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Public Bodies (Funding)

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much grant in aid funding was given to the regional cultural consortiums and what the administration costs were, in 2002–03, broken down by region. [173706]

Mr. Caborn: The eight regional cultural consortiums are currently advisory non-departmental public bodies. Their remit is to lead the development and implementation of regional cultural strategies, to promote cross-sectoral initiatives and to help develop and support partnership working. In 2002–03, the consortiums were funded as part of the Department's core programme business and all of their costs, including administration costs, were included as part of the 'Administration and Research' heading of the Department's main estimate. Figures for each consortium's administration costs are not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The consortiums did not receive any grant in aid funding in 2002–03.

DEFENCE

Afghanistan

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the action taken in the case of the two soldiers implicated in the killing of a 20-year-old Afghan on 16 February 2002. [172945]

Mr. Caplin: A full investigation has been conducted by the Special Investigation Branch, following which the case was considered by the Army Prosecuting Authority (APA). The APA judged that there was insufficient evidence to proceed against any of the individuals reported in connection with the incident.
 
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Defence Logistics Organisations

Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what items make up the Defence Logistics Organisation-sponsored Support Solutions Envelope. [173702]

Mr. Ingram: The Support Solutions Envelope (SSE) contains guidance to Integrated Project Teams on the current methodology for delivering logistic support, i.e. the current 'envelope' of acceptable support solutions. The guidance is divided into a number of Key Support Areas (chapters) covering: logistic sustainability, engineering and asset management, materiel flow, information knowledge management, contractors on operations and people and training. Each Key Support Area contains several Guiding Principles on specific topics.

The SSE is also available on the internet at http://www.ams.mod.uk/ams/content/docs/sse/default.htm.

Departmental Records Office

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the process is for the security clearance of (a) agency and (b) other staff working for TNT at the Departmental Records Office at Bourne Avenue, Hayes; [173656]

(2) how many staff including agency staff employed by TNT at the Departmental Records Office, Bourne Avenue, Hayes have sought security clearance; at what level they have been security cleared; how many have had clearance declined; and what the average length of time taken to obtain security clearance has been. [173657]

Mr. Caplin: Agency staff and staff employed by TNT at the Departmental Records Office are subject to the processes for security clearance in accordance with the Government's vetting policy as announced to the House on 15 December 1994, Official Report, columns 764–66W. Personnel are normally to hold a Security Check (SC) clearance, but individuals with a Basic Check (BC) may be employed provided they are escorted and supervised at all times by a member of staff who is SC cleared.

As at 13 May 2004, 272 TNT Records Office staff had completed the security clearance processes. 188 held an SC clearance and 84 held a BC. Two of the SC clearances were subject to restrictions. One individual had had a clearance at the SC level declined.

The average length of time to complete a BC is two weeks, and for an SC clearance 12 weeks.

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints have been lodged against the performance of TNT in its handling of records based at the Hayes Departmental Records Office at Bourne Avenue, Hayes. [173658]

Mr. Caplin: The Ministry of Defence has set-up a Contract Management Team (CMT) whose role it is to monitor the services provided by TNT to all the Departments involved. Between 18 December 2003 and 13 May 2004 the CMT was advised of 46 mostly minor complaints about the performance of TNT. This number of complaints is regarded as very small.
 
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Falklands War

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans will be put in place to commemorate in the UK the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War. [173787]

Mr. Caplin [holding answer 17 May 2004]: Preliminary discussions have taken place with the principal veterans association, SAMA82 about this important anniversary. These will continue in order to develop ideas and when there is agreement I will ensure that an appropriate announcement is made to the House.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether funding will be provided for a visit in 2007 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War as it was for the 2002 Pilgrimage to the Falkland Islands by the South Atlantic Association. [173789]

Mr. Caplin [holding answer 17 May 2004]: At this early stage, we have yet to decide the detail of our plans for the 25th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict. However, we will be consulting key stakeholders for their views and will give careful consideration to these.

Mine Clearance

Brian White: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel are involved in mine clearance and explosive ordnance disposal; and in which countries such personnel are working. [164326]

Mr. Ingram: There are approximately 170 British service personnel involved in mine clearance and explosive ordnance disposal on overseas operations and exercises. They are deployed to Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia, the Falklands, Afghanistan, Kenya and Canada. There are approximately 200 held at high readiness for EOD tasks within the United Kingdom.

Nuclear Safety

Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 27 April 2004, Official Report, column 873W, on Nuclear Installations (Aircraft Incidents), what reviews have taken place of the flight paths taken by RAF planes in United Kingdom airspace following the infringements he listed. [171647]

Mr. Ingram: There are no fixed flight paths in the United Kingdom Military Low Flying System. All low flying sorties are planned individually in order to spread the distribution of low flying across the UK as much as possible and provide maximum training value by ensuring that a variety of terrain is overflown.

The increases to restricted areas around nuclear facilities from one to two nautical miles up to 2,000 ft, effective from November 2001, are considered sufficient to preserve the safety and integrity of the sites.

Paper Recycling

Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when his Department expects to implement in full the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that (a) all copying paper bought by the Department is 100 per cent. recycled with a minimum of 75 per cent. post consumer waste content and (b) all paper for
 
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printed publications bought by the Department is 60 per cent. recycled, of which a minimum is 75 per cent. post consumer waste; [171820]

(2) what percentage of paper for printed publications used by the Department in 2002–03 was from recycled sources; and how much post consumer waste this paper contained; [171818]

(3) what measures he has put in place to ensure that his Department meets the quick win targets set by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that (a) all copying paper bought by the Department is 100 per cent. recycled with a minimum of 75 per cent. post consumer waste content and (b) all paper for printed publications bought by the Department is 60 per cent. recycled, of which a minimum is 75 per cent. post consumer waste; [171819]

(4) what percentage of copying paper used by the Department in 2002–03 was from recycled sources; and how much post consumer waste this paper contained. [171817]

Mr. Caplin: The number of suppliers of paper across the Ministry of Defence means that the information requested is not readily available. It is likely to take some time to collate and this work is now under way. I will write to the hon. Member when I can and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.


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