The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Mr. Adam Ingram): With effect from 1 April 2007 the Defence Transport and Movements Agency (DTMA) will cease to hold agency status. This has been decided as part of restructuring within the supply chain element of the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO), and complements the future arrangements for the proposed merger of the DLO and the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA).
The role of the DTMA is to provide defence and other authorised users with agreed transport and movements services world-wide in peace, crisis and war in order to support UK military capability, current and future. This role will remain unchanged after 1 April 2007. The agency was created in April 1999 and brought together existing MOD single service transport and movements branches into one organisation. Agency status helped to mould these groups into a cohesive organisation. However, since then the agency has merged with a number of other organisations and taken on a much broader role for the Department, with a greater operational focus.
The DTMA reports directly through the MODs supply chain professionals (DG log (supply chain)), and the agency has been obliged to answer for its performance within a tightly defined management framework. This will continue; the benefits originally sought from agency status will not be lost; good management practice will carry on under the new arrangements and removal will not affect the organisations ability to meet customer requirements.
I have therefore concluded that agency status for the DTMA should cease and that the organisation should adopt fully the title defence supply chain operations and movements (DSCOM). The chief executive will retain full accountability for the delivery of agency outputs in this final year, including preparing and laying before the House the final reports and accounts.
The Secretary of State for Defence (Des Browne): The Ministry of Defence Votes A Annual Estimate 2007-08, will be laid before the House on 20 February as HC 280. This outlines the maximum numbers of personnel to be maintained for service in the armed forces during financial year 2007-08.
The Minister for Policing, Security and Community Safety (Mr. Tony McNulty): On 18 January 2006, the Home Office informed police authorities and police forces of their allocations of capital grant for 2006-07.
The sums had been adjusted to take account of money which had been retained centrally to pay for the capital costs associated with police force mergers. I am pleased to be able to announce today that a further £25 million of capital is now available for distribution to police authorities. Following a review of Home Office capital pressures a further £25 million originally earmarked for restructuring will not now be distributed to police authorities.
As a consequence of this additional money, the total amount of capital grant allocated to police authorities in 2006-07 will be £220 million. This compares to £210 million in 2005-06, an increase of 4.8 per cent.
A breakdown of the allocation of this additional money is shown in the table attached. The money has been distributed in order to achieve the same outcome as would have been the case if it had been included in the original distribution.
|Police Capital Allocations 2006-07|
|Original Allocation||Extra||Total Allocation|
|NB In line with the revenue grant increase in 2006-07, the capital grant announced in early 2006 was calculated as a flat rate reduction for all (the 2005-06 total was 210 million). The £25 million uplift has been applied similarly.|
Allocations include SCEs. The £25 million grant increases have been applied to police grant (as they would if full allocation had been possible early in 2006) not to SCEs.
The Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality (Mr. Liam Byrne): Lin Homer, the director general of the immigration and nationality directorate, has today provided a comprehensive update to the Home Affairs Committee on the progress being made by the IND in deporting foreign national prisoners. In addition to this update, I would like to set out the Governments position on the deportation of Irish nationals.
In my oral statement to the House on the prison estate, 9 October 2006, Official Report, column 32 I explained the Department was considering treating Irish citizens as a special case in respect of pursuing their deportation from the United Kingdom. A number of hon. Members have asked me to review the Governments position on deporting Irish nationals in the light of the acknowledged close historic and political ties between the UK and the Irish Republic and I have done so.
Since April last year, we have ensured that all nationals from European economic area countries who have received custodial sentences in the United Kingdom for two years or more have been considered for deportation. This has led to deportation action being pursued against a number of Irish nationals who have committed criminal offences here.
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