Previous Section Index Home Page

5 Nov 2009 : Column 1146W—continued


Northern Ireland

EC Action

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many EU programmes in operation in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years his Department has assessed against their objectives. [297419]


5 Nov 2009 : Column 1147W

Paul Goggins: This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Administration.

EC Budget

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the amount of the UK's net contribution to the EU budget in each year since 2005 attributable to Northern Ireland. [297418]

Paul Goggins: This is a matter for the Northern Ireland Administration.

EC Grants and Loans

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of EU structural funds on public expenditure in Northern Ireland; [297440]

(2) how much was allocated to Northern Ireland from each EU programme in each year since 2005. [297441]

Paul Goggins: These are matters for the Northern Ireland Administration.

Defence

Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK troops have been (a) killed and (b) injured in Afghanistan since 2001; and if he will make a statement. [297345]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Between 7 October 2001 (the start of operations) and 1 November 2009 224 UK troops have been killed as a result of operations in Afghanistan.

Information on fatalities for the current operation in Afghanistan are published on the MOD website, and updated whenever a fatality occurs, at:

Between 7 October 2001 (the start of operations) and 15 October 2009 (the latest date for which casualty information is available) 136 UK troops have been very seriously injured and 154 have been seriously injured.

Fatality and casualty statistics for UK military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan are routinely updated for each fortnight on the MOD website. The tables can be found at:

Armed Forces: Deployment

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel are deployed on operations at each overseas location. [289123]


5 Nov 2009 : Column 1148W

Bill Rammell: The endorsed force levels for UK military operations are set out in the following table by location.

Location Endorsed number (at 26 October 2009)( 1)

Afghanistan

(2)9,500

Iraq

(3)100

At sea

(4)1,050

Falklands/South Atlantic

1,500

Qatar

250

Cyprus

300

Kuwait

(5)<50

Kosovo

<50

Bahrain

(6)150

Oman

150

Bosnia

<50

Other(6)

100

(1) Rounded to 50.
(2) On 14 October 2009, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, announced an increase in the number of troops deployed on Operation Herrick to 9,500. This new force level will be put into effect once three conditions are met: the Afghan Government demonstrates its commitment to bring forward the Afghan troops to be trained and to fight alongside our forces; UK troops are fully equipped for the operations they are asked to undertake; and that our commitment is part of an agreed approach across the international coalition, with all countries bearing their fair share.
(3) On 15 June 2009, Official Report, column 21, the Prime Minister set out for Parliament, the current number of UK military personnel we expect to remain in Iraq to conduct Navy training and Maritime support after the withdrawal of the bulk of our forces from southern Iraq and Baghdad. The UK/Iraq agreement has been ratified by the Presidency Council, and upon exchange of diplomatic notes between the UK and Iraq Governments, the UK will reinsert up to 100 personnel into Iraq to deliver its mandate.
(4) Numbers at sea in support of Operations Telic and Calash.
(5) In support of UK's mandate in Iraq.
(6) Small scale deployments in support of EU and UN missions, headquarters liaison officers and capacity building activities.

The precise number of personnel in each theatre fluctuates on a daily basis for a variety of reasons, including mid-tour rest and recuperation, temporary absence for training, evacuation for medical reasons, the roulement of forces, visits and a range of other factors. We do not therefore publish actual figures for personnel deployed in theatre.

Armed Forces: Families

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what organisations dedicated to service family welfare and support for the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Royal Air Force are supported by his Department; which of the organisations received funding from his Department in each of the last 10 years; and how much funding was provided in each case. [295088]

Mr. Kevan Jones: The information is not held in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The Ministry of Defence provides support to service families in many ways, using both internal and external organisations. Where the MOD engages with third sector organisations several funding methods are used, including contracts, grants in aid and both funded and unfunded voluntary work. However, an estimate of the funding provided to the HIVEs, establishments providing information to service families, and the Service Families Federations for the last three years are provided in the following table.


5 Nov 2009 : Column 1149W
£000

2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

RN

HIVES

259

215

238

Families Federation

145

149

185

Army

HIVES

1,099

1,126

1,147

Families Federation

291

293

300

RAF

HIVES

527

540

566

Families Federation

246

252

268


Armed Forces: Housing

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of overseas units of (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation are in each condition grade. [297926]

Mr. Kevan Jones: Single living accommodation (SLA) is graded by its physical condition and 'scale'. The best available data indicate that as at October 2009, overseas SLA was at the following grade.

Grade Number of SLA bed-spaces Percentage

1

2,278

12

2

1,399

7

3

3,860

20

4

11,403

59

Not graded

265

2


Service family accommodation (SFA) is assessed for its standard for condition (SfC), a measure of the physical condition of a property. As at October 2009, overseas SFA was at the following SfC.

SfC Number of SFA properties Percentage

S1fC

4,390

29

S2fC

3,930

26

S3fC

4,152

27

S4fC

2,848

18

Not yet assessed

99

Less than 1


Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of UK units of (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation are in each condition grade. [297927]

Mr. Kevan Jones: A new condition survey of service family accommodation (SFA) properties in England and Wales is currently being undertaken and is due to be completed by April 2010. Of those properties surveyed, at October 2009 the following are at each standard for condition (SfC):


5 Nov 2009 : Column 1150W
SfC Number of properties Percentage

S1fC

12,412

37

S2fC

19,825

59

S3fC

1,191

4

S4fC

217

Less than 1


Similar surveys of SFA in Scotland and Northern Ireland (NI) will be earned out in due course. At present no SfC data are available for NI SFA, however current data for Scotland SFA are as follows:

SfC Number of properties Percentage

S1fC

3,134

97

S2fC

93

3

S3fC

1

Less than 1


Single living accommodation (SLA) is graded for its physical condition and 'scale'. As at December 2008, the latest date for which data is available, UK SLA was at the following grade:

Grade Number of SLA bed-spaces As a percentage

1

34,933

25

2

19,498

14

3

22,101

16

4

60,745

45


Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints were received by Modern Housing Solutions on the maintenance of service accommodation in each month in 2009 to date. [297936]

Mr. Kevan Jones: Modern Housing Solutions (MHS) is responsible for the repair and maintenance of some 44,000 service family accommodation properties in England and Wales, attending 200,000 response repair jobs each year.

The following table details the number of complaints received regarding the maintenance and repair in each month in 2009 for which figures are available:

Month Complaints

January

534

February

465

March

497

April

532

May

480

June

497

July

573

August

518

September

584


Next Section Index Home Page