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star this property date less than 2016-10-27more like thismore than 2016-10-27
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property hansard heading Ministry of Defence: Apprentices more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many apprenticeships have been created in his Department in each region in each of the last five years; and how many participants in those apprenticeships subsequently secured a job within the Civil Service. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 50804 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-11-04more like thismore than 2016-11-04
star this property answer text <p>This information is not held in the format requested. The Cabinet Office is currently coordinating a detailed data collection from across Government including the apprenticeship type, region of work, as well as demographic data and socio-economic background. This will allow the Civil Service to report on its contribution towards the national target. Information on the number of apprenticeships created in the Ministry of Defence in each of the last five years is shown below.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Financial Year</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Number of Apprenticeships</p></td><td><p>55</p></td><td><p>68</p></td><td><p>121</p></td><td><p>181</p></td><td><p>346</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p>In addition, the Armed Forces are the biggest provider of apprenticeships within the UK. Completion rates for Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeships in the Armed Forces by Academic Year for 2011-12 and 2012-13 are shown below.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Level 2 Apprenticeships - 1 August 2011- 31 July 2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Level 2 Apprenticeships - 1 August 2012- 31 July 2013</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Level 3 Apprenticeships - 1 August 2011- 31 July 2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Level 3 Apprenticeships - 1 August 2012- 31 July 2013</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Army</strong></p></td><td><p>4,507</p></td><td><p>3,116</p></td><td><p>1,682</p></td><td><p>1,763</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Royal Navy</strong></p></td><td><p>2,182</p></td><td><p>2,006</p></td><td><p>339</p></td><td><p>334</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Royal Air Force</strong></p></td><td><p>764</p></td><td><p>693</p></td><td><p>665</p></td><td><p>618</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>7,864*</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>5,891*</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>3,134*</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2,893*</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>*total numbers include apprenticeships completed by Service personnel.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North more like this
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2016-11-04T13:52:29.377Zmore like thismore than 2016-11-04T13:52:29.377Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-01-04more like thismore than 2016-01-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Furs more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many bearskins and other associated headgear containing real fur his Department purchased in each of the last 10 years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-01-12more like thismore than 2016-01-12
star this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not buy bear pelts; it buys ceremonial caps direct from suppliers who source pelts from animals culled as part of a programme to manage the wild population licensed by the Canadian government. Animal welfare standards relating to the bear cull are a matter for the Canadian government.</p><br /> <br /><p>The MOD also purchases coney skin (rabbit fur) for the Royal Engineers’ and Royal Signals’ busby and fox fur for the Royal Horse Artillery, Kings Troop Officers’ busby. The current contract requires a commitment to sustainable procurement.</p><br /><p>Depending on usage and maintenance, bearskin busbys can last for up to 50 years. The coney skin and fox fur busbys have indefinite lifespans if properly maintained.</p><br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Bearskin Busby Headgear (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Coney Skin Busby Headgear (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Fox </strong><strong>Fur Busby Headgear(£)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>1,532</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1,472</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>31,319</p></td><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>9,173</p></td><td><p>406</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>148,891</p></td><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>131,886</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>90,822</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>126,087</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>1,779</p></td><td><p>861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>65,108</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>136,671</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>10,257</p></td><td><p>1,899</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>149,379</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>2,558</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><p>All figures are rounded to the nearest pound.</p><br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Bearskin Busby Headgear</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Coney Skin Busby Headgear</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Busby Headgear made of Fox Fur </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>195</p></td><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>158</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>99</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>126</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>63</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>127</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>122</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /> <br /><p>Historically the MOD has undertaken a number of trials on synthetic alternatives to bear skin but none of these matched the properties of the natural material. No trialling has taken place since 2007. Information about costs of these trials is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In 2012 the Ministry of Defence loaned a sample bearskin to the animal rights organisation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, to aid its research and development programme on a synthetic alternative.</p><br /><p>There has been no research and development carried out to find a synthetic alternative to coney skin or fox fur.</p><br />
star this property answering member constituency Ludlow more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Philip Dunne more like this
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20779 more like this
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less than 2016-01-12T17:34:26.31Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-12T17:34:26.31Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Philip Dunne more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alex Cunningham remove filter
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-02-09more like thismore than 2015-02-09
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading War Pensions more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people are in receipt of a war disablement pension in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 223834 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-02-12more like thismore than 2015-02-12
star this property answer text <p>The number of recipients of war disablement pensions in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, can be found below:</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Country</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>England</p></td><td><p>89,450</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p></td><td><p>6,925</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scotland</p></td><td><p>11,890</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Northern Ireland</p></td><td><p>3,680</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Other UK</p></td><td><p>340</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>UK Unknown</p></td><td><p>345</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Not Known</p></td><td><p>135</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Total</p></td><td><p>112,765</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Notes:</p><p>1. Other UK includes Isle of Man and Channel Islands.</p><p>2. In line with Defence Statistics’ Rounding Policy, all figures of five or more have been rounded to the nearest 5. Due to rounding, the figures provided may not sum to totals.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 223822 more like this
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less than 2015-02-12T17:09:13.207Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-03-09more like thismore than 2015-03-09
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Qualifications more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many requests were made by military personnel to study for GCSE exams in 2014; and how many such requests were granted. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-16more like thismore than 2015-03-16
star this property answer text <p>The Department offers Service personnel the opportunity to study for International (General Certificate of Secondary Education) (IGCSE) examinations as opposed to GCSE examinations, since these are better suited to the work and life of Service personnel. The IGCSE does not involve coursework, instead candidates sit an extra paper. The IGCSE qualification is recognised world-wide.</p><p> </p><p>In 2014, there were 1,763 applications from Armed Forces personnel for the IGCSE examinations. All applications were granted, although this does not mean that every candidate sat the exam.</p><p> </p><p>These figures represent only those applicants who planned to have IGCSEs through Cambridge International Examinations.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Broxtowe more like this
star this property answering member printed Anna Soubry more like this
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less than 2015-03-16T17:33:01.437Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-16T17:33:01.437Z
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star this property label Biography information for Anna Soubry more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-04more like thismore than 2015-09-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Army: Training more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many soldiers who enlisted in the army aged (a) under 18 and (b) 18 years and above dropped out before completing Phase Two training in each of the last five financial years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 8863 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-10more like thismore than 2015-09-10
star this property answer text <p>The number of soldiers enlisting within the last five financial years who have since left the Army on voluntary or compulsory grounds before completion of their Phase Two training is as follows:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Regular Soldier Outflow</p><p>(by year of enlistment)</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Under 18</p></td><td><p>660</p></td><td><p>870</p></td><td><p>560</p></td><td><p>420</p></td><td><p>300</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>18 and over</p></td><td><p>1,480</p></td><td><p>2,040</p></td><td><p>1,660</p></td><td><p>950</p></td><td><p>1,060</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Personnel may leave the Army for a number of reasons, including medical and fitness factors, disciplinary reasons, or voluntary withdrawal. Those who enlist under 18 years of age have a statutory right to discharge from the Armed Forces within six months if they feel they are unsuited to Service life.</p><p> </p><p>Some personnel who enlisted in the periods in question are still undertaking Phase Two training so totals for later years are not yet complete.</p><p> </p><p>The figures in the table exclude Gurkhas, Royal Gibraltar Regiment, Military Provost Guard Service, Full Time Reserve Service, Mobilised Reserves, Army Reserve and all other Reserves.</p><p> </p><p>Figures have been rounded to 10.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Milton Keynes North more like this
star this property answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
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less than 2015-09-10T16:24:51.49Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-10T16:24:51.49Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-04more like thismore than 2015-09-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Cadets more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many state school Combined Cadet Forces have been set up under the Cadet Expansion Programme in each year since 2012; and how many such forces are (a) new units and (b) partnerships with existing units. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 8448 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-14more like thismore than 2015-09-14
star this property answer text <p>The number of state school cadet units set up under the Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP) in each year since 2012, either as new stand-alone units, or in partnership with existing units is as follows:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>New Units</p></td><td><p>Partnership units</p></td><td><p>Total</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>6</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>8</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>13</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>17</p></td><td><p>13</p></td><td><p>30</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>26</p></td><td><p>25</p></td><td><p>51</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Although most of the new cadet units in schools set up under the CEP are Combined Cadet Force (CCF) units, some are community cadet units (Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Corps, Air Training Corps) located in schools.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Canterbury more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Julian Brazier more like this
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less than 2015-09-14T15:55:53.5Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-14T15:55:53.5Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Julian Brazier more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-30more like thismore than 2015-06-30
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Education more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many visits the armed forces made to (a) state secondary schools, (b) independent schools and (c) colleges in (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales, (iii) England and (iv) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 4788 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>This information is not held in the format requested, but the number of visits in each of the last five years, broken down by Service and Country is detailed below:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Country</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Visits by the Royal Navy </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Visits by the Army </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Visits by the Royal Air Force</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="4"><p><strong>Year 2010-11</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scotland</p></td><td><p>412</p></td><td><p>488</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p> </p><p>101 (see note 3)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Northern Ireland</p></td><td><p>46</p></td><td><p>161</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p><p> </p></td><td><p>No data (see note 1)</p></td><td><p>125</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p> </p><p>399 (see note 3)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>England</p></td><td><p>No data (see note 1)</p></td><td><p>5,378</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="4"><p><strong>Year 2011-12</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scotland</p></td><td><p>304</p></td><td><p>191</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p> </p><p>84 (see note 3)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Northern Ireland</p></td><td><p> </p><p>188</p></td><td><p> </p><p>65</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p></td><td><p>146</p></td><td><p>290</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p>416</p><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>England</p></td><td><p>1,821</p></td><td><p>2,761</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="4"><p><strong>Year 2012-13</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scotland</p></td><td><p>152</p></td><td><p>199</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p> </p><p>118 (see note 3)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Northern Ireland</p></td><td><p>198</p></td><td><p>74</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p><p> </p></td><td><p>300</p></td><td><p>202</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p> </p><p>120 (see note 3)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>England</p></td><td><p>1,382(see note 1)</p></td><td><p>2,412</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="4"><p><strong>Year 2013-14</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scotland</p></td><td><p>211</p></td><td><p>175</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p>142 (see note 3)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Northern Ireland</p></td><td><p> </p><p>53</p></td><td><p>162</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p></td><td><p>298</p></td><td><p>211</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p>251 (see note 3)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>England</p></td><td><p>2,293</p></td><td><p>3,882</p></td></tr><tr><td colspan="4"><p><strong>Year 2014-15</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Scotland</p></td><td><p>219</p></td><td><p>203</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p> </p><p>217(see note 3)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Northern Ireland</p></td><td><p>57</p></td><td><p> </p><p>303</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wales</p></td><td><p>99</p></td><td><p>246</p></td><td rowspan="2"><p>178(see note 3)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>England</p></td><td><p>2,050</p></td><td><p>1,960</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Note 1: There is no data for England and Wales due to a loss of data when the Royal Navy computer system was updated.</p><p>Note 2: This is incomplete data and only includes the South West, Midlands and Northern England.</p><p>Note 3: Each Service defines regions and areas in a different way and the Royal Air Force is not able to provide separate details for each Country. The figures group Scotland and Northern Ireland together and then England and Wales together.</p><p> </p><p>These visits can comprise presentations, citizenship talks, meetings with staff, participation in career events, practice interviews and activities with the students, such as science and maths challenges, and other indoor or outdoor exercises.</p><p> </p><p>The Armed Forces never visit schools for recruitment purposes and would only ever visit a school after being invited by a teacher to support school activities. Similar contributions to schools are made by the Police, Fire, Ambulance and other emergency services. The Armed Forces receive numerous requests from schools each year and the three Services take these opportunities to both explain their role, and to assist schools in teaching valuable skills such as leadership, teamwork and citizenship.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on research and development to find a synthetic alternative to bear pelts for the making of bearskins and other associated headgear containing real fur in each of the last 10 years. more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not buy bear pelts; it buys ceremonial caps direct from suppliers who source pelts from animals culled as part of a programme to manage the wild population licensed by the Canadian government. Animal welfare standards relating to the bear cull are a matter for the Canadian government.</p><br /> <br /><p>The MOD also purchases coney skin (rabbit fur) for the Royal Engineers’ and Royal Signals’ busby and fox fur for the Royal Horse Artillery, Kings Troop Officers’ busby. The current contract requires a commitment to sustainable procurement.</p><br /><p>Depending on usage and maintenance, bearskin busbys can last for up to 50 years. The coney skin and fox fur busbys have indefinite lifespans if properly maintained.</p><br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Bearskin Busby Headgear (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Coney Skin Busby Headgear (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Fox </strong><strong>Fur Busby Headgear(£)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>1,532</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1,472</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>31,319</p></td><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>9,173</p></td><td><p>406</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>148,891</p></td><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>131,886</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>90,822</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>126,087</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>1,779</p></td><td><p>861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>65,108</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>136,671</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>10,257</p></td><td><p>1,899</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>149,379</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>2,558</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><p>All figures are rounded to the nearest pound.</p><br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Bearskin Busby Headgear</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Coney Skin Busby Headgear</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Busby Headgear made of Fox Fur </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>195</p></td><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>158</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>99</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>126</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>63</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>127</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>122</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /> <br /><p>Historically the MOD has undertaken a number of trials on synthetic alternatives to bear skin but none of these matched the properties of the natural material. No trialling has taken place since 2007. Information about costs of these trials is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In 2012 the Ministry of Defence loaned a sample bearskin to the animal rights organisation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, to aid its research and development programme on a synthetic alternative.</p><br /><p>There has been no research and development carried out to find a synthetic alternative to coney skin or fox fur.</p><br />
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on purchasing bearskins and other associated headgear containing real fur in each of the last 10 years. more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not buy bear pelts; it buys ceremonial caps direct from suppliers who source pelts from animals culled as part of a programme to manage the wild population licensed by the Canadian government. Animal welfare standards relating to the bear cull are a matter for the Canadian government.</p><br /> <br /><p>The MOD also purchases coney skin (rabbit fur) for the Royal Engineers’ and Royal Signals’ busby and fox fur for the Royal Horse Artillery, Kings Troop Officers’ busby. The current contract requires a commitment to sustainable procurement.</p><br /><p>Depending on usage and maintenance, bearskin busbys can last for up to 50 years. The coney skin and fox fur busbys have indefinite lifespans if properly maintained.</p><br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Bearskin Busby Headgear (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Coney Skin Busby Headgear (£)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Cost of Fox </strong><strong>Fur Busby Headgear(£)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>1,532</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1,472</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>31,319</p></td><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>9,173</p></td><td><p>406</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>148,891</p></td><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>131,886</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>90,822</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>126,087</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>1,779</p></td><td><p>861</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>65,108</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>136,671</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>10,257</p></td><td><p>1,899</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>149,379</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>2,558</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><p>All figures are rounded to the nearest pound.</p><br /><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Calendar Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Bearskin Busby Headgear</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Financial Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Coney Skin Busby Headgear</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of Busby Headgear made of Fox Fur </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2005-06</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2006-07</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>Not held</p></td><td><p>2007-08</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>2008-09</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>195</p></td><td><p>2009-10</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>158</p></td><td><p>2010-11</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>99</p></td><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>126</p></td><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>63</p></td><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>0</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>127</p></td><td><p>2014-15</p></td><td><p>20</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>122</p></td><td><p>2015-16</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>0</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /> <br /><p>Historically the MOD has undertaken a number of trials on synthetic alternatives to bear skin but none of these matched the properties of the natural material. No trialling has taken place since 2007. Information about costs of these trials is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In 2012 the Ministry of Defence loaned a sample bearskin to the animal rights organisation, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, to aid its research and development programme on a synthetic alternative.</p><br /><p>There has been no research and development carried out to find a synthetic alternative to coney skin or fox fur.</p><br />
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Budget Statement of 8 July 2015, Official Report, column 325, what definition he plans to use of less affluent areas when prioritising expansion of cadet merits; and what estimate he has made of the number of (a) state and (b) independent schools in those areas. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The definition of less affluent areas has not been finally decided, but it is expected that the Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) will be used for England. For the Devolved Administrations it is expected that the Welsh and Scottish indices of Multiple Deprivation and the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure will be used.</p><p> </p><p>No estimate has yet been made of the number of state and independent schools in less affluent areas.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
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