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Ministerial Corrections

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Defence

Bomb Disposal

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions ammunition technical officers were called to viable explosive devices in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012; [109388]

(2) what the average response time was to bomb incidents by ammunition technical officers in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011 and (d) 2012; and if he will make a statement. [109419]

[Official Report, 24 May 2012, Vol. 545, c. 828-29W.]

Letter of correction from Nick Harvey:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker) on 24 May 2012. The answer stated the actual number of viable devices found, rather than the number of call-outs.

The full answer given was as follows:

Nick Harvey: The number of call-outs by ammunition technical officers to viable explosive devices across the United Kingdom is shown in the following table. Viable devices are defined as those which contain the relevant components and are built in a manner which suggests that they would have successfully detonated prior to Explosive Ordnance Device team action. The figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

 Number(1)

2008

50

2009

60

2010

50

2011

120

2012 (at 21 May)

30

(1 )This table does not show the total number of call-outs by ammunition technical officers—just those to viable devices.

Average response times are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The correct answer should have been:

Nick Harvey: The number of call-outs by ammunition technical officers to viable explosive devices across the United Kingdom is shown in the following table. Viable devices are defined as those which contain the relevant components and are built in a manner which suggests that they would have successfully detonated prior to Explosive Ordnance Device team action. The figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

 Number(1)

2008

50

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2009

60

2010

40

2011

80

2012 (at 21 May)

20

(1 )This table does not show the total number of call-outs by ammunition technical officers—just those to viable devices.

Treasury

Beer Duty

The following is the answer given by the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, the hon. Member for Bromsgrove (Sajid Javid), to a question from the hon. Member for Lincoln (Karl McCartney) during Treasury Question Time on 11 September 2012.

Karl McCartney: I welcome the new Minister to his post and thank him for that answer. In my constituency, the beer and pubs sector supports around 1,300 jobs. At a time when household incomes are static and pubs have seen a reduction in trade as a result of the smoking ban and other nanny state impositions by the Labour Government, does he agree that the Treasury needs to provide further support to the industry by reversing the trend of rises in beer duty, which has grown by more than 40% since 2008?

Sajid Javid: As the incoming Economic Secretary, I note that I have been given responsibility for some of the more popular duties and taxes.

There will be no further changes to alcohol duties beyond those designed and pre-announced by the previous Government, but I hope that the minimum unit pricing system that the Government have announced will make a difference to pubs, along with other measures that we have announced to help small businesses such as reducing the corporation tax rate, the extension of the small business rate relief holiday and the reduction of the small profits tax rate.

[Official Report, 11 September 2012, Vol. 550, c. 125.]

Letter of correction from Sajid Javid:

An error has been identified in the oral answer given on 11 September 2012 to the hon. Member for Lincoln (Karl McCartney).

The correct answer should have been:

Sajid Javid: As the incoming Economic Secretary, I note that I have been given responsibility for some of the more popular duties and taxes.

Budget 2012 announced no further changes to alcohol duties beyond those designed and pre-announced by the previous Government, but I hope that the minimum unit pricing system that the Government have announced will make a difference to pubs, along with other measures that we have announced to help small businesses such as reducing the corporation tax rate, the extension of the small business rate relief holiday and the reduction of the small profits tax rate.