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Porton Down

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects a funding agreement to be concluded
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between the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory and Defence Estates on remediation work at Porton Down. [44165]

Mr. Touhig: An informal agreement has already been reached between the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and Defence Estates to allow work on the remediation of the Porton Down site, which commenced in early 2005.

It is anticipated that this agreement will be formalised with effect from 1 April 2006 and, subject to review as deemed necessary, remain extant until 31 March 2015.

Private Finance Initiative

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 16W, on private finance projects, what the (a) capital value, (b) annual revenue cost, (c) start date and (d) end date is of each private finance initiative and public private partnership project his Department is undertaking. [45305]

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Mr. Ingram [holding answer 24 January 2006]: The information is provided in the following table. However, you should note:

The information that you request cannot be given for projects that are either being considered or in procurement as the information has not yet been determined or is commercially sensitive.
Project nameContract
entered into
Contract endContract
Capital value
(£ millions)
Army Foundation College (AFC)February 2000December 20293073
ASTUTE Class Training Service (ACTS)September 2001January 20373680
Attack Helicopters Training—Apache Simulator TrainingJuly 1998September 202719165
Bristol, Bath and Portsmouth Family Married QuartersNovember 2001September 20282578
C vehiclesOctober 2004April 202115114
Central Scotland Family Quarters (HQ)August 1999January 20212025
ColchesterFebruary 2004February 203935539
Commercial Satellite Communication Service—INMARSATMarch 2001March 2006203
Defence Animal Centre (DAC)August 2000August 20252511
Defence Electronic Commerce Service (DECS)July 2000July 2010109
Defence Fixed Telecommunications Service (DFTS)July 1997July 20121070
Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS)December 1996March 20121573
Defence Housing Executive—Information Systems (DOMIS)October 2001September 20101012
Defence Intelligence System (DIS)/Information System (Touchstone)June 1999September 200675
Defence Sixth Form College (DSFC)June 2003August 20332820
Devonport Support services ARMADAJanuary 2004January 20292545
Electronic Messaging System (Armymail)April 1997April 20071033
Field Electrical Power Supplies (FEPS)July 2002July 20222074
Hawk SimulatorDecember 1997December 20151819
Hayes PFI Project—Records Storage and ManagementSeptember 2003September 20282511
Hazardous Stores Information System (HSIS)October 1997October 2007101
Heavy Equipment Transporters (HET)December 2001December 20212058
Joint Services Command and Staff CollegeJune 1998August 20282093
Light Aircraft Flying Training (LAFT) (Bulldog)April 1999March 20091020
Lynx Aircrew TrainingJuly 2000July 20252515
Main Building RefurbishmentMay 2000May 203030345
Marine support to Range and Aircrew ServicesDecember 2001December 20121012
Material Handling Equipment (MHE)August 2002July 201089
Material Handling Equipment (MHE)—(Follow on)May 2002May 2010812
Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF)October 1997October 203740114
MOD-wide Water and Waste Water Project (Aquatrine)—Package AApril 2003November 202825154
MOD-wide Water and Wastewater (Project Aquatrine)—Package BSeptember 2004March 20302586
MOD-wide Water and Wastewater (Project Aquatrine)—Package COctober 2004March 203025364
Naval CommunicationsJune 2000January 20302758
NRTA Fire Fighting Training UnitsApril 1999April 20192023
Portsmouth Housing 2October 2005July 20322533
RAF Cosford and Shawbury Family QuartersMarch 1999June 20252515
RAF Fylingdales (Power)December 1998December 2023258
RAF Lossiemouth Family QuartersJune 1998September 20192025
RAF Lyneham SewerageAugust 1998August 2023254
RAF MailNovember 1998November 20082012
RAF Sentry E3D AircrewJuly 2000December 2030307
Skynet 5October 2003February 2018151,079
Storage FacilitiesApril 1996January 20111522
Strategic Sealift (Ro-Ro Ferries)June 2002December 202425175
TAFMIS (IT)August 1996August 20071041
Tidworth Water and SewerageFebruary 1998August 2018205
Tornado GR4 SimulatorJune 1999June 20313262
Tri Service Materials Handling ServiceJune 2000June 20101035
Tri Service White FleetJanuary 2001January 20111040
Wattisham Married QuartersMay 2001March 20282534
Yeovilton Family QuartersJuly 1998July 2028308

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Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated (a) capital value, (b) annual revenue costs, (c) start date and (d) end date is of each (i) private finance initiative and (ii) public private partnership projects under consideration by his Department but not yet signed. [45372]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 24 January 2006]: HM Treasury defines public private partnerships as privately financed projects and other forms of joint ventures, but excludes prime contracts, partnering and other outsourcing deals.

The Ministry of Defence has a forward programme of 16 private finance initiative (PFI) projects that are either under consideration or in procurement. Of these, 10 projects have progressed to various stages in the procurement process as shown in the following list. Further information on the status of individual projects is available on the MOD's PFI website at The estimated capital value, annual revenue cost, start date and end date of these projects has either not yet been determined or is commercially sensitive and is not therefore on the website at present. Further information will be added to the website as decisions are taken.

Psychological Trauma

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to ensure armed forces personnel receive assistance from medical professionals for issues relating to physiological trauma. [45660]

Mr. Touhig: Physiological trauma may arise as a result of any physical injury or illness, including environmental injury, and its treatment is an integral part of the medical care and support given to injured armed forces personnel by members of the Defence Medical Services.

When deployed on operations, United Kingdom forces are supported by a range of in-theatre medical facilities, staffed by fully-qualified military medical personnel. These are capable of providing immediate
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treatment in theatre, and are backed up by fast and efficient medevac procedures to return personnel to the UK for further treatment as necessary.

On return to the UK, injured personnel will be given the treatment they need, usually through one of the MOD's Ministry of Defence hospital units attached to NHS hospitals. When necessary, follow-up treatment is provided through specialist units such as the 15 regional rehabilitation units (RRUs) in the UK and Germany, and the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court, which provides world-class medical care, rehabilitation, prosthetics and adaptations for service personnel. Where there are psychological consequences, further treatment is provided through one of 15 MOD Departments of community mental health located in the UK (plus other satellite centres overseas), or if necessary through in-patient care at Priory Group facilities, with whom there is close liaison.

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