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The 50 most expensive SSFA properties rented during 2009 were as follows:


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Location Monthly rent (£)

London SW3

6,933.33

London W2

6,000.00

Northwood

4,700.00

Windsor

4,500.00

Gerrards Cross

4,280.00

London SW19

4,117.00

Northwood

4,038.00

London W6

3,900.00

London SW13

3,725.00

London SW6

3,708.33

New Malden

3,700.00

London SW15

3,683.33

London W4

3,575.00

London SW4

3,575.00

London SE10

3,525.00

Great Missenden

3,500.00

Warminster

3,500.00

Windsor

3,500.00

London NW3

3,383.33

London E14

3,298.75

Richmond

3,284.45

London SW6

3,228.33

Banstead

3,225.00

London W4

3,163.33

Richmond

3,152.05

London W4

3,141.66

London SW15

3,126.00

Sevenoaks

3,050.75

London SW11

3,033.33

London SW15

3,025.25

London W4

3,025.00

Princes Risborough

3,000.00

Great Missenden

3,000.00

Camberley

3,000.00

Great Missenden

3,000.00

Romsey

3,000.00

London SW15

3,000.00

Northwood

3,000.00

Great Missenden

2,950.00

Kingston Upon Thames

2,925.00

Burford

2,920.00

Epsom

2,920.00

Aylesbury

2,900.00

Northwood

2,900.00

London SE10

2,900.00

High Wycombe

2,850.00

Epsom

2,850.00

London SW15

2,839.00

London SW6

2,825.00

Windsor

2,800.00


Armed Forces: Uniforms

Willie Rennie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding has been allocated for the development of the taped seam clothing specification for waterproof clothing as part of his Department's personal equipment and common operational clothing contract to date. [309616]

Mr. Quentin Davies: £5,000 has been spent from the personal equipment and common operational clothing (PECOC) budget on procuring different types of waterproof clothing for testing.

Departmental Land

Willie Rennie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of maintaining land owned by his Department was in each of the last five years; and what the monetary value of such land was at the latest date for which figures are available. [310253]

Mr. Kevan Jones: As at 31 March 2009, the Department owned land throughout the world valued at £7.7 billion. It is not possible to separate the amount spent on maintaining land from other elements of estate expenditure without incurring disproportionate cost.

USA: Military Aircraft

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions have taken place since 2006 between his Department and the United States Department of Defence on the developmental progress of the electro-magnetic aircraft launch system. [309663]

Mr. Quentin Davies: The UK and the US are in regular contact on aircraft carrier issues, including the electro-magnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS). Since 2006 there have been a number of meetings and information
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exchanges between the MOD's Capital Ships project team and the US Department of Defence's PEO Carriers Team which have covered progress on the EMALS project. The most recent engagement on EMALS between these teams was in November 2009.

Wales

Boilers: Government Assistance

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will publish the correspondence his Department has had with the Treasury on whether the boiler scrappage scheme should apply in Wales. [310507]

Mr. Hain: I have had discussions on the 2009 pre-Budget report and its implications for Wales. However I have had no written correspondence with the Treasury on this specific issue.

Wales will receive consequentials as a consequence of the England-only boiler scrappage scheme. It is a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government to decide how to allocate this additional funding.

International Development

ACP Countries: EU Overseas Trade

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to review the effectiveness of the Sugar Protocol between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific states in providing such countries with access to EU markets. [309434]

Mr. Thomas: The UK supported the ending of the Protocol as it led to a highly distorted market for sugar, with European prices three times the global average. The reforms of the sugar market will also give greater access to EU sugar markets from least developed countries.

The UK will continue to monitor the impact of these changes on ACP countries. The European Commission is making €1.28 billion transitional funding available to help assist ACP countries adjust.

Iraq Committee of Inquiry

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) documents and (b) other items of information held in electronic format by his Department of each security classification have been submitted to the Iraq Inquiry; and if he will make a statement. [309372]

Mr. Douglas Alexander: I refer you to the answer of 14 December 2009, Official Report, columns 840-41W, by the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office who has answered on behalf of all Departments.

House of Commons Commission

Bars

Michael Fabricant: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission with reference to the press statement of 15 December 2009, on the opening of a nursery on the parliamentary estate; what (a) consideration the Administration Committee gave to and (b)
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consultation with users was undertaken on the closure of Bellamy's bar; and whether the House of Commons Commission has plans to provide an alternative venue for Bellamy's bar. [309750]

Nick Harvey: Following the House of Commons Commission's decision that a nursery is to be provided on the parliamentary estate in the space currently occupied by Bellamy's bar, I understand that (a) the Administration Committee will be consulted, as the details are worked up, on matters such as the service level requirements and contractual arrangements for the provision of nursery services and the timetable for conversion of the accommodation. On (b), users of the bar are able to make use of the existing provision elsewhere on the estate and there are no plans to provide an alternative venue.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Farmers: Income

Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what programmes his Department funds to assist farmers to diversify into tourism; and how much funding has been allocated under each such programme in 2009-10. [310363]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Under the Rural Development Programme for England an indicative budget of approximately £85 million has been identified for assistance to farmers to diversify into non-agricultural activities for the Programme period 2007-13. To the end of November 2009 £10.7 million had been spent with a further £18.1 million committed to new diversification projects.

It is not possible to break these figures down into specific diversification activities, or to break down overall funding figures into individual financial years within the given timescale.

Transport

A50

Mr. Cash: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will take steps to ensure the installation of effective soundproofed fencing along the A50 at Blythe Bridge. [309862]

Chris Mole: On 14 December 2009 representatives of the Highways Agency met with the hon. Member for Stone (Mr. Cash), local politicians and a number of residents to discuss the recently replaced noise fence on the A50 at Blythe Bridge, and the overall concerns of the residents about noise.

At the meeting, it was agreed that Highways Agency officials would review the effectiveness of the fence and consider other noise related points raised by the group. Once the review is complete the Department for Transport will write to the hon. Member for Stone and other interested parties to let them know the outcome.

A519

Mr. Cash: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps he has taken to provide sufficient safety measures on the A519 at Slindon. [309865]


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Paul Clark: The A519 is a local road and the responsibility of Staffordshire county council. I understand that the county council have recently undertaken speed surveys along this stretch of highway which indicate that no enforcement action is necessary. As part of the national review of speed limits on A and B roads, the A519 through Slindon will undergo a review commencing in April 2010.

Airports: Security

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport when his Department plans to announce which airports in the Highlands and Islands will introduce full body scanners; and when he expects such scanners to be operational. [310376]

Paul Clark: The introduction of scanners is a necessary additional measure in response to the heightened threat to the travelling public. We are discussing urgently with the airport industry the widespread roll out of scanners at UK airports as soon as is practical and developing the code of practice required for their use.

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has undertaken an economic impact assessment of the introduction of full body scanners at airports in the Highlands and Islands. [310378]

Paul Clark: Relevant assessments will be made, but the introduction of scanners is a necessary additional measure in response to the heightened threat to the travelling public. We are discussing urgently with the airport industry the widespread roll out of scanners at UK airports as soon as is practical and developing the code of practice for their use.


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