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Defence Medical Services

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his plans to develop the military ethos of Defence Medical Services. [146705]

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Dr. Moonie: The Defence Medical Services have a strong military ethos as an integral part of the armed forces. Those employed in MOD hospital units (MDHUs), working in a predominantly civilian medical environment, continue to undertake military training and have opportunities to participate in service sport and adventure training. Where appropriate, additional facilities may be provided, as in the case of the fitness centre for DMS personnel at the Frimley Park MDHU, which is due to be completed in spring this year.

Kosovo

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what level of medical support was available to ground troops preparing for a possible intervention in Kosovo; and what assessment he has made of the level of medical support available to service the UK's commitment to (a) NATO and (b) the rapid reaction force. [146707]

Dr. Moonie: Medical support for UK troops deploying to Kosovo was provided at sufficient levels to meet the specified requirements. The level of medical support required for UK forces committed to a NATO or European rapid reaction force deployment would similarly depend on the operational circumstances at the time and would be drawn from the available resources of the UK Defence Medical Services.

Royal Army Medical College, Millbank

Mr. Duncan Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in respect of the sale of the Royal Army Medical College at Millbank. [146887]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 23 January 2001]: The Ministry of Defence consulted a number of other Government Departments, including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, before a final decision was taken on the preferred bidder for the purchase of the site of the former Royal Army Medial College at Millbank.

Mr. Duncan Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the agreed selling price of the Royal Army Medical College at Millbank. [146882]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 23 January 2001]: I am withholding details of the agreed selling price under exemption 7 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

Mr. Duncan Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the contract to sell the Royal Army Medical College at Millbank has been signed. [146885]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 23 January 2001]: The proposed date for exchange of contracts is 14 February, with completion due on 28 February.

Mr. Duncan Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings Ministers in his Department have had with bidders for the purchase of the Royal Army Medical College at Millbank. [146886]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 23 January 2001]: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I, accompanied by the Minister for Education and

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Employment and the Minister for the Arts, received a presentation from each of the short-listed bidders on 21 September 2000.

Mr. Duncan Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the reasons for the elimination of each of the unsuccessful bids for the Royal Army Medical College at Millbank; [146884]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 23 January 2001]: The Ministry of Defence selected the bid which best served the public interest, taking into account the presence of listed buildings on the Millbank site, its prominent location and proximity to Tate Britain.

The guidelines for the disposal of heritage sites and listed buildings give Departments discretion to accept a lower bid where there are non-financial or wider environmental or cultural benefits.

Departmental Property

Mr. Duncan Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the sale of surplus MOD property; and if he will make a statement. [146888]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 23 January 2001]: Surplus Ministry of Defence property is disposed of in line with the overall economic objectives of the Government and within Treasury guidelines. This dictates that property is disposed of in a timely (usually within three years) and transparent manner (usually through open market testing) so that the interest of the tax payer is protected.

Condoms

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is in respect of the supply of condoms to UK service personnel; when the policy was last reviewed; and if he will make a statement. [146450]

Mr. Spellar: I will write to my hon. Friend.

EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Adult Education

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1) if he will set out the basis on which the sums being held back from local education authorities funding in relation to adult education in 2001-02 have been calculated; [145226]

Mr. Wicks [holding answer 15 January 2001]: No sums are being held back or top sliced from local education authorities' funding. For 2001-02 the Government are allocating up to £142 million to local education authorities, via the Learning and Skills Council, for Adult and Community Learning--an increase of 5.7 per cent. on what authorities are spending in 2000-01. To help pay for this,

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£127 million was removed at national level from Education Standard Spending for 2000-01, before the addition of over £1 billion for 2001-02.

The following table sets out, for each local education authority, their estimated spending on adult education in 2000-01, and the maximum provisional allocation they would receive for this activity in 2001-02 from the Learning and Skills Council, as notified to LEAs on 29 November 2000.

Final figures for the maximum allocations from the Learning and Skills Council are under discussion between my Department and a number of authorities.

£000

LEA numberLEA nameLEA estimated adult education expenditure 2000-01Proposed LSC allocation for adult education 2001-02
201City of London409432
202Camden804850
203Greenwich1,3271,403
204Hackney1,3111,386
205Hammersmith1,3691,447
206Islington457483
207Kensington and Chelsea922975
208Lambeth1,7091,806
209Lewisham1,6981,795
210Southwark778822
211Tower Hamlets1,8771,984
212Wandsworth1,3561,434
213Westminster2,2722,402
301Barking580613
302Barnet203215
303Bexley745787
304Brent1,0531,113
305Bromley934987
306Croydon1,5941,685
307Ealing219231
308Enfield5962
309Haringey1,4981,583
310Harrow364385
311Havering261276
312Hillingdon436461
313Hounslow824871
314Kingston-upon-Thames538569
315Merton654692
316Newham1,0771,138
317Redbridge754797
318Richmond-upon-Thames311329
319Sutton1,3621,440
320Waltham Forest1,2951,369
330Birmingham3,5563,759
331Coventry2,3582,493
332Dudley475503
333Sandwell386407
334Solihull6872
335Walsall833880
336Wolverhampton1,6241,716
340Knowsley7478
341Liverpool3,6023,807
342St. Helens192203
343Sefton261275
344Wirral678717
350Bolton1,7191,817
351Bury589623
352Manchester3,2533,439
353Oldham1,0741,135
354Rochdale9691,024
355Salford135142
356Stockport523553
357Tameside168177
358Trafford4345
359Wigan3234
370Barnsley781826
371Doncaster120127
372Rotherham232245
373Sheffield457483
380Bradford395417
381Calderdale694734
382Kirklees450476
383Leeds1,5151,601
384Wakefield713754
390Gateshead3031
391Newcastle-upon-Tyne247261
392North Tyneside744786
393South Tyneside579612
394Sunderland353373
420Isle of Scilly4345
800Bath and North-East Somerset330349
801Bristol City497525
802North Somerset108114
803South Gloucestershire97103
805Hartlepool335355
806Middlesbrough643680
807Redcar and Cleveland554586
808Stockton-on-Tees775819
810Kingston-upon-Hull762805
811East Riding of Yorkshire723764
812North East Lincolnshire2628
813North Lincolnshire687726
815North Yorkshire1,4761,560
816York450476
820Bedfordshire485513
821Luton570602
825Buckinghamshire1,7061,803
826Milton Keynes408431
830Derbyshire2,9893,159
831Derby City1,3471,423
835Dorset427452
836Poole209221
837Bournemouth458484
840Durham5255
841Darlington00
845East Sussex9491,003
846Brighton and Hove450476
850Hampshire486514
851Portsmouth6973
852Southampton122129
855Leicestershire2,1432,265
856Leicester City3,2173,401
857Rutland217229
860Staffordshire1,3371,413
861Stoke-on-Trent542573
865Wiltshire191202
866Swindon122129
867Bracknell Forest414438
868Windsor and Maidenhead385407
869West Berkshire291308
870Reading613648
871Slough128135
872Wokingham345365
873Cambridgeshire925978
874Peterborough385407
875Cheshire1,0771,138
876Halton305322
877Warrington200211
878Devon2,0232,138
879Plymouth501529
880Torbay319337
881Essex3,7033,914
882Southend592626
883Thurrock463489
884Herefordshire4548
885Worcestershire190201
886Kent4,7014,969
887Medway822869
888Lancashire5,2265,524
889Blackburn202214
890Blackpool165174
891Nottinghamshire1,5411,628
892Nottingham City461487
893Shropshire284300
894Telford and Wrekin6568
908Cornwall1,0341,093
909Cumbria888939
916Gloucestershire1,7101,807
919Hertfordshire1,6251,718
921Isle of Wight108114
925Lincolnshire1,3061,381
926Norfolk1,3021,376
928Northamptonshire1,3211,396
929Northumberland9298
931Oxfordshire1,6191,711
933Somerset2,5662,712
935Suffolk1,6921,789
936Surrey2,5542,700
937Warwickshire1,2541,326
938West Sussex1,4041,484

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