|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Mr. Andrew Turner:
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of overnight accommodation for the crew of a BAe146 of The Queen's Flight at Sharm
24 Apr 2006 : Column 850W
el Sheikh in December 2004; for how many crew and for how many nights such accommodation was required; and which Department met the cost. 
John Reid: Ministerial use of 32 (TR) Squadron is charged at an hourly rate calculated on an annual basis. This hourly rate includes a component covering aircrew accommodation, which is not recovered separately. The overall costs of the trip were included in the annual list of Cabinet Ministers' visits overseas for 200405 published in July 2005, a copy of which is in the Library of the House. The Prime Minister's Office met the costs. Five crew members remained at Sharm el Sheikh for eight nights.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected numbers of the bands of the Royal Irish Regiment are over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the future of military music in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 18 April 2006]: Pursuant to my written ministerial statement on 9 March 2006, Official Report, column 69WS, the band of the Royal Irish Regiment will be disbanded by 1 April 2008. We will continue to provide military music in Northern Ireland via the Northern Ireland Territorial Army Band which will be renamed The Royal Irish Regiment Band (TA).
Minister for Defence Procurement did, however, endorse the signing of the Partnering Principles between MOD and BAES (LS) in October, which informed the company of MOD's long term capability requirement as set out in the Defence Industrial Strategy.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of upgrading and extending the life-cycle of Vanguard class submarines to accommodate Trident II D5 (A) missiles. 
John Reid: Initial preparatory work is being undertaken by officials on possible options for the future of the UK's nuclear deterrent. However, Ministers have not yet begun to consider the position on this issue in any detail and it would be inappropriate to speculate on the range of options that might be available and their potential costs.
John Reid: I refer the hon. Member to the answer that I gave previously to the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander) on 7 December 2005, Official Report, column 135253.
Since then, the House of Commons Defence Committee has published a detailed memorandum, which was provided by my Department, and the issue has been raised on other occasions in the House of Commons. But Ministers have not yet engaged in this issue in any detail and it therefore remains the case that it is too early to say what further formal or informal procedures might be used to underpin future decision making by the Government in this area.
All PSA targets are monitored either by HMT or PMDU. PMDU regularly reviews its contribution to target areas in conjunction with HMT and No. 10, and would normally continue to be involved in workstreams until the target was met or where it could be confident that the target was on target to be met.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has made to the military government of Burma on behalf of political prisoners (a) U Saw Naing Naing and (b) U Soe Han, who are incarcerated in that country. 
The UK and EU have repeatedly called for the release of all political prisoners in Burma. Our Embassy in Rangoon monitors the general human rights situation in Burma, including the arrest and detention of political prisoners. We have not made any specific representations on behalf of U Saw Naing Naing or USoe Han.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders who have been handed community service orders by the court have subsequently failed the conditions of their order in each of the past 10 years for which figures are available. 
Community service orders were renamed community punishment orders from April 2001. They also formed one element of the combination order, renamed community punishment and rehabilitation order from the same date. For offences
24 Apr 2006 : Column 853W
committed since 4 April 2005, unpaid work has been imposed as a community order with an unpaid work requirement.
The readily available information (covering the years 1994 and 1999 to 2004) is published in Table 4.13 of 'Sentencing Statistics 2004, England and Wales' (Home Office Statistical Bulletin No 15/05), a copy of which is in the Library.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|