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Bill Rammell: The Army is currently reviewing its top-level structures in order to make them clearer and more accountable, and to remove any ambiguity or duplication. This will mean better and more efficient support to the front-line, and to soldiers and their families. Changes at 3 Star level have already been implemented in HQ Land Forces. The review will look at the detail below this level over the coming months. A key part of this will be the examination of the regional forces structures, centred on the Divisional Commands in Scotland, Aldershot, London and Shrewsbury, in the light of the new 3 Star responsibilities. It is too early to say when this work will conclude, what its outcome will be or what implications this may have for particular establishments or locations.
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Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his statement of 15 December 2009, Official Report, column 801, on the future defence programme, what steps are being taken to ensure the safety of British submarines following the planned withdrawal of Nimrod MR2. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: As indicated in the oral statement, other platforms are capable of providing the maritime patrol responsibilities. I am not prepared to disclose further details as this would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.
1 April 2007 to 31 December 2007: 13;
1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008: 20;
1 January 2009 to 18 December 2009: 22.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 10 November 2009, Official Report, column 237W, on radioactive materials: transport, what the reason is for the difference in the expected in-service date for refurbished truck cargo heavy trailers and the date originally specified in the initial gate business case. 
Bill Rammell: There has been no recent change to the scope of the tasks undertaken by the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in support of convoy operations. Plans are in place however to transfer to the AWE contractor, during the second quarter of 2010, the responsibility for managing four areas of support. These are administrative support of the Special Safety Cell, maintenance of the fleet of escort vehicles, documentation management and training. The Ministry of Defence retains control of all these tasks.
Mr. Quentin Davies [holding answer 14 December 2009]: We have carried out a range of audits and reviews of the work carried out by the five through-life cluster support contractors servicing the vessels of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Examples include quality audits, periodic performance reviews, work package acceptance procedures, and MOD and Third Party assurance processes. These will continue throughout the life of the contracts and will ensure that works are carried out in accordance with requirements.
Mrs. Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK private military and security companies have been awarded contracts by his Department to carry out work in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Iraq, (c) Sudan, (d) Israel, (e) Somalia, (f) Pakistan, (g) Colombia, (h) Ethiopia and (i) Eritrea in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007, (iv) 2008, (v) 2009 and (vi) future years; and what the monetary value is of each contract. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: One UK private security company was awarded a contract to provide security for the UK defence advisers' accommodation in Kabul for three months in 2006-07: this contract was worth £37,000.
Mrs. Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department (a) has had recently and (b) is planning to have with US officials on regulation of private military and security companies in Iraq and Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Ministry of Defence staff have frequent and regular communication with their US equivalents in order to ensure our coherence on a range of issues. The subject of private military security companies (PMSCs) has been discussed at staff level in broad terms over recent months as part of this routine interaction.
The US, UK and Swiss Governments have all been working together closely to agree a set of draft international standards for the PMSC industry. As the lead UK Department on PMSC policy, the FCO hopes to agree these standards with the US and Swiss Governments in the course of next year through a series of workshops and a plenary conference where MOD will be represented.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make his announcement on the decision on the initial gate of the approval process for a replacement for Trident submarines. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: The costs for designing and manufacturing the Principal Anti Air Missile System (PAAMS), renamed Sea Viper by the Royal Navy, and for installing it on each of the six Type 45 Destroyers are included as part of the overall Type 45 programme costs of £6.5 billion. These costs also include the design and manufacture of the six Type 45s and are broadly split 60 per cent (£4 billion) for the ships and 40 per cent. (2.5 billion) for the weapons system.
Mr. Quentin Davies: The Sea Viper missile system is to be fitted to all six of the Type 45 Destroyers being built for the Royal Navy. The first ship in the Class, HMS DARING, is currently undergoing final MOD controlled Trials and Acceptance activity, including integration and trials of the Sea Viper missile system, prior to entering service with the Royal Navy.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many test firings of the Sea Viper missile have taken place; how much each firing cost; and how many of each firing have been successful. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: Four test firings of the Sea Viper missile have taken place. These trials have all successfully provided vital system and performance evidence. This has enabled Sea Viper qualification and ship trials to progress in accordance with the planned Type 45 programme. Two of the test firings did not, however, meet all the planned trials objectives.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his Statement of 15 December 2009, when the minehunter will be decommissioned; and what the UK base is of that minehunter. 
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many consultants Arts Council England has hired in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each of those years. 
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England has set aside for redundancy payments in respect of its proposed restructuring; what proportion of this sum the organisation plans to spend on redundancy payments to employees in the West Midlands; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much venture capital Arts Council England has provided to small creative enterprises since its inception under the Creative Britain strategy; and how many creative enterprises have received such funding. 
Margaret Hodge [holding answer 14 December 2009]: Arts Council England funds individuals and organisations through its Grants for the Arts scheme, rather than providing venture capital for small creative enterprises.
Arts Council England provided £46,021,104 in Grants for the Arts funding in 2008-09. So far in 2009-10 it has made grants totalling £22,375,366. Many of these grants have gone to organisations that could be described as creative enterprises.
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