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Post-traumatic Stress

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision his Department has made for veterans suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder. [24841]

Mr. Touhig: The Ministry of Defence recognises Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a serious and disabling condition and continues to take all appropriate steps to address this and other more common stress-related disorders among Service personnel, reflecting the wider medical understanding of prevention and care.

The provision-of health care for veterans is primarily the responsibility of the NHS. However, under a provision of the war pensions scheme, the MOD funds remedial treatment at one of the treatment centres of the Ex Services Mental Health Society (Combat Stress) for those with service-related accepted mental health problems; this includes cases of PTSD.

As part of the Veterans Programme, the MOD is working closely with the Department of Health and the devolved Administrations to ensure excellent mental health services for veterans, including those suffering from PTSD. Discussions are taking place on a number of questions relating to the provision of such services, including exploring whether any changes need to be made to arrangements to address the needs of those suffering from severe PTSD.

Public Bodies/Agencies

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff were employed by non-departmental public bodies and agencies for which he has responsibility in 2004–05 in (a) total and (b) each (i) nation and (ii) region of the UK and (c) London. [35892]

Mr. Touhig: Information on the number of staff, employed between 2004–05, by each of MOD's executive non-departmental public bodies in total and for each nation and region of the UK and London is as follows:
Nation: England

MuseumTotal(3)UK region (including London)
National Army Museum86Chelsea—London Government Office Region (82)
Sandhurst—South East Government Office Region (4)
RAF Museum169Cosford/Stafford—West Midlands Government Office Region (49)
Hendon—London Government Office Region (120)
Royal Naval Museum32Portsmouth Naval Base—South East Government Office Region (32)
Royal Navy Submarine Museum22Gosport, Portsmouth—South East Government Office Region (22)
Museum Royal Marines29Southsea, Hampshire—South East Government Office Region (29)
Fleet Air Arm Museum65Yeovilton, Somerset—South West Government Office Region (65)

(3)As of 31 March 2005. Includes full and part time staff. Figures taken from the Cabinet Office Public Bodies website and_public_bodies/publications/pdf/public-bodies/publicbodies2QQ5. pdf

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Information on the number of staff employed by agencies in total and for each nation (England, Scotland, Wales, N Ireland and overseas) can be found in the UK Defence Statistics 2005 Publication under tables 2.6, 2.6a and 2.6b (pages 52–54). A copy is available in the Library of the House. Information on the number of staff employed by agencies in each region of the UK and London could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


Departmental Costs

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) salary bill was and (b) administrative costs were for his Department in (i) each (A) nation and (B) region of the UK and (ii) London in 2004–05. [35877]

Jim Fitzpatrick: As stated in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) Resource Accounts 2004–05 (HC 301, 20 July 2005), the total salary bill for ODPM was some £226,643,000. Total expenditure within the administration cost limit for the year, also taken from the accounts, was £310,744,000.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does not monitor regional or central London administrative costs relating to the central Department separately. Such a breakdown could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

A breakdown, by English region, of expenditure and salaries (within the administration costs limit) by the Government Offices is set out as follows.

Government offices

Total administrative costs/expenditure (net of receipts)
North East10,21413,887
North West12,06017,778
Yorkshire and Humberside9,46313,454
West Midlands9,53015,286
East Midlands9,03511,937
South West10,54214,725
South East11,13714,372
Regional co-ordination unit (in London)2,2606,025

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Departmental Grants

Tim Loughton: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the projects and services run by the NSPCC which have received public funding from his Department in each of the last three years; how much funding was provided in each case; and over what time scale. [34245]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has made no payments to the NSPCC for projects or services in any of the last three years.

Fire Services

Mr. Gray: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his current estimate is of the overall cost of establishing regional fire control centres in (a) the South West, (b) the other regions and (c) in total. [35685]

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Jim Fitzpatrick: FiReControl is a national project. There are no separate budgets for each regional control centre. For information on the one-off costs of delivering FiReControl, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 8 November 2005, Official Report, column 358W. The national cost will be £160 million.

Sarah Teather: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) genuine and (b) malicious fire emergency calls have been received in (i) Brent and (ii)London in each year since 1997. [35589]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The figures for the financial years from April 1999 are set out in the following table. The current computer incident recording system used by the London Fire Brigade (which has provided these figures) was introduced in April 1999 and there is no readily available data on a comparable basis for 1997 and 1998.

False alarms
Primary fireSecondary fireChimney fireAFAsGood intentAll genuine" calls to firesMalicious
false alarms

Formula Grant

Jim Cousins: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the assumed population of the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was for formula grant purposes in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2004–05, (c) 2005–06 and (d) 2006–07. [38063]

Mr. Woolas: The population figures for City of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne used in formula grant calculations in 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06and 2006–07 are shown in the following table:
Settlement year
Mid Year Estimate (MYE)2002–032003–04Amended 2003–04 published in 2004–052004–05Amended 2004–05 published in 2006–072005–062006–07
2001 (Revised)266,241
2002 (Revised)266,012
Population projection in 2006263,888

1.The mid-2000 population estimates used in the 2002/03 settlement were based on the 1991 Census.
2.Settlements for 2003–04 to 2006–07 have used population figures derived from the 2001 Census.
3.Revised population estimates for 2001 and 2002 published by the ONS have been reflected in Amending Reports by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
4.In the 2006–07 Settlement, population projections for 2006 will be used for the dominant data drivers of population as this allows the settlement to be more forward looking. The mid-2004 population estimates have also been used but within wider indicators used in the top-up formulae.
Office for National Statistics (ONS)

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Jim Cousins: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the formula grant was in respect of reimbursement of the costs of concessionary fares in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06 for each local authority in the County of Tyne and Wear; and how much is proposed for 2006–07. [38064]

Mr. Woolas: Government support for concessionary fares is funded via the Revenue Support Grant Settlement. Revenue Support Grant is an unhypothecated block grant. This means that authorities are able to spend the grant on any service. It is not therefore possible to say how much grant an authority received for a particular service.

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