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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Mr. Don Touhig): Babcock DynCorp, a joint venture of Babcock Infrastructure Services and DynCorp International, has been awarded the Regional Prime Contract covering the Ministry of Defence's estate in Eastern England. This follows the successful conclusion of discussions with Babcock DynCorp who were appointed as Preferred Bidder in July 2005.
The seven-year contract, worth in the region of £500 million, is the last in a series of five such regional arrangements to cover the estate and provide for capital works, property maintenance and facilities management services, throughout the Eastern region of England.
Encouraging innovation and efficiency, Regional Prime Contracting is a key initiative that aims to provide a better quality of service and greater value for money through suitably incentivised contracts conforming to the principles of "Smart Acquisition".
Publication of the War Pensioners Report is an annual event dating back to before the Second World War. It is a joint document presented to Parliament by the Secretaries of State for Defence, Health, Scotland and Wales.
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The War Pensioners Report for 200405 provides an account of the administration of the War Pensions Scheme and the services provided for war pensioners in 200405. The Report also provides a variety of data on degrees of disability, pensioner age profiles, rates of pensions etc; and outlines the activities of the War Pensions Committees and Central Advisory Committee on War Pensions throughout the year.
The Secretary of State for Defence (John Reid): Subject to Parliamentary approval of the necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Ministry of Defence Departmental Expenditure Limits (DEL) will be increased by £109,105,000 from £30,944,726,000 to £31,053,831,000. Within the DEL change, the impact on resources and capital are as set out in the following table:
transfers totalling £8,553,000 from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (£4,745,000) and the Department for Transport (£3,808,000) as their share of the National Meteorological Programme and Weather Warning Service costs under a pan Government agreement;
The Secretary of State for Education and Skills (Ruth Kelly): Subject to Parliamentary approval of any necessary Supplementary Estimate, the Department for Education and Skills Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL), (including the Office for Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools (OFSTED) which has a separate Estimate) will be decreased by £661,000 from £30,766,423,000 to £30,765,762,000 and the administration costs limits will be increased by £1,059,000 from £275,359,000 to £276,418,000.
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The decrease in the resource element of the DEL of £661,000 arises from a £145,038,000 decrease in the voted element of the resource DEL and an increase of £144,377,000 in the non-voted element of the resource DEL mainly to the Department's Non-Departmental Public Bodies.
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A £171,495,000 movement to non-voted, for the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority £500,000, the Investors in People UK £300,000, the Children's Commissioner £3,000,000, for the Training and Development Agency for Schools £4,000,000, and for Lifelong Learning programmes transferring to the Learning and Skills Council £163,695,000. A movement from non-voted of £1,034,000 for the General Teaching Council and £300,000 for a technical adjustment to Quality Review. A reduction of £35,000,000 of receipts for the Scientific Research Investment Fund. The take up of Invest to Save Budget of £1,480,000 for the Kid's Club. A movement to RFR2 voted for the Early Support programme £5,000,000 and for Local Authority Children's Centres £19,000,000. A movement from RFR2 voted £2,000,000 for Schools Foundation Stage and £300,000 for Training and Qualifications. A movement to RFR3 voted £1,000 for a token increase due to the reclassification of funding streams for the Children's Fund. A transfer to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport of £1,650,000 for Strategic Commissioning and the Creativity Review. A transfer to the Department for International Development of £19,000 for UK Presidency gift donations. A transfer to the Department of Trade and Industry of £451,000 for the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship and review bodies membership fees. A transfer to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs of £863,000 for the Savings Gateway Pilots Project. A net transfer to the Home Office of £3,205,000 for Young peoples Substance Misuse, Offenders Education, Education in Contracted Prisons and Youth Volunteering Challenge. A transfer from the Department of Health of £2,989,000 for Academic General Practitioners, Protection of Vulnerable Adults and the Bichard Vetting and Barring Scheme. A transfer from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of £1,000,000 for Universities of Cornwall.
A movement to RFR1 non-voted of £9,216,000 for the National College of School Leadership £7,000,000; the Training and Development Agency for Schools £2,000,000 and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority £216,000. The take up of Invest to Save Budget of £58,000 to support families. A movement from RFR1 voted for the Early Support programme £5,000,000 and for Local Authority Children's Centres £19,000,000. A movement to RFR1 voted of £2,000,000 for Schools Foundation Stage and £300,000 for Training and Qualifications.
The £1,059,000 increase in the Administration Cost Limit arises from the transfer from the Department of Health for administrating the Protection of Vulnerable Adults scheme.
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The £144,377,000 increase in Non-voted resource DEL arises from the movement of £171,495,000 from RFR1 voted resource DEL; a reduction of £35,000,000 expenditure for the Scientific Research Investment Fund. A movement to RFR1 voted resource of £1,034,000 for the General Teaching Council and £300,000 for a technical adjustment to Quality Review. A movement from RFR2 voted resource of £9,216,000.
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