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Of the applicants given approval, four have been from the Defence Exports Services Organisation: one in 2002, two in 2006 and one in 2007. It is not possible to determine how many applicants actually took up the posts for which they sought approval. Of the total applications, 79.9 per cent. were granted permission without condition, 16.4 per cent. were granted permission subject to behavioural conditions or waiting periods and 3.7 per cent. were required to wait for the maximum period of two years. Of the 158 applications approved, the grades or ranks were as follows:
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Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much Defence Estate (Aldershot) billed in liability charges for charity events held on his Departments property since April 2005 to 2007. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2007, Official Report, column 989W, on Departments: consultants, on which consultancy firms the £47.2 million spent on external consultancy services was spent; which projects each worked on; and what the total cost in consultancy fees was for each private finance initiative project. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth:
The Ministry of Defence uses external consultants to provide specialist commercial, financial and legal services to Integrated Project Teams to assist in the delivery of services (both PFI and non
PFI). In addition, ad-hoc specialist technical consultants are engaged in particular areas where in-house expertise is not available.
The Department requires that expenditure on consultants is pre-approved and allocated by budget to specific projects. Centrally the Department collates a global total of all consultancy fees but does not record other details centrally and therefore the information is not held in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
|Ministry of Defence: Declared d isabled( 1) 1 April 2007|
|(1) Disability self-certification was introduced in 2001. (2) This includes civilian staff employed by the Ministry of Defence and Trading Funds, but excludes Royal Fleet Auxiliaries and Locally Engaged Staff. Disability data for Royal Fleet Auxiliaries and Locally Engaged Staff are unavailable. Note:|
Percentages are calculated from known response. Source: DASA (Civilian).
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department's contract with Frontier Medical was signed; what tendering process was used for the contract; and if he will make a statement. 
The MOD signed a contract with Frontier Medical Service Ltd. on 13 March 2007 to provide suitably qualified medical personnel to
operational theatres. The contract was awarded following a fair competition conducted by the MOD in accordance with EU regulations and MOD policies.
This answer does not include those employed as press officers in Defence Agencies, the Permanent Joint Headquarters, single Service Commands or at unit level, some of whom have a press officer task in addition to their main role. An audit is being conducted by MOD of overall numbers and roles of personnel involved in communications in order to assist with implementation of the Defence Communications Strategy. When this audit concludes, key findings will be made available through the MODs website and I will write to you.
Des Browne: The Secretary of State for Defence and the Minister for the armed forces did not hold any such meetings during the period. The Minister for Defence Equipment and Support held meetings with BAES, EADS, Lockheed Martin, CSEU, GMB Union, MBDA and T&G Union. The Under-Secretary of State held meetings with the Three Faith Forum, Electoral Commission, CVQO and the Armed Forces Pensions Group.
Derek Twigg: The Ministry of Defence holds a contract with a supplier to provide newspapers and copyrate magazines to units in the London area. This contract came into force on 1 March 2002. Expenditure under the contract for financial year 2006-07 was £65,324.
MOD units outside London may purchase newspapers under local arrangements. Information on expenditure
under such local arrangements is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
We hold information centrally on a Department-wide voluntary early release scheme which was launched in March 2005, in connection with the civil service-wide reductions required under the 2004 Spending Review. The in-year cost to the Department of individuals who left over the 12-month period of Financial Year 2006-07 on voluntary terms under the MOD Early Release Scheme is £17 million.
Derek Twigg: As my right hon. Friend the Defence Secretary told the House on 26 July 2007, a newly established Divisional Headquarters, HQ 6 Div, is to be based in York. This will involve approximately 55 additional military personnel and six civilians being based in York.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the health implications of embedded uranium shrapnel to serving and retired personnel; and if he will make a statement. 
Derek Twigg: The Ministry of Defence maintains a watching brief on the published scientific literature relating to the health implications of embedded uranium shrapnel. On this basis, our current view is that, although ongoing surveillance of veterans with embedded shrapnel is prudent, there is currently no indication of uranium-related health effects in any of the veterans studied.
As part of this ongoing surveillance, we recently offered follow-up monitoring to the small group of UK veterans found to have depleted uranium in their urine. The current scientific assessment is that there will be no health implications for these veterans.
Des Browne: Good progress is being made towards the Headline Goal 2010. In March 2006 all EU member states responded to the Headline Goal Questionnaire, detailing those forces which potentially could be made available for use on EU led operations. These are currently being assessed against the requirement in terms of both quantity and quality. The Progress Catalogue, due to be published in November, will make clear whether the offered forces are sufficient to meet the requirement and, if there are any deficiencies, will provide an assessment of the military risks associated with them, and the potential impact on the EUs ability to achieve its level of ambition.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth:
The current negotiations on the sale of Eurofighters to Saudi Arabia are confidential between the two Governments. I am withholding the
information as its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice international relations and harm the interests of the United Kingdom.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 25 July 2007]: Requirements for Defence equipment projects are formalised at Initial Gate and approved at Main Gate. The Future Surface Combatant project is still in the Concept Phase and an Initial Gate date has not yet been set.
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