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Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many hit-and-run accidents there were in the Peterborough constituency in each of the last five years; and how many accidents resulted in (a) injury and (b) death. 
|Number of reported personal injury hit-and-run road accidents and the number that resulted in injuries and deaths in Peterborough constituency, 2002 - 06|
|Accident year||Accidents||Injury( 1)||Death|
|(1) Serious or slight.|
Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average age is of rolling stock providing (a) inter-city services, (b) commuter services in London and the South East and (c) local regional rail services. 
Anne Moffat: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when she plans to bring forward secondary legislation to control ship to ship oil transfer in UK territorial waters; and if she will make a statement; 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The regulations which will regulate ship-to-ship transfers within the 12 nautical mile limit of the UK's territorial sea are still in draft. The Department now expects to put the draft regulations out for public consultation in early 2008, with a view to their coming into force later in that year.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 62W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, what the monetary value is of all items stolen. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The total estimated monetary value of thefts reported of both military supplies and private effects in transit to UK forces in Afghanistan from April 2006 to February 2007 is estimated at approximately £400,000.
Derek Twigg: The Secretary of State and I both received letters dated 12 September from Frances Done, then director general of the Royal British Legion, formally notifying the Ministry of Defence of the public launch of the Honour the Covenant campaign on 13 September and setting out its principal concerns.
Since the launch of the campaign, Ministers have received in excess of 200 representations from members of the public concerning the Military Covenant. A majority of these have used the proforma generated by the Royal British Legion or state that they are writing on its behalf but we do not know the exact number of the correspondents who are members.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of service families accommodation (SFA) and single living accommodation (SLA) in the UK will be at standard (a) 1 and (b) 2 after his Department's planned programme of expenditure over the next 10 years; and by what date he expects all SFA and SLA to be at standard (i) 1 and (ii) 2. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 22 October 2007]: The total number of service families accommodation (SFA) which will be retained in 10 years' time is dependent on wider rationalisation and disposal decisions yet to be taken. Under the housing prime contract, a survey is underway on SFA which will inform future upgrade plans. It would be premature to predict at this stage how many properties will be at a particular standard in 2017. The upgrading of properties is, however, proceeding and at present some 95 per cent. of SFA is at the top two standards for condition. This includes increasing the condition of properties at the top Standard from 40 per cent in 2001-02 to 59 per cent. now.
So far as single living accommodation (SLA) is concerned, the current programme extends to 2013 and by then we anticipate that 52 per cent. (70,000 bed-spaces) will be at the highest standard (Grade 1), with a further 14 per cent. (19,000 bed-spaces) at Grade 2.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) level of uptake and (b) cost was of the (i) standard learning credits scheme and (ii) enhanced learning credits scheme for (A) officers and (B) other ranks in each year since 1997. 
Derek Twigg: The information is not held in the format requested in that records are not readily available by rank for either scheme, financial data about the Standard Learning Credits (SLC) Scheme is only kept to hand for the past five full financial years, and the first payments under the Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) Scheme were only available from 1 April 2004. The full data requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
|Financial year||Number of claims||Strength||Percentage take up||Total spent (£ million)|
Personnel only become eligible to claim ELC after accruing a minimum of four years service post their initial registration on the scheme. It would be misleading to express take-up as a percentage of registered personnel for such a demand-led scheme where, once eligible, personnel can make up to a maximum of three claims, no more than one per annum, at any time during their career or for up to 10 years after leaving the Service. The table below shows the number of additional registrations, the number of claims authorised and the value of those claims in the three financial years the scheme has been operating:
|Financial year||Number of additional registrations||Number of claims authorised||Total spent (£ million)|
Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 22 October 2007]: The Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force have done a great deal in recent years to promote racial equality and continue to work hard to develop an organisational culture that welcomes racial diversity and places the highest priority on tackling racism. The armed forces respect and value every individual's unique contribution regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, gender, social background or sexual orientation. The goal is to create a working environment free from harassment and unlawful discrimination, in which all have equal opportunity to realise their full potential. From 1997 to 2006, the armed forces worked in formal partnership with the Commission for Racial Equality to improve racial equality.
The MOD published a race equality scheme (RES) in 2003 and subsequent reports about the scheme detail the range of measures that the armed forces have undertaken to improve racial equality. The RES was superseded in June 2006 by the Department's overarching equality and diversity scheme. The armed forces achievements in promoting racial equality were recognised when all three services finished in the top 10 in Business in the Community's annual Race for Opportunity annual benchmarking report for 2006.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weapons and ammunition for which (a) his Department and (b) the armed forces have responsibility have gone missing in the last two years. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth:
In answering this question the term weapons is taken to be firearms and missing is taken to include lost and stolen. Separate records are
not maintained for other weapons and such information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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