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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. 
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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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. 
|Number of civilians injured as a result of work related incidents|
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. 
Forecast levels for MOD civilian personnel on 1 April 2008 were published in the Governments expenditure plans 2007-08. These (together with a separate figure for Royal Fleet Auxiliary [RFA] Personnel) are set out as follows.
|(1 )Level 1 includes permanent and casual civilian personnel and Royal Fleet Auxiliaries but excludes trading fund employers|
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.
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.
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. 
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. Members written question, to attach hard copies of those earlier replies provided that they were previously given in reply to other hon. Members. 
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.
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 EUs 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 EUs Military Rapid Response concept and discussion continues between member states on the scope for such a review.
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