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Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make representations to the Norwegian and Japanese Governments against their commercial whaling activities; and if she will make a statement. [46689]

Mr. Bradshaw: With colleagues from 16 other countries HM ambassador in Tokyo delivered a Demarche to the Government of Japan on 16 January, protesting in the strongest terms on Japan's plans to expand its so-called 'scientific' whaling activities. The UK Government, in common with those of a majority of International Whaling Commission (IWC) members, have regularly criticised Japanese scientific whaling programmes in both the North Pacific (JARPN) and the Southern ocean (JARPA) as being of little scientific value and urged Japan to terminate them forthwith.

We will continue to press Norway to desist from commercial whaling, which we believe contrary to the spirit of the IWC moratorium. We make our objections very clear to Norway regarding their whaling activities and will make further protests prior to and during the annual meeting of the Commission which takes place later this year.


Brazilian Beef

Mr. Crabb: To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much Brazilian beef was procured for use by the House Refreshment Department in the last year for which figures are available. [47119]

Nick Harvey: The Refreshment Department has not purchased any Brazilian beef in the last year.

Public Information

Mr. Gale: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much the Commission allocated for public relations and information services in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [46039]

Nick Harvey: Public relations and information services are an integral part of a number of House activities for which budgets are not specifically allocated, and to which costs are not directly attributed. The figures that are available show:
Education Unit305294315
Information Office771787751
Visitor Tours (net of income)473762
Media and Communications Services5479172
Explore Parliament3010545
Early Day Motions141414

Figures are not available for earlier years. Exceptional costs were incurred in 2002–03 for refitting broadcasting equipment in the House of Commons Chamber, and in
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2003–04 on infrastructure as well as webcasting systems. Major projects being undertaken in 2005–06 include the establishment of a web centre and further web developments for which budgets totalling £1.3 million have been allocated. The table does not include the costs of the printing and publishing contract with The Stationery Office.

Recycled Waste

Keith Vaz: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of waste from offices of the House was recycled over the period 2000 to 2005. [47500]

Nick Harvey: Data are not separately collected which could distinguish between waste recycled from offices and from other parts of the estate. The proportion of waste recycled from the whole estate (including the House of Lords) since records began is as follows:

(2) April to December 2005

Comparable figures for earlier years are not available.


Parliamentary Pay and Allowances

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to request the Senior Salaries Review Body to carry out a review of parliamentary pay and allowances. [46958]

The Prime Minister: A review of parliamentary pay and allowances carried out by the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB) in 1996 included a recommendation, accepted by the Government, that parliamentary pay should be reviewed every three years, starting in 2000.

Wilson Doctrine

Paul Farrelly: To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish those sections of the report from the Interception of Communications Commissioner which are relevant to the Wilson Doctrine; if he will put any proposed changes to the doctrine to a vote on the floor of the House; and if he will make a statement. [46813]

The Prime Minister: I have nothing further to add to my written ministerial statement, 15 December 2005, Official Report, column 173WS, and my answers at Prime Minister's questions on 18 and 25 January.



Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the extra £1 billion funding for the recent deployment to Afghanistan will be drawn from his Department's existing budget. [46976]

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John Reid: The additional cost of operations is recovered from the Treasury Reserve.

Apache Helicopter Fleet

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) pilots and (b) engineers for the Apache helicopter fleet are expected (i) to leave and (ii) to be recruited to the service in (A) one month and (B) three months' time; [43863]

(2) how many (a) pilots and (b) engineers for the Apache helicopter fleet have (i) left and (ii) been recruited to the service in each quarter of each of the last three years. [43864]

Mr. Touhig: No Apache pilots are expected to leave the service in the next three months.

Individuals are not recruited into the Army to pilot specific aircraft. Approximately 30 officers per year are directly recruited into the Army Air Corps following officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The Army Air Corps selects its non-commissioned pilots
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from either within the Army Air Corps or from other branches of the Army. Once trained, a pilot carries out conversion to type training for a particular aircraft.

Six Apache pilots have left the Army Air Corps since 2002.

Four engineers are expected to leave within one month and 13 engineers are expected to leave within three months.

Engineers are not directly recruited to maintain specific aircraft. Engineering support for the Apache aircraft is carried out by aeronautical engineering officers and aviation technicians who have previously completed training on a range of Army aircraft. The Apache training course throughput for 2004 was 166 engineers. The training throughput for 2005 was 132.

Aeronautical engineering officers, artificers and technicians in the Career Employment Groups (CEGs) of avionics and aircraft cover the full range of Army helicopters and aircraft. The following figures indicate how many soldiers in these CEGs left the Army in the last three years. Not all of these will have held specialist qualifications for the Apache.

Financial yearQuarterNumber leaving per quarterTotal per financial year
April 2002 to March 2003April to June2770
July to September17
October to December14
January to March12
April 2003 to March 2004April to June1064
July to September25
October to December16
January to March13
April 2004 to March 2005April to June2595
July to September16
October to December30
January to March24

(3) The information relating to soldier discharge is recorded by financial year. The discharge figures are not yet available from April 2005.


QuarterNumber leaving per quarterTotal per calendar year
2003January to March03
April to June1
July to September0
October to December2
2004January to March24
April to June0
July to September1
October to December1
2005January to March211
April to June3
July to September4
October to December2

(4) Officer discharges are recorded by calendar year.

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