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Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 1 July 2002, Official Report, column 36W, if he will re-evaluate the terms of the Private Finance Initiative of the new Colchester Garrison; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoon [holding answer 3 July 2002]: We plan to spend about £4 million on missile defence-related activities, which consist solely of collaborative research and information exchange between the United Kingdom and the United States on ballistic missile defence technologies.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the dedicated counter-narcotics activities of the British armed forces and the costs of these activities in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement; 
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Mr. Ingram: There are no military assets dedicated to counter narcotics activities and consequently no cost directly attributable to the Ministry of Defence. Military forces are, however, made available upon request, when operational commitments and resources allow, to support the counter drugs activities of the law enforcement agencies. Any additional costs for this support are reimbursed by the agency concerned.
Counter narcotics operations requiring military support resulted in the seizure of drugs valued at £2.3 billion in 19992000 and £40 million in 200102. There were no seizures resulting from operations involving military support in 199798, 199899 or 200001.
Mr. Ingram: There has been no significant change to British military aid being provided to Macedonia or future policy in that respect since the answer I gave to the hon. Member on 26 March 2002, Official Report, columns 85455W.
The British armed forces continue to play an important role in enforcing as far as possible, UNSCRs against Iraq. Royal Navy vessels continue to make a valuable contribution to the Multinational Interception Force deployed in the Gulf to verify Iraqi compliance with UN sanctions. Royal Air Force aircraft patrol the Iraqi No Fly Zones in support of UN SCR 688, which demanded an end to Saddam's brutal repression of his own people. We also contribute a small contingent of British armed forces
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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate the numbers of academic staff on short-term contracts in each university in England and Wales since 1997 (a) in total numbers and (b) as a percentage of total academic staff. 
Margaret Hodge: My Department is currently working on legislation to amend the implementing regulations for directive 92/51/EEC. This has arisen out of directive 2001/19/EC which makes various amendments to several European directives relating to recognition of qualifications. The implementation date of directive 2001/19/EC is 1 January 2003.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the EU directives and regulations that have been implemented through her Department in 2002; and what was the cost of each to public funds. 
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the link between staffing levels and the quality of teaching and research in universities. 
Margaret Hodge: The Department has carried out no specific assessment of links between staffing levels and the quality of teaching and research in universities. However, the recently completed QAA eight-year cycle of subject reviews in higher education, which included an assessment of teaching quality, has identified only 1 per cent. of unsatisfactory provision. In addition, the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise showed that 55 per cent. of research staff now work in departments which contain work of international excellence (rated five or five-star) compared with 31 per cent. in the previous exercise in 1996. Staffing levels in higher education have increased by 10 per cent. over the last five years and so have student numbers.
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Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the level of funding provision for the university of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology; and what plans she has to increase funding for UMIST. 
Margaret Hodge: The funding of individual institutions is determined by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which allocated total resources of £36.7 million to the university of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology for the academic year 200102. For the year 200203, it plans to allocate £36.9 million.
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on amalgamation of universities to create centres of academic excellence; and if she will make a statement. 
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Margaret Hodge: The Government recognise the importance of having universities able to compete with the best in the world and support higher education institutions in their pursuit of excellence. We will encourage and support universities who wish to choose amalgamation to promote excellence within the constraints of both our powers and availabilities of resources.
|Higher education(18)||Further education(19)|
(18) Census count as at 31 December in years up to 199394, and as at 1 December in subsequent years. Covers all home and overseas students on postgraduate and undergraduate courses, including HE students in FE colleges and the Open University.
(19) Includes FE students in HE institutions in all years, and sixth form colleges as from 199394. Due to a change in data collection, the figures for FE sector colleges for the years 199495 to 200001 are not comparable with those for earlier years; as from 199495 the figures are based on a whole year count of students, whereas in previous years they are based on a snapshot count at 1 November. As from 199495, includes funded and non-funded students.
(20) HE figures are provisional.
(21) Not availablethe whole year count of students in FE sector colleges is collected retrospectively at the end of the academic year.
Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred; components may therefore not sum to totals.
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