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Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which performance indicators under the contract between the Department for Regional Development Roads Service and National Car Parks (NCP) qualify for additional performance-related payments; and what the maximum annual amount payable to NCP is, including performance payments. 
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question pursuant to Question 112772, on National Car Parks, which performance indicators under the contract qualify for additional performance-related payments; and what the maximum annual amount payable to National Car Parks (NCP) is, including performance payments.
As this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Roads Service, I have been asked to reply.
I can advise that all 31 of the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are considered when calculating the performance related payment payable to NCP (See Annex A).
As I advised in my reply to Parliamentary Question 112772, the contract includes for the management of Roads Services off-street charged car parks and the enforcement of parking restrictions. If NCP provides the appropriate level of service as measured against the KPIs, under the terms of the contract the maximum annual amount payable to them will be £8,848,698.38. This sum includes the Maximum Performance Related Payment, and refers to the full service to be provided by NCP, not just enforcement of parking restrictions.
Key Performance Indicators
A. Effective Parking Enforcement
1. Number of TAs deployed.
2. Number of Supervisors deployed.
3. Coverage of Patrol requirements.
4. The availability and responsiveness of the rapid response unit.
B. Good quality, motivated and informed TAs
5. Initial TA training and accreditation.
6. Regular assessments and delivery of on-going training.
7. The Standard of TA appearance, courtesy and helpfulness.
8. The level of complaints and complaints handling.
9. Level of Absenteeism and staff turnover amongst all TA staff and car park staff.
C. Issue of Good Quality PCNs
10. Number of cancellations due to TA error.
11. Number of Void PCNs.
12. Good quality information.
13. Control of Pocket Books.
14. Linkage of good quality digital images to PCNs.
D. Clamping and Removal Operations
15. Availability of resources during hours of operation.
16. Adherence to removals/clamps criteria.
17. Good quality condition reports including digital images.
18. Timeliness of releasing clamps handling of requests for priority de-clamping.
E. Car Pound Operations
19. Banking of cash via the car pound.
20. The availability of staff at the car pound.
21. Customer Service,
F. Full and timely reporting of all defective/missing lines and signs
23. The prompt reporting of all defects in lines, signs and relevant street furniture.
G. Car Park Management
24. Car Park Management.
25. Enforcement and Compliance in kiosk car parks.
26. Car Park Cleanliness and Flower beds and surrounds.
27. Signs, lines and bay markings are in good condition.
H. Procurement, Reporting and Maintenance of Equipment
28. Maintain all pay and display machines in working condition.
29. Car park equipment will be maintained and all faults swiftly rectified.
I. Cash Collection, Counting and Banking
30. Cash must be regularly collected, counted and banked from all pay and display machines.
31. Cash must be collected, counted and banked from off street car parks (kiosk and pay on foot) at regular intervals.
Ms Gisela Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many notifications have been sent by Afghan forces to the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission in accordance with the memorandum of understanding (MOU) concerning the transfer by UK armed forces to Afghan authorities of persons detained in Afghanistan since the signature of the MOU. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department made of the economic impact of the threatened cancellation by Saudi Arabia of the Eurofighter Typhoon contract. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 11 January 2007]: Agreement on the cost of the future aircraft carriers has not yet been reached. Decision on the CVF programme will only be taken once we know with confidence the risks, the costs and the associated contractual framework involved in building the carriers. This work is part of the current demonstration phase.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will meet the Gibraltar Services Police Staff Association to discuss the contents of their letter of 15 December 2006 to the Head of Human Resources, Chief of Joint Operations, Northwood HQ; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: The Gibraltar Services Police Staff Association should discuss the issues they have raised in their letter of 15 December with local MOD management. They are encouraged to do so within the framework of the Joint Consultative Committee that has been established in Gibraltar to facilitate constructive dialogue on employee relations issues between the Association and management.
Mr. Ingram: The aim of rest and recuperation is to provide Service personnel, who have been mentally and physically challenged by continuous service in an operational area, time to rest out of line and recharge their batteries in order to sustain operational effectiveness.
The decision to grant rest and recuperation rests with the in-theatre operational commander, who will consider a number of factors such as the threat, the operational requirement and minimum force levels, to determine the practicality of rest and recuperation.
Rest and recuperation is not leave and is to be taken at a time, location and for a duration specified by the operational commander. Rest and recuperation may only be granted to individuals and units on periods of continuous operations in excess of four months.
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|(1) Statistics for Harrier aircraft operating in Afghanistan are not available for the period requested as information was not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost and by diverting staff from operational support tasks. As of 1 January 2007 instances of the cannibalisation of Harrier aircraft in Afghanistan are being recorded centrally.|
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the purchase cost was of each ship which is (a) mothballed and (b) proposed to be mothballed; what the estimated cost of mothballing each ship is; and what the estimated cost is of returning each ship to full operational capability. 
Mr. Ingram: HMS Invincible is the only Royal Navy ship currently in a very low state of extended readiness in which it would take approximately 18 months to return her to the operational service. The build cost of Invincible was £184.5 million. It has so far cost £2.5 million to prepare and maintain the ship for her period of extended readiness. A further £1.4 million has been allocated to take her through to 2010 when she is due to be withdrawn from service. As there are currently no plans to return Invincible to operational service, no formal assessment of the cost of doing so has been undertaken.
As part of the Department's current planning round, we are examining a range of proposals for the defence programme, to enhance investment in
certain areas and also to reduce investment in areas of lower priority. Ministerial decisions on the forward defence programme will be taken in the first quarter of 2007 and appropriate announcements will be made in that timeframe.
Mr. Ingram: The normal operating cycle of every warship includes periods of lower readiness, typically for maintenance or refit, interspersed with periods in which the ship is held at high readiness for operations.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that South African citizens serving in the British armed forces may continue to do so under South African law; 
Mr. Ingram: We have been following the development of the draft Prohibition of Mercenary Bill very closely and are urgently investigating the potential consequences for South African personnel currently serving in the UK armed forces, should the legislation be enacted, so that we can support those who may be affected. We value, greatly, the service given by South African personnel.
Representations have been made by the Secretary of State for Defence to the South African Defence Minister on the potential implications the proposed legislation would have on recruitment and retention of personnel into the UK armed Forces. A visit is being planned to South Africa to enable MOD officials to hold face-to-face discussions with the South African Department of Defence to try and resolve some of the uncertainties.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Minister for Pensions will meet Mr. John Markham of the International Consortium of British Pensioners to discuss frozen pensions of UK pensioners living overseas; and if he will make a statement. 
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