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Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual cost is of the lease of one C17 from the US; and if he will make a statement on the ownership of the four C17s which are being used by the Royal Air Force. 
Mr. Watson: The roll-out schedule for the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) (DII(F)) programme was first negotiated during 2004-05 and was re-worked during January 2006. The DII (F) contract was deliberately structured to allow for a level of change as it recognised that the impact of initiatives such as the efficiency review and the Ministry of Defences own change programme would require a level of flexibility from the DII (F) Deliver Partner, ATLAS Consortium.
MOD and ATLAS are currently discussing the impact of the revised rollout schedule. However, the changes introduced so far are not significant, and we expect that the rollout of the first increment of DII (F) will remain within its financial approval envelope. Both the DII project team and the ATLAS consortium are working hard to meet the originally forecast Last User Live date and are confident that the predicted benefits will be achieved.
The Civilian Level 0 definition reflects all departmental employees including casuals and those not directly funded by the Department such as staff on loan to other government departments or NATO, and staff on career breaks or absent through long term sickness.
Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he was first informed of the dispute referred to on 9 February 2004, Official Report, column 1177W; and what the estimated scale of the Governments potential financial liability was at that time. 
Mr. Ingram: My right hon. Friend the then Secretary of State for Defence was briefed in April 2001. At that time there was insufficient information available to estimate the Departments potential liability.
Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingent liabilities have been set aside by the Department for final settlement in the case of arbitration referred to on 9 February 2004, Official Report, column 1177W; and where these appear in the Departments appropriation account. 
Mr. Ingram: The total estimated contingent liability for the Department was disclosed in the Departments annual report and accounts for 2003-04. A contingency for the case referred to was included in these accounts. This case was concluded earlier this year, and the settlement is currently confidential between the parties involved; however, it will be reflected in the departmental accounts for 2005-06, which are currently being prepared.
|Headcount (1 April 2006)|
|Responsibility level||Staff headcount total||Male (percentage)||Female (percentage)||Declared disability (percentage)|
Ms Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) women and (b) men are employed in the Department; what the average pay was for (i) women and (ii) men in the Department in(1) 1997 and (2) 2006; what womens average pay is asa percentage of mens average pay; and how many(A) women and (B) men the Department employed in each of the last five years, broken down by grade. 
Mr. Watson: The following table shows the numbers of permanent, non-industrial Ministry of Defence staff by gross salary band, gender and full-time/part-time status as at 1 April 2006, in both headcount and full-time equivalent terms. Comparable data by salary band for 1997 are not available.
|Table 1: Gross pay for non-industrial permanent staff by gender and hours worked|
|Full-time staff||Part-time staff( 2)||Full-time equivalent( 1)|
|Salary band( 2)||Male||Female||Total||Male||Female||Total||Male||Female||Total|
| denotes numbers less than 5. (1) Part-time staff are assigned to the salary band corresponding to their full-time equivalent salary. (2) Salary in this table is gross salary. (3) The not reported category contains staff whose salary was not available on 1 April, cases where the data held on the system gave anomalous salary results (either very high or very low) and a number of staff who joined part way through the month leading to partial salary detail. (4) Salary figures are rounded to the nearest 100, and exclude the Not reported category. Notes: 1. Excludes casual, industrial, trading funds, Royal fleet auxiliary and locally engaged civilian staff. 2. All staff numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.|
The following table shows permanent staff employed by the Department broken down by responsibility level, full-time/part-time status and gender, in headcount and full-time equivalent terms, for the five years,1 April 2002 to 1 April 2006 inclusive.
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