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Derek Twigg: Around 330 passenger carriages are currently in store. These are mainly locomotive hauled coaches previously used on long distance routes and which have been replaced with new or younger cascaded rolling stock.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) locomotives, (b) multiple units, (c) freight wagons and (d) carriages are in use on the rail network, broken down by (i) train operating company and (ii) class. 
Derek Twigg: Tables have been placed in the Library of the House, which give details of the number of locomotives, multiple units and carriages, used by UK franchised passenger train operators, broken down by train operating company and class. Vehicles operated by non-franchised operators such as Network Rail, open access and charter operators are not included. Details of the numbers of freight vehicles used on the network are not held centrally.
This information is based on latest available data but minor variations in the figures can be expected due to ongoing activities such as short term vehicle hiring, the introduction of new fleets and the withdrawal of older vehicles.
The Deputy Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on Wednesday 17 May 2006, Official Report, column 985W, and to my letter of appointment as Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House.
Premier Wen Jibao
Jia Qinglin, Chairman of the Peoples Political Consultative Conference
State Councillor Tang
The Chief Executive of Hong Kong Donald Tsang
The Mayor of Beijing.
Trade and investment is one of the core issues considered by the China taskforce, which I chair at the request of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister. Its work offers strategic direction in five key sectorsfinance, energy, information and communications technology (ICT), healthcare and waterareas where the UK has world-class expertise and where Chinese demand is growing rapidly. We are encouraging Chinese companies to invest in the UKparticularly those from high value added sectors such as ICT and high performance engineering.
While in China, I was also honoured to be invited to open Nottingham university's new campus in Ningbo. Deepening educational linksparticularly in the higher education sectoris vital to allowing the UK to tap into the large pool of well-qualified Chinese graduates, and to encouraging Chinese students to come to the UK. Greater understanding and interchange will help both our economies profit in the long term.
The Deputy Prime Minister: As part of my role during the UK presidency of the EU last year I visited a number of countries in Central and Eastern Europe for high level discussions on our presidency priorities. These included Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia.
I have also received a number of senior visitors from Eastern Europe in London over the past year. Our discussions covered a wide range of subjects, including the economy, trade and investment, education and skills, security and the environment.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to encourage appropriate representation of military establishments on local safeguarding children boards; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Watson: The Ministry of Defence recognises the importance of proper representation on local safeguarding children boards (LSCB) and there has been service membership of preceding bodies, particularly Child Protection Committees, where appropriate. The plans for a MOD Children's Board will provide an additional focus for improved interaction between military establishments and LSCBs in England and the equivalent bodies in UK more generally.
Mr. Watson: Records are kept of overall expenditure on official hospitality, but there is no separate record of the amount spent on alcohol, nor are there any plans to do so. Expenditure in the Department is conducted in accordance with the principles of Government Accounting and comprehensive guidance is issued to staff about expenditure on official hospitality, including situations in which alcohol may be provided at public expense.
Mr. Ingram: The Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO) intends to publish a list of those countries from which delegations are invited a day or so in advance of the exhibition opening, the timing being consistent with maintaining the security of guests. It is planned to place this list on the DESO internet site:
Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mine clearance equipment is available to Light Forces; what mine clearance equipment is deployed in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq; how many mine clearance projects have been completed in each of the last three years, broken down by country; and how many projects are pending, broken down by country. 
I am withholding information regarding the specific mine clearance equipment available to Light Forces and deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq, as disclosure of such information would have a bearing on our operational security and place our servicemen and women at risk.
UK forces do not undertake mine clearance projects. They undertake only routine clearance tasks that are essential to the protection of UK forces during an operation. Humanitarian mine clearance projects are undertaken by specialist contractors, paid for and coordinated by the Department for International Development.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 15 June 2006]: The information requested cannot be provided as disclosure of such information would reveal the operational tactics and capability of UK forces, which in turn could have a bearing on our operational security, thereby placing our servicemen and women in additional unnecessary danger.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 15 June 2006]: BAE Systems Land Systems (BAES LS) remains responsible for the security of the supply of products previously manufactured at Bridgwater and Chorley. MOD and BAES LS have set up a joint project team to monitor the transfer of products to other sites (in the UK or abroad) and to ensure security of supply.
Decisions on alternate sources are a commercial matter for the company. BAE LS has indicated, however, that some activities will be transferred to other BAES LS facilities in the UK; some to other UK suppliers; and others to foreign suppliers including USA and France.
Edward Miliband: The Government supports Volunteers Week, primarily through an annual core grant of £1.5 million to Volunteering England, the organisation that runs the week. This year during Volunteers Week, which took place from 1-7 June, I and other Government Ministers visited a range of volunteering organisations to show support for Britains 20 million volunteers.
14. Helen Goodman: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps she is taking to encourage all Government Departments to take account of relevant third sector organisations and issues in determining policies and measures. 
Edward Miliband: The Government have set up the new Office of the third sector in the Cabinet Office to co-ordinate the work of Government with the third sector. This includes work to ensure the implementation of the principles of the Compact on funding and policy.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what (a) adult learning courses and (b) occupational and professional development courses the civil service makes available to its staff. 
Mr. McFadden: Civil service Departments seek to ensure that all staff have the skills they need to carry out their duties effectively. The range of courses civil servants might attend in either adult learning or occupational and professional development is dictated by the particular needs of the individual, their link to the requirements for current and future development, availability of appropriate training and cost.
The Professional Skills for Government programme has identified a framework for standards of performance across core skills and professional expertise. Occupational and professional development needs to be focused on ensuring staff are able to demonstrate these standards of performance. The National School of Government offers a comprehensive range of training courses which support the professional development of staff in the civil service.
Mr. McFadden: The Government take the issue of cyber security very seriously. The Cabinet Office regularly issues guidance on cyber security based on advice received from the National Infrastructure Co-ordination Centre (NISCCpronounced nicey) and the Communications Electronic Security Group (CESG).
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