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The latest percentage of vacant properties for 2009 is 15.9 per cent.

Armed Forces: Injuries

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel have sustained (a) damage to, (b) partial loss and (c) total loss of (i) upper and (ii) lower limbs in (A) Afghanistan and (B) Iraq in each of the last 36 months; what proportion of such injuries in each category became infected; and if he will make a statement. [290859] [Official Report, 11 November 2009, Vol. 499, c. 7MC.]

Mr. Kevan Jones [holding answer 9 September 2009]: The following table gives the numbers of surviving UK Service personnel whose injuries included those coded as a traumatic or surgical amputation, partial or complete, for either upper or lower limbs between 1 April 2006 and 30 September 2009 as a result of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. This injury code covers injuries ranging from the loss of part of a finger or toe up to the loss of an entire limb or limbs. To indicate the number with severe multiple limb injuries, those classified as “significant multiple amputees” have suffered limb amputations above the wrist or ankle on more than one limb; in other words, they have lost at least two hands or feet. Note that there were no significant multiple amputees arising from operations in Iraq in this period.

Period Afghanistan partial or complete limb amputees of which significant multiple amputees Iraq partial or complete limb amputees

April 6 - December 6

7

5

January 7 - December 7

14

10

January 8 - December 8

27

6

January 9 - September 9

32

13

0


Armed Forces: Recruitment

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people who joined the armed forces since 1997 were from (a) England, (b) Teesside and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. [296392]

Bill Rammell: The following table shows the number of officers and other ranks who have joined the regular armed forces by applying through their local Armed
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Forces Careers Office (AFCO). Information for Teesside is not available but data is provided for the AFCOs in Middlesbrough and Newcastle. However, these figures do not provide a comprehensive picture because it does not guarantee that all recruits were born or live in that particular area. For example, some recruits may have been at university and so used the most conveniently located AFCO.

England Middlesbrough Newcastle

Royal Navy

2003-04

3,139

87

148

2004-05

2,953

79

155

2005-06

3,227

90

162

2006-07

3,220

81

153

2007-08

3,314

68

143

2008-09

3,573

92

165

Army

1997-98

9,528

391

408

1998-99

10,804

396

430

1999-2000

10,424

344

323

2000-01

9,716

270

244

2001-02

10,013

211

211

2002-03

10,967

374

265

2003-04

9,989

295

237

2004-05

7,637

189

177

2005-06

8,621

212

136

2006-07

9,624

191

216

2007-08

9,584

159

152

2008-09

10,358

139

190

Royal Air Force (RAF)

2003-04

4,406

165

131

2004-05

2,459

71

65

2005-06

1,340

51

45

2006-07

1,611

52

42

2007-08

2,598

77

102

2008-09

3,687

154

167


As shown in the table, no information is available for earlier years for Royal Navy and RAF as this data is not held in the requested format.

Army: Cadets

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has made to mark the 150th anniversary of the Cadet Force in 2010. [296224]

Mr. Kevan Jones: MOD is overseeing and supporting a range of national and regional activities commemorating the 150th anniversary of the MOD Sponsored Cadet Forces. Led by the Head of Reserve Forces and Cadets, a project steering group is developing plans which aim to celebrate and promote the success and value of the
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Cadet movement in 2010 as well as, among other things, act as a catalyst for Adult Volunteer and Cadet recruiting, and obtain wider support for the movement.

Army: Marines

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many lieutenant colonels there are in the (a) Army and (b) Royal Marines. [296429]

Bill Rammell: The number of Lieutenant Colonels in (a) the British Army and (b) the Royal Marines is given in the following table:

Lieutenant Colonels in the Regular Army and Royal Marines as at 1 September 2009

Number

Army

(1)1,790

Royal Marines

(1)120

(1) Provisional.
Notes:
The figures are for trained Regular Army and Royal Marines only and therefore exclude Full-Time Reserve Service, Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment, Mobilised Reserves, TA, all other Reserves and Gurkhas, but include those individuals that have transferred from GURTAM to UKTAP.
Due to the implementation of the new Joint Personnel Administration System all Army strength statistics from 1 April 2007, and Naval Service strength statistics from 1 May 2007 are provisional and subject to review.
The numbers have been rounded to 10; numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

British Forces Post Office

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has commissioned a review into the British Forces Post Office; and if he will make a statement. [296248]

Mr. Kevan Jones: The Secretary of State for Defence has not commissioned a review into the British Forces Post Office.

Defence: Research

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding his Department gave to each Defence Technology Centre in each of the last five years; and how much each centre spent in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland, (d) Scotland and (e) overseas in each such year. [295766]

Mr. Quentin Davies: The Ministry of Defence has placed contracts with the four Defence Technology Centres (DTC) each receiving the amounts set out in the following table in each of the last five years. Figures for the Electro Magnetic Remote Sensing (EMRS) DTC are based on actual outturn and those for the remaining DTCs are estimates. Information on location of spending is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

£ million( 1)

2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

Electro Magnetic Remote Sensing (EMRS)

5.0

5.0

6.7

6.0

5.0

Human Factors Integration (HFI)

3.0

3.2

3.2

3.2

2.8

Data and Information Fusion

5.0

5.0

4.0

6.0

6.0

Systems Engineering and Autonomous Systems (SEAS)

0

5.0

5.7

6.2

5.2

(1) Exclusive of VAT at current prices.

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Departmental Air Travel

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flights within Great Britain officials of his Department took in 2008-09; and at what cost to the public purse. [296554]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: In financial year 2008-09, 175,342 single domestic flights were booked centrally. The data include both military personnel and civil servants as this information cannot be separated. The total cost was £15.9 million. Records are not held centrally of any commercial flights booked through other means.

All civilian and military travel is conducted in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Civil Service Management Code and Joint Services Publication 800.

Departmental Public Expenditure

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to implement the efficiency recommendations of the Operational Efficiency programme relating to his Department; and what training is available to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department in respect of the delivery of value for money savings. [296054]

Mr. Kevan Jones: The MOD is firmly committed to delivering the recommendations of the Operational Efficiency Programme (OEP). I have been appointed Value for Money (VFM) Minster and am supported in this role by a board composed of the Minister for Strategic Defence Acquisition Reform, the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, the Second Permanent Under-Secretary and the Directors General Finance and Strategy, ensuring senior ownership for driving efficiency throughout the Department. A single programme has been established to deliver the VFM agenda, encompassing existing work and initiatives from the OEP and the Public Value Programme. This includes benchmarking of Defence back office costs and a review of MOD assets, where progress will be reported at Pre-Budget Report 2009. In addition, a “VFM Team” has been formed across MOD business areas which supports individuals at all levels in the delivery of VFM savings. Specifically on OEP, departmental leads have been appointed for each of the work strands to implement the recommendations. Ministers, senior officers and officials are fully aware of the guiding OEP principals established by HM Treasury. Value for money is integral to all the work of the Department and a wide range of learning and development opportunities are available to assist with driving the VFM programme.


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