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Service Personnel

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have been based in each region of the UK in each year since 1995. [27483]

Mr. Touhig: The information requested is shown in the tables. Information is shown on different tables due to the re-classification of several Government office regions between 1995 and 2005.
UK regular forces distribution across UK at the 1 Julysituation date

United Kingdom182,180177,360
Northern Ireland9,89010,480
Government office region (England)
Yorks and Humberside12,32012,150
East Midlands9,3608,560
East Anglia11,31011,620
South East62,45060,910
South West45,23044,840
West Midlands5,1305,290
North West2,0902,080

DASA (Tri Service)

United Kingdom171,570173,440
Northern Ireland11,46011,030
Government office region (England)
North East1,2901,420
North West1,9801,510
Yorks and Humberside10,96012,090
East Midlands7,7906,960
West Midlands5,1004,690
South East46,57049,590
South West44,37044,430

DASA (Tri Service)

United Kingdom171,740170,300171,710171,440
Northern Ireland8,9908,3909,4005,160
Government office region
North East1,4401,4201,3401,320
North West2,1301,9001,2901,500
Yorks. and Humberside11,04013,06012,80013,840
East Midlands8,4008,8108,0407,200
West Midlands6,4506,7206,8406,740
South East50,37049,62049,04051,230
South West39,31037,77038,75036,930

DASA (Tri Service)

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United Kingdom175,390169,600
Northern Ireland7,6906,970
Centrally Administered1,3601,530
Government office region (England)
North East1,4701,550
North West1,7602,050
Yorks. and Humberside14,21013,420
East Midlands8,7109,180
West Midlands7,3106,560
South East49,11046,840
South West41,41040,380

1. Figures are for UK regular forces, both trained and untrained, located in the UK. They therefore exclude Ghurkhas, full-time reserve service personnel, the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists.
2. Figures show the UK regular forces posted location. Posted location is where an individual is permanently based.
3. Naval service personnel on sea service are included against the region containing the home port of their ship.
4. Naval service personnel serving in flights at sea are included against the region containing the base airfield of their flight.
5. The detailed figures in this publication have been compiled from unit statistics related to unit postcodes. For some units postcode information is either unavailable or inappropriate.
6. Location statistics are not available for FTRS, the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists.
7. Due to the rounding methods used, figures may not always equal the sum of the parts. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in five have been rounded to the nearest 20 to prevent systematic bias.
8. Comparisons should not be made between data before July 2002 and data after July 2004 due to the different methodologies used to collate the data.
DASA (Tri Service)

Service personnel location statistics are published in Tri-Service Publication 10 (UK Regular Forces Distribution Across the UK), copies of which can be found in the Library of the House. TSP 10 was suspended in 2003 due to concerns over the data quality.

Territorial Army

Jim Sheridan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army live in Paisley and Renfrewshire, North constituency. [28958]

Mr. Touhig: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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Freedom of Information

Peter Law: To ask the Solicitor-General if he will list Freedom of Information (FOI) requests made to the Law Officers which have been passed to the FOI clearing house for evaluation, broken down by (a) subject and (b) date of request. [28947]

The Solicitor-General: Information about the handling of Freedom of Information requests is published in Freedom of Information Statistics on Implementation in Central Government". The most recently published report was 30 September 2005 and copies were placed in the Libraries of both Houses. Additional information about the role of the Clearing House can be found on the Department of Constitutional Affairs' website at: Departments do not provide details about the internal handling of requests, such as details of which requests were referred to the Clearing House for guidance.

IT Projects

Mr. Laws: To ask the Solicitor-General how many IT projects have been developed for his Department since 2001; and whether he has agreed to make public Gateway reviews for these projects (a) in full and (b) in part. [23524]

The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service has undertaken a Programme of IT projects since 2001 1 . This Programme has been the subject of the Gateway review process since its inception.

The Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office became an independent Department on 18 April 2005; prior to that date it was part of HM Customs and Excise. To date it has not developed any new projects.

The Serious Fraud Office has developed 12 IT projects since 2001, none of which had a risk profile requiring the Gateway review process. However in the interest of best practice three Gateway reviews have been undertaken.

The Treasury Solicitor's Office has developed 22 IT projects since 2001, only two of which were subjects of the Gateway review process.

None of the Departments has published findings from the Gateway reviews, nor have I been asked to do so.


Financial Contribution

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Prime Minister in what areas of the cost of his (a) accommodation, (b) security and (c) transport (i) he and (ii) his family makes a contribution to the expenses incurred by the Government. [28102]

The Prime Minister: The Government are reimbursed as necessary for personal expenses incurred, as has been the practice of successive Governments.
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Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Prime Minister what account he takes of the record of donation to political parties of persons he is minded to recommend for elevation to the peerage; and if he will make a statement. [29461]

The Prime Minister: The fact of having made a political donation should not in itself exclude the appointment to a peerage where the candidate's experience or achievements justify one. The House of Lords Appointments Commission, who carry out the scrutiny of candidates, is given information, where relevant, about political donations.

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