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The BFPO headquarters occupies its current location for logistical reasons, basing itself near the Ml and M25 and close to both Heathrow airport and RAF Brize Norton, which provide the excellent communication necessary to support BFPO in its role.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget for financial year 2005-06 the Veterans Agency spent in Scotland in (a) monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the total personnel budget; how much was spent for each category in 2004-05; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of (a) producing, (b) publishing and (c) distributing the annual report of each trading fund of the (i) Army Base Repair Organisation, (ii) Defence Aviation Repair Agency, (iii) Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (iv) Meterological Office and (v) UK Hydrographic Office was in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: Those costs that can be identified as specifically attributable to the production, publication and distribution of Trading Fund Annual Reports are shown in the following table. These figures exclude the costs of activities carried out by Trading Fund employees in relation to the drafting and compilation of Annual Reports as such costs are not accounted for separately from their other responsibilities.
|Trading funds costs for producing, publishing and distributing their 2005-06 annual reports and accounts (all costs exclude VAT)|
|(1) External costs only|
(2) Included as part of publication costs
(3) Included within production costs
(4) Distributed via electronic means
Derek Twigg: The operating procedures for casualty reporting are contained in the Joint Service Publication 751 Joint Casualty and Compassionate Policy and Procedures, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House.
Mr. Ingram: The MOD is committed to openly publishing casualty statistics on the number of service personnel killed and wounded on operations. Information on casualties sustained since January 2006 in Afghanistan is available on our website:
Since 28 October 2006 we have been able to provide data on the personnel admitted to medical facilities as a result of disease, as well as for non-battle injury. This additional reporting has been brought about by improvements in tracking of this category of personnel, and brings the reporting of statistics for casualties in Afghanistan into line with reporting for casualties in Iraq.
Furthermore, since 28 October 2006 improvements in the way the data are recorded in theatre, and collated and analysed back in the UK have made it possible for updates to be provided every two weeks (two weeks in arrears), rather than monthly (one month in arrears).
Historic data on casualties which occurred in Afghanistan before 1 January 2006 have now been collated and are currently being reconciled. I will write to the hon Member when this exercise has been completed.
(1) Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system for RAF, all RAF data from 1 May 2006 are provisional and subject to review.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, column 356W, on the Bevin Boys, which ministerial colleagues he is consulting; and when he expects to make an announcement. 
Derek Twigg: To date, consultation on the possibility of some form of further recognition for the conscripted coal miners has involved the Department of Trade and Industry, the Home Office and the Cabinet Office. The outcome of these deliberations will be announced in due course.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many publicly funded full-time equivalent chaplaincy staff there were on average in 2005-06; what the cost was of such chaplaincy staff in 2005-06; what estimate he has made of the cost in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and whether he has assessed 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. 
The chaplain provides an all souls ministry and as such provides spiritual, moral and pastoral care for all religions and none. The chaplain is an integral part of the unit or headquarters in which they serve. The majority of pastoral work is not denominational or religious. Other support organisations are also available to all personnel in the form of Welfare Services, a Confidential Support Line and the Womens Royal Voluntary Service.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much public money has been given to Minerva for the (a) construction and (b) operation of services at the Defence Sixth Form College in Leicestershire. 
Derek Twigg: Payments commenced in July 2004 and the total paid to date (30 November 2006) amounts to £14.085 million, including VAT. The payment does not differentiate between construction and service costs.
Mr. Fallon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the effective pay award date is for his Departments staff; and what the actual implementation date was in each of the last five years. 
|(1) Not yet implemented.|
Derek Twigg: There is no definition of the term statistics relating to the work of the Department and no centrally held information on either the volume or costs of statistics published each year on this basis.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors led his officials to believe that file WO208/3548, referred to in his answer of 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 1453W, contains details of double-cross agents. 
Ms Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours of work were required to complete the recent revalidation assisted maintenance periods at Faslane naval base on (a) HMS Vigilant, (b) HMS Vengeance and (c) HMS Sceptre. 
The figures include work carried out by both MOD staff and staff employed by Babcock Naval Services, who carried out the RAMPS on behalf of the Department, but does not include the time worked by subcontractors as this information is not held.
Ms Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the total working hours of all civilian personnel employed at (a) Faslane naval base and (b) RNAD Coulport is spent on work (i) exclusively related to Trident, (ii) unrelated to Trident and (iii) partly related to Trident. 
Mr. Ingram: Faslane and Coulport form part of HM Naval Base Clyde, which carries out all the normal functions of a naval base. The requested information is not centrally held and could be provided only at disproportionate cost, but it is estimated that around 60 per cent. of the total working hours of civilian personnel employed at the naval base is spent on Trident-related work.
Derek Twigg: The total number of senior aircraftsman (SAC) firefighters who left the RAF in each financial year since 1997-98 is shown in the following table. This includes those leaving on time expiry, voluntary outflow and other wastage.
|SAC firefighter outflows|
|(1 )Denotes provisional. Due to the introduction of a new Personnel Administration System for RAF, all RAF data from 1 May 2006 are provisional and subject to review|
Data have been rounded to the nearest 10. Numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest 20 to prevent systematic bias.
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