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Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 4 November 2009

House of Commons Commission

Housing: Energy

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the energy rating of each building on the House of Commons part of the parliamentary estate was in (a) 2004 and (b) on the most recent date for which figures are available. [297671]

Nick Harvey: Energy ratings for public buildings were introduced in 2008 under the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 and therefore energy ratings are available for 2008 and 2009 only.

House of Commons display energy certificate ratings
2008 2009
Building Energy rating Energy band Energy rating Energy band

Palace of Westminster





Portcullis House





Norman Shaw North and Norman Shaw South including Canon Row





1 Parliament Street including Derby Gate





7 Millbank





(1) The Palace of Westminster building classification has been adjusted from 'Schools and Seasonal Public Buildings' to 'General Office' to more adequately reflect its pattern of use. This accounts for the significant change in rating.


Armed Forces: Cadets

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account his Department took of the Prime Minister's request for expansion of the cadet force when determining changes to its level of funding. [296292]

Bill Rammell [holding answer 28 October 2009]: The Department has taken full account of the Prime Minister's request for expansion of cadets for state schools and state school pupils, when taking very hard decisions about funding. Our commitment to the Prime Minister's direction remains undiminished, as evidenced by our recent response to the Milburn Report, where we have accepted in principle the recommendation to ensure that those state school pupils who wish to get involved in cadets may do so. It is recognised, however, that in
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the present challenging financial situation we cannot fully meet it immediately. The MOD is investigating the possibility of third party funding to support the set-up and running of cadet units including further opportunities for joint working with the Department of Children Schools and Families.

Armed Forces: Medical Services

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from the Joint Medical Command were based in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) England, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) Cyprus and (f) Germany in each of the last five years. [291377]

Mr. Kevan Jones: The Joint Medical Command (JMC) was formed on 1 April 2008, comprising personnel serving in a wide range of MOD medical divisions and locations, including the former Defence Medical Education and Training Agency and the Defence dental services. Information on the location of JMC personnel is currently being compiled and I will place figures in the Library of the House once work has been completed.

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual strength of the defence medical services is in respect of each (i) service and (ii) trade. [297934]

Mr. Kevan Jones: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 26 October 2009, Official Report, column 29W, to the hon. Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey).

Defence: Scotland

Mr. Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) military and (b) civilian staff are presently employed in Kentigern House in Glasgow. [295106]

Mr. Kevan Jones: Approximately 1,400 people currently work in Kentigern House. Of these approximately 200 are military and 1,200 are civilian. Roughly 60 per cent. of the 1,400 work for the Army Personnel Centre. The remainder are attached to various other MOD organisations.

Mr. Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what defence establishments in Scotland are presently operated by his Department. [295107]

Mr. Kevan Jones: Ministry of Defence sites in Scotland are listed as follows.

It should be noted that this list does not include the Volunteer Estate, Army Career and Information Offices, Armed Forces Careers Offices or Service Family Accommodation.

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Departmental Homeworking

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff of his Department have been authorised to work from home in the last 12 months. [297739]

Mr. Kevan Jones: During the last 12 months, 25 individuals have been authorised to work either fully or partially from home on a regular basis.

The total number of employees currently recorded as working from home is 191. This includes 74 individuals who are wholly home workers and 117 who split their hours between home and office working.

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These figures do not include staff who work from home on an ad hoc basis with the agreement of their line managers. Details of such discretionary arrangements are not held centrally.

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