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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

25 Jan 11. Armed Forces: Parliamentary Debates. The following topics have been debated in Parliament recently:-
* RAF Leuchars in the House of Commons on 25 Jan 11 (Hansard, Column 265).
* The Army and RAF Lyneham in the House of Commons on 26 Jan 11 (Hansard, Column 77 WH).
* Armed Forces: Post-service Welfare in the House of Lords on 27 Jan 11 (Hansard, Column 1085).
* Defence: Military Covenant in the House of Lords on 27 Jan 11 (Hansard, Column 1153).
Comment: The two House of Commons Debates arose directly from the consequences of the Strategic Defence & Security Review (SDSR). Future (RAF) basing requirements are unlikely to be in the public domain before Summer 2011. As for Lyneham, the local MP makes a strong case for the Station to be passed on to Army units returning from Germany. The last RAF flights are due to take place in August/September 2011 and Lyneham finally vacated by December 2012. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/05, 31 Jan 11)

02 Feb 11. ORAL EVIDENCE: ARMED FORCES BILL. Tuesday 8 February 2011. The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House. Witnesses: At 10.30 am Ministry of Defence
*Lt Gen Sir William Rollo, Deputy Chief Defence Staff (Personnel & Training)
*V Adm Charles Montgomery, Second Sea Lord
*Lt Gen Mark Mans, Adjutant General
*AM Andy Pulford, Air Member Personnel
And at approximately 11.30 am
Ministry of Defence
*Cdr Tony West, Provost Marshal (Navy)
*Brig Eddie Forster-Knight, Provost Marshal (Army)
*Gp Capt John Whitmell, Provost Marshal (RAF)
*Chief Constable Steven Love, Chief Executive, Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency
*Mr Humphrey Morrison, Central Legal Service, Head Legislation

27 Jan 11. ORAL EVIDENCE: ARMED FORCES BILL, Thursday 3 February 2011, morning session, The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: At 10.30 am
*Officials from the Armed Forces Bill Team, Ministry of Defence
And at approximately 11.30 am
*Officials working on the Military Covenant Policy, Ministry of Defence
Thursday 3 February 2011, afternoon session, The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Witness: At 2.15 pm
*Dr Susan Atkins, Service Complaints Commissioner for the Armed Forces

House of Commons Hansard Debates for 31 Jan 2011

Armed Forces: Vehicles

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) logistics and (b) engineering vehicles of each type were (i) in service and (ii) available for operations on the latest date for which figures are available. [35892]

Peter Luff: I am withholding the information on the number of vehicles available on operations for operational security reasons. The Department holds a huge variety of logistics and engineering vehicles. For ease these have been grouped by role and category. The overall number of vehicles in service within each category is shown in the following table.
Role Total number in service
Engineering
Armoured Engineering 66
Bridging 177
Bulldozer 50
Dumper Truck 190
Excavator 422
Forklift 21
Route Engineer Plant 84
Beach T/WAY Dispenser 2
Logistics
Bulk Fuel 1,189
Cargo 12,446
Container Handler 23
Crane 92
Equipment Transporter 732
Forklift 649
Medical 915
Recovery 466
Bulk Water 57
Airfield Support 631
Fire Vehicles 162

Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many variants of each vehicle in the Future Rapid Effect System family he plans to purchase; and what estimate he has made of the cost of each variant type. [36080]

Peter Luff: Decisions on platform numbers, including numbers and variants of the specialist vehicle and utility vehicle programmes, will be made at their respective main investment decision points. The Ministry of Defence does not publish the costs of the programmes before these points. To do otherwise

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