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The General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland claimed £770.63 for the cost of alcohol for official entertainment in 2006. The events were:


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Date Event/reason Amount (£)

21 January

Unit Cohesiveness event. Civilian and military staff from throughout the Command

57.29

2 February

Entertainment to foster relationships within the wider community

51.45

9 February

Visit by Dir CT&UK Ops, MOD

51.51

13 May

Unit Cohesion event. Civilian and military staff from throughout the Command

20.29

15-18 May

Visit by GOC NI (designate)

4.75

18 May

Entertainment to foster relationships within the wider community

49.02

1 August

Unit cohesiveness event. Civilian and military staff from throughout the Command

16.95

11 September

Entertainment to foster relationships within the wider community

60.39

19 September

Entertainment to foster relationships within the wider community

70.02

17 October

Entertainment to foster relationships within the wider community

69.63

24 October

Entertainment to foster relationships within the wider community

49.91

21 November

Entertainment to foster relationships within the wider community

62.07

23 November

Visit by Deputy Adjutant General

35.48

6 December

Entertainment to foster relationships within the wider community

63.61

19 December

Unit cohesiveness event. Civilian and military staff from throughout the Command

108.26


The Commander in Chief Land Command claimed £1,294.60 for the cost of alcohol for official entertainment in 2006, broken down as follows:

Date Event/reason Amount (£)

25 January

Hosting visit by UK dignitaries

152.59

5 March

Hosting visit by UK dignitaries

101.70

6 March

Hosting foreign visitor

26.10

21 March

Unit cohesiveness

136.98

4 April

Hosting visit By UK dignitaries

87.24

18 April

Unit cohesiveness

72.90

18 May

Entertainment to foster relationships with wider community

143.63

23 May

Unit cohesiveness

117.36

10 June

Hosting UK officials

28.39

17 June

Hosting prominent members of the civilian community

195.40

18 July

Hosting visit by overseas dignitaries

44.94

20 July

Hosting visit by overseas dignitaries

89.17

14 November

Visit of Spanish Commander in Chief

98.20


All expenditure on official entertainment is subject to strict departmental rules and compliance with the principles of propriety set out in Government Accounting.

It has not been possible to break down the expenditure on alcohol by type as this information is not held.

AWE Aldermaston: Press

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse was of holding the media open day at AWE Aldermaston in June 2007; what plans he has to hold other such open days at atomic weapons establishment sites; and if he will make a statement. [150236]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The only identifiable cost of the AWE media open day was £494.40. These costs were for catering and the production of press packs. There will have been other small unquantifiable costs associated with employees' time. The media open day was organised to coincide with an on-site exhibition for employees, contractors and their families. This was in response to the House of Commons Defence Committee's (HCDC) view that there was a case for greater openness regarding the work undertaken at
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AWE. The Government response to the HCDC’s report ‘The Future of the UK's Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: the Manufacturing and Skills Base’ (HC 59 dated 19 December 2006) provides further details.

Currently we have no plans to hold another media open day at an AWE site.

Battlefield Artillery Target Engagement System

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original estimated cost was of the Battlefield Artillery Target Engagement System when the project was originally undertaken; what the latest estimated total outturn cost is; and if he will make a statement. [149671]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The Battlefield Artillery Target Engagement System was brought into service in the early 1980s, and declared out of service in December 2006. Information on the costs of the system is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

British Merchant Fleet

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the strategic implications of the decline in the number of British Merchant Navy vessels. [149882]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 18 July 2007]: No formal assessment has been conducted recently. The MOD’s strategic shipping requirements are met initially by the six British flagged and manned roll-on roll-off vessels provided under a private finance initiative.

Additional requirements are met under reciprocal arrangements with allies and from the wider commercial market.

The recent House of Commons Defence Committee enquiry into Strategic Lift, whilst noting the good arrangements for securing additional sealift, recommended that the MOD undertake an analysis of the reducing commercial shipping market. The MOD is currently considering its response to this recommendation.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the ability of (a) the Merchant Navy and (b) the UK maritime skills base to provide adequate strategic assets to support future operations. [151524]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: No formal assessment has been conducted recently. The MOD’s strategic shipping requirements are met initially by the six British flagged and manned roll-on roll-off vessels provided under a private finance initiative. Additional requirements are met under reciprocal arrangements with allies and from the wider commercial market.

The recent House of Commons Defence Committee inquiry into Strategic Lift, while noting the good arrangements for securing additional sealift, recommended that the MOD undertake an analysis of the reducing commercial shipping market. The MOD is currently considering its response to this recommendation.


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Defence Export Services Organisation

Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Defence Export Services Organisation. [150279]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer given to the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) on 16 July 2007, Official Report, column 13W.

Defence Medical Services: ICT

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much the Defence Medical Information Capability Programme has cost to date; and how much he expects it to have cost to establish once fully operational. [149662]

Derek Twigg [holding answer 16 July 2007]: The total cost of the Defence Medical Information Capability Programme (DMICP) to date, including the concept and assessment phases of the programme, has been £14.7 million. Full operating capability is expected to be achieved in 2010, by which time £48 million is expected to have been spent.

The total programme costs, over the 10-year lifespan of the system, are expected to be £107 million. All figures are exclusive of VAT.

DMCIP will provide a single integrated health record (including a dental record) for all patients treated by the Defence Medical Services, instantly accessible by all medical personnel who need to treat a patient, a range of improved administrative and patient management tools, and a comprehensive management information system. DMICP will be available from all fixed medical and dental centres in the UK, Germany and certain other permanent bases overseas; a deployed capability will be available on operations from late2008; and from 2010 DMCIP will be linked to NHS Care Records Service.

Departments: BAE Systems

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2007, Official Report, column 1132W, on Department: BAE Systems, how many of those applicants granted permission to join BAE in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007 had dealt with (i) the receipt of tenders from BAE and (ii) the award of contracts to BAE, alone or as part of a team, while employed by his Department; which jobs those granted permission to join BAE took up; and what jobs those people had performed while in his Department. [149675]

Des Browne [holding answer 16 July 2007]: The number of those granted permission to join BAE Systems in 2006 and 2007 are as follows:

Number
Granted permission to join BAE Systems Who had dealt with receipt of tenders Involved with contract awards (alone or as part of a team)

2006

21

4

4

2007 (to date)

12

4

4


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It is not possible to confirm from records where the applicant actually took up the post, but the proposed post in the application, i.e. the last post in MOD, were as follows:

BAE post Last MOD post

UK Customer Relations

Naval Adviser

Procurement Adviser

DG, Trafalgar 200th Anniversary

Senior Software Assurance Engineer

Quality Assurance Representative

Executive Secretary to Tornado Director

PA/Harrier Assistant Director

Sales Support

Regional Director/Central DESO

Team Leader Supply Chain

Tornado IPT

Procurement Manager

AD/DG Log Proc

EVP Market Development

On secondment to BAE

Test Pilot

Equipment Capability

Maintenance Programme Manager

Engineering Manager

Consultant

Supply Engagement Manager

Project Ldr Comms Suite

Senior Equipment Support Manager

Marketing Development and Sales

Procurement Manager

Consultant , defence matters

UK Government agreements with Saudi MOD

Typhoon Information Systems Officer

Typhoon Information Support Officer

Resource Engineer

Managing Technical Demo Programme

Senior rep on RAF Station

OC Depth Support Manager

Head of maintenance

AD Depth Support Tornado

Bid Team

Niteworks Business Co-ordinator

Senior Quality Assurance Engineer

Logistic Sustainability Deployability Audit

ILS Manager

ILS Engineer

Business Manager, Light Munitions

CO Duke of Lancaster Regiment

Cost and Pricing Manager

Project Manager Army Base Repair Organisation

Avionics Implementation Manager

Tornado Project Office

Programme Manager

AD Engineering Policy

Trials and Delivery Manager

OC Comms Services Group

Test Pilot

Test Pilot

Senior Support Project Engineer

Tornado Project Support

Director of International Maintenance and Logistics

DG Logistics DLO

Engineering Support Engineer

Harrier Engineering Authority

Tornado Customer Liaison Manager

Tornado IPT Manager

Export Support for Typhoon

Regional Director for DESO

Flying Training

SO Fast Jet Training


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