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Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of apprentices trained at DERA, Aberporth were employed by his Department (a) on completion of their apprenticeship, (b) after two years and (c) after five years, for each of the last 10 years. [4537]

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Dr. Moonie: The number of apprentices trained at Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, Aberporth and employed by Ministry of Defence (a) on completion of

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their apprenticeship, (b) after two years and (c) after five years is shown in the table.

Intake yearYear of completionNumbers completingEmployed by DERA (MOD)Employed by wider MODOtherAfter two years (employed by DERA)(8)After five years (employed by DERA)(8)

(8) Only the numbers of apprentices retained by DERA are available and are based on information supplied by ex-apprentices. Information is not held as to whether any ex-apprentices, upon leaving DERA, went on to be employed in the wide MOD.

(9) New training introduced which reduced training period from four to three years.

(10) Not yet served for two years or five years.


Mr. Caton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many weeks a year the British Army has had use of the range at Archer's Post and the range at Dol Dol in each of the last three years. [3218]

Mr. Ingram: The British Army used each area for about six weeks in each year.

Liquidated Damages

Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions agreed liquidated damages provision has not been collected by his Department; for what reason; and what legal action has been (a) contemplated and (b) taken to enforce them. [3717]

Dr. Moonie: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

NATO Enlargement

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he is taking to facilitate the enlargement of NATO at the Alliance's 2002 Prague summit. [4429]

Mr. Hoon: As the Prime Minister has made clear, we support the further enlargement of NATO when the political and military conditions agreed at the 1997 Madrid and 1999 Washington Summits are met. The Ministry of Defence, together with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, continues to consult closely with Allies on the implications of possible further enlargement for Euro-Atlantic security. We are assisting aspirants with their preparations through the Membership Action Plan, launched at the 1999 Washington Summit. We will continue to work with the Secretary General and Allies to ensure that the Alliance has the capabilities, force and command structures, planning and decision-making processes it needs to maintain its efficiency and effectiveness.

Ministerial Duties

David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list for each week from Monday 23 July to Monday 8 October which departmental ministers will be on duty (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) in London. [4892]

Dr. Moonie: It is not normal practice to publish Ministerial Duty Rosters. Throughout the summer break a Minister will be on duty in line with paragraph 68 of the current Ministerial Code.


Indirectly Held Securities

Mr. Russell Brown: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on initiatives to clarify the law concerning conflict of laws in relation to indirectly held securities. [5388]

Ruth Kelly: We are today publishing a consultation document inviting views on two proposals. The first is a draft multilateral Convention, drawn up under the auspices of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, to determine the law applying to the proprietary aspects of dealing in securities held through intermediaries. The second is a proposal to amend the Financial Market and Insolvency (Settlement Finality) Regulations 1999. The purpose of the amendment is to apply a common choice of law rule in respect of securities provided as collateral. We consider these measures will produce benefits in terms of simplicity, risk reduction and enhanced efficiency in financial markets. A copy of the consultation document has been placed in the Library.

UK Debt Management Office

Barbara Follett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement about the UK Debt Management Office's annual report and accounts. [5389]

Ruth Kelly: The DMO's annual report and administrative accounts for 2000–01 are being laid before Parliament and published today. Copies are available in the Libraries of both Houses, together with an updated version of the DMO's Framework Document.

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Statistics Commission

Mrs. Lawrence: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Statistics Commission's annual report and accounts for 2000–01 will be published. [5390]

Ruth Kelly: The Statistics Commission's first annual report and accounts, covering the period from its inception on 7 June 2000 to the end of the 2000–01 financial year, are being published today. The report and accounts have been laid before Parliament and copies are available in the Libraries of both Houses.

Stroke Deaths

Linda Perham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths there were from (a) stroke and (b) stroke-related diseases in each of the past five years. [4096]

Ruth Kelly: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell to Linda Perham, dated 18 July 2001:

Green Ministers

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates his Department's Green Minister attended meetings of the Green Ministers Committee during the current Session of Parliament; on what dates subsequent meetings are planned to take place; and if he will make a statement. [4818]

Mr. Boateng: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the Minister for the Environment, 17 July 2001, Official Report, column 165W.

VAT (Home Care Services)

Mr. Patrick Hall: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he expects the proposed extra statutory concession to reduce VAT on home care services supplied by private businesses to be implemented; [4183]

Mr. Boateng: HM Customs and Excise have consulted widely on a VAT concession for home care which will be introduced at the same time as proposed changes being introduced by the Department of Trade and Industry to regulate the private recruitment industry. The concession will ensure that these changes do not lead to any VAT increase in charges for those who receive care in the home.

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Working Families Tax Credit

Mr. Chope: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons Mrs. Pinfield (Ref. NH653670B) of Christchurch was not paid Working Families Tax Credit on time during the period 15 May to 25 June; and what compensation is payable, and by whom, for consequential losses which have arisen. [4771]

Dawn Primarolo: I understand that the Inland Revenue Tax Credit Office wrote to the hon. Member on 16 July 2001 regarding this matter.

Andy Burnham: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in the Leigh constituency are eligible for Working Families Tax Credit; and how many have claimed it to date. [4187]

Dawn Primarolo: Estimates of the numbers of families in each parliamentary constituency receiving the Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) appear, from May 2000, in the WFTC Quarterly Enquiry. Copies are available in the Library, or on the Inland Revenue website,

The estimates for constituencies in Great Britain are based on a 5 per cent. sample of awards and are therefore subject to sampling error. Particular care is needed when making comparisons over time.

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