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Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what positions in (i) his Department and (ii) all executive agencies for which his Department is responsible are filled by employees who are employed on temporary contracts of (a) 51 weeks or (b) fewer than 51 weeks duration.
1 January 1995, there were no staff employed on temporary contracts of 51 weeks. The available information for those employed on contracts of fewer than 51 weeks is in the table. More precise details of the positions held could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
|Clerical, |secretarial and |Executive and |support grades |professional grades --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Department of Social Security |5,068 |137 Executive Agencies |5,008 |108 Notes: 1. Part-time staff are counted as half-units and totals are rounded to whole units. 2. Numbers of staff employed in the executive agencies are included in the departmental figures.
Ms Harman: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) for this year and each of the past five years, how many employees in (i) his Department and (ii) all executive agencies for which his Department is responsible who have been employed on temporary contracts of (a) 51 weeks or (b) fewer than 51 weeks duration are re-employed in the same or similar position at a later date; (2) how many employees in (i) his Department and(ii) all executive agencies supervised by his Department have been employed on temporary contracts of (a) 51 weeks or (b) fewer than 51 weeks duration for this year and each of the past five years, in each case specifying what percentage of the respective total work force these employees constitute.
Mr. Hague [holding answer 15 March 1995]: The information requested for the period prior to April 1993 and concerning staff who have been re-employed is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
There were no staff employed on temporary contracts of 51 weeks as at 1 April 1993, 1 April 1994 or 1 January 1995. The available information is in the table.
Ž Staff employed on temporary contracts of fewer than 51 weeks 1 April 1993 1 April 1994 1 January 1995 |Percentage of |Percentage of |Percentage of |Number |total workforce|Number |total workforce|Number |total workforce ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Department of Social Security |2,729 |3.0 |3,176 |3.4 |5,205 |5.5 Executive Agencies |2,637 |3.0 |3,123 |3.5 |5,116 |5.6 Notes: 1. Part-time staff are counted as half units and totals are rounded to whole units. 2. Numbers of staff employed in the executive agencies are included in the departmental figures.
Column 70of serious fraud. All the most serious offences tried in the Crown court, which are those that give rise to greatest public concern, are now covered.
36. Mr. Madden: To ask the Attorney-General what discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions and the head of the Crown Prosecution Service relating to prosecution policy concerning Combat 18. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: To ask the Attorney-General what changes he has made in his policy for advising on public interest immunity certificates since the prosecution of directors of Matrix Churchill. 
Rev. Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to reduce the present numbers of security forces in Northern Ireland while IRA weapons are still outstanding; and if the release of prisoners will be negotiable.
Sir John Wheeler: Adjustments in the level of military support to the Royal Ulster Constabulary are based solely on the operational judgment of the Chief Constable and the General Officer Commanding. On the basis of their advice my right hon. and learned Friend was able to announce on 14 March the relocation to Great Britain of one of the two additional units deployed to Northern Ireland in 1992. The unit and its intended successor will be ready to deploy fully trained at short notice should the need arise.
The decommissioning of arms is required in its own right and cannot be linked to prisons or other unrelated issues. We have made it absolutely clear that there is no question of an amnesty. There are no political prisoners in the United Kingdom and those who have committed crimes must serve their sentences according to law.
Rev. Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans exist to cut off British Telecom (Northern Ireland) from the rest of the United Kingdom network and allow it to stand alone as a separate business entity.
Rev. Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for British Telecom (Northern Ireland) to be one of the first private sector companies to be established as a cross-border utility with joint Government-Executive influence.
(2) what financial support he has given and will be giving to National Continence Day; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Moss: No representations have been received about National Continence Day. The Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland is funding a freephone helpline and arranging publicity for National Continence Day. Health and social services boards in Northern Ireland will be distributing information leaflets, and continence advisers will be manning stands at shopping and health centres throughout Northern Ireland to support the campaign, raise awareness of this condition and encourage sufferers to seek advice and treatment.
Mr. Soames: This information is not available. An attributable forces family pension ceases on death or remarriage and we have no record of whether those whose pensions ceased on remarriage are still living.
Mr. Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many post- 1973 war widows in receipt of an attributable forces family pension have subsequently remarried, in each year for which figures are available.
Mr. Soames: During financial year 1993 94, the Queen's flight was used by the royal family on 968 occasions; by Her Majesty's Government Ministers on 89 occasions; and on 21 occasions by other VIPs, such as visiting foreign dignitaries.
(2) how many potential pilots were recruited into the RAF in each of the last five years.
|Total Number of |Total |Percentage |recruits who entered|former |former Financial Year |pilot training |UAS |UAS --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1994-95 |70 |57 |81 1993-94 |74 |52 |70 1992-93 |116 |65 |56 1991-92 |170 |68 |40 1990-91 |254 |95 |37
Sir John Cope: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the total cost of the university air squadrons in each of the last five years showing (a) the cost of staff, (b) the cost of aircraft, (c) the cost of airfields and (d) other costs.
Sir John Cope: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flying students joined university air squadrons in each of the last five years; and how many completed initial flying training with such squadrons.
Financial year 1992 93: 348
Financial year 1993 94: 346
Financial year 1994 95: 404
Information for earlier years could only be provided at disproportionate cost. The total UAS student pilot establishment is 725.
Records are not maintained centrally on the number of UAS students who successfully complete the entire UAS flying syllabus. However, of those ex- UAS pilots who enter initial officer training each year, it is assessed that historically around two thirds will have successfully completed the UAS flying syllabus.
In the future, the UASs are committed to train all potential pilots up to a common standard for entry into basic flying training in the Royal Air Force.
Sir Nicholas Bonsor: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what military purpose his Department requires to purchase 27 45-tonnes pallet vans and 40 modified container flat wagons, as set out in contract number PDS1A/29; what consideration has been given to leasing or hiring such equipment; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Freeman: The railway wagons will be used at Army base ammunition and ordnance depots for movement of stores both within the depots and to deliver to other customers via the main line railway system. They are needed as part of the modernisation of the Army's wagon fleet and to meet the increasingly exacting health and safety at work regulations.
In producing these wagons, full consideration was given to the options of leasing or hiring but the best value for money for the taxpayer will be achieved in this case by permanent ownership.
Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when representatives of his Department last had a meeting with representatives from (a) PPAI International, (b) Lowe Bell Communications, (c) GJW Government Relations, (d) the Conservative Research Department, (e) Shandwick Consultants, (f) Ian Greer Associates Ltd., (g) the Market Access Group, (h) Westminster Strategy and (i) Barrington Jay and Company; and if he will give the subject of each meeting. 
Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list, by type and number, the announcements placed by his Department in (a) The Times, (b) the Daily Telegraph, (c) The Independent and (d) other publications in the last 12 months for which information is available. 
Mr. Soames: Announcements concerning events, functions and the like may be sent to newspapers, both from my Department's headquarters and from establishments and commands. It is then a matter for individual newspapers whether they publish the information provided.
Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent listing official engagements in newspapers in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Soames: It is not my Department's practice to pay for listing official engagements in newspapers. Press releases and announcements are sent to newspapers, which will decide for themselves what they choose to publish.
Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 20 February, Official Report, columns 87 88 , how much his Department spent on (a) pay, (b) allowances and (c) equipment and support costs for (i) services attache s, (ii) defence advisers and (iii) support staff in each overseas post for the last year in which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 20 February, Official Report, columns 87 88, if he will give the official annual entertainment allowance currently at the disposal of service attache s and defence advisers in each overseas post; and if he will make a statement.
Annual Accountable Entertainment Allowance (AEA) |AEA |for year 1994-95 Capital |Country |(Sterling) -------------------------------------------------------------------- Abu Dhabi |UAE |10,998 Accra |Ghana |7,239 Algiers |Algeria |4,198 Amman |Jordan |12,976 Ankara |Turkey |6,152 Athens |Greece |18,016 Bangkok |Thailand |4,902 Beirut |Lebanon |3,560 Belgrade |Yugoslavia |10,343 Berne |Switzerland |8,190 Bogata |Colombia |9,675 Bonn |Germany |27,319 Brasilia |Brazil |9,885 Bratislava |Slovakia |5,000 Bridgetown |Barbados |6,099 Brussels |Belgium |13,348 Bucharest |Romania |3,500 Budapest |Hungaria |5,899 Buenos Aires |Argentina |22,755 Cairo |Egypt |16,188 Canberra |Australia |15,115 Caracas |Venezuela |8,604 Copenhagen |Denmark |8,307 Damascus |Syria |5,004 Dhaka |Bangladesh |5,011 Dublin |Irish Republic |6,296 Guatemala City |Guatemala |4,660 The Hague |Netherlands |24,677 Harare |Zimbabwe |6,888 Helsinki |Finland |11,790 Islamabad |Pakistan |8,254 Jakarta |Indonesia |5,824 Kampala |Uganda |5,746 Kathmandu |Nepal |3,160 Kiev |Ukraine |4,811 Kingston |Jamaica |4,474 Kuala Lumpur |Malaysia |8,328 Kuwait City |Kuwait |4,476 Lagos |Nigeria |10,836 Lisbon |Portugal |7,082 Madrid |Spain |16,641 Mexico City |Mexico |6,883 Moscow |Russia |21,958 Muscat |Oman |13,762 Nairobi |Kenya |5,160 New Dehli |India |9,725 Nicosia |Cyprus |7,698 Oslo |Norway |11,608 Ottowa |Canada |15,594 Paris |France |56,985 Peking |China |7,778 Prague |Czech |8,198 Pretoria |South Africa |6,150 Rabat |Morocco |7,914 Riga |Latvia |2,000 Riyadh |Saudi Arabia |21,281 Rome |Italy |27,816 Santiago |Chile |8,455 Seoul |South Korea |14,338 Singapore |Singapore |12,928 Sofia |Bulgaria |4,566 Stockholm |Sweden |26,408 Tel Aviv |Israel |14,746 Tokyo |Japan |33,064 Vienna |Austria |8,377 Warsaw |Poland |6,126 Washington |USA |224,400 Wellington |New Zealand |8,076 Zagreb |Croatia |4,000
Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 14 December 1994, Official Report , columns 666 67 , if he will list the publications produced by his Department's public relations section in (a) 1991 92, (b) 1992 93 and (c) 1993 94; and what was the cost of each, the number of copies produced, the number distributed, whether any charge was made and the level of each charge. 
Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 14 December 1994, Official Report, columns 666 67, if he will list by title the films made by his Department's public relations section in (a) 1991 92, (b) 1992 93 and (c) 1993 94; and if he will give the cost of each. 
Britain in NATO
Insurance for Peace
RN in the Gulf
Keeping the Coasts Clear
Freedom of the Seas
RN Presentation Team Film
RAF Presentation Team Film
Changing Horizons and Ship Class Videos
Sound of Silence
Protecting through Science
The individual cost of each film or video is a commercially sensitive matter but overall the cost was just over £700,000.
Mr. Fatchett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many meetings have taken place in the last two years between representatives of his Department and Conservative hon. Members to discuss procurement decisions; and if he will give (a) the date, (b) the subject and (c) the names of the Ministers and hon. Members attending. 
Mr. Soames: The marketing campaign for Manadon is proceeding satisfactorily and prospective purchasers have been asked to submit details of their proposals and a financial offer by 26 April. It is too soon to say when assessment of the bids will be completed, but we aim to achieve a sale which will allow a smooth transition from naval to civilian use.