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Nuclear Accident Response Organisation: Airwave Service

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Airwave handsets issued to the Nuclear Accident Response Organisation have been lost in each year since their introduction; and how many handsets issued to the organisation have been disabled by the service provider through (a) loss, (b) breakage and (c) other reasons in each such year; (246181)

(2) how many Airwave handsets issued to (a) the Ministry of Defence Police and (b) the Ministry of Defence Guard Service have been lost in each year since their introduction; and how many handsets issued to each service have been disabled by the service provider through (i) loss, (ii) breakage and (iii) other reasons in each such year;

(3) how many Airwave handsets issued to armed forces units based on the UK mainland have been lost in each year since their introduction; and how many handsets issued to UK-based forces have been disabled by the service provider through (a) loss, (b) breakage and (c) other reasons in each such year.

No Airwave handsets have been lost by the Nuclear Accident Response Organisation.

The number of Airwave handsets reported as lost by the Ministry of Defence Police, the Ministry of Defence Guard Service and armed forces units based on the UK mainland is as follows:

2005200620072008

Lost

Recovered

Lost

Recovered

Lost

Recovered

Lost

Recovered

Ministry of Defence Police

8

5

14

7

33

26

18

15

Ministry of Defence Guard Service

0

n/a

3

2

2

1

Armed Forces

5

4

2

0

6

2

15

6

n/a = Not applicable.

Note:

MGS received Airwave Radios in 2006.

Airwave handsets are disabled within one hour of being reported lost.

Records of airwave handsets reported damaged or with technical failures are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. All repairable handsets are not disabled but are repaired and reconfigured for use.