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Mr. Quentin Davies: Construction work on Project Mensa will be subject to the same safety rules that apply to all construction projects at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. The overarching legislation is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which includes, for example, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. There is also a comprehensive suite of AWE plc company processes and procedures in place to ensure the safety of operations, including those associated with the construction of new and/or replacement facilities.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 11 June 2008, Official Report, column 258W, on AWE Burghfield, how many of the work packages remain uncompleted. 
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which providers (a) his Department and (b) its agencies had a contract to provide postal services in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii) between 1 January 2009 and 1 July 2009 and (iv) since 1 July 2009. 
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on overnight accommodation for (a) Ministers and (b) officials while overseas in each of the last three years. 
Bill Rammell: Information on accommodation costs is not held centrally. The overseas visits by all Ministers list however provides aggregate information on overseas travel expenditure, including the cost of travel and accommodation. This also contains details on the number of officials accompanying them where non-scheduled travel was used. The latest list for the period 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009 was published in July 2009. Details for the 2009-10 financial year will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year. All travel is made in accordance with the ministerial code.
Azcom Business Solutions Ltd.
Bonhams 1793 Ltd.
Babcock Support Services Ltd.
Cronifer UK Ltd. (now expired, active during 2008-09)
Donelan Trading Ltd. (now expired, active 2008-09)
Field Textiles Ltd.
L. W. Vass Ltd.
Leafield Logistics and Technical Services Ltd.
Liquidity Services Ltd.
Metal and Waste Recycling Ltd.
Office Green Ltd.
OSS Group Ltd.
Ramco (UK) Ltd.
Silver Lining Industries Ltd.
Sims Recycling Solutions (UK) Ltd.
Thales Air Defence
Veolia Environmental Service (UK) plc
Witham (Specialist Vehicles) Ltd.
Field Textiles (generated overseas)
L. Jackson and Company Ltd. (currently under review by DSA)
Witham (generated overseas)
DSA's sales range from large capital items such as ships to individual items such as computers. Details of the disposal of all individual surplus items could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The DSA gross total receipts for FY 2008-09 were £89 million.
Bill Rammell: I will not comment on the specific number of helicopters deployed to Afghanistan as our longstanding policy is that to do so would, or would be likely to, provide information prejudicial to the capability, effectiveness and security of our armed forces.
I will say, however, that we are planning to further increase helicopter capability in Afghanistan over the next 12 months. By January next year, the number of flying hours will have increased by 130 per cent. compared to November 2006 levels.
The requirement for helicopter training is measured in terms of flying hours rather than the number of airframes. All helicopters in the Forward Fleet which
are not deployed on operations are available for training, including pre-deployment training. The actual numbers employed on training will therefore fluctuate continuously according to need. There are sufficient helicopters available to ensure that our crews are fully prepared for front line operations. The Forward Fleet are those aircraft available to Front Line Commands and training units.
Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have received requests to give evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of the meetings of the Met Office Review Group; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Alan Reid: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sites his Department is considering for the submarine dismantling and radioactive waste storage elements of the Submarine Dismantling Project. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: There are currently four regions where there are MOD or defence-related commercial sites that are likely to be considered for Submarine Dismantling Project activities. These regions are Devon, Fife, Argyll and Bute and Berkshire. My hon. Friend the Minister of State for the Armed Forces (Bill Rammell) has written to certain elected representatives, including my hon. Friend, in those regions.
The project is at an early stage in the process to develop an effective public consultation and associated strategic environmental assessment. This work has included identification of existing nuclear sites, both defence and civil, that are technically capable of submarine dismantling or storing the resultant radioactive waste. At this stage, two sites have been identified that could be technically capable of carrying out dismantling activities and 12 sites have been identified that could be technically capable of carrying out waste storage. Technical capability is only one aspect and the wider suitability of sites has not yet been assessed.
Further analysis work is still required and, until the public consultation is complete, no decisions will be taken on sites for either submarine dismantling or waste storage. I am withholding details of the individual sites identified at this time, as the MOD intend to publish this information in the future as part of the planned public consultation and strategic environmental assessment.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the terms of reference are of the Nuclear Warhead Sustainment Steering Group; and whether US personnel will participate in the work of the group. 
Bill Rammell: The Nuclear Warhead Sustainment Steering Group (NWSSG) is an internal MOD committee providing oversight and direction of the Nuclear Warhead Capability Sustainment Programme (NWCSP). It meets quarterly and its specific responsibilities are to:
Review progress in delivery of the programme.
Oversight of the management of the programme.
Resolve strategic issues impacting the delivery of the programme.
Agree changes to the NWCSP strategic outputs and associated funding.
Agree options for strategic priorities and strategic risk management.
The committee is attended by representatives of MOD's Strategic Technologies branch, Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear (CBRN) policy branch, the Deterrent capability branch, and the Strategic Weapons project office.
Mr. Quentin Davies: Both the nuclear weapons convoy and associated support establishments are subject to regular inspection and assessment. I am withholding the information on the next planned inspection as its release would, or would be likely to, prejudice national security.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many activities were assessed in the last inspection of the nuclear weapons convoy and associated support establishments; and how many such activities received (a) satisfactory and (b) unsatisfactory ratings. 
Bill Rammell: At the last nuclear weapons convoy inspection, 700 separate activities were inspected. Individual activities do not receive ratings. The overall assessment of the inspection was a satisfactory rating and the inspection did not identify any concerns over safety of operations.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 484W, on radioactive materials: transport, what the expected in-service date is for the refurbished truck cargo heavy duty trailers. 
Bill Rammell: The costs of a convoy move are wide-ranging and include, for example, the Atomic Weapons Establishment operations, Ministry of Defence Police and Royal Marine support, the monitoring of the operation, activities at the Royal Naval Armament Depot Coulport and nuclear accident response assets held in readiness during convoy operations.
Mr. Quentin Davies: The order for these vehicles was placed in the late 1980s. Officials have requested the relevant files from archive and I will write to the hon. Member once the information has been retrieved.
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