Derek Twigg: The information requested is not held centrally and will take a little time to collate. I will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.
Mr. Ingram: A study team is currently assessing a number of site options for the potential return of 102 Logistic Brigade from GĂ1/4tersloh Garrison to the UK. A decision is not expected before summer 2007.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the armed forces have taken steps to understand how our activities on the Defence estate contribute to our carbon footprint. Action is taking place to reduce our carbon emissions. This includes entering into a
partnership agreement with the Carbon Trust, including at RAF Kinloss for example, to identify opportunities for reducing energy use; participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme; and buying renewable energy.
Like all central Government Departments, we are focusing on delivery of the targets on sustainable operations on the Government Estate (SOGE), including reducing carbon emissions; energy efficiency; and carbon neutrality on the Central Government Office Estate.
Derek Twigg: In addition to an extensive programme of general recruiting activity, all three Services have specialist ethnic minority recruiting and outreach teams which undertake many and varied initiatives aimed at encouraging more young people from our minority communities into joining the armed forces. For example:
The Royal Navys Diversity Recruiting and Awareness Team give presentations in schools and colleges, to community and faith leaders; organising and operating five-day Personal Development Courses; attending careers events; and attending cultural and religious festivals and events.
The Armys Diversity Action Recruiting Team (DART) provides role models to young people from ethnic minorities at recruiting events throughout the country. Within DART there are Community Liaison Officers who engage and develop relationships with key figures within the ethnic minority communities in their respective regions. DART attends some 650-700 events each year.
On 20 January, the RNs Diversity Action Team invited a group of young people from the Small Heath (predominantly Muslim) area of Birmingham to take part in an RN Introduction Day. The Team has been working with a sub branch of the UK Islamic Mission called the Urban Development Foundation-part of a five month EM recruiting drive focusing on the Small Heath and Handsworth area of the city.
The RAFs Motivational Outreach Team is responsible for promoting the Service in major communities. Their work is augmented by Careers Liaison Officers, Community Careers Liaison Officers
and a network of Youth Activity Liaison Officers across the UK. They participate in schools careers conventions, festivals and melas and sporting events, visit youth organisations, and Air Training Corps Squadrons and Combined Cadet Force contingents, and arrange visits for EMs to RAF stations.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the key reasons were for his Departments decision to choose the Metrix consortiums bid for (a) package 1 and (b) package 2 for the Defence Training Review Rationalisation Programme; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what his Departments criteria were that determined the winning bidders for (a) package 1 and (b) package 2 of the Defence Training Review Rationalisation Programme; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: Following a detailed evaluation process for each of the DTR Packages, Metrix were chosen because their separate package 1 and 2 proposals were judged to offer the best technical and prospective value for money solutions to the Defence Training Review requirement for each of those packages. Their solution examined against 65 individual Requirements of Response, represented the most economically advantageous outcome, providing the best combination of technical score relating to the quality, deliverability and timeliness of their proposals, their suitability as a partner and price.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proposals his Department is considering for the maintenance of a defence function for the training sites at Cosford and Blandford; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: The MOD estate is under continuous review to ensure that it is the right size and quality to support the delivery of Defence capability. Looking to the future both Cosford and Blandford are well placed as highly flexible Defence sites. The Department is looking at options to continue to make the best use of them post the defence training review by moving other units in. This will be subject to studies which will not conclude for some months.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by how much the Metrix consortiums current proposals for (a) package 1 and (b) package 2 for the Defence Training Review Rationalisation Programme has exceeded the planned budget for the programme. 
Derek Twigg: Metrix current proposal for Package 1 does not exceed the planned budget over the life of the project. It delivers significant savings against the planned levels of expenditure. The current proposal for Package 2 has been assessed as not affordable and this package is now being pursued with Metrix as part of a whole programme solution. Until this work is complete it is not possible to judge whether Package 2 can be delivered within the planned budget for the programme.
|Number of deaths
|(1) Data for 2006 are provisional.
During financial year 2003-04, some 350 training events featured on the Defence Exercise Programme (DXP) of which 151 (43 per cent). were
cancelled. During financial year 2004-05, a total of 379 training events were scheduled of which 79 (20 per cent.) were cancelled. While specific reasons for cancellation are not available in many cases, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost, the programme was affected by competing operational priorities. Since that time, improved data capture has enabled a more detailed review of the DXP.
During financial year 2005-06, a total of 533 training events were scheduled on the DXP of which 58 (10.8 per cent.) were cancelled. In detail, 30 exercises were cancelled due to operational commitments, 13 were removed as savings measures and 10 were cancelled by other nations. The remaining five events were cancelled in response to changing priorities or rescheduling.
In financial year 2006-07, a total of 680 training events are scheduled in the DXP of which 60 (8.8 per cent.) have been, or will be, cancelled. In detail, 29 exercises have been cancelled due to operational commitments, five have been removed as savings measures and 15 were cancelled by other nations. The remaining 11 events have been cancelled in response to changing priorities or rescheduling.
|Exercises cancelled in financial year 2005-06
|Reason for cancellation