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Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Case of Morris v. the United Kingdom; and what plans he has to bring forward legislation to make changes to service law in response to the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights. [39687]

Mr. Ingram: The European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in the case of Morris v. the United Kingdom on 26 February. The Court noted that the changes to the court martial system made by the Armed Forces Act 1996 have gone a long way to meeting the concerns expressed in the Findlay case. However, it found that there had been a violation of article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which concerns the right to a fair hearing, as regards some aspects of Mr Morris's trial by court martial in 1997.

The Court was concerned about the potential for undue external influence over certain members of the court martial panel; and about the procedures for involving non-judicial authorities in the review of court martial findings and sentences. We are assessing the implications of the Court's judgment for the future conduct of court martial and whether any changes that may be necessary require the legislation to be amended. Army and Royal Air Force court martials that are imminently scheduled are being postponed, but for the time being trials in the Royal Navy are continuing in view of the nature of the regulations in that Service concerning the position of court martial members.

I shall make an announcement as soon as our assessment of the implications of the judgment has been completed. However, we do not consider that the judgment fundamentally affects the court martial system, which we intend to retain as an effective and fair means of administering discipline and justice in our armed forces.

Royal Navy (Pay Banding)

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that the Royal Navy does not impose a two tier system of high and low pay banding based on Pay 2000 JE for the Rating Corp; and if he will make a statement. [38289]

Mr. Ingram: A two tier system of high and low pay ranges was introduced for Royal Navy ratings (and also for soldiers and airmen) with effect from 1 April 2001 as

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part of Pay 2000, the new pay structure for the Armed Forces. Job Evaluation underpins the allocation of trades to one of the two pay ranges. Pay 2000 was devised in close collaboration with the single services and was the subject of a high profile and extensive communications programme throughout the Armed Forces.

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HMS Sheffield

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when HMS Sheffield will be withdrawn from service.[38951]

Mr. Ingram: On current plans HMS Sheffield will be withdrawn from service towards the end of this decade. In the shorter term she will be reduced to a low readiness state, commensurate with force levels endorsed within the Strategic Defence Review, from November 2002 until September 2004.

HMS Exeter

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if HMS Exeter breached the Harmony guidelines following her deployment last year. [38945]

Mr. Ingram: HMS Exeter has not breached the Harmony guidelines. She has been deployed for a total of 12 months in the past three years and has spend 48 per cent. of her time in her base port of Portsmouth during the last two years. Harmony guidelines state that ships should spend a minimum of 40 per cent. of their time in their base port over a two-year period, and that total deployed time over a three-year period should not exceed 18 months.


Policies (Bristol, East)

Jean Corston: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Bristol, East constituency, the effects on Bristol of her Department's policies and actions (a) from 5 May 1994 to 2 May 1997, (b) from 2 May 1997 to 7 May 1998, and (c) since 7 May 1998. [35597]

Mr. Caborn: (a) 5 May 1994 to 2 May 1997 There were 31 national lottery awards to Bristol East totalling 2,068,137. (b) 2 May 1997 to 7 May 1998 There were 39 national lottery awards to Bristol East totalling 1,748,764. (c) Since 7 May 1998 Forty Four Millennium Award Winners have been identified from Bristol East at a grant commitment of 129,557. 7 May 1998 to 13 February 2002 There were 105 national lottery awards to Bristol East totalling 5,611,239.

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Information on the National Lottery is in accordance with the information supplied to the Department by the Lottery Distributors for the National Lottery Awards Database. There are of course other initiatives in the wider context of the region which may have an effect on the Bristol East constituency. These are:

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Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many contracts in each financial year since 1995–96 (a) Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, (b) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (c) KPMG, (d) PA Consulting, (e) WS Atkins, (f) Accenture, (g) Deloitte and Touche, (h) McKinsey, (i) Capita, (j) AEA Technology, (k) Xansa Group, (l) Sema Group, (m) CMG Admiral, (n) ICL Group and (o) Logica were awarded for advising her Department; what fees each firm earned in each year from work for her Department; and if she will make a statement. [38178]

Dr. Howells: Contracts awarded to the named companies were as follows:

CAP GeminiNilNilNilNilNilNilNil
PWCNilNilNilNilNil83,000 (2)96,000 (1)
KPMG32,000 (2)NilNil23,000 (1)NilNilNil
PA ConsultingNilNilNilNilNilNilNil
WS AtkinsNilNilNil55,000 (3)33,000 (2)NilNil
Deloitte & ToucheNil109,000 (2)Nil207,000 (1)NilNilNil
CapitaNilNilNil39,000 (3)NilNil26,0002
AEA TechnologyNilNilNilNilNil23,000 (1)Nil
Ansa GroupNilNilNilNilNilNilNil
Sea Group1
C.G. AdmiralNilNilNilNilNilNilNil
NAL GroupNilNilNilNilNilNilNil


1 SchlumbergerSema have been the Department's outsourced IT service provider since 1993. It is not possible to provide a breakdown of fees annually from 1995–96 but the payment to SchlumbergerSema for direct services was of the order of 1.5 million in 2000–01 and will be a similar figure in 2001–02. Expenditure in previous years will not have exceeded that amount.

2 Recruitment advisory services using central government's framework contract.

Includes Royal Parks Agency.

Number of contracts in brackets.

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