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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the funding allocated for new rehearsal spaces for musicians referred to in his Department's press release of 17 December 2007 has been spent to date; and if he will make a statement. 
Barbara Follett: Discussions have been held with local authorities and other partners with the aim of setting up 10 pilot community music rehearsal spaces in England over the two financial years 2008-09 and 2009-10. Of the £500,000 allocated for the scheme, expenditure has so far totalled £72,434. We are aiming to have all 10 spaces established by March 2010.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 434W, on regional cultural consortia, what the estimated costs are of ending the consortia, including redundancy payments. 
Barbara Follett: The total grant in aid allocated to the Regional Cultural Consortiums (RCCs) in 2008-09 was £1,994,408. The additional cost to the Department of closing the RCCs was £399,745. From these two amounts the total amount paid in redundancy to RCC staff was £765,505. The Department also has a budget of between £45,000 and £55,000, plus expenses and VAT, for professional liquidation advice in respect of the RCC closure. Although the RCCs are now closed for business their formal liquidation will not take place until the summer of 2009 and so liquidation costs have not yet been finalised.
Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what type of inquiry his Department undertakes when a member of the armed forces dies in suspicious circumstances; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Jurisdiction over the investigation of the death of a member of the armed forces will vary depending on where the death occurs. In the United Kingdom the armed forces are subject to the law in the same way as other citizens. Therefore primacy for any investigation lies with the local civil police force. Jurisdiction over the investigation of the death of a member of the armed forces overseas will vary depending on the nature of the incident: foreign civil police and/or service police will sometimes investigate if the death occurs overseas, arrangements will vary from country to country. Where a death occurs on a warship or auxiliary at sea, investigations will fall to the service police and/or (within UK territorial waters) Ministry of Defence police until such time as it can reasonably be established that no criminal act by a person within the services jurisdiction has taken place. In operational theatres, the service police will usually investigate the cause of death for all unnatural deaths under the lead of the Provost Marshal (Army). A service inquiry will be convened for deaths where it is considered that anything of consequence may be learned which is not apparent from the incident or which has not been or is unlikely to be identified by any other report into the matter.
Mr. Hutton: On 31 March 2009 I announced the Governments full acceptance of the recommendations contained in the 2009 report of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB). The AFPRB recommended an increase of 2.8 per cent. in basic pay for all service personnel, including the reserves, in addition to increases in the rates of some allowances and charges. These changes were effective from 1 April 2009. The AFPRB also recommended the introduction of new pay spines for Royal Navy divers and service nurses from 1 August 2009.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Recruitment within the West Midlands Region (Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and the county of West Midlands) is undertaken by the following regiments.
The Household Cavalry Regiment
The Queens Dragoon Guards
The Queens Royal Hussars
The Queens Royal Lancers
26 Regiment Royal Artillery
The Corps of Royal Engineers
The Royal Corps of Signals
The Grenadier Guards
The Irish Guards
The Welsh Guards
1 Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
2 and 3 Mercian Regiment
The Royal Irish Regiment
The Parachute Regiment
The Army Air Corps
The Royal Logistics Corps
Army Medical Services
The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
The Adjutant Generals Corps
The Intelligence Corps, and
The Corps of Army Music
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what timetable he has set for the introduction of the veterans identity card; what functions will be associated with the card; to what benefits cardholders will be entitled; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what estimate he has made of the annual cost of the proposed veterans identity card to (a) the public purse, (b) bearers of the card and (c) others; and how many cards he expects to be issued. 
Mr. Kevan Jones: In response to the recommendation for a veterans ID card we have determined the associated issues, options and approximate costs of its introduction and are currently considering these in tandem with the potential functionality and associated benefits of the card. Since no decision has been taken in relation to the introduction of a veterans ID card, no timetable for this has been set. I will inform the House once a decision on these issues has been made.
Mr. Hutton: After the withdrawal of UK forces from Basra, we will retain in Iraq the military equipment needed to support the training and assistance that UK service personnel will continue to provide to the Iraqi security forces as part of the normal bilateral relationship. We are continuing to discuss the precise scope of that activity with the Government of Iraq. As UK combat forces drawdown, any proposal to gift equipment to Iraq would follow established procedures.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what overseas military exercises (a) the armed forces have undertaken in each year since 2003 and (b) have been cancelled in each year since 2003; and what the reason for cancellation was in each such case. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth:
The armed forces conduct a wide variety of overseas military exercises each year. All overseas exercises are conducted in order to generate, or maintain military capability in line with the tasks outlined
in Defence Strategic Guidance. On occasion, exercises are cancelled for reasons that include: effectiveness of delivery; value for money constraints; international policy dimensions and circumstances; operational constraints; and focus on current operations. Table two on page 54 of the MOD Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08 (volume 1) summarises the military exercises cancelled each year since 2004-05. Copies of this report are available in the Library of the House.
Further data in response to this question has been collated from the Defence Exercise Programme and from the Front Line Command (FLC) archives depicting both the overseas collective training exercises that were undertaken and those cancelled since 2003. I have placed a copy of this information in the Library of the House.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which private security companies are employed by his Department in volatile countries; what the (a) duration and (b) monetary value is of each contract; and what local arrangements are in place to manage each contract. 
However, 15 officers and 501 soldiers were recruited into Territorial Army units based in the West Midlands region (Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and the county of West Midlands) between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) Futurebuilders' review of Catz Club's investment portfolio dated January 2008, (b) Futurebuilders' review of Catz Club for the November 2008 board meeting and (c) the accompanying Events Timeline and Catz Club Detailed Overview produced for that board meeting. 
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many applications have been received for grants for solar photovoltaic technology under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (a) phase one and (b) phase two from organisations in (i) Ribble Valley constituency, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) the UK since the start of the scheme. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Applications received for grants for solar photovoltaic technology under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (a) phase one and (b) phase two from organisations in (i) Ribble Valley constituency, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) the UK since the start of the scheme are as shown as follows:
|Applications under Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 1|
|Number of applications||Grant amount (£)|
|Number of applications||Grant requested (£)|
|(1) Not known|
(i) There have been no applications received for grants for solar photovoltaic technology from the Ribble Valley constituency.
(ii) Within Lancashire applications have been received for grants for solar photovoltaic technology from 80 projects (this includes 21 projects being withdrawn, most of these have re-applied and been accepted; 17 of these are currently being assessed). Further details regarding applications from Lancashire have been placed in the Libraries of the House.
(iii) There have been applications for grants for solar photovoltaic technology from 1,502 organisations within the United Kingdom.
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many grants have been made for solar photovoltaic technology through the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (a) phase one and
(b) phase two in (i) Ribble Valley constituency, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) the UK in each year since the start of the scheme. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The following number of grants have been made for solar photovoltaic technology through the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (a) phase one and (b) phase two in (i) Ribble Valley constituency, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) the UK in each year since the start of the scheme.
|Grants made under Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 1|
|N umber of applications||Grant paid (£)|
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