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Royal Tournament

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the resumption of the Royal Tournament; and if he will make a statement. [208875]

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to reinstate the Royal Tournament; and what assessment he has made of the impact of its discontinuation. [209870]

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.

Veterans: War Pensions

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans have received late payments of (a) war pensions and (b) compensation in each year for which records are available. [203211]

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.


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Duchy of Lancaster

Admiralty House: Official Residences

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. [195002]

Mr. Watson: No cleaning, minor works or refurbishment costs have been incurred on the flat formerly occupied by my right hon. Friend the Member for Ashfield, which has remained unoccupied.

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. [195005]

Mr. Watson: A cost of £119 was incurred for a general clean and no minor works or refurbishment costs were incurred prior to the allocation of the flat to the former Lord Chancellor.

Departmental Pay

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. [207471]

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

All staff

1,750,242

884

Senior Civil Servants

895,000

123


Departmental Property

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. [192995]

Mr. Watson: Two residential flats at Admiralty House are currently vacant. One of these has been vacant for longer than six months and the other has been vacant for longer than 12 months.


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Departmental Transport

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. [209244]

Phil Hope: The Cabinet Office is committed to promoting sustainable travel and reducing carbon emissions through its business travel.

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.

Foreign Workers: North East

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. [206720]

Mr. Watson: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 6 June 2008:


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Table 1: Persons aged 16 and over, born outside the UK, who were in employment in the North East, by local authority, 2001-07
Thousand
12 months ending February 2001 February 2002 February 2003 February 2004 March 2005 March 2006 March 2007 September 2007

North East

29

35

34

37

43

45

48

48

Gateshead

1

1

2

2

2

1

2

2

Newcastle upon Tyne

5

6

6

10

12

14

14

13

North Tyneside

2

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

South Tyneside

1

1

1

1

1

3

3

2

Sunderland

3

4

3

2

3

3

6

5

Hartlepool

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Middlesbrough

3

3

3

2

3

4

4

4

Redcar and Cleveland

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Stockton-on-Tees

3

3

3

4

4

4

3

3

Darlington

2

3

2

2

2

2

3

3

Chester-le-Street

1

(1)

(1)

(1)

1

(1)

1

1

Derwentside

(1)

1

1

1

1

1

1

(1)

Durham

1

1

1

2

3

2

3

3

Easington

(1)

1

1

(1)

1

1

1

1

Sedgefield

(1)

(1)

1

1

1

(1)

(1)

(1)

Teesdale

(1)

(1)

(2)

(1)

1

(1)

Wear Valley

(1)

(1)

(1)

(2)

(1)

(1)

(1)

Alnwick

(1)

(2)

1

(2)

(1)

(1)

Berwick-upon-Tweed

(1)

(2)

(1)

(1)

(1)

Blyth Valley

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

(2)

Castle Morpeth

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Tynedale

1

1

1

1

1

2

(1)

1

Wansbeck

1

(1)

(2)

(1)

(2)

1

1

1

‘—’= Nil or negligible
(1) Sample too small to provide estimates
(2) Grossed total less than 500
Note:
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)
Source:
Annual Labour Force Survey/Annual Population Survey

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