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MOD Police Vehicles

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the merits of the MoD police purchasing vehicles through a central purchasing agency. [18398]

Dr. Moonie: The Defence Procurement Agency is the central purchasing agency for the Ministry of Defence. The MOD Police is a Defence Agency and the DPA purchase all vehicles used by the Force in line with standard procurement procedures.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what policy the MOD police adopts towards supporting British manufacturing when purchasing vehicles. [18399]

Dr. Moonie: The Defence Procurement Agency purchase all vehicles for the Ministry of Defence Police on a best value for money basis.

NATO Defence Capabilities Initiative

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the NATO Defence Capabilities Initiative will report; and if he will make a statement. [18640]

Mr. Hoon: NATO's Defence Capabilities Initiative was launched at the Washington Summit in April 1999 with a view to addressing shortfalls in military capabilities across the Alliance. The Initiative is overseen by the High Level Steering Group (HLSG), the Chairman of which periodically reports to NATO Defence Ministers. The next report is due to be presented at the December Ministerials, with the HLSG's final report at the Prague Summit next year.

Since 1999 NATO nations have been working hard to implement the DCI. Progress has been made in many capability areas, including interoperability; logistics co-operation; air to air refuelling; air and sealift; and acquisition of precision-guided munitions. The UK's own performance within the Defence Capabilities Initiative compares very well with the Alliance average.

Far East Prisoners of War

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the pick-up rate broken down by condition of the medical screening programme for Far East prisoners of war; and if he will make a statement. [18407]

Dr. Moonie: There is no medical screening programme for former Far East prisoners of war. The War Pensions Agency does however offer a Tropical Disease Investigation. Arrangements for this are not conditional upon a person being in receipt of a war pension. Since May 2000, Tropical Disease Investigations have been offered to 45 former Far East prisoners of war of whom 15 have accepted and 30 declined.

Military Courses

Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total revenue his Department has received in each of the last 10 years as a result of providing places on UK military courses to overseas service men. [16142]

Mr. Ingram: The table shows the revenue received by the Ministry of Defence for the period 1991–92 to 2000–01 in support of International Training.

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Year£ million

Divorce (Service Men)

Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service men occupying married quarters were divorced in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [16144]

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Dr. Moonie: I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Public Service Agreements

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to renegotiate the public service agreements signed with the Treasury for 2001 to 2004. [18461]

Mr. Hoon: The Ministry of Defence's Public Service Agreement (PSA) records the key defence outcomes the Government aim to achieve over the Spending Review period. The PSA agreed as part of Spending Review 2000 relates to the period 2001–02 to 2003–04. As part of Spending Review 2002, all Departments' PSAs will be reviewed and revised as necessary for the period 2003–04 to 2005–06.

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Individual Learning Accounts

Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when her Department first received warnings from training providers that the individual learning account scheme was open to fraud. [14580]

John Healey [holding answer 13 November 2001]: My Department actively engaged learning providers in the development of the individual learning accounts programme. For example, a number of seminars were held with learning providers in 2000, prior to the introduction of the national framework for individual learning accounts, and these continued into 2001. At these events providers expressed a wide range of opinions. In September 2000 James O'Brien, Managing Director, Pitman Training, wrote to Ministers to express concern that the programme was open to abuse but that the cap on public support for each individual's ILA account introduced to help control such abuse had been set at too low a level. We have not yet been able to trace any earlier correspondence on the specific topic of potential abuse of the ILA scheme.

Gender Stereotyping

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance has been issued to careers teachers to challenge preconceptions about girls' and boys' subjects and employments. [16264]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information and good practice to challenge preconceptions about career choices is contained in a number of documents made available by my Department to schools and careers advisers, including "Developing the careers education curriculum in schools", 1999, and "School improvement: how careers work can help", 2000. The issue is also covered by research published by the Equal Opportunities Commission, and in forthcoming guidance by Ofsted on evaluating careers education in schools, which will be issued to schools early in the new year.

The Connexions service works with young people aged between 13 and 19, including those in schools, and subsumes the role of careers services in guiding young people on suitable employment and learning choices. Connexions and careers services work closely with careers teachers to provide comprehensive and impartial information, advice and guidance. They offer training to teachers and other staff so that schools can challenge stereotyping, promote equality of opportunity and engender a wide awareness of opportunities among pupils.

Specialist Schools

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist schools have closed since 1997 in (a) England and (b) east Devon. [17269]

Mr. Timms: One specialist school has closed in England since 1997; this was due to local authority reorganisation. No specialist schools have closed in east Devon. 25 former specialist schools in England no longer have Specialist School status. All of these lost their status since 1997. There were none in east Devon.

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Mr. Flight: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist schools have closed since 1997 in Arundel and South Downs. [18310]

Mr. Timms: No specialist schools have closed in Arundel and South Downs since the inception of specialist schools. There are 25 former specialist schools in England which no longer have Specialist School status. All of these have lost their status since 1997. None of them are located in the constituency of Arundel and South Downs.

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for each specialist school and college in (a) Nottingham and (b) Nottinghamshire, what were its (i) targets associated with specialist status and (ii) success in meeting those targets in the most recent year for which information is available. [18619]

Mr. Timms: This information cannot be provided except at disproportionate cost.

Jean Monnet Chairs

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the Jean Monnet (a) chairs and (b) chair occupants funded in the UK by European Community money. [17622]

Margaret Hodge: Jean Monnet chairs are co-financed by their universities and by the European Commission. The present occupants of the Jean Monnet chairs in United Kingdom and their universities are listed by subject area.

Jean Monnet chairs in UK universities

European Law
To be appointedUniversity of Glamorgan, Pontypridd
Prof. A. M. ArnullUniversity of Birmingham
Prof. Estella BakerUniversity of Leicester
M. Brian BercussonUniversity of Manchester
Prof. Lammy BettenUniversity of Exeter
Prof. Christopher BovisUniversity of Central Lancashire, Preston
Mr. Noreen BurrowsUniversity of Glasgow
Ms Holly CulenUniversity of Durban
Mr. Peter Joseph CullenUniversity of Edinburgh
Prof. Arthur Alan DashwoodUniversity of Cambridge
Dr. Charles DebattistaUniversity of Southampton
Prof. Barry FitzpatrickUniversity of Ulster, Coleraine
Ms Theodora KostakopoulouUniversity of East Anglia, Norwich
Ms Catherine KratzUniversity of Lancaster
Mr. Duncan MatthewsUniversity of Warwick, Coventry
Ms Helen MeenanUniversity of Kingston
Dr. Sarah MercerUniversity of Northumbria at Newcastle
Dr. Nanette NeuwahlUniversity of Liverpool
Mrs. Ursula O'HareUniversity of Newcastle
Prof. Nuala O'LoanUniversity of Ulster, Coleraine
Prof. M. G. RossUniversity of Leicester
Prof. Jo ShawUniversity of Leeds
Prof. Peter StoneUniversity of Essex, Colchester
Prof. Anna SyngellakisUniversity of Portsmouth
Prof. Erika SzyszczakUniversity of Nottingham
Prof. A. G. TothUniversity of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Prof. John Anthony UsherUniversity of Edinburgh
Prof. Ferdinand von ProndzynskiUniversity of Hull
Prof. Thomas WaeldeUniversity of Dundee
Prof. Adrian WoodMetropolitan University of Leeds
European Economics
Dr. Robert William AckrillUniversity of Leicester
Prof. Ian Gregory BarnesUniversity of Lincolnshire and Humberside, Lincoln
Dr. Marius BrulhartUniversity of Manchester
Dr. Alan Butt PhilipUniversity of Bath
Dr. Lawrence Jeremy CleggUniversity of Leeds
Dr. Felicia FaiUniversity of Bath
Dr. Vanessa FryUniversity of Essex, Colchester
To be appointedDe Montfort University, Leicester
Prof. Andrews Hughes HallettUniversity of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Dr. Theodore HitirisUniversity of York
Dr. Peter HolmesUniversity of Sussex, Brighton
Dr. Andrew MountfordUniversity of Southampton
Dr. Cillian RyanUniversity of Birmingham
Mr. Andrew ScottUniversity of Edinburgh
Mr. Stephen SmithUniversity College of London
Dr. Mehmet UgurUniversity of Greenwich, London
Prof. Roger W. VickermanUniversity of Kent at Canterbury
European Political Integration
Mr. D. J. AllenUniversity of Loughborough
Prof. Andrea BoscoSouth Bank University, London
Prof. Irene BrennanUniversity of Westminster, London
Prof. Simon BulmerUniversity of Manchester
Dr. M. BurgessUniversity of Hull
Dr. Thomas ChristiansenUniversity of Wales Aberystwyth
Dr. Clive ChurchUniversity of Kent at Canterbury
Dr. Michelle CiniUniversity of Bristol
Prof. K. DooganUniversity of Bristol
Dr. Geoffrey EdwardsUniversity of Cambridge
Dr. D. M. FarrellUniversity of Manchester
Dr. Helen FawcettUniversity of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Prof. Kevin FeatherstoneUniversity of Bradford
Prof. Stephen Alan GeorgeUniversity of Sheffield
Mrs. Jacqueline GowerThames Valley University, London
Dr. Justin GreenwoodRobert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Mr. Frank GregoryUniversity of Southampton
Prof. Catherine HoskynsUniversity of Coventry
Prof. Jolyon HoworthUniversity of Bath
Ms Annabel K. KiernanUniversity of Paisley
Prof. Emil KirchnerUniversity of Essex, Colchester
Dr. Robert LeonardiLondon School of Economics and Political Science, London
Prof. Juliet LodgeUniversity of Leeds
Prof. C. J. LordUniversity of Leeds
Prof. John P. LoughlinUniversity of Wales, College of Cardiff
Mr. Howard MachinLondon School of Economics and Political Science, London
Mr. Michael ManninJohn Moores University, Liverpool
Mr. S. MarshUniversity of Wales, College of Cardiff
Prof. Elizabeth MeehanQueen's University Belfast
Dr. A. MenonUniversity of Oxford
Prof. Michael NewmanUniversity of North London
Prof. Neill NugentMetropolitan University of Manchester
Dr. John PetersonUniversity of Glasgow
Dr. John RedmondUniversity of Birmingham
Prof. Jeremy RichardsonUniversity Essex
Dr. Ella RitchieUniversity of Newcastle
Prof. T. C. SalmonUniversity of Aberdeen
Mr. George SchopflinSchool of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London
Prof. Michael SmithUniversity of Loughborough
Dr. Stelios StavridisUniversity of Reading
Dr. Paul TaggartUniversity of Sussex, Brighton
Prof. Helen WallaceUniversity of Sussex, Brighton
Dr. Alison WatsonUniversity of St. Andrews
Dr. Mark WiseUniversity of Plymouth
History of European Integration
Dr. A. J. CrozierQueen Mary and Westfield College, London
Dr. Anne DeightonUniversity of Oxford
Prof. Michael SmithQueen's University Belfast
Dr. Stephen WardUniversity of Salford

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