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Non-ward bed occupancy is deliberately managed to achieve high percentages in order to speed the rehabilitation of less seriously injured personnel by maximising the size of groups undertaking rehabilitation together.
While the statistics also indicate that ward bed occupancy has risen markedly in recent months, accommodation has been made available in ward beds for all operational casualties as and when they required it. Given this rise in patient numbers, we have a range of contingency plans, which include greater use of the 15 non-ward bed spaces mentioned, for those patients whose clinical condition allows, and greater use of our regional rehabilitation units for the treatment of less seriously injured personnel who might otherwise be accommodated at Headley Court. In addition, as I announced to the House on 10 February 2010, Official Report, columns 926-36, we are now planning to create up to 30 more ward beds at Headley Court later this year.
Mr. Kevan Jones: Between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2009, 722 patients attended out-patient appointments following either an in-patient stay or residential rehabilitation course at DMRC Headley Court. On average these patients had two follow-up visits during 2009, amounting to 1,683 out-patient appointments following their in-patient stay or residential rehabilitation course.
Mr. Kevan Jones: The vast majority of health care for service personnel is provided by the Defence Medical Services or the NHS. However, there will be times when it is necessary to employ private medical contractors, such as when a particular specialism is not readily available, or when it would be impractical to provide the service overseas using internal resources. For example, aspects of health care for personnel posted overseas to Germany and other smaller bases and detachments.
In practice, such private sector health provision is funded by a number of individual budgets across the MOD, including at local unit level within the single services. This information could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
However, we have a breakdown of costs from the MOD centre budget and British Forces Germany which indicates the sums involved for the health services they have contracted. This information is provided in the following tables.
|MOD centre budget|
|Financial year||Expenditure (£)|
These figures include specialist services where appropriate NHS provision is not available, including prosthetics and neurological services, and civilian locums for operational deployments. Prior to 2009-10, they included contract costs for the provision of in-patient mental health provision; this service is now provided through contract with NHS providers.
|British Forces Germany|
|Financial year||Expenditure (£)|
These figures include secondary health care contracts with German hospitals; non-contracted extra-contractual costs for specialist care; primary care contract costs with SSAFA Forces Help and Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (i.e. not all private contractor provided); non-contracted primary care costs; and costs related to Isolated Detachments in European Theatre.
Andrew Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated (a) amount and (b) cost was of energy used in his Department and its agencies in each year since 1997; what proportion of the energy used was generated from renewable sources in each of those years; and if he will make a statement. 
|Financial year||Consumption (kWh)-w eather corrected||Cost (£ million)||Percentage generated from renewables|
|(1) Data not held|
Data on energy consumption prior to 1999-2000 are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Similarly data on the amount of energy generated from renewable sources prior to 2004-05 are not held.
Bill Rammell: I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave him on 10 February 2010, Official Report, columns 968-70W, on Departmental Visits Abroad, Armed Forces: Housing and Armed Forces: Official Cars.
Director General Land Warfare has responsibility for staff located in several overseas locations where the British Army regularly conduct training exercises, including Canada, Kenya, and Brunei. A certain amount of overseas travel is therefore an essential part of the job. When travelling overseas, the Director General Land Warfare stays in local service facilities rather than hotels whenever possible.
Mr. Kevan Jones: The value of receipts from sales of property in Scotland for the last auditable period of 2008-09 was £24.84 million. The list of potential sales for the period 2009-10 is held in the House of Commons Library. This covers all property sales in the period including Service accommodation.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date his predecessor was first informed of the determination by HM Treasury in autumn 2003 that his Department had exceeded its budget in the previous 15 months in respect of the flexibility permitted by resource account budgeting; what estimate was made of the size of that overspend; what discussions he had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on that matter; and if he will make a statement. 
HM Treasury and MOD officials identified the issue in the preparation of Main Estimates for 2003-04. My predecessor was first informed in April 2003. Discussions between MOD and HM Treasury officials and Ministers led to agreement on a way ahead in late 2003.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2010, Official Report, column 813W, on departmental training, what the cost was of each media and communications training session. 
Mr. Kevan Jones: The training sessions were conducted by Ministry of Defence personnel based at the Defence Media and Operations Centre. The only additional cost to the Department was their travel costs into London which were approximately £30 per session.
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