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Armed Forces: Foreigners

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-UK citizens discharged from the armed forces did not return to their country of origin in each year for which figures are available (a) having completed their engagement, (b) before completing their engagement and (c) before completing basic training. [180045]

Mr. Byrne: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is not available and it cannot be collated retrospectively.

Since embarkation checks were dismantled in 1994, there has been no means of ascertaining whether non-UK citizens, including those discharged from the armed forces, have or have not returned to their country of origin.

Armed Forces: Pay

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel awarded British Military Parachute Wings (a) received and (b) did not receive parachute pay in each year since 1997. [181207]

Derek Twigg: The information on how many armed forces personnel awarded British Military Parachute Wings received or did not receive parachute pay each year since 1997 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Chelsea Barracks: Sales

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much from the sale of Chelsea Barracks will be (a) available to his Department and (b) returned to HM Treasury; and what the payment schedule is for the sale of Chelsea Barracks. [184828]

Derek Twigg: The sale was completed on 31 January and HM Treasury has agreed that the Ministry of Defence will retain the full benefit of the total consideration of £959 million The first two payments have been received totalling £383.6 million with the balance to be paid as follows:

£ million

2 February 2009

191.8

1 February 2010

191.8

31 January 2011

191.8


Departmental Information Officers

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department paid in bonuses to press and communication officers in each of the last 10 years; and what the (a) highest and (b) lowest such bonus was in each of those years. [182716]

Derek Twigg: Press and communications officers are not a separately identifiable employee group within MOD and are subject to the same performance bonus arrangements (including bonus values) as all MOD broader banded civilian employees.

Transport

Aviation: Noise

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she was informed of the Non-Stated Preference peer review findings in relation to the Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources in England report; and if she will make a statement. [179962]

Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 17 January 2008]: Officials informed the Secretary of State of the findings of the non-stated preference peer review group at a meeting on 30 October, the day of their receipt in the Department.

The Secretary of State announced the results of the study on 2 November.

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when (a) her Department and (b) the project steering group were informed that the ANCON model would not be used for modelling work undertaken as part of the attitudes to noise from aviation sources in England study (ANASE); which organisations (i) tendered for the ANASE contract, (ii)
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are represented on the ANASE project board and (iii) peer reviewed the (A) stated preference aspect and (B) other aspects of the study; and if she will make a statement. [183606]

Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 31 January 2008]: The information is as follows:

(i) The specification for the project did not specify whether the UK Aircraft Noise Contour Model (ANCON) or the U.S FAA’s Integrated Noise Model (INM) should be used by the successful contractor, as both models are used in the UK for noise modelling purposes. In July 2002 MVA informed the Department that their preference was to use the INM model because it is publicly available at low cost and meets all the technical requirements of the study. MVA Information Note No. 14 “Project Team Answers to SASIG Questions” dated 15 May 2006—which was circulated to steering group members on 25 May 2006—explained that INM had been used for modelling.

(ii) The following organisations bid for the ANASE contract:

(iii) The following organisations were represented on the ANASE steering Group:

(iv) The Stated Preference elements of the study were peer reviewed by Professor Ian Bateman (School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia), Dr. Brett Day (University of East Anglia) and Professor Mark Wardman (Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds).

(v) The Non Stated Preference elements of the Study were peer reviewed by Mr. Peter Havelock (Environmental Research and Consultancy Department, Civil Aviation Authority) and Mr. Stephen Turner (Acoustics and Vibration Group, Bureau Veritas).

British Railways Board

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will wind up the British Rail Board (Residuary) and transfer its assets to Network Rail. [182541]

Mr. Tom Harris: No, that would not be appropriate. BRB (Residuary) Ltd. is responsible for the management of the residual liabilities and assets of the British Railways Board. These include the management and. administration of employee health claims from former employees as well as a property portfolio. Proceeds from its disposals of land are available to the department for funding the current railway.


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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what incentives exist to encourage the British Rail Board (Residuary) speedily to dispose of its assets. [182542]

Mr. Tom Harris: BRB (Residuary) Ltd. manages the majority of the remaining property rights and liabilities of the British Railways Board. It has been set an objective to dispose of its assets as quickly as possible consistent with the achievement of value for money in line with the Guidance that I issued to the company and announced to Parliament on 26 July 2007. The majority of sites are being sold by auction or tender over the next 15 months to achieve demanding sales target. A small minority of sites are subject to sale agreements or developments involving third parties which can take longer in order to achieve full market value.

Departmental Contracts

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) objective and (b) value is of all contracts placed with (i) Deloitte and Touche, (ii) Ernst and Young, (iii) KPMG, (iv) PricewaterhouseCoopers and (v) PA Consulting by her Department and its agencies in each year since 2004-05. [179030]

Jim Fitzpatrick: A table showing the value and the nature of work undertaken by the above companies for each complete financial year since 2004-05 has been placed in the House of Commons Library.

Departmental Information Officers

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) press and (b) communications officers her Department employed in each year since establishment. [182506]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport was established in May 2002. Information from that date that is readily available both for the Department DfT(central) and for its agencies is in the table. Some data are not available without disproportionate cost.

(a) Press Officers

The full-time equivalent (FTE) number employed:

DfT(c) Agencies

2002-03 +

(1)12.7

(1)18.0

2003-04

(1)13.8

(1)18.0

2004-05

(1)13.8

(1)19.5

2005-06

(1)14.2

(1)25.0

October 2006

14.2

25.0

1 July 2007

14.0

22.0

1 February 2008

14.0

25.7

Notes:
1. Actuals except (1) which are annual average FTE.
2. + covering the 10 month period from the creation of the Department in May 2002.

(b) Communications officers

The Department does not have a ‘communication officer’ grade. Figures shown are for communication specialists engaged in a range of comms activities, and excluding press officers. The full-time equivalent (FTE) number employed as at:


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DfT(c) Agencies

Prior to October 2006

Comparable data is not available without disproportionate cost

October 2006

39.3

73.5

1 July 2007

35.0

n/a

1 February 2008

43.9

66.4


DfT(c) figures are only for relevant staff working in the Department’s Communication Directorate. DfT(c) also employs other communications specialists but numbers are not held centrally and can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The ‘White Book’ of contacts in Government Departments and agencies contains listings for the Department and is updated twice yearly.

Driving Under Influence

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to conduct a public consultation on proposals to revise legislation on drinking and driving. [184401]

Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 5 February 2008]: As explained in last year’s report of the second review of the Road Safety Strategy, we are considering what further measures might be taken to make it easier for the police to enforce drink drive laws, and intend to undertake public consultation on our proposals later this year.

Heathrow Airport: Nature Conservation

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to Annex B, paragraph 2.34 of the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport consultation document, which sites of significant importance for nature conservation have been identified as indirectly negatively affected in terms of biodiversity by the proposals outlined in the consultation paper; and if she will make a statement. [179436]

Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 16 January 2008]: The appraisal of the options reported in the “Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport” consultation document does not identify specific sites that might be indirectly affected in terms of biodiversity. Paragraph 2.34 of the consultation document instead refers to the possibility that such sites in general could be adversely affected, primarily by air quality changes.

M1: Tree Felling

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason substantial tree-felling is taking place alongside the southbound carriageway of the M1 motorway south of junction 27; and if she will make a statement. [184630]

Mr. Tom Harris: The tree felling that is taking place southbound of junction 27 is to enable the motorway carriageways to be widened from dual three to dual
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four lanes as part of the widening scheme between junctions 25 and 28 of the M1. The trees and vegetation are only being removed within the highway boundary and only where necessary for the works.

Once the scheme is in its later stages, extensive replanting, in line with landscape designs presented in the Environmental Statement, will be undertaken. This will include 135,000 trees and shrubs within the highway boundary.

Railways

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage change from a 2007 baseline she has projected for (a) rail passenger and (b) freight mileage by (i) 2009, (ii) 2014, (iii) 2019 and (iv) 2024. [184193]

Mr. Tom Harris [holding answer 4 February 2008]: The percentage change relative to 2007-08 for rail passenger miles on franchised services in England and Wales is as follows:

Percentage growth

2009-10

6

2014-15

21

2019-20

34

2024-25

40


Rail freight is a commercial business between the freight operators and Network Rail. The Department for Transport does not make forecasts of this traffic.


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