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Mr. Thomas: DFID will assess the quality of governance in partner countries through its Country Governance Analyses. These will refer to a balanced set of international and national qualitative and quantitative indicators, assessment and analytical reports that are in the public domain.
Where available, quantitative measures will include the World Bank Institutes Worldwide Governance Indicators, the World Banks International Development Association Resource Allocation Index (formerly Country Policy and Institutional Assessment), a selection of World Health Organisation and World Bank World Development Indicators health, education and economic measures, Freedom Houses indicators on the media and civil and political rights, the Centre for International Development and Conflict Managements Polity IV index on regime and authority characteristics, the
Inter-Parliamentary Union's index on women in national parliaments and Transparency Internationals Corruption Perception Index.
These quantitative measures will be used alongside other relevant qualitative indicators, assessments and analytical reports to develop a shared understanding of the long-term trends in governance in our partner countries.
Des Browne: The security situation in Helmand remains stable. October and November saw a significant decrease in the number of contacts between UK troops and opposition forces compared with previous months although the number of engagements with the Taliban has increased recently.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2006, Official Report, column 621W, on school cadet forces, what his timetable is for (a) updating the House on the proposal to create branches of the Combined Cadet Force in state schools and (b) naming the schools in which pilot projects will run; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: Discussions referred to in my answer of 28 November 2006, Official Report, column 621W, are now almost complete. I intend to make an announcement to the House, revealing the names of the new Combined Cadet Force contingents in the near future.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2006, Official Report, column 821W, on the Defence Export Services Organisation, what the total salary of all the staff working in the Defence Export Services Organisation was (a) in 2005 and (b) 2006; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: Defence Export Services Organisation staff costs for 2005-06 are shown in the following table. Forecast costs are given for 2006-07. The receipts shown accrue from Government-to-Government projects, where costs are met by the customer Government.
Mr. Ingram: Individual defence installations do not routinely publish personnel data, as different organisations and agencies are responsible for the same location or site. Figures for the posted location of the UK regular forces and civilians are only available at local authority level using centrally held data.
Estimates below this level are not routinely produced but a broad estimate of MOD civilian staff in full-time equivalent (FTE) terms is shown in the following table. These figures do not include the workforce of Babcock Naval Services, the commercial partner of HMNB Clyde, who employ additional civilian personnel spread across both sites. Estimates provided by Babcock Naval Services put the total of these personnel at around 1,430.
|UK civilian personnel (FTE) by local authority area: 1 November 2006|
1. Full-time equivalency totals that take account of the hours worked by each part-time employee, and will not be consistent with a headcount.
2. Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.
For service personnel figures for Argyll and Bute, where the vast majority of service personnel posted are located in Faslane and Coulport, are published in Tri Service Publication 10 (TSP10). TSP 10 is a quarterly publication, the most recent showing the 1 October 2006 situation. Copies are held in the Library of the house and at
Derek Twigg: The Army does not recruit soldiers into infantry battalions. The Army Recruiting and Training Division, which is responsible for the recruitment and training of soldiers, recruit infantry soldiers to the three infantry career employment groups; namely line by each infantry division, parachute and Guards. Therefore intake figures for infantry battalions are unavailable.
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|Date of flow||Light Division||Royal Irish (General Service)||The Parachute Regiment||Total|
|(1) Denotes zero or rounded to zero.|
1. Figures are for UK regular soldiers only. They exclude full time reserve service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised Reservists.
2. The data are based on the number of soldiers joining the untrained strength of the infantry divisions during the period 1 October 2005 and 30 September 2006. The figures also include untrained soldiers returning from being long-term illegally absent.
3. The data have been rounded to the nearest 10, numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to avoid systematic bias. Totals have been rounded separately and therefore may not be equal to the sum of their parts.
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