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The MOD principally purchases power systems for land, sea and air applications from Rolls Royce. This includes: aero engines for combat, light attack, trainer, transport, helicopters, maritime reconnaissance and aerial surveillance aircraft; gas turbines for surface marine propulsion and nuclear propulsion for the Royal Navy’s submarine fleet; fully integrated power systems including design and integration, ship control
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and instrumentation, procurement and equipment supply, installation and commissioning, integrated logistics and platform support.

The MOD principally purchases chemical, radiation, biological and nuclear detection systems from Smiths Group (following the sale of Smiths Aerospace to General Electric). This includes the supply and refurbishment of chemical agent detectors, lightweight chemical agent detectors, man portable chemical agent detectors, chemical detectors and Otto fuel monitors.

The MOD principally purchases equipment and specialised systems for air applications from Cobham. This includes aircraft antennas, communications, navigation and air refuelling equipment (including drogues and receptors), and stores carriage and release. The company also operates, maintains and modifies aircraft for military training and special operations.

Meggitt provides airframe and engine diagnostics, ammunition handling equipment and elastomeric ducting systems for the MOD.

The MOD principally purchases electronic and electromechanical systems that include high integrity sensing, control, communication and display systems, with an emphasis on integrated information technology solutions, from Ultra Electronics.

Chemring provides specialist decoy countermeasures, energetic materials and products (including demolition materials and services) for the MOD.

The MOD purchases land, sea and air applications from VT Group. This also includes tri-service support, training, platform and equipment manufacture, maintenance and facilities management. VT Communications provides Very low frequency received signal and high frequency communications services to the MOD. They also provide electronic control systems for naval and commercial vessels, equipment for motion control, stabilisation, navigation and propulsion systems.

QinetiQ provides a broad range of services to the UK MOD. QinetiQ owns and manages large scale test and trials facilities and provides managed services of strategic importance to MOD. It carries out more than half of the applied research and the strategic research funded centrally by the MOD and provides support to the MOD on equipment procurement. QinetiQ is involved in almost all major MOD programmes, helping to minimise and then manage technical risk and providing impartial assessment, test and evaluation services.

Thales provides a broad range of services to the MOD including land, sea and air applications. These include helicopter avionics, communications, radar, cockpit integration, surveillance, missile design and electronics, early warning, air command and control, naval design and sonar systems, integrated command, control, computers, communications and intelligence, thermal imaging, fire control and communications, military training, consultancy, simulation, network security and cryptography.

EADS provides military aircraft, including special mission aircraft, helicopters and undertakes civil and military aircraft conversion to the MOD. It also provides missiles systems and defence electronics, satellites and orbital infrastructures and launchers.

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GKN provides aerospace special products, including cabin and cock-pit windows, fuel tanks and fuel tank assemblies to the MOD.

Information on precisely what equipment the MOD is purchasing from each of the 1,909 contracts could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departments: Corsham

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of motor transport journeys made by military personnel from Corsham to Chippenham station in the last 12 months. [144239]

Derek Twigg: A survey of journeys undertaken by motor transport vehicles conveying military and civil service personnel from the Corsham defence estate to Chippenham railway station in the last 12 months indicates a daily average of six return journeys with passenger numbers ranging from one to eight, or approximately 1,560 journeys over a 12-month period.

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many rail warrants were issued to his Department's personnel based in Corsham in each of those years for which records are available; for which journeys; and to what value. [144238]

Derek Twigg: The number of rail warrants issued by the travel office of the Joint Support Unit Corsham which provides logistical support to the MOD's Corsham-based organisations is as follows:










(1) To week ending 22 June.

These warrants relate to journeys commenced at Bristol, Bath, Chippenham and Swindon railway stations. A further average of 10 warrants per week is issued for journeys commencing at other railway stations in the United Kingdom.

The average cost per ticket is £179.50 on extant ticket prices. Typically more than 70 per cent. of the tickets are issued for travel from Chippenham railway station.

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) military, (b) contractor and (c) consultant staff are based at each of his Department's stations in Corsham. [144240]

Derek Twigg: The total number of staff at the Corsham estate is 1,938.

The distribution and breakdown of staff (including civilians) across the estate is as follows:

Copenacre Basil Hill Rudloe Media Park Hawthorn































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Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what transport mechanisms he expects employees to travel to and from his Department's sites in Corsham; what account he has taken of the environmental impacts of that travel; and if he will make a statement. [144734]

Derek Twigg: Due to the rural nature of the location and the widespread home locations of staff, emphasis is placed on reducing the number of single occupancy vehicles from the present 82 per cent. to 64 per cent. by 2011 and 48 per cent. by 2013 by operating car-sharing. In addition, the local MOD Travel Plan Co-ordinator will be working with other transport operators to provide bus and train services closer to the Corsham sites.

The environmental impact of these changes will be to reduce the number of cars travelling to and from the site from the present 1,800 (including visitors) to a maximum of 1,300.

Departments: Cost Effectiveness

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish an updated version of his Department’s technical note on efficiency. [145604]

Mr. Ingram: There is no intention to publish an updated version of the MOD’s Efficiency Technical Note which was published on the Department’s website in December 2005.

Departments: Energy

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many energy saving light bulbs were purchased by his Department for use on the departmental estate in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006. [144935]

Derek Twigg: Light bulbs for general use on the Defence estate are procured by contractors on MOD’s behalf. Information on the proportion of the various types purchased is not held centrally but Departmental policy requires suppliers procuring goods on MOD’s behalf to consider environmental standards and use products which are known to have a lower environmental impact.

Figures are however, available for energy saving light bulbs provided for operational requirements:

The 2005 figure covered the initial purchase of these items and is higher than that for 2006 which covered our replenishment needs.

Departments: Foreign Relations

Mr. Carswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Memoranda of Understanding are in force as a result of agreements with foreign governments entered into by Ministers in his Department; and what executive actions each entails. [144471]

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Des Browne: Comprehensive records of Memoranda of Understanding are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, it is estimated that there are in the region of £3,000 Memoranda of Understanding and similar arrangements relating to international defence co-operation in force at present. These cover all aspects of international defence co-operation, such as detailing the general arrangements for co-operation, the organisation of deploying on, and hosting of, international training and exercises, the exchange of personnel and units, equipment and research collaboration and the protection of classified information. Details of individual defence co-operation Memoranda of Understanding are not normally released into the public domain without the consent of participating countries.

Departments: Home Working

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in his Department have been allowed to work from home for part of the week in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement on his Department’s policy on home working. [143887]

Derek Twigg: It is Ministry of Defence policy that all staff can request to work flexibly to maintain a work life balance. All requests must be considered and alternative working patterns, including home working, are open to all staff if the business needs can be met. The agreements are either made locally between the individuals and their line managers and funding to provide equipment to work at home is also authorised locally. No central register of home workers exists and the information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departments: Malvern

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was received from the sale of North Site in Malvern, Worcestershire. [144996]

Derek Twigg: The sale was completed in February 2005 and a receipt of £15 million was received for the site with the potential for further payments to follow.

Departments: Manpower

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people granted (a) temporary part-time, (b) temporary full-time, (c) permanent part-time and (d) permanent full-time contracts of employment in his Department in each of the last three years were (i) male, (ii) female, (iii) registered disabled and (iv) aged 55 years or over. [143892]

Derek Twigg: The following tables give details of civilian personnel recruited to the Ministry of Defence on a permanent or temporary contract in each of the last three financial years.

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Ministry of Defence( 1) : Civilian Inflow by Gender, Disability and Age
Financial Year 2004-05
Male Female Disabled( 2) Staff aged 55 and over

Temporary (casual) part-time





Temporary (casual) full-time





Permanent part-time





Permanent full-time










Financial Year 2005-06
Male Female Disabled( 2) Staff aged 55 and over

Temporary (casual) part-time





Temporary (casual) full-time





Permanent part-time





Permanent full-time










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