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Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the service level agreement on the resolution of problems encountered by personnel in relation to the operation of the Joint Pay and Allowance System. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 29 November 2007]: I will arrange for a copy of the generic service level agreement covering the provision of services in support of service personnel, pay and pensions administration to be placed in the Library of the House. The service level agreement was between the Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency, now the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency, and the Single Services.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The current whole-life cost estimate for the Astute programme, based on a Seven Boat Class, is £42 billion (outturn, VAT inclusive where applicable), comprising £9 billion for concept, design and manufacture; £32 billion for in-service (includes crew costs, support, maintenance and spares) and £l billion for disposal.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures are in place on notification and consultation between the US Administration and
the Government before RAF Fylingdales and RAF Menwith Hill could be used to engage hostile missile attacks on the US. 
Des Browne: The early warning information that is provided by RAF Fylingdales, and is routed through RAF Menwith Hill, is shared by the US and UK. Appropriate procedures are in place for notification and consultation between the US Administration and the Government.
I undertook to write to you in answer to your Parliamentary Question of 19 November 2007, ( Official Report, Column 475W) asking how much the Ministry of Defence charged the charity organisers during the Children in Need concert held at RAF Brize Norton in November 2005.
I can confirm that the charity organisers of the Children in Need event held at RAF Brize Norton in November 2005 were not charged by the MOD, because the BBC met many of the costs and donations from sponsors covered others.
I am placing a copy of this letter in the Library of the House.
Derek Twigg: The Ministry of Defence does not purchase insurance policies to cover the risks incurred when charity events are held on departmental property. Such events are not part of the Ministrys core publicly funded defence business and therefore the charity is required to indemnify the Ministry of Defence against any resulting claims or costs.
Derek Twigg: Charity events are not part of the Ministry of Defences core publicly funded defence business. The charity is therefore required to indemnify the Ministry against any resulting claims and is responsible for obtaining public liability insurance.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much Defence Estates Operation South has charged charity events for (a) a defence estates licences, (b) defence estates licence preparation costs and (c) defence estates licences VAT costs in the last two years. 
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which official in Defence Estates Operation South has the authority to waive defence estates licence fees; and what the limits in size of fee are that can be waived. 
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many decisions to waive the liability charge on Defence Estate (Aldershot) have been made for events since 2006; and what events were involved; 
(7) how much (a) Defence Estate (Warminster), (b) Defence Estate (Telford) and (c) Defence Estate (Rosyth) has billed in liability charges for events held on his Department's property since April 2005; 
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 24 October 2007, Official Report, column 332W, on Defence Estates: Official Hospitality, in reviewing the background of the Sergeant Biddiss Charity event held at RAF Brize Norton what criteria were assessed by officials considering the nature of the event. 
Derek Twigg: Officials of Defence Estates took into account the charitable nature of the event and specifically the participants i.e. serving military personnel, and the very low marginal cost where the cost of collecting would be greater than the amount charged.
Derek Twigg: The following table shows the quantities of computers and laptops reported as stolen in 2007. The estimated replacement cost has been used, as it is not possible to provide the recorded value without incurring disproportionate cost.
Des Browne: I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179. The review by the Cabinet Secretary and security experts is looking at procedures within Departments and agencies for the storage and use of data. A statement on Departments' procedures will be made on completion of the review.
Derek Twigg: All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code. Since 27 June, Defence Ministers have travelled by helicopter once, on 12 October, when the then Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support returned to London from the Armed Forces Memorial dedication ceremony at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.
In addition, all visitors, including Ministers, use helicopters when visiting operational theatres and military exercises. This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what opinion polls his Department has conducted of (a) the public and (b) staff since 27 June 2007; and what the (i) name of the firm employed to conduct the poll, (ii) purpose and (iii) cost to the public purse was in each case. 
However, records are available of the polling that relates to recruitment activity by the armed forces, and of the polling carried out by our central communications organisation to establish the attitudes of the public and our personnel to various aspects of defence activity. The following polling in these categories has been completed since 27 June:
|Purpose||Firm employed||Cost (all VAT inclusive) £|
|(1 )Procured through Central Office of Information.|
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans in Scotland have been found to have suffered disability as a result of their service in the armed forces but are not eligible for assistance through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pension Scheme. 
Derek Twigg: The number of claims made under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme by claimants living in Scotland with injuries or conditions that have been assessed as being due to service, but not having met the minimum level for compensation are shown in table 1 as follows:
|Table 1: Claims made under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme to claimants living in Scotland where the minimum tariff level for compensation was not met( 1, 2)|
|(1) Data have been rounded to the nearest five. refers to a value of zero, while * refers to a negligible value (greater than zero, but less than five). Numbers may not add to totals because of rounding.|
(2) Data will include claims made from serving personnel as well as veterans.
(3) Data are unavailable for claims registered between 6 April 2005 and 11 November 2005.
(4) This covers the period from 1 April 2007 to 30 September 2007.
The number of first claims made by claimants living in Scotland which resulted in a nil award under the War Pension Scheme since the financial year 2003-04 are shown in table 2 as follows. A nil award is made when the injury or condition claimed for is found to be attributable or aggravated by service, but disability is assessed at 0 per cent. and so no monetary award is made.
|Table 2: Number of Veterans in Scotland given a nil percentage assessment, by financial year( 1)|
|Nil percentage assessment|
|(1) Data have been rounded to the nearest five.|
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