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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:

Grade/Rank Number of applications approved

4-Star and above (PUS, Admiral, General, Air Chief Marshal)

1

3 -Star (DUS, Vice Admiral, Lieutenant General, Air Marshal)

7

2-Star (AUS, Rear Admiral, Major General, Air Vice Marshal)

8

1-Star (Pay Band 1, Commodore, Brigadier, Air Commodore)

17

Grade B, Captain, Colonel, Group Captain.

27

Grade C, Commander/Lieutenant Commander, Lieutenant Colonel/Major, Wing Commander/Squadron Leader

78

Grade D or below, Lieutenant/Sub Lieutenant RN, Captain, Lieutenant, Flight Lieutenant, Pilot Officer

20


Departments: Charities

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 Department’s property since April 2005 to 2007. [152355]

Derek Twigg: The information requested will need to be collated and this will take a little time. I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Departments: Consultants

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. [153608]

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
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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.

Departments: Disabled

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled. [153579]

Derek Twigg: The following table gives details of civilian disabled personnel employed by the Ministry of Defence.

Ministry of Defence: Declared d isabled( 1) —1 April 2007
Percentage

Ministry of Defence (excluding agencies)

5.8

Agencies:

Service Personnel and Veterans Agency

11.3

Defence Analytical Services Agency

4.4

Defence Medical and Education Training Agency

7.7

Defence Storage and Distribution Agency

8.8

Defence Vetting Agency

4.4

Ministry of Defence Police

3.4

People Pay and Pensions Agency

4.5

Service Children’s Education

0.5

Ministry of Defence(2): Total

5.5

(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).

Departments: Flowers

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months. [153108]

Derek Twigg: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departments: Frontier Medical

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. [153318]

Derek Twigg: The MOD signed a contract with Frontier Medical Service Ltd. on 13 March 2007 to provide suitably qualified medical personnel to
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operational theatres. The contract was awarded following a fair competition conducted by the MOD in accordance with EU regulations and MOD policies.

Departments: Manpower

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many press officers are employed by his Department. [153074]

Derek Twigg: On 27 July 2007 there were 22 press officers employed in the Ministry of Defence’s central press office in London, and seven press officers employed in Regional Press Offices.

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 MOD’s website and I will write to you.

Departments: Meetings

Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many meetings he has had with external bodies and representative organisations since 27 June 2007. [152288]

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.

Departments: Press

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to which periodicals his Department subscribes. [153104]

Derek Twigg: I have placed lists of the current periodicals, newspapers and copyrate magazines in the Library of the House.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months. [153105]

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
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under such local arrangements is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departments: Redundancy Pay

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on redundancy payments in the last 12 months. [153150]

Derek Twigg: The information requested 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.

Departments: Training

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much was spent by his Department on staff training in the last 12 months; [153101]

(2) how much was spent by his Department on (a) staff and (b) communication training in the last 12 months. [153102]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on staff away days in the last 12 months. [153151]

Des Browne: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departments: Travel Expenses

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months; [153106]

(2) how much was spent by his Department on (a) first class and (b) business flights in the last 12 months; [153107]

(3) how much was spent by his Department on taxis in the last 12 months. [153109]

Derek Twigg: The information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departments: Tribunals

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on industrial tribunals in the last 12 months. [153103]

Derek Twigg: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Departments: York

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess the merits of moving additional military and Ministry of Defence civilian staff to York. [150283]

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.

Depleted Uranium

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. [151765]

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.

EU Defence Policy

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made towards meeting the EU Headline Goal 2010; and if he will make a statement. [153321]

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 EU’s ability to achieve its level of ambition.

European Fighter Aircraft: Saudi Arabia

Mr. Carswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the source code software will be included in the sale of Eurofighters to Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement. [152622]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The current negotiations on the sale of Eurofighters to Saudi Arabia are confidential between the two Governments. I am withholding the
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information as its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice international relations and harm the interests of the United Kingdom.

Future Surface Combatant

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether task specifications for the Future Surface Combatant have been drawn up; and if he will make a statement. [152060]

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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