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Buildings

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many buildings, not including military bases or barracks, his Department occupies, broken down by region. [163954]

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


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Charities: Fees and Charges

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department charged the charity organisers for the RAF Brize Norton 2005 Children in Need concert. [163146]

Derek Twigg: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Cluster Munitions

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 20 March 2007, Official Report, column 752W, on cluster munitions, what progress he has made in prohibiting the use, production and stockpiling of cluster munitions since the UK signed the Oslo Declaration on Cluster Munitions in February 2007. [165183]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Since declaring our support to the Oslo Process in February 2007 and following our subsequent withdrawal from service of two types of ‘dumb’ cluster munitions in March of this year, we have been at the forefront of international discussions that have resulted in a Negotiating Mandate within the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), with the ultimate aim of delivering a new legally binding instrument to address the humanitarian impact of certain cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm to civilians.

Defence Export Services Organisation

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the closure of the Defence Export Services Organisation was approved in advance by Lord Drayson. [164727]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The decision to transfer the responsibilities of the Defence Export Services Organisation to UK Trade and Investment was taken by the Prime Minister. The Defence Secretary was consulted.

Departmental Catering

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the staff canteen at the headquarters building is subsidised. [164533]

Derek Twigg: The canteen in the Ministry of Defence main building is not directly subsidised; however, the contractor providing the catering service is not charged for either the space or utilities.

Departmental Expenditure

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at which functions organised by his Department in the last 12 months hospitality costs were incurred; and how much was incurred at each function. [162798]

Derek Twigg: Information on official entertainment by function is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.


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Expenditure on official entertainment is subject to departmental regulation and compliance with the principles of propriety set out in Managing Public Money and in the Treasury's handbook on Regularity, Propriety and Value for Money.

Departmental Finance

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures are followed in his Department on signing off policies with significant financial implications for his Department, with particular reference to the role of the finance director. [164965]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The procedures that are followed and factors that are taken into account when introducing new policies are set out in Managing Public Money, box 4.7. The main duties and responsibilities of departmental finance directors are set out in Annex 4.1 of Managing Public Money.

Copies of Managing Public Money have been placed in the Library of the House and are available on line at:

Departmental Industrial Health and Safety

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on health and safety training for non-industrial civilian staff in 2006-07. [164535]

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

Departmental Manpower

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilians in his Department were injured as a result of work related incidents in each year since 1997; what types of injury were incurred; what the circumstances were of each injury; how many days were missed due to each injury; and how much compensation was received in each case. [161929]

Derek Twigg: Centrally held records show that the number of Ministry of Defence civilians injured as a result of work related incidents in each year since 1997 is as follows:

Number of civilians injured as a result of work related incidents

1997

2,210

1998

4,832

1999

4,397

2000

3,766

2001

3,100

2002

2,224

2003

1,827

2004

1,469

2005

1,422

2006

1,871


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The most frequently reported types of injury are due to handling, lifting, slips and trips.

Information about the circumstances of individual injuries and on how many days were missed due to each injury does not go back as far as 1997. This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Information on the total amount of compensation paid to civilians employed by the Department is contained in the Ministry of Defence's Claims Annual Reports, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the full-time equivalent headcount in his Department is; what the forecast full-time equivalent headcount for his Department is for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. [163973]

Derek Twigg: Historical manpower statistics back to 1998 are published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and are available online at:

Forecast levels for MOD civilian personnel on 1 April 2008 were published in the Government’s expenditure plans 2007-08. These (together with a separate figure for Royal Fleet Auxiliary [RFA] Personnel) are set out as follows.

Number

Level 1 civilian(1)

72,000

RFA (included in Level 1 civilian figures above)

2,300

Locally engaged civilians (LEC) non-operational

11,000

LEC operational

2,400

Trading funds

10,100

Total civilian

95,500

(1 )Level 1 includes permanent and casual civilian personnel and Royal Fleet Auxiliaries but excludes trading fund employers

The requirement for civilian manpower beyond 2008 is kept under constant review and has not yet been set formally.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on (a) temporary and (b) part-time staff in the last financial year. [164536]

Derek Twigg: In financial year 2006-07, the total pay costs (pay, employers' national insurance and pension contributions where appropriate) for UK based temporary staff were some £13 million and for part-time civilian staff were some £80 million. A further £43 million was spent on agency staff.

These figures exclude Trading Fund employees and locally engaged civilians. Details of other non-pay related expenditure incurred in respect of part-time and temporary staff is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on mobile telephone (a) handsets and (b) calls for departmental advisers in 2006-07. [164532]


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Derek Twigg: The total cost of mobile telephone handsets and calls for departmental advisers in 2006-07 was £741.

It is not possible to break this figure down between the cost of handsets and calls as this information is not held in the format requested.

Departmental Property

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on renovation and refurbishment of its properties in each of the last five years. [164374]

Derek Twigg: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Capital expenditure on major refurbishment projects is not readily distinguishable from that on new build projects.

Information on estate expenditure is, however, contained in the departmental annual report and accounts, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House.

Departmental Staff

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civil servants in his Department (a) transferred to other Government Departments and (b) left the civil service in each of the last five years. [162740]

Derek Twigg: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Exchequer Secretary on 13 November 2007, Official Report, column 205-07W.

Departmental Standards

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish his Department's autumn performance report. [164874]

Des Browne: As in previous years, we expect to publish the MOD Autumn Performance Report before the Christmas recess.

Departmental Stationery

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department spent on (a) stationery and (b) office supplies in each year since 2003-04; [164450]

(2) how much his Department spent on (a) stationery and (b) office supplies in each year since 2003-04. [164807]

Derek Twigg: The information is provided in the following table:

£ million
Stationery Office supplies

2003-04

23.232

5.279

2004-05

23.655

4.3

2005-06

23.513

5.927

2006-07

21.779

6.107

2007-08 (up to 31 October 2007)

11.311

2.951


These figures exclude VAT.


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Departmental Written Questions

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason he has refused to make it his policy when citing earlier written replies relevant to an hon. Member’s written question, to attach hard copies of those earlier replies provided that they were previously given in reply to other hon. Members. [164731]

Derek Twigg: This information is readily accessible to hon. Members, right hon. Members and their researchers in the Official Report. In view of this, it would not be a good use of MOD resources to attach hard copies of the earlier replies.

EU Progress Catalogue 2008

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the EU Progress Catalogue 2008 to be finished. [164428]

Des Browne: The EU Progress Catalogue has been finalised and is due to be presented for approval at the General Affairs and External Relations Council on 19 November 2007.

EU Rapid Reaction Force

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the joint paper by Germany, Portugal and Slovenia on revising the EU’s rapid response force. [164429]

Des Browne: There is no EU rapid response force. A copy of the tri-presidency (Germany, Portugal and Slovenia) joint paper on the further development of EU’s military crisis response capabilities has been placed in the Library. It should be noted that this paper was offered by the three member states concerned to partners as food for thought. It proposed a revision of the EU’s Military Rapid Response concept and discussion continues between member states on the scope for such a review.


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