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Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The recently published National Recognition of the Armed Forces Study by my hon. Friend the Member for Grantham and Stamford (Mr. Davies) made 40 recommendations to enhance public awareness and appreciation of the armed forces. Recommendation 7 highlights the very special opportunity that the Royal Tournament offers for this, but also recognises that in view of the current pressure on our armed forces it would not be practicable to revive it at the present time.
Mr Davies goes on to recommend that the MOD examines on an annual basis, and in light of pressure from overseas deployments, the possibility of launching a modern equivalent to the Royal Tournament; and as with all 40 recommendations, we will respond in detail to this proposal later in the year.
In the meantime, we continue to support and promote events ranging from the Edinburgh Tattoo to ship visits to specific commemorations such as the recent 90th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, in order to maintain the armed forces profile among the public.
Derek Twigg: The SPVA deal with each case based on the specifics of that case. In considering claims under both schemes medical evidence of the condition(s) claimed, prognosis for recovery or ending disability and evidence of the link to service is required. Depending on the complexity and needs of the individual cases, gaining sufficient information in order to properly inform the correct decision can take a varying amount of time.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the answer of 6 November 2007 to the hon. Member for Hertfordshire North East, Official Report, column 861W, on Admiralty House, what the cost of (a) cleaning, (b) minor works and (c) refurbishment of the official ministerial residence in Admiralty House formerly occupied by the right hon. Member for Ashfield has been since he vacated the residence. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 19 February 1008, Official Report, column 685W, on Admiralty House: empty property, what the cost of (a) cleaning, (b) minor works and (c) refurbishment of the official ministerial residence in Admiralty House formerly occupied by the right hon. Member for Derby South was prior to its occupancy by the former Lord Chancellor. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was paid in end-of-year performance bonuses to (a) all staff and (b) staff at senior civil service level in his Department in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many payments were made. 
Mr. Watson: The table shows how much was awarded in end-of-year performance bonuses by the Cabinet Office to (a) all staff and (b) staff at a senior civil service level in the 2007-08 financial year; and how many bonuses were awarded.
|End-year bonuses awarded (£)||Number of end-year bonuses awarded|
Anne Main: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many residential properties the Cabinet Office owns; how many of these are vacant; and how many of these have been vacant for longer than (a) three, (b) six and (c) 12 months. 
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when the Cabinet Office's and its agencies' green transport plans were introduced; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each such plan. 
Employees are encouraged to only undertake business travel if there are no suitable and practical alternatives available, such as videoconferencing facilities. If travel is unavoidable, employees are encouraged to travel by public transport. Any unavoidable air travel is currently offset as part of Cabinet Office contribution to the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund. An interest free loan is available for purchasing bicycles/equipment and/or a season ticket for public transport. Generally, there is no car parking provision for staff. However, some parking is available for disabled use, ministerial/senior official and operational vehicles. Any further initiatives will be considered as part of Cabinet Office membership of the Civil Service Travel Group.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will estimate the number of workers in employment who were born outside the UK in each metropolitan authority or unitary authority in the North East in each year between 2001 and 2007. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking the numbers of workers in employment who were born outside the UK in each metropolitan authority or unitary authority in the North East in each year between 2001 and 2007. 
The Office for National Statistics compiles statistics on migrant workers for local areas from the Annual Population survey (APS) and its predecessor the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS). The National Statistics method for estimating the number of migrant workers employed in the UK is based on the number of people at a given time who were born outside the UK, age 16 or over, and in employment. This question has been answered on this basis. It means, for example, that some people who are UK nationals will be included in the total. Those in employment are defined following International Labour Organisation definitions.
Table 1, attached, shows estimates of the total number of persons employed who were born outside the UK, for each local authority in the North East. Estimates are obtained for the 12 month periods ending in February, for 2001 to 2004, from the annual LFS. For time series comparisons, the APS estimates from 2005 to 2007 are provided covering the 12 month periods ending in March. The most recently released estimate is also included, which covers the 12 month period ending in September 2007.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in small geographical areas, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty.
|Table 1: Persons aged 16 and over, born outside the UK, who were in employment in the North East, by local authority, 2001-07|
|12 months ending||February 2001||February 2002||February 2003||February 2004||March 2005||March 2006||March 2007||September 2007|
|= Nil or negligible|
(1) Sample too small to provide estimates
(2) Grossed total less than 500
The country of birth question in the LFS may undercount foreign born because:
it excludes students in halls of residence who do not have a UK resident parent
it excludes people in most types of communal establishments (eg hotels, boarding houses, hostels, mobile home sites)
it is grossed to population estimates that only include long-term migrants (staying 12 months or more)
Annual Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey
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