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|In work |Total number |recipients |of recipients ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Housing Benefit, without Income Support |288,000 |1,676,000 Council Tax Benefit without Income Support |321,000 |2,233,000 Source: Housing Benefit Management Information System, one per cent. sample, without Income Support, at the end of May 1993. Notes: 1. The figures have been rounded to the nearest thousand. 2. The figures are where either the claimant and/or partner has declared earnings, which may be part-time or full-time. 3. The figures are for benefit units which may be a single person or couple. 4. There will be an overlap in the figures, as many claimants receive both Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit.
Sir Nicholas Bonsor: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are the (a) numbers, (b) types, (c) ages and (d) manufacturers of vehicles in the current inventory of his Department's fleet of B vehicles.
Mr. Soames: My Department has some 92,900 B vehicles divided into around 15 generic categories. Examples of these are: motor cycles, cars, minibuses, coaches, vans, truck utility light/medium, truck utility heavy, 4 8 tonne trucks, 10 tonne plus trucks, recovery vehicles, fuel tankers, tank transporters, trailers and miscellaneous vehicles.
There are more than 150 manufacturers of B vehicles. Detailed information on the manufacturer and age is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. David Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what is his policy on the establishment by the Western European Union of a European space-based defence system; and if he will make a statement;
(2) if he will make a statement about co-operation with (a) the United States Ballistic Missile Defence Organisation and (b) other member states of the Western
Column 251European Union on the development of European anti-missile defence programmes.
Mr. Soames: The United Kingdom continues to enjoy a close relationship with the US Ballistic Missile Defence Organisation and other United States authorities involved in ballistic missile defence issues. This relationship is founded on a 1985 US/UK memorandum of understanding. Additionally and more widely, ballistic missile defence issues are discussed with other allies in NATO forums and bilaterally. There are no plans for WEU to establish a European space-based defence system.
The UK is currently engaged on a two-year national programme of pre- feasibility studies into ballistic missile defence options for the UK. Once this is completed, we hope to be in a position to make a definitive decision on whether we have a requirement for such a capability.
Mr. David Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the work of the informal group of Government experts of member states of the Western European Union, the Western European armaments group and the European Union to study options for a European armaments policy.
Mr. Freeman: The informal group of Government experts was set up in October 1994 to undertake a fundamental review of European armaments policies, centring on an examination of the means of ensuring security of supply within Europe and within the framework of a competitive industry; harmonisation of defence export policies; and standardisation of equipment requirements and procurement practices. The group has held three meetings to date and is expected to complete its work later this year.
Mr. Wigley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the location of tracts of land owned by his Department which are surplus to requirements, noting the acreage at each such location; and which of these locations contain land which cannot be offered back into general civilian use because of unexploded munitions, radiation and chemical hazards.
Mr. Soames: Some 216 sites, totalling 11,779 acres, have been passed to the defence lands service for disposal. No sites have been identified on which the presence of unexploded munitions, radioactive material or chemical hazards would preclude their disposal. In accordance with current Government policy, the level of remediation required will depend on the proposed future use of the sites.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many two- star officers and above are entitled to a dedicated staff car and driver; where the officers are based; what make of car is provided, and what is the total annual cost in salaries, maintenance and car replacement.
Staff car and driver Posts open to more |Offices than one service ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5* Posts 1 Chief of the Defence Staff |London 2 Chairman of the Military Committee |Brussels 4* Posts 3 Vice Chief of Defence Staff |London 3* Posts 4 United Kingdom Military Representative |Brussels 5 Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Commitments) |London 6 Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel and Programmes) |London 7 Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Systems) |London 8 Chief of Defence Intelligence |London 9 Surgeon General |London 10 Commandment Royal College of Defence Studies |London 2* Posts 11 Commander British Forces Cyprus |Episkopi 12 Commander British Forces Falkland Islands |P. Stanley 13 Head of British Defence Liaison Staff |Washington 14 Commandant Joint Services Defence College |Greenwich 15 Commander Immediate Reaction Force (Land) |Heidleberg 16 Commander Multinational Division (Centre) |Brussels 17 Military Deputy/Head of Defence Export Services |London Royal Navy 4* Posts 18 Chief of the Naval Staff |London 19 Chief of Naval Home Command/2nd Sea Lord |Portsmouth 20 Commander in Chief Fleet |Northwood 21 Controller of the Navy |London 3* Posts 22 Chief of Fleet Support |Bath 23 Deputy Commander in Chief Fleet |Northwood 24 Flag Officer Plymouth |Plymouth 25 Flag Officer Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland |Pitreavie 26 Flag Officer Submarines |Northwood 2* Posts 27 Director General Naval Personnel Strategy and Plans |Portsmouth 28 Flag Officer Portsmouth |Portsmouth 29 Flag Officer Training and Recruiting |Portsmouth 30 Flag Officer Surface Flotilla |Portsmouth 31 Commander British Forces |Gibraltar 32 Flag Officer Sea Training |Portland 33 Flag Officer Naval Aviation |Yeovilton 34 Naval Secretary |Portsmouth 35 Commander United Kingdom Task Group |Portsmouth 36 Commandant General Royal Marines |Portsmouth 37 Medical Director General (Naval) |Gosport Army 4* Posts 38 Chief of General Staff |London 39 Adjutant General |London 40 Commander in Chief United Kingdom Land Forces |Wilton 41 Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe 42 Quartermaster General |Andover 3* Posts 43 Master General of the Ordnance |London 44 Inspector General Doctrine and Training |Upavon 45 Commander United Kingdom Field Army |Wilton 46 General Officer Commanding Southern District |Aldershot 47 General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland |Lisburn 48 Commander ACE Rapid Reaction Corps |Rhinedahlen 2* Posts 49 Director General Military Survey |Feltham 50 Engineer in Chief (Army) |Minley 51 Director General Land Warfare |Upavon 52 Director General Army Training |Upavon 53 Commandment Staff College |Camberley 54 Commandment Royal Military College of Science |Shrivenham 55 Commandment Royal Military Academy Sandhurst |Camberley 56 Director Royal Armoured Corps |Bovington 57 Director Royal Artillery |Woolwich 58 Director of Infantry |Warminster 59 Director Army Air Corps |M. Wallop 60 Military Secretary |London 61 Chief of Staff HQ Adjutant General Corps |Worthy Downs 62 Director General Logistics Support (Army) |Andover 63 Director General Engineering Support (Army) |Andover 64 Director General Army Medical Service |Mychett 65 Commander Medical United Kingdom Land Forces |Wilton 66 General Officer Commanding 2nd Division |York 67 General Officer Commanding London District |London 68 General Officer Commanding 5th Division |Brecon 69 General Officer Commanding Scotland |Edinburgh 70 Commander 3rd Division |Bulford 71 Commander United Kingdom Support Command Germany |Rheindahlen 72 Commander 1st Division |Hereford 73 Chief of Staff HQ ACE Rapid Reaction Corps |Rheindahlen 74 Chief Combat Support Ace Rapid Reaction Corps |Rheindahlen 75 Director Support Land Centre |Heidleberg 76 Commander British Forces |Hong Kong 77 Commander Land Forces Northern Ireland |Lisburn 78 Chief of Staff HQ Quartermaster General |Andover 79 Governor of Gibraltar |Gibraltar Royal Air Force 4* Posts 80 Chief of the Air Staff |London 81 Air Officer Commanding in Chief HQ Personnel and Training Command |Innsworth 82 Air Officer Commanding in Chief HQ Logistic Command |Brampton 83 Air Officer Commanding in Chief HQ Strike Command |High Wycombe 84 Deputy Commander in Chief Central Europe |Brunssum 85 Controller Aircraft |London 86 Commander HQ Allied Air Forces North West Europe 3* Posts 87 Chief of Staff HQ Strike Command |High Wycombe 88 Chief of Staff HQ Logistic Command |Brampton 89 Deputy Commander Allied Air Forces Central Europe |Ramstein 90 Director General Saudi Al Al Yamaha Project |Saudi 2* Posts 91 Air Secretary |Innsworth 92 Chief of Staff HQ Personnel and Training Command |Innsworth 93 Assistant Chief of Staff (Policy) |Mons 94 Air Officer Commanding Information Systems |Brampton 95 Air Officer Engineering and Supply |High Wycombe 96 Air Officer Commanding 1 Group |Upavon 97 Air Officer Commanding 2 Group |Rheindahlen 98 Air Officer Commanding 11 Group |Stanmore 99 Air Officer Commanding 18 Group |Northwood 100 Air Officer Commanding 38 Group |High Wycombe 101 Air Officer Training |Innsworth 102 Air Officer Maintenance |Brampton 103 Commandant Staff College Bracknell |Bracknell 104 Commandant RAF College Cranwell |Cranwell 105 Director General Medical Services (RAF) |Innsworth 106 Director General Policy and Plans |London 107 Air Officer Administration |High Wycombe 108 Director General Support Management (RAF) |Brampton MoD Civilians 109 Permanent Under Secretary of State |London 110 Chief Scientific Adviser |London 111 2nd Permanent Under Secretary of State |London 112 Chief of Defence Procurement |London 113 Deputy Chief of Scientific Adviser |London 114 Command Secretary Logistics Command |Brampton
The total estimated cost of the driver posts for the financial year 1993 94 is approximately £2.3m. Entitled officers have the use of a Rover 800 car. The total costs of car maintenance are not separately identifiable, however, the available data suggests that the likely annual cost is in the region of £300 per vehicle per annum. The total annual cost of car replacement for the last three years is as follows:
Year |Vehicles bought --------------------------------------------------------- 1992-93 |131 costing £1.7m 1993-94 |7 costing £100k 1994-95 |0
(2) how many letters were sent to hon. Members last month by each Minister in the Department.
Column 255to hon. Members. Letters on a number of other issues will have been sent to and received from hon. Members, including correspondence between Ministers in other Government Departments, but the number of these is not recorded.
Mr. Soames: Allied Heads of State and Government have made it clear that they expect and would welcome enlargement that would reach out to democratic states to its east, as part of an evolutionary process taking into account political and security developments in the whole of Europe. Active participation in the partnership for peace will play an important role in this. In common with other Allies, and in conjunction with partnership for peace, the US maintains its own bilateral co-operation programmes with states of central and eastern Europe; the US NATO Participation Act of 1994 provides for US assistance to appropriate partnership for peace countries to facilitate eventual transition to full NATO membership.
Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which countries participating in the NATO "Partnership for Peace" programme have requested the transfer of military equipment from the United Kingdom.
Mr. Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what troops or logistical support he intends to provide for the proposed Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe peacekeeping force for Nagorno-Karabakh.
Mr. Soames: The OSCE is still planning a possible peacekeeping mission for Nagorno-Karabakh; a decision to deploy such a mission would be taken only after the conclusion of an agreement on a cessation of hostilities and an appropriate mandate. Any UK contribution would be judged against a range of factors including our other military commitments.
Mr. Soames: The United Kingdom's contribution to the Baltic peacekeeping battalion initiative comprises infantry training conducted by a team of Royal Marines and English language training provided by the British Council. English will be the working language of the battalion. We have no current plans to provide military equipment, though some is being provided by our partners in this initiative.
Mr. Soames: The trained strength of the Army at 1 January 1995 was about 112,000. In line with post "Options for Change" restructuring and the outcome of the defence costs study, we expect the trained strength of the Army at 1 June 1995 to be about 108,000.
Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer to the hon. member for Fareham (Sir P. Lloyd) of 10 February, Official Report , column 466 , if he will identify the budget holder for Haymes Garth.
Mr. Soames: Since 1 April 1994, spending on Haymes Garth has been met from the top level budget of the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Personnel and Training Command. Before that date Air Officer Commanding RAF Support Command was the budget holder.
Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many paintings lent to his Department by the Government art collection have been officially classified as missing; if he will list them with their painters; what action is being taken to investigate how they have come to be missing; what is the estimated market value of the missing paintings; if they were insured; and what evidence he has of theft.
Mr. Soames: A list of 205 works of art which the Government art collection was unable to locate was circulated throughout my Department at the beginning of the year. I shall arrange for a copy of this list to be placed in the Library of the House.
The list was circulated with a request that individual members of staff check works of art for which they are responsible and report any which appeared on the list. As a result, 19 works have been located so far.
The Government art collection does not provide my Department with valuations of the works of art it lends. In accordance with Treasury guidelines on Government property, my Department does not insure these works of art.
The losses of 13 of the works on the list have been investigated by the Ministry of Defence police as apparent cases of theft. Unfortunately, in 12 of the cases the work has not been recovered, nor has the institution of criminal or disciplinary proceedings proved possible. A further case is under investigation.
Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how much the golf courses at (a) Whittington barracks, Lichfield, (b) RAF Binbrook, (c) RAF Swinderby and (d) RAF Halton were (i) valued at prior to sale and (ii) sold.
(2) how many members are there at each of the golf courses sited on his Department's land;
(3) what is the management structure and what remuneration for management is involved in respect of those golf courses sited on his Department's land which are not leased out to private golf clubs; (4) how much is the subscription fee charged for membership of each of the golf clubs situated on his Department's land for (a) service personnel, (b) civilian staff and (c) civilians otherwise unconnected to his Department.
Mr. Soames: No central record is held of the membership details, subscription fees and management arrangements of the clubs which use golf courses sited on land owned by my Department. It will take a little time for this information to be assembled. My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Defence will write to the hon. Member when the information is available and a copy of his letter will be placed in the Library of the House.
Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the golf courses sited on his Department's land in the United Kingdom are leased to private golf clubs; and, of these, how many cater exclusively for civilians otherwise unconnected with his Department.
Mr. Soames: The course at Wittington barracks was sold to the Whittington barracks golf club; the course at RAF Binbrook was part of a larger site sold to S.U.N. (Binbrook) Ltd. and C. J. M. Cottingham Ltd., and the RAF Halton course was sold to the Chiltern Forest Golf Club Ltd. My noble friend the Under-Secretary of State for Defence will write to the hon. Member about the course at RAF Swinderby.
Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which section of his Department receives the £63,000 accrued from the leasing to private clubs of golf courses sited on his Department's land.
Tidworth Garrison Golf Course, Tidworth, Hants
Upavon Golf Course, Upavon, Wilts
Canterbury Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent
Tenby Golf Club, Penally, Dyfed
Catterick Garrison Golf Club, North Yorkshire
York Golf Club, Strensall, York
Bassingbourne Golf Course, Royston, Herts
Waterbeach Golf Course, Cambs
Wattisham Golf Course, Ipswich, Suffolk
Wimbish Golf Course, Carver Barracks, Essex
Army Golf Club, Aldershot, Hants
Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment, Chertsey, Surrey
Royal Military College of Science Shrivenham, Swindon, Wiltshire RAF Benson, Oxon
Woodhall Spa, RAF Coningsby, Lincoln
RAF Cottesmore, Leicestershire
RAF Henlow, Bucks
RAF North Luffenham, Leicestershire
RAF Odiham, Basingstoke, Hants
RAF Waddington, Lincoln
RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk
Southwick Golf Course, HMS Dryad, Southwick, Hants
Royal Naval Aircraft Yard, Fleetland, Hants
Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the security implications of allowing civilian golfers otherwise unconnected with his Department to use golf courses sited on land owned by his Department
Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the actions, together with their relevant savings, his Department is taking to reduce defence expenditure in 1996 97 by the sum agreed with the Treasury.
Mr. Soames: An extensive range of measures is being taken to contain the costs of defence while continuing to maintain and enhance the front- line capabilities of the armed forces. It is, however, our practice not to publish
Column 259details of the contents of the Department's annual long-term costing. Major proposals and decisions that have been announced in Parliament are set out in the annual departmental report and the statement on the defence estimates, as well as in other publications, notably last year's report on the outcome of the defence costs study.
Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his Department's estimated percentage change in defence expenditure as a proportion of gross domestic product between 1994 95 and 1999 2000.
Column 260of cows producing milk, (b) a milk quota larger than their actual production, or (c) sold their total quota or partial quota in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Jack: The Intervention Board keeps a record of individual producers' milk quota but not their milk production, so the information needed to answer (a) and (b) is not available. Since 1 April 1994, when the Intervention Board assumed responsibility for the administration of milk quotas, 2,280 producers in the United Kingdom have sold their quota, either in whole or in part.
Mr. Jack: Details of movements in retail prices are not available at an area level. The retail prices index represents the most accurate indicator available of price movements and is for the United Kingdom as a whole. Information on movements in the indices for potatoes for the period July 1994 to January 1995 is shown in the table.
The retail prices index: potatoes January 1987=100 |September |November |December |July 1994 |August 1994 |1994 |October 1994|1994 |1994 |January 1995 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Raw Potatoes |131.7 |197.8 |171.8 |169.4 |169.9 |177.6 |183.8 Percentage of change over 12 months |25.8 |53.3 |46.1 |51.7 |51.0 |58.7 |60.7 All Potatoes (including Processed) |132.6 |161.4 |150.0 |149.2 |151.4 |154.5 |159.0 Percentage of change over 12 months. |8.7 |22.6 |19.6 |20.8 |24.1 |26.3 |29.7 Source: Retail Prices Index.
|Weight |Value Imports |(tonnes)|£000s --------------------------------------- Total |392,835 |79,173 of which from EC |272,939 |45,622 from non-EC |119,896 |33,551 Source: Customs and Excise.