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Mr. Ingram: The former Royal Ordnance Factories (now owned by RO Defence, within BAE Systems), which are involved in the supply of munitions to the Ministry of Defence are: Birtley, Bridgwater, Chorley, Glascoed and Radway Green. The MOD has a variety of contracts for the supply of munitions with RO Defence, most of which are covered by the MOD/ROD Framework Partnering Agreement. These contracts are not site specific, and it is for RO Defence to decide on the point of assembly and manufacture of components.
Mr. Ingram: The presence of the United States Air Force at RAF Fairford is, as with all bases made available to United States visiting forces in the United Kingdom, governed by the NATO Status of Forces Agreement 1951 and additional confidential arrangements.
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Dr. Moonie: As explained in the answer given on 27 November 2002, Official Report, columns 33234W, only the Army uses Manning Control Point reviews. The Royal Navy and Royal Air Force have their own manning policies that are designed to meet their different requirements.
There are 351 serving members of the Army who are employed on an S-Type engagement following termination of their notice or open engagement after a Manning Control review. Of these, 291 are Infantry personnel.
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers in the last five years signed an AFB120A form under QR 9.413; and how many soldiers who were discharged under QR 9.413 applied for a war pension after discharge. 
Dr. Moonie: I assume the hon. Member is referring to AFB 130A form, which is completed when soldiers are to be discharged for a number of reasons, including Queen's Regulations 9.413, 'Not required for a full Army career'. For consistency with the period covered in the answer of 16 December 2002, Official Report, column 507W, the number of such forms signed by soldiers discharged under Queen's Regulations, paragraph 9.413 in each year since 1997 is shown in the table.
|Number of AF103As discharged under QR 9.413|
The Veterans' Agency does not collate data on the reason for discharge of veterans who claim a war pension. Therefore, the number of soldiers who were discharged under Queen's Regulations, paragraph 9.413, and who applied for a war pension after discharge, is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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BAE Systems and his Department; which MOD officials met officials from UBS Warburg; and when these meetings took place. 
Mr. Hoon: UBS Warburg were retained in early December 2002 to provide specialist financial advice to the Government as a whole, not to individual Departments. Ministry of Defence officials, representatives of the MOD Equipment Capability Customer Organisation, the Defence Procurement Agency and the MOD Press Office have been involved in a number of meetings at which USB Warburg representatives have been present.
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 7 January 2003]: Trade unions have a key role to play in promoting the development of learning and skills in the workplace. To help them do this, my Department has provided financial support through the union learning fund since 1998. Between 1998 and March 2002, #16.5million was made available; #9 million is available for 200203 and a further #33. 6 million has been allocated for the next three years up to 200506.
The union learning fund is a highly successful scheme and has become an established part of the lifelong learning agenda. Regular evaluation of this initiative has taken place and copies of the reports are available in the House of Commons Library.
Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many departmental Christmas cards he and his Ministers intend to send in 2002; how much these cards will cost (a) to buy, (b) to post and (c) in staff time to sign, address and place in envelopes; and if he will place in the Library a sample copy of the official Christmas card he has sent this year. 
Mr. Stephen Twigg [holding answer 19 December 2002]: This year Ministers at the Department for Education and Skills sent around 1,550 official Christmas cards. These cards cost #1,659. The cards were sent via the governmental inter-departmental Service or the Royal Mail. No breakdown of the delivery methods is available which would enable an accurate assessment to be made of the postage costs. Equally no record is available of the staff time involved to sign, address and place cards in envelopes. A copy of the official Christmas card has been made available to the Library.
All expenditure incurred in the purchase and despatch of official Christmas cards is made in accordance with the departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on the principles set out in XGovernment Accounting".
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Mr. Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees were employed by Connexions in each region (i) this year and (ii) last year. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 7 January 2003]: The following table gives the number of full-time and part-time staff employed by Connexions during the current year. The figures are taken from an annual staff survey undertaken by 27 partnerships that were operational by August 2002. The Connexions Service is expected to be operational in all 47 areas by April 2003.
|Full-time staff||Part-time staff|
|Milton Keynes, Oxon and Bucks||230||204|
|East of England||431||172|
|Cambs and Peterborough||214||74|
|Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole||97||25|
|Cornwall and Devon||244||102|
|West of England||174||110|
|Coventry and Warwick||182||112|
|Hereford and Worcester||102||60|
|Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin||109||51|
|Lincolnshire and Rutland||148||41|
|Yorks and Humber||479||265|
|Cheshire and Warrington||204||61|
|Tyne and Wear||248||50|
Mr. Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of people who have received advice through the Connexions service were (a) under 19 and (b) defined as socially excluded in the latest 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by region. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 7 January 2003]: The table shows the number and proportion of young people receiving individual advice through operational Connexions Services for the period April 2002 to
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November 2002the latest period for which this information is available. The table also shows the numbers of those identified as needing intensive support from the service.
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learning. These young people are likely to be involved with a number of different professionals engaged in education, social welfare, health and housing.
|All young people advised by Connexions in a one to one situation(2)||Number of under 19s advised by Connexions in a one to one situation||Number identified as needing intensive support||Percentage|
|East of England||106,796||102,548||16,959||15.9|
|Yorks and Humber||235,772||226,669||95,222||40.4|
(2) Connexions Services cover 13 to 19-year-olds and young people up to the age of 25 with learning difficulties and disabilities.
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