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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

Jun 07. Medical Care: Defence Committee Inquiry. The Defence Committee is to take evidence for its Inquiry into Medical Care for the Armed Forces at 10.30hrs on Tue 12 Jun 07 in the Grimond Room at Portcullis House. Representatives of Service welfare organisations are due to give evidence.
Comment: Those wishing to attend the above evidence session are advised to check that the venue has not changed, by telephoning the Committee Office (020-7219 2033). (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 0723, 11 Jun 07)

Food Supply: Security

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last
considered the defence implications for the UK of (a) the threat of and (b)
actual contamination of food supplies; and if he will make a statement. [137430]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 17 May 2007]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I
gave on 21 May 2007, Official Report, column 1050W.

Future Surface Combatant

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has
been made on the initial concept and design work for the Future Surface
Combatant. [139151]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 4 June 2007]: A project team has been established to develop the requirement for the Future Surface Combatant. The team has undertaken a considerable amount of work, including some concept design work in conjunction with industry.

Rendition

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of
25 April 2007, Official Report, column 1119W, on rendition, what arrangements
exist for notification of landings by non-military state aircraft at civilian
airfields. [135256]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 1 May 2007]: The MOD is only responsible for flight
clearance arrangements for foreign military aircraft entering and leaving UK
airspace, and for civil aircraft using MOD airfields. Arrangements for aircraft
from foreign non-military agencies and Departments transiting UK airspace or
landing at UK civil airfields are the responsibility of the relevant counterpart
UK Government Department.
Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

Mr. Carswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has
made of the adequacy of supplies of ammunition to the grenade machine gun in
Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. [138533]

Mr. Ingram: Although usage of ammunition for the Automatic Lightweight Grenade
Launcher has been higher than initially anticipated, this issue has been
successfully addressed through our Urgent Operational Requirement process.
Supply has been increased to meet the requirement and in-theatre stocks of
ammunition are currently assessed as adequate.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what most recent estimate
he has made of planned troop numbers in Afghanistan for each of the next four
years. [141380]

Des Browne: The situation in Afghanistan is liable to change over the
forthcoming four years and our force package will adapt to the evolving
situation, including the ability of the Afghan National Army to take greater
responsibility for its own affairs.

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recorded
casualties there were in categories (a) T1, (b) T2, (c) T3 and (d) T4 in (i)
Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq in each month since January 2004. [141767]
Des Browne: Tl-4 are triage categories, used by in-theatre medical staffs to
prioritise the treatment of casualties following an incident, Tl being most
urgent. These categories are dynamic, based on a variety of physiological factors (e.g. pulse and breathing rate) and do not necessarily
correspond to the severity of the injury sustained. For example, Tl may
subsequently be categorised as very seriously injured (VSI), seriously injured
(SI) or unlisted (UL) once they reach a field hospital. We do not record and
verify data on triage levels centrally.
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