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The figures reflect: the award of the Sea King Integrated Operational Support contract in 2007, which replaced the Royal Navy Maintenance personnel with civilian contractors; and the reduction in the Military Guard Service/Ministry of Defence Police following the closure of the Greensite (accommodation and administrative site) which came under the jurisdiction of the Prestwick Airfield authority during 2008.
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The reduction in maintenance costs per year is due to the reactive maintenance element of the service provided. By its very nature reactive maintenance is unpredictable in its volume, scope and cost and is dependent on many operational usage factors.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of improvised explosive devices identified by the armed forces in Afghanistan in each quarter of each of the last three years. 
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether any (a) documents and (b) other items of information in electronic format sought from his Department by the Iraq Inquiry have not been disclosed owing to the Government's obligations to foreign governments or international bodies; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many (a) documents and (b) other items of information held in electronic format at each level of security classification the Iraq Inquiry has requested from his Department; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) how many and what proportion of (a) documents and (b) other items of information held in electronic format at each level of security classification requested by the Iraq Inquiry have been provided to it by his Department; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State for the Cabinet Office (Angela E. Smith) on 14 December 2009, Official Report, columns 840-41W.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) documents and (b) other items of information in electronic format provided by his Department to the Iraq Inquiry that Inquiry has sought to publish under the procedure set out in the protocol on documents and other written and electronic information; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the definition of the Met Office's Public Task has been amended to take account of the reference to it in the most recent edition of the Cabinet Office Asset Portfolio; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Kevan Jones: The definition of the Met Office's Public Task has not been amended. The December 2009 Cabinet Office Operational Efficiency Programme: Asset Portfolio document reflects Met Office's public task.
Mr. Kevan Jones: Met Office's short-range forecasting accuracy is one of its four key performance targets which is regularly monitored by the Met Office Board on behalf of the Minister. The targets are agreed annually and are laid in Parliament. Met Office report against their performance in their annual report which is also laid before Parliament.
As a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) designated centre for seasonal/long-range forecasts, Met Office is required to carry out assessments of its forecasting accuracy using procedures laid down by WMO. The most recent assessment was carried out in September 2009.
Willie Rennie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department's planned military training exercises were cancelled before they took place in each of the last five years. 
Bill Rammell: Success in Afghanistan is our main effort, and will remain our principal commitment for as long as it takes. Our approach at this time must be and is Afghanistan first. All exercises that better prepare our forces for operations in Afghanistan will continue but those that are considered not to directly support our effort, have limited training value to support our effort, or where the planned objectives for that exercises can be achieved elsewhere have been cancelled.
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Mr. Quentin Davies: Since its launch in July 2003 until the end of financial year 2008-09, the Ministry of Defence has spent some £35.7 million on missile defence research managed by the UK Missile Defence Centre. A further £4.6 million is forecast for the current financial year.
Bill Rammell: HMS Pembroke is assisting with ensuring free movement of ships to Iraq and the region as part of Operation Telic. At the invitation of other nations, she may also take part in multinational exercises with regional naval forces.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral statement of 16 December 2009, Official Report, columns 967-69, on the Nimrod review, whether he has taken steps to apportion (a) responsibility and (b) liability to (i) BAE Systems and (ii) QinetiQ in respect of the crash of Nimrod XV230 in September 2006. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Yes. We set up the Nimrod Review in order, among other things, to assess where responsibility lay for the crash of Nimrod XV230. BAE Systems and QinetiQ were therefore put on notice in December 2007 that MOD might bring them into the compensation claims brought against MOD by the bereaved families. That position has been confirmed since the publication of Mr. Haddon-Cave's report and discussions with the companies' lawyers will commence shortly.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the Government's position at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in May 2010. 
We continue to work with partners from across the international community to seek a mandate for concrete, realistic and balanced action to strengthen the NPT's three mutually reinforcing pillars: non-proliferation, disarmament, and the peaceful use of nuclear energy, as well as addressing the threats to nuclear security.
Bill Rammell: As at 1 October 2009, a total of 120 Brigadiers and 30 Major-Generals were stationed in the South of England. These figures include those temporarily deployed on operations away from their home station.
The base pay of a Major-General ranges between £101,537 and £114,729, depending on performance. This is augmented by an X-Factor of £2,336. The X-Factor is a percentage increase to basic pay which reflects the difference between the conditions
of service experienced by members of the armed forces and conditions in civilian life, which cannot directly be taken into account by the job evaluation process.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the introduction of an additional public holiday; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: We have made no estimate of the cost of an additional public holiday. Salary costs are fixed and would be unchanged. Military pay already takes account of the need to work unsocial and additional on-call hours as required, and elements of our Armed Forces already undertake duties on certain public holidays. While it might be necessary for some civilians in key roles to work on the public holiday, we would seek to minimise the cost to the Department by encouraging them to take time off in lieu, as is the MOD's current working practice. Similarly, we plan activities in advance to minimise disruption.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the construction cost was of the (a) new HQ building, (b) C130J simulator building, (c) new HQ for (i) 24 and (ii) 30 Squadron, (d) new gymnasium, (e) new pitch roof on the barrack blocks, (f) new sergeant's mess annexe, (g) new HQ for 47 Air Despatch Regiment and (h) extension to the security fence on the south side of the main entrance; and what further infrastructure improvements are planned to take place at RAF Lyneham. 
Bill Rammell: In line with guidance from the National Audit Office, financial records are not retained for longer than six years and the information requested is therefore not available prior to 2004. Most of the construction projects referred to in the question were completed before this date and are no longer considered as new. The fitness suite was completed in 2004 and cost £784,000. The extension of the security fence was completed in 2009 and cost £18,000. These have been minimal expenditure on infrastructure since collocation at RAF Brize Norton was announced in 2003.
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