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Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The most recent estimate of the cost of the Defence Training Review (DTR) contract over the next five financial years, after expected contract signature in 2010, is £1.8 billion. It should be noted that the vast majority of this figure represents the operating costs that we carry today within the existing training establishment.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required, (b) actual and (c) fit for duty strengths of each regiment of the (i) Royal Armoured Corps, (ii) Royal Corps of Signals, (iii) Royal Engineers and (iv) Royal Logistics Corps is. 
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Faslane primary effluent barge to return to service; and what plans he has for its replacement in the long-term. 
Her Majestys Naval Base Clyde is currently undertaking a future waste management options study to determine the long-term plans for radioactive waste management. Primary effluent tanks will continue to collect liquid waste in the interim.
Mr. Quentin Davies: The procedures and protocols for the discharge of radioactive coolant from submarines at the new Astute jetty will be similar to those in place for current berths. Primary effluent tanks will be used for the discharge of radioactive liquid effluent, a process that is regulated and inspected by both the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator.
Mr. Kevan Jones: The latest available figures for the numbers of MOD civilian and service personnel who are directly employed at MOD establishments or bases located in Devon, Cornwall and the unitary authority of Plymouth are provided in the following table.
|All MOD service personnel||MOD civilian personnel||Total|
The Ministry of Defence does not produce estimates at county or unitary authority level for the number of people employed in UK industry and commerce in companies that receive contracts directly from MOD or in the supply chain supporting such contracts.
Mr. Kevan Jones: The latest available estimate for those people employed directly in industry and commerce in the South West of England in those companies that receive contracts directly from MOD is approximately 37,000 full-time equivalent jobs.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) target and (b) actual number of terminal
installations completed for the Defence Information Infrastructure programme is. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The Ministry of Defence intends to design, install and run 140,000 terminals on the Defence Information Infrastructure system, supporting some 300,000 users at more than 2,000 sites. As at 30 April 2009, some 70,000 terminals had been installed.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) original forecast in-service date at main gate and (b) actual in-service date of each post-main gate Category (i) A, (ii) B and (iii) C procurement project was in each of the last two years. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: The following table gives the actual in-service date for category A, B and C post main gate projects in each of the last two financial years for which results have been published together with the originally forecast in-service date at main gate:
|In service date forecast at main gate||Actual in service date||Category||Project title|
Mr. Kevan Jones: The diverse defence estate includes office, technical and living accommodation. Building maintenance is covered by a number of contractual arrangements both in the UK and overseas, including a number of private finance initiatives (PFI). For these reasons, the cost of building maintenance as distinct from such things as the maintenance of runways and other elements of the estate, is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedure his Department follows for dealing with complaints received (a) by e-mail, (b) by post, (c) by telephone and (d) via his Department's website. 
Mr. Kevan Jones: The MOD's complaints handling policy is based on the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's publication "Principles of Good Complaint Handling" and covers all complaints irrespective of how they are received. There are separate and published points of contact for complaints about specific activities, for example pensions or low flying, and our experience is that complaints are most effectively handled at the initial point of contact. Our policy sets out how complaints should be handled and, should it be necessary, explains how an internal review should be offered and conducted. Finally, we offer independent internal reviews and will explain to the complainant how they are able to take their complaint to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.
Mr. Kevan Jones: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Expenditure on conference and banqueting services must be necessary, appropriate, cost effective and an admissible charge to public funds.
Mr. Kevan Jones: The MOD spent £4.2 million on entertainment in 2007-08. The information for 2008-09 is intended for future publication in our annual report and accounts before the summer recess, as is our usual practice.
The aim of official entertainment is to support MOD objectives, facilitate wider public understanding of the armed forces, enhance professional contacts, further British security policy interests and meet defence diplomacy objectives. Official entertainment may be used to support management objectives or enhance esprit de corps.
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