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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 Navys submarine fleet; fully integrated power systems including design and integration, ship control
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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. 
|(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.
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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. 
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.
Derek Twigg: Light bulbs for general use on the Defence estate are procured by contractors on MODs behalf. Information on the proportion of the various types purchased is not held centrally but Departmental policy requires suppliers procuring goods on MODs behalf to consider environmental standards and use products which are known to have a lower environmental impact.
11,800 purchased 2005
2,510 purchased 2006
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. 
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.
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 Departments policy on home working. 
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.
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. 
|Ministry of Defence( 1) : Civilian Inflow by Gender, Disability and Age|
|Financial Year 2004-05|
|Male||Female||Disabled( 2)||Staff aged 55 and over|
|Financial Year 2005-06|
|Male||Female||Disabled( 2)||Staff aged 55 and over|
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