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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) full-time employees of his Department with 25 years or more service and (b)
full-time employees of his Department earn £15,000 per annum or less. 
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the 2009 Pre-Budget Report affects his Department's spending plans for (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; and if he will publish an updated version of Table 1.2 on pages 20 and 21 of his Department's Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The Pre-budget Report (PBR) did not change the Ministry of Defence's budget up to the end of the current spending review period in 2010-11. The only change announced at the PBR that will affect the MOD's spending plan is the 0.5 per cent. further increase in national insurance, which will cost approximately £35 million per annum from 2011-12.
Mr. Quentin Davies: Officials from the UK, along with those from partner nations and OCCAR, have participated in a range of meetings with both EADS and Airbus Military and I have myself had several meetings with them.
The first is a six day a week return contracted road container service from BFPO Northolt to Dulmen, which takes outward mail from Northolt and returns UK-addressed mail from Dulmen. This service is controlled and funded by BFPO, at a cost of £530,000 per annum.
The second service, within Germany, comprises the distribution of outward mail from Dulmen to forces post offices and to units, and the collection of inward mail from forces post offices for delivery to Dulmen.
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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hotel room nights were booked by officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each year since 2007; and how much (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies spent on the fees of third party agents in booking hotel accommodation in each of those years. 
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) documents and (b) other items of information held in electronic format at each security classification have been submitted to the Iraq Inquiry by his Department; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to her by the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 14 December 2009, Official Report, column 840W. My Department is in the process of providing the Iraq Inquiry with all the documents and electronic information it holds that has been requested to date. This information spans every level of Government security classification.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: To the nearest 50, there are 200 UK armed forces personnel involved in the protection of Iraq's off-shore oil platforms. No UK personnel are involved in defending oil facilities on land.
The precise number of personnel in theatre fluctuates on a daily basis for a variety of reasons, including mid-tour rest and recuperation, temporary absence for training, evacuation for medical reasons, the roulement of forces, visits and a range of other factors. We do not therefore publish actual figures for personnel deployed in theatre.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Statement by the Secretary of State of 26 February 2009, Official Report, column 396, on records of detention (review conclusions), what recent legal advice his Department has received on its responsibilities to the two individuals detained by British forces in Iraq in 2004 and transferred to the Bagram Theater Internment Facility in Afghanistan. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The Department takes legal advice where appropriate and necessary. Any such advice is subject to legal professional privilege because communications between lawyers and their clients are confidential.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings are planned for the Met Office Review Group; whether the group plans to consider the Cabinet Office Asset Portfolio; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department next plan to meet the Shareholder Executive to discuss the future of the Met Office; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Kevan Jones:
Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Shareholder Executive officials are represented on the Met Office Review Group, which next plans to meet in
early 2010. There are no plans for MOD Ministers to meet Shareholder Executive officials to discuss the Met Office.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the composition of the Met Office Review Group will be changed in consequence of the publication of the Cabinet Office's Asset Portfolio; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the publication of the Cabinet Office's Asset Portfolio on the work of the Met Office Review Group; whether any consequential changes will be made to the terms of reference of the Met Office Review Group; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Kevan Jones: The Asset Portfolio gave an update on the findings of the Met Office Operational Efficiency Programme Review to date, and set a direction for future work which will be taken forward by the Review Group over the coming months.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department plan to meet representatives from private sector weather companies to discuss the recent publication of the Cabinet Office's Asset Portfolio; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Kevan Jones: There are no current plans for Ministry of Defence Ministers or officials to meet representatives from private sector weather companies to discuss the recent publication of the Asset Portfolio.
Bill Rammell: As announced by the Secretary of State for Defence on 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 803, RAF Cottesmore will close and the Harrier Force will be consolidated at RAF Wittering.
The Chinook programme provides significant through-life opportunities for UK industry, for example these new aircraft, as with our current Chinook fleet, will be supported onshore. Furthermore, we anticipate that much of the investment required to deliver other elements of the new Rotary Wing Strategy announced on 15 December 2009, such as the modification of Merlin helicopters, will be made in the UK, supporting UK jobs, and sustaining key onshore skills as well as delivering value for money.
Mr. Quentin Davies: Complete information on the costs of aircraft procured from BAE Systems since 1997 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Such information as is available, relating to initial procurement costs, is contained in the following table. The table excludes the costs of enhancements and modifications to aircraft originally procured before 1997.
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(2) Costs to date of design and development contract and manufacture contract.
Since 1997, MOD has also made payments for work performed by BAE Systems on the Typhoon aircraft. The Typhoon is procured by the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA), which manages the programme and funding arrangements on behalf of the four partner nations (UK, Germany, Italy and Spain). Payments for work on Typhoon are made to NETMA. Information on monies paid for work performed by BAE Systems therefore is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, total expenditure on the Typhoon acquisition programme since 1997 is £9.3 billion.
Bill Rammell: My officials met with Historic Scotland on 17 December 2009 to discuss both the Army's and Historic Scotland's development needs at Edinburgh castle and areas of mutual interest. Such meetings take place roughly every six months.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to downsize or close the military garrison at Edinburgh Castle; and when a decision will be made on the future of the garrison. 
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