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Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the electricity used by his Department was generated from (a) renewable sources and (b) on-site micro-generation facilities during the last period for which figures are available. 
Derek Twigg: The percentage of electricity used by the Ministry of Defence generated from renewable sources during 2005 was approximately 7 per cent. of the UK defence estate usage. The figures are published in the MODs Annual Sustainable Development Report 2005 published in August 2006.
Data relating to the percentage of electricity used by the Department generated from on-site micro-generation facilities is not available. This has been identified as an area for improvement and MOD is currently establishing a database of renewable energy initiatives which will include information on micro-generation facilities.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the agreements made since 1997 to which the UK is a signatory establishing UK participation in (a) European armed services and (b) a European armaments agreement not involving NATO; and what the level of UK participation is in each. 
Following the 1998 UK-France summit at St. Malo, the 2001 Treaty of Nice established arrangements for the EU to undertake military crisis management operations using forces contributed by member states. The UK is a full signatory to this treaty and a full participant in the arrangements which have been established to give effect to the European Security and Defence Policy.
The UK has informed the EU of forces we might be willing to make available for use in EU led operations. Any request by the EU to use UK forces would be judged on a case-by-case basis and in the context of current commitments. The commitment of national forces to an EU-led operation remains a sovereign decision for nations concerned.
The Convention on the Establishment of the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAROrganisation Conjointe de Cooperation en matiere dArmement) was established in 1998 by Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. The UK participates in OCCARs management committees and the management teams for the projects that we are involved in: A400M, Counter Battery Radar (COBRA) and Principal Anti-Air Missile (PAAMS) programmes.
The Letter of Intent Framework Agreement, concerning measures to facilitate the restructuring and operation of European Defence industry, was concluded in 2000 by France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. UK officials participate in the various committees and groups which are responsible for implementing the agreement.
Although not an armaments agreement, the European Defence Agency was established in 2004 by Joint Action under the Treaty of the European Union with the objective of driving capability development among its 24 participating member states.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings (a) he and (b)(i) Ministers and (ii) officials in his Department have had with (A) charities and (B) other organisations or individuals regarding aiding those that have not been awarded payments under the 20-year rule relating to the far east civilian internees; when the meetings took place; and if he will place reports of the meetings in the Library. 
Derek Twigg: To respond to concerns that a number of those who do not qualify under the ex gratia payment scheme for far east prisoners of war and civilian internees may be suffering hardship, the Ministry of Defence has undertaken some work to investigate the feasibility of providing financial assistance to a charity supporting such individuals. I will place a copy of the record of the meeting on 25 May that gave rise to this work, between my predecessor, officials and representatives of the Association of British Civilian InterneesFar East Region and the All Party Group on Far East Prisoners of War in the Library of the House.
The Department's discussions with the charity concerned, aimed at providing financial assistance to support its work for former far east prisoners of war and civilian internees who may be experiencing hardship, have been by telephone, e-mail and letter, rather than by meetings. The charity has very recently indicated that it does not consider it appropriate to accept this support.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of crimes that were classified as having a significant impact on defence capability was solved by the Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency in each of the last five years. 
Derek Twigg: Information prior to 2005 cannot be given in this form since the classification of crime having a significant impact on defence capability was not introduced until 1 April 2005. The information after this date is as follows:
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Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Departments policy is on the publication of the names of British servicemen and women who have been honoured for service in Iraq or Afghanistan by the United States Administration. 
Des Browne [holding answer 4 December 2006]: We are currently considering a number of options for increasing the flexibility, deployability and sustainability of our support helicopter fleet particularly for Afghanistan. These options include encouraging our NATO partners to do more, procuring or leasing more helicopters, and ensuring we deliver maximum capability from our existing fleets.
I discuss regularly with my NATO colleagues the need properly to resource International Security Assistance Force operations in Afghanistan, including through the provision of sufficient support helicopters.
Phil Hope: Land-based specialist and rural colleges will continue to be central to delivering the specialised skills required by the wide range of employers operating in this important sector. These colleges offer pre-entry courses to higher skills development to young people from 14 years and they work closely with local employers to ensure that the curriculum, facilities and qualifications reflect industry standards.
Apprenticeships are the main route available to young people seeking vocational qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3. Apprenticeship frameworks are developed by employers through Sector Skills Councils (SSCs). LANTRA, the SSC for the Environmental and Land-based Sector, is developing with five partner SSCs a Land-based and Environmental Studies Diploma that will be taught from September 2009. A
new statutory entitlement to study for a Diploma will be in place for all 14 to 19-year-olds from September 2013. LANTRA, through its website, offers career portals dedicated for both young people and adults which signpost routes into a wide variety of careers in the sector.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many publicly-funded full-time equivalent chaplaincy staff there were in further education establishments in 2005-06, broken down by religion; what the cost was of chaplaincy staff in 2005-06; what estimate he has made of the costs in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and whether he has made an assessment of the merits of providing equivalent pastoral support for those who are not religious and who may not wish to receive such support from a religious chaplain. 
Bill Rammell: Colleges are independent organisations and free to determine how best to meet the pastoral needs of their students. We therefore do not hold information on the numbers of staff involved in chaplaincy arrangements in further education, or their associated costs. As we said in the White Paper Further Education: Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances, good pastoral support is vital to improving the learner's chance of succeeding and is an important part of a college's responsibilities to its students. We have commissioned the Quality Improvement Agency to develop and issue guidance on effective pastoral support systems. This will include meeting the needs of all students including those with a particular faith or of none. Pastoral support arrangements are being piloted next year.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what consultation events were held with key stakeholders in relation to child care during 2006; which Government representatives attended such events; and what the cost to the public purse was of each event; 
(2) how many structured discussions were held with parents through local forums about child care during 2006; which Government representatives attended such discussions; and what the cost to the public purse of each discussion was. 
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Eight events to consult with local authorities and Childrens Information Services on the draft regulations and statutory guidance for the duty to provide information, advice and assistance in section 12 of the Childcare Act 2006. Also one event to consult other stakeholders, including delivery organisations and interested voluntary organisations.
Standards for Leaders of Childrens Centres Consultation from 25 September to 6 November. One consultation event held in each region apart from the South East. Two events held in London. One event held for professional organisations. On-line consultation.
The Daycare Trust Listening to Families project included initial discussions with parents and children from five locations. A short film of these discussions was presented to the Trusts National Conference on 8 November.
|(1) Costs were covered from within NCSLs budget for delivering the NPQICL programme.|
The Sure Start, Extended Schools and Childcare Stakeholder Group, announced in the Ten Year Childcare Strategy Action Plan published in April 2006, has met three times. The group, chaired by Dame Julie Mellor, which consists of members from local authorities, health, the private and voluntary sector and frontline staff, advises Ministers on the implementation of the strategy and wider early years and child care policy. To date the group has cost £6,800 to run.
Beverley Hughes: As of 1 December 2006 there were 1,048 designated Sure Start childrens centres. We are on track to meet our 2008 target of 2,500 centres and our 2010 target of 3,500 childrens centres, one for every community.
Local authorities are responsible for planning and managing the delivery of childrens centres, and future designation dates are subject to change as they revise their plans. Authorities receive ongoing support and challenge from the Department to ensure that their overall targets are met.
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