Previous Section Index Home Page

7 July 2008 : Column 1166W—continued

The costs involved in this pilot trial are as follows:

Serial Item Costs( 1 ) (£)

Start up( 2) Annual( 3)

1

General equipment, adventure training equipment and stores

16,000

12,500

2

Clothing

8,000

500

3

Rifles and maintenance

16,400

1,000

4

Ammunition

2,500

2,500

5

Paid training days

17,500

17,500

6

Travel and subsistence(4)

2,500

2,500

7

Transport(5)

26,800

5,000

8

Buildings and infrastructure (shared costs)(6)

46,000

1,000

9

Annual CCF grant(7) (covers such things as office equipment, telephones and stationery)

3,700

3,700

10

Total

139,400

46,200

(1 )Costs are based on a 120 cadet contingent (the average size of a state school contingent).
(2 )Start-up costs are dependent on existing facilities and resources within a school. The costs shown are therefore a combination of both the direct scaled costs for a 120 cadet contingent and average spend for the six new contingents.
(3 )Annual costs relate to a relatively stable contingent. If there is a high turnover of cadet force adult volunteers (the cadet instructors) or cadets costs will increase.
(4 )Travel and subsistence costs are those refunded to adult volunteers who attend camps and courses.
(5 )Initial transport cost is to procure a dedicated minibus with annual running costs, maintenance and insurance thereafter.
(6 )Cost of buildings includes storerooms and office space. Also included are the additional costs to the national infrastructure, where known, such as the Cadet Training Centre and the Cadet Adventurous Training Centre.
(7 )Annual CCF Grant is a per capita grant from the MOD to cover miscellaneous contingent costs such as office equipment, telephones and stationery.

7 July 2008 : Column 1167W

Not shown are additional costs of cadet training teams, training infrastructure, service transport when used or support from regular units which are mainly shared resources used by all cadet force units.

Canada: Military Exercises

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British military exercises have taken place in (a) Canada and (b) Kenya in each of the last five years and (i) how many troops were involved and (ii) what the length of each exercise was. [216181]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: In each of the last five years, the British military has conducted exercises in Canada and Kenya as follows:

Number of exercises Total number of troops involved Total number of weeks

(a) Canada

2004

19

7,982

97

2005

14

3,846

71.5

2006

15

4,345

71

2007

11

3,865

63

2008

7

3,040

27

(b) Kenya

2004

12

3,267

73

2005

10

1,847

52

2006

11

2,575

53

2007

11

2,480

53

2008

4

250

16


Central African Republic: Peacekeeping Operations

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Russian (a) military helicopters and (b) civilian contracted helicopters are in use by EUFOR Chad/CAR; and on how many occasions British forces have flown in each. [216177]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: There are no Russian military or civilian contracted helicopters currently in use by the EU's military mission to Chad/Central African Republic. Russia has offered tactical transport helicopters to the mission and discussions regarding this offer continue.

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the UK's share of the approved budget for EUFOR Chad/CAR is; and how much has been paid as of 30th June 2008. [216178]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 7 February 2008, Official Report, column 1489W, to the right hon. Member for Rotherham (Mr. MacShane).

The UK has paid £13.9 million as of 30 June 2008.

Cyprus: Air Force

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much fuel has been purchased for the Royal Air Force in Cyprus in each month of the last two years, broken down by price paid per litre. [216175]


7 July 2008 : Column 1168W

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Aviation fuel purchased for the Royal Air Force in Cyprus in the last two financial years is as follows:

Financial year Litres

2006-07

June 2006

11,497,000

August 2006

13,003,000

January 2007

13,029,000

2007-08

May 2007

8,894,000

August 2007

9,987,000

December 2007

13,452,000


The price per litre of aviation fuel is commercially sensitive and its disclosure would prejudice commercial interests. However, the average price per litre for financial year 2006-07 was 28p and for financial year 2007-08 was 36p, rounded to the nearest lp.

Departmental Buildings

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which buildings occupied by his Department’s agencies and non-departmental public bodies the lease will be due for renewal in the next four years. [214721]Derek Twigg: The requested information is not held centrally or in the form requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many residential properties his Department owned in (a) 1983, (b) 1987, (c) 1992, (d) 1997, (e) 2001 and (f) 2005; and what the location of such properties was. [216328]

Derek Twigg: The number of residential properties owned by this Department in the years specified, together with information on their location, is not available.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many residential properties owned by his Department in England and Wales were sold to (a) private developers and (b) social landlords in each of the last 10 years, broken down by county; [216341]

(2) how many residential properties his Department has sold in the last two years; what their locations were; to whom such properties were sold; and how much his Department received for each such sale. [216343]

Derek Twigg: A list of the Department's residential properties sold in the UK since 2000, broken down by financial year and location, has been placed in the Library of the House.

Records of residential properties sold before 2000 and the purchaser details and sale prices of all properties sold to the present day are not held centrally and could be only provided at disproportionate cost.


7 July 2008 : Column 1169W

Departmental Consultants

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on consultancy fees in each of the last five years. [215375]

Derek Twigg [holding answer 1 July 2008]: Summaries of MOD expenditure on External Assistance, which includes various types of consultancy, are available in the Library of the House for the years 1995-96 to 2006-07.

The figures for 2007-08 will be placed in the Library before summer recess.

Departmental Homeworking

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department are authorised to work from home. [212527]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: 196 permanent civil servants in the Ministry of Defence are recorded as having their home as their principal place of work. This figure excludes the trading fund agencies. In addition, staff may work from home on an ad hoc basis with the agreement of their managers. Figures for such discretionary arrangements are not held centrally.

Departmental ICT

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what IT contracts his Departments and its agencies have entered into in the last two years. [215124]

Derek Twigg: IT contracts can vary from single computers and software licences to major programmes, such as the Defence Information Infrastructure. To confirm all of the IT contracts MOD has entered into in the last two years can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Lane

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list all land and properties in London that his Department (a) rents, (b) leases and (c) owns, indicating in each case whether the property is used by (i) the Territorial Army and (ii) other services. [169372]

Derek Twigg: This information is not held in the form requested and will take time to collate and verify. I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.

Substantive answer from Derek Twigg to Tom Brake :


Next Section Index Home Page