
|Aircraft type||Outflow||Percentage rate|
Outflows are of all pilots, including ranks of Wing Commander and above who are classified as belonging to the General Duties branch, and therefore not all will be flying aircraft when they leave the service.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost of making retrospective wage payments to (a) Commonwealth soldiers and (b) soldiers of other nationalities who served in the British armed forces between 1947 and 2004 to make their earnings equivalent to those of UK service people. 
Mr. Kevan Jones: All non-British personnel now serving in the British armed forces have exactly the same pay arrangements as UK personnel and there are currently no plans to undertake a retrospective review. It has long been the policy of successive Governments not to implement changes to pay policy retrospectively, a policy that has been applied across the public sector in the United Kingdom. Accordingly, no estimate has been made of the cost of retrospective treatment in either case, and to do so would involve disproportionate cost. Additionally, pay records are kept for seven years before destruction, so individual cases could not be assessed beyond the last seven years. Given the number of personnel involved the costs would be significant.
Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on upgrading accommodation for serving personnel and their families in (a) the UK and (b) Scotland since 2000. 
In my answer of 12 May 2009 (Official Report: Column 432W) I promised to provide you with details on how much has been spent on upgrading accommodation for serving personnel and their families in the UK and Scotland since 2000.
The following was spent upgrading Service Family Accommodation (SFA) in Great Britain (GB) in each financial year since 2001-02, the latest year for which figures are available.
|FY||GB (£ million)|
Of which, the following was spent upgrading SFA in Scotland:
|FY||Scotland (£ million)|
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of each armoured vehicle type is (a) fit for operations, (b) in limited role, (c) awaiting spares and (d) not operational for other reasons. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: This information is not held in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. I refer the hon. Member to the answer the right hon. Member for Coventry, North-East (Mr. Ainsworth) gave him on 28 January 2008, Official Report, column 33W.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many urgent operational requirement armoured vehicles of each type have been (a) ordered since July 2006 and (b) delivered to UK Land Command. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: 1,124 Urgent Operational Requirement armoured vehicles have been ordered since July 2006. As at 12 June 2009, 444 had been delivered to UK Land Forces. The breakdown by type is as follows:
|Vehicle||Ordered since July 2006||Delivered to UK Land Forces|
|(1) Vector -138 vehicles have been ordered since July 2006; In addition to this figure 60 were ordered in June 2006, and these are reflected in the delivery column.|
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