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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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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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; 
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.
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.
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. 
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; 
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.
|LEA number||LEA name||LEA estimated adult education expenditure 2000-01||Proposed LSC allocation for adult education 2001-02|
|201||City of London||409||432|
|207||Kensington and Chelsea||922||975|
|420||Isle of Scilly||43||45|
|800||Bath and North-East Somerset||330||349|
|807||Redcar and Cleveland||554||586|
|811||East Riding of Yorkshire||723||764|
|812||North East Lincolnshire||26||28|
|846||Brighton and Hove||450||476|
|868||Windsor and Maidenhead||385||407|
|894||Telford and Wrekin||65||68|
|921||Isle of Wight||108||114|
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