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Mr. Bob Ainsworth: AWE plc implemented a revised risk assessment for operations at Burghfield in September 2007. This replaced the previous risk assessment, which had been adopted in 2002. Any further reviews will be undertaken in consultation with the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were employed by the Ministry of Defence in acquisition roles with the Defence Equipment and Support Organisation in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 11 December 2007]: Defence Equipment and Support (DE and S) was formed on 2 April 2007 as a result of the merger of the Defence Procurement Agency and the Defence Logistics Organisation. At the time of the merger, the total staff employed in the new organisation was 27,512 all of whom were directly or indirectly contributing to the defence acquisition process.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) operational requirement and (b) strength is of medical personnel treating head injuries in Operation Herrick and Operation Telic; 
Derek Twigg: All Defence Medical Services (DMS) personnel engaged in the treatment of head injured patients, both on operations and in NHS hospitals when not deployed, are trained to NHS clinical standards, with the addition of specific training in military surgical skills.
In my written ministerial statement of 27 March 2007, Official Report, columns 74-75WS, I announced that the MOD had endorsed a new DMS manpower requirement specifying the number of uniformed regular DMS personnel required to support operations, provide
peacetime health care and allow for continued training and the provision of headquarter staff during deployment.
The UK field hospital deployed on Operation Herrick has its full complement of UK specialist medical personnel required for treating serious head injuries, namely one neurosurgeon, one anaesthetist and two intensive treatment unit nurses.
Medical support for UK casualties suffering serious head injuries on Operation Telic is provided by a multinational team based in a US facility at Balad. Further specialised medical treatment is available in the region.
Mr. Carswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) contract amendments and (b) post design services contracts were awarded by his Department post main gate for each equipment acquisition programme worth over £100 million audited by the National Audit Office and reported on in major projects reports published since 2001; and what their value was expressed as a percentage of the contract price agreed at main gate. 
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's total expenditure was on fees for professional services, as listed in his Department's resource account code hierarchy, in near cash terms, in each financial year since 2000-01. 
Near cash expenditure is not separately identified in the final resource accounts or the centrally held supporting records. Total resource costs have therefore been provided; however it is unlikely that there are any non cash costs attributed to the expenditure item which would result in the near cash expenditure being different from the resource expenditure.
Derek Twigg: The following table shows the number of UK regular armed forces personnel in each service who are British, EU foreign nationals, non EU foreign nationals and the number of personnel whose nationality is not centrally recorded.
|Nationality||Naval Service( 1)||Army( 2)||RAF( 1)|
|(1) As at 1 April 2007. (2) Due to ongoing data validation from a new personnel administration system, Army figures are not available at 1 April 2007. Figures are therefore shown as at 1 March 2007. Note: All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Numbers ending in five have been rounded to the nearest 20 to prevent systematic bias.|
Derek Twigg: The internet hosting cost of the Defence News blog (www.blogs.mod.uk) has been £49.95 per month for each of the last six months. There have been no additional staff costs.
Mr. Philip Hammond:
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the
guidelines issued to staff maintaining his Department's and its agencies' corporate identity; and what the estimated annual cost is of (a) producing and (b) complying with such guidelines. 
Derek Twigg: Disks containing the corporate identity guidelines for the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force will be placed in the Library of the House; those for the Department of State and the British Army are under development, and will be added in early 2008.
From 29 November 2006 to 28 November 2007 the Ministry of Defence Directorate of Public Relations spent £46,680 on producing corporate identity guidelines for the Army. The estimated annual cost of complying with these guidelines is nil.
Accurate information on how much Defence Agencies, Top Level Budget areas, Trading Funds, Joint Headquarters, single Service Commands and military units may have spent on producing and complying with corporate identity guidelines is not held centrally, and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's total expenditure was on public relations as listed in his Department's resource account code hierarchy, in near cash terms, in each financial year since 2000-01. 
|Financial year||Publicity relations (£ million)|
Near cash expenditure is not separately identified in the final resource accounts or the centrally held supporting records. Total resource costs have therefore been provided; however it is unlikely that there are any non cash costs attributed to the expenditure items which would result in the near cash expenditure being different from the resource expenditure.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) parliamentary questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers. 
Derek Twigg: A total of 19 people work in the MOD parliamentary branch. 17 people's primary responsibility is to work on parliamentary questions or ministerial correspondence. Some posts include other duties such as assisting Ministers with their other responsibilities to Parliament.
The main role of the parliamentary branch is to process the Department's parliamentary business. Advice to Ministers on responding to parliamentary business is prepared by the relevant subject matter experts across the Ministry of Defence, both Service personnel and civilians, who number several hundreds.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the change in his Department's civilian salaries was measured against retail price index inflation in each financial year since 2001-02. 
|Change in the average salary||Change in RPI|
| Note: The data include permanent and casual personnel employed by the Department excluding personnel in trading funds.|
The average salary per financial year from 2001-02 for civilian employees has been calculated using (i) the number of full time equivalent civilian employees and (ii) the expenditure recorded in the Department's accounts for civilian "salaries and wages". These figures include some allowances, such as overseas allowances and London weighting, which are included with pay.
Derek Twigg: The MOD does not have a central budget for housing and other living accommodation. Expenditure is spread over the Department's top level budget (TLB) infrastructure, although a significant proportion is administered by the Defence Estates TLB. The MOD is forecasting to spend over £800 million on housing and other living accommodation for 2007-08. This sum includes investment, maintenance and other running costs, such as rental payments and contributions in lieu of council tax.
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