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Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 6 February 2013

Attorney-General

Government Procurement Card

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Attorney-General what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of the publication of data relating to spend over (i) £25,000 and (ii) £500 using the Government Procurement Card. [141491]

The Solicitor-General: The Law Officers' Departments all follow the guidance published on the HM Treasury website in relation to all spend over £25,000. This requires details on such spend including transactions using Government Procurement Cards (GPC) data to be published one month in arrears. They also publish data on spend over £500 using GPC up to two months in arrears, following Cabinet Office guidelines.

Defence

Afghanistan

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 569W, on the Royal Engineers, whether the Royal Engineers 507 Specialist Team has been tasked to Afghanistan to assist with (a) infrastructure programmes in moving mineral wealth and (b) connecting the major cities to the border point and the international railway networks. [141725]

Mr Robathan: The Royal Engineers 507 Specialist Team has not been tasked to Afghanistan to assist with any projects.

Air Force: Military Bases

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from (a) Rolls-Royce and (b) BAE Systems have been based at (i) RAF Leuchars and (ii) RAF Lossiemouth in each of the last five years. [141620]

Dr Murrison: The requested information is provided in the following tables:

RAF Lossiemouth
 Rolls-RoyceBAE Systems

2008

2

5

2009

2

7

2010

2

9

2011

3

9

2012

3

8

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RAF Leuchars
 Rolls-RoyceBAE Systems

2008

1

5

2009

1

7

2010

(1)4.5

8

2011

(1)4.5

22

2012

(1)3.5

20

(1 )The number of staff has fluctuated and this is an average overall number during each year.

Armed Forces: Fuel Poverty

Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the number and proportion of armed forces family households that are in fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement. [141570]

Mr Francois [holding answer 4 February 2013]: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not track the personal finances of Service personnel nor has any reason to monitor their spending patterns. The MOD therefore has no mechanism for determining what proportion of armed forces families may or may not be in fuel poverty.

Service personnel are given clear guidance, through the chain of command, that if they or their family are encountering financial problems the welfare services can provide assistance in identifying the relevant agencies for help.

Armed Forces: Languages

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which languages are compulsorily taught to members of the armed forces. [141788]

Mr Francois [holding answer 5 February 2013]:Very low-level Pashto or Dari are taught compulsorily to all members of the armed forces during pre-deployment training for Op Herrick. These short training courses support cultural familiarisation and basic social protocols. Similar training is provided to support other operations when necessary. Training above this level is undertaken by volunteers.

Service personnel can volunteer to learn any language essential to a post or career trade to which they are likely to be assigned.

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which languages are spoken among the armed forces. [141789]

Mr Francois [holding answer 5 February 2013]: The following languages are spoken amongst members of the armed forces, regular and volunteer reserve, either tested by Defence or self-declared linguists. Military personnel are out of date three years after being examined. Figures are provided to illustrate the provenance of the capability.

 Militarily testedNot tested
 Number of personnel in dateNumber of personnel out of dateSelf-declared personnel

Afrikaans

0

1

86

Akan

0

0

40

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Albanian

0

22

7

Arabic (all dialects)

78

310

246

Bahasa (Malaysian)

0

0

5

Bengali

0

0

4

Bulgarian

0

1

3

Cambodian

0

0

1

Chewa

0

0

15

Chinese (Cantonese)

0

2

39

Chinese (Mandarin)

2

5

14

Chinyanja

0

0

3

Creole

0

0

19

Czech

0

1

3

Dagbani

0

0

4

Danish

0

12

5

Dari

229

25

92

Dutch

7

73

16

Ewe

0

0

5

Fanti

0

0

7

Farsi (incl Persian)

54

75

30

Fijian

0

0

32

Finnish

0

1

2

Flemish

0

0

1

French

101

242

1450

Ga

0

0

17

Gaelic (all dialects)

0

0

17

Ganda

0

0

4

German

25

399

824

Ghanian

0

0

36

Gikuyu

0

0

4

Greek

1

8

21

Gujarati

0

0

2

Gurkhali

0

0

2

Hebrew

0

2

2

Hindi

1

3

63

Hindustani

0

0

4

Hungarian

0

1

2

Iban

0

0

1

Icelandic

0

0

1

Indian

0

0

11

Indo/Bahasa

0

0

1

Indonesian

1

3

4

Italian

11

94

83

Japanese

2

7

21

Kashmiri

0

0

3

Kikongo

0

0

1

Korean

2

0

3

Krio

0

0

1

Lepcha

0

0

1

Lingala

0

0

1

Lozi

0

0

1

Malagasy

0

0

1

Malay

1

15

36

Malayalam

0

0

2

Mandinka

0

0

14

Marathi

0

0

1

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Ndbele

0

0

6

Nepali

19

21

149

Nigeria (all languages/dialects)

0

0

32

Norwegian

4

44

9

Nyanja

0

0

6

Pakistan (miscellaneous languages)

0

0

4

Panjabi

0

24

47

Pashto

484

156

120

Polish

4

3

15

Portuguese (all dialects)

1

14

17

Romanian

0

1

2

Runyakitara

0

0

1

Russian

16

181

99

Sanskrit

0

0

3

Serbo-Croat (alt dialects)

1

39

99

Shona

0

0

26

Singhalese

0

0

2

Sinhala

0

0

2

Slovak

0

1

3

Somali

1

1

1

Sotho

0

0

3

Spanish (all dialects)

43

362

548

Swahili

4

4

37

Swedish

2

5

9

Tangalog

0

0

3

Tamil

0

0

3

Thai

1

0

7

Tongan

0

0

2

Tswana

0

0

9

Tumbuka

0

0

4

Turkish

6

17

12

Ukranian

1

5

3

Urdu

8

16

48

Welsh

0

0

206

Wolof

0

0

19

Xhosa

0

0

5

Zulu

0

0

18

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which languages members of the armed forces can choose to learn; and at what stage in their career such training can begin. [141790]

Mr Francois [holding answer 5 February 2013]: Service personnel can volunteer to learn any language essential to a post or career trade to which they are likely to be assigned. Languages include most European languages and those required to support operations, including Pashto, Dari and Arabic. However, training will only be offered to those actually selected for such assignments and the selection process will take account of several relevant factors, including aptitude. There are also opportunities for language training as part of single service personal development schemes, using standard and enhanced learning credits.

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The Army also has a limited language scholarship scheme that can access service training. Training can take place at any time, optimally just prior to a related assignment.

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces speak (a) Arabic, (b) French, (c) Mandarin, (d) Farsi, (e) Pashto, (f) Dari, (g) Serbian and (h) Nigerian. [141791]

Mr Francois [holding answer 5 February 2013]: The following table indicates how many military speakers,

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regular and volunteer reserve are recorded in selected languages, whether in date, or out of date, over three years since being examined; or self-declared. The proficiency Level 1, the lowest level, four the highest, relates to NATO STANAG 6001. Level 2 is a desirable minimum level of proficiency, enabling factual communication in most straightforward contexts and providing a good foundation for higher-level or refresher training. Level 1 and below is not sustainable over time without constant use. Figures include all dialects and, in the case of Nigeria, whose official language is English, relevant native languages. Serbo-Croat is a language group that includes Serbian and Bosnian variants.

 In dateOut of date (over 3 years) 
LanguageLevel 4Level 3Level 2Level 1Level 4Level 3Level 2Level 1Self declared(1)

Arabic

9

14

15

40

32

108

55

115

246

French

18

33

25

25

56

67

51

68

1450

Chinese (all variants)

0

0

1

1

0

3

4

0

53

Farsi

7

16

27

4

13

28

28

6

30

Pashto

7

69

131

277

8

28

49

71

120

Dari

6

20

33

170

0

3

11

11

92

Serbo-Croat (all variants)

0

0

0

1

7

17

2

13

99

Languages of Nigeria

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

32

(1) Includes a number of trained personnel who, when examined, did not achieve a minimum of Level 1 in speaking. This is almost wholly the case for Arabic, Pashto, Dari and Serbo-Croat.

Armed Forces: Redundancy

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what period of time before departing for Afghanistan service personnel will be exempt from redundancy under tranche 3. [141903]

Mr Francois: There is no fixed period of time, because preparation time for deployment may vary. Those personnel who, on the day the redundancy notices are issued, have been notified that they are liable to deploy with their units to Afghanistan in autumn 2013 will be exempt from tranche 3 unless they are an applicant. As a result of the drawdown plans already announced, those units liable to deployment will not be confirmed until April 2013.

Armed Forces: Tees Valley

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will have discussions with the armed forces champions for the boroughs of (a) Redcar and Cleveland and (b) Middlesbrough about the effect of armed forces cuts on communities on Teesside. [141431]

Mr Francois [holding answer 4 February 2013]: I have no current plans to do so.

I am aware that the Community Covenant Grant Scheme recently approved an application from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in late December 2012 to support a 12-week programme to be run from 102 Brigade's REME TA centre to introduce young people to engineering. Participants, young people aged between 16 to 19, not in education, employment or training from the local area will be supported by Army engineers to build a fully-working Go Kart from scratch. They will work towards a series of accredited qualifications in basic engineering principles, basic mechanical principles, and assembly of components while also seeking to improve general life and social skills. This is a fine example of how the Community Covenant Grant Scheme, under the auspices of the Community Covenant, is helping to bring the Armed Forces Community together with those in the local community.

Conditions of Employment

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in his Department are employed on zero-hours contracts. [141873]

Mr Francois: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave on 30 January 2013, Official Report, column 802W to the hon. Member for Sunderland Central (Julie Elliott).

Consultants

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which consultancies have been given contracts with his Department since May 2010; and what the (a) cost, (b) purpose and (c) scope of work conducted under each such contract was. [132963]

Mr Francois [holding answer 10 December 2012]:A list of consultancies that have been awarded Ministry of Defence (MOD) contracts since May 2010 is provided as follows. The table includes contract value and a broad description of the requirement. Contracts awarded by MOD agencies and trading funds are included, but the list excludes contracts awarded under the Framework Agreement for Technical Support and those classified by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation as Principal Service Providers; these contracts are defined separately from consultancy services.

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Total MOD expenditure on consultancy for the last five financial years is listed as follows. These figures include spend by MOD trading funds. The table shows that between 2007-08 and 2011-12 expenditure on consultancy fell by 84%.

Total MOD expenditure on consultancy
 £ million

2007-08

120

2008-09

106

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2009-10

79

2010-11

26

2011-12

19

MOD consultancy contracts awarded since May 2010

The contract value represents the limit of liability against which expenditure may be incurred and actual expenditure against individual contracts may be lower.

Start dateConsultancy nameDescription of requirementContract value (£)

1 May 2010

Harness IT Consulting

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Project—Implementation and Development—Project Team Costs

216,843

20 May 2010

Criterion

Leadership Forum design

16,800

21 May 2010

Cap Gemini plc

Barcoding Project—Transition and Project Management Consultancy

43,236

21 May 2010

Cap Gemini plc

Barcoding Project—third party services and software

41,150

21 May 2010

Pinsent Mason

Legal services for Project Delphi

60,000

27 May 2010

KPMG

Operational Efficiency Programme/Asset Management Review

101,592

7 June 2010

Criterion

Amendments to questionnaire

18,500

7 June 2010

Criterion

Update the Managing Performance V3 course

5,600

29 June 2010

Dr Mukulika Banerjee

Provision of subject matter expert advice to the Chief of the Defence Staff Strategic Advisory Forum

2,000

12 July 2010

Libra Advisory Group

External Assistance (EA) for Afghan Counter Insurgency Centre

18,250

23 July 2010

Criterion

Creation of Abstract Reasoning Test

17,000

2 August 2010

Cap Gemini plc

ERP Project—Implementation and Development—Technical Services

15,000

1 August 2010

Worldwide Technology UK Ltd

ERP Project— Implementation and Development—Project Team Costs—Cutover Management

120,006

1 August 2010

Ipsos Mori

Fleet Auxiliary Flotilla Survey

17,990

10 August 2010

Inventures

EA on Defence Training Rationalisation Fall Back Plan

15,000

10 August 2010

Concerto Consulting Ltd

EA on Defence Training Rationalisation Fall Back Plan

11,000

16 August 2010

Pinsent Mason

Career Levelling—Legally Privileged

1,675

16 August 2010

Zenst

Provide coaching to support nominated senior managers

999

24 August 2010

QinetiQ

Support to Develop IA Training Courses

17,663

8 September 2010

Criterion

One Day Consultant design

2,800

27 September 2010

KPMG

Cost Assurance and Analysis Development Programme

12,000,000

5 October 2010

SCS Ltd

Field Army Stock Efficiency

31,500

6 October 2010

InterCultures Ltd

The provision of cultural advice and guidance to Commander Task Force Helmand and his staff covering political, economic, social and development environments, as well as civil-military issues

49,770

11 October 2010

CPCR

To tweak and update current Line Managers course

3,220

12 October 2010

Atkins Ltd

EA for Defence Acquisition Reform Programme (DARP) Partnering for skills Project Management Scoping Study

218,144

20 October 2010

TMP

Review of AIB

25,450

31 October 2010

Cranfield University

NATO Capability Culture Scoping Study

49,000

1 November 2010

Deloitte

External Assistance to the Re-Negotiation Process

120,000

5 November 2010

SCS Ltd

SO2 mission specific training resource management

100,000

23 November 2010

C.O.I

BFBS Media Broadcast Tech Support

40,000

20 December 2010

CPCR

Development of a one day Bringing the Business Plan To Life event

1,610

7 January 2011

Quatrosystem Ltd

Carry out a soft issues assessment of the six bidders competing for new ISP contracts

103,177

10 January 2011

KPMG

EA for Puma Mk2 Simulator and Synthetic Training Upgrade

64,578

14 January 2011

Transcend

To undertake work for the new operating model for DIO

48,500

4 February 2011

Criterion

Design of first Learning Community session.

2,800

4 February 2011

Criterion

Design of one day event for Line Managers of Technical Consultants

7,000

15 February 2011

Criterion

Graduate Development line manager training design.

1,400

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16 February 2011

Mayo Learning

Training design

3,500

28 February 2011

In Partnership

Coaching and Organisation change projects

4,344

2 March 2011

Catalyze Ltd

Request for Technical Support to Assist in Down Selection of Site Options

15,000

10 March 2011

Bray Leino

Graduate Development Programme—Team build design

638.00

15 March 2011

Criterion

Design of a two day training event for technical consultants

9,000

15 March 2011

Criterion

Research and development of simulation

9,000

21 March 2011

Freight Transport Association

External Support for Driver Certificate of Professional Competences

7,051

25 March 2011

KPMG

Admiralty Holdings Limited strategic review

110,762

1 April 2011

Deloitte

External Assistance for Defence Infrastructure Transformation Programme

441,000

19 April 2011

In Partnership

Coaching and Organisation change projects

12,150

20 April 2011

Criterion

Additional development costs for the extension of the Building Technical Consulting Excellence event

4,200

29 April 2011

Serco Ltd

Continued Provision of Technical Support to Defence Crisis Management Centre

177,760

9 May 2011

Deloitte

Assist in the design and delivery of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) Transformation Programme

5,000.000

26 July 2011

Ernst and Young

Future Defence Storage and Distribution Project (FDSDP) EA Support

222,000

14 November 2011

QiResults

Provision of a Phase 2 Efficiency in Support Leader to Support the Materiel Strategy—Business Case/Investment Appraisal

72,000

29 November 2011

Deloitte MCS Ltd

Sale of Marsh wood

99,900

29 November 2011

Ernst and Young

EA for the Commercial Development of RAF Northolt

94,000

1 January 2012

PricewaterhouseCoopers

SDSR Renegotiation of PFI Projects

169,465

4 January 2012

Deloitte MCS Ltd

EA to the Army 2020 study

106,000

16 January 2012

Ernst and Young

External Assistance Support To The FDSDP Tender Exercise

470,000

17 February 2012

Deloitte LLP

The provision of a Benchmarking exercise for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary against the Royal Navy and commercial operators

850,000

1 April 2012

Ernst and Young

Study into retaining part of Defence Support Group (DSG) within the MOD on sale of DSG

39,000

12 June 2012

Detica Ltd

Delivery of Cross Government ICT Strategy Outputs

149,430

13 June 2012

Deloitte LLP

The provision of consultancy support services to deliver improved leadership behaviours

1,529,912

1 July 2012

Prof J F Alder

Provision of specialist support and advice on chemical and explosives activities

5,000

6 July 2012

Catalyze Ltd

External Assistance to the Change Programme Team at RAF Lyneham

10,000

9 July 2012

Deloitte MCS Ltd

EA to support Army 2020 Study

70,000

13 July 2012

LEK

Business Strategy Partner for Materiel Strategy

1,950,625

18 July 2012

Change Partners

Provision of services to support Corporate Intervention 2

20,000

31 July 2012

Atos Ltd

External Assistance for Logistic Commodities Category Management Assessment

16,500

10 August 2012

Maxxim Consulting LLP

Corporate Strategy Review and Development

51,325

14 August 2012

Deloitte MCS Ltd

Consultancy for the provision of technical advice and support to progress management and liabilities and rationalisation in the warship build sector

599,836

10 October 2012

Bell Pottinger Public Affairs Ltd

The provision of consultancy support services to the MOD DIO transformation Project to support the Change Leadership and Communication requirements of the transformation programme

995,000

10 October 2012

PWC

The provision of consultancy support services to the MOD DIO transformation Project to support the Portfolio Integration and Management requirements of the transformation programme

942,560

10 October 2012

Deloitte

The provision of consultancy support services to the MOD DIO transformation Project to support the Enhanced Operating Model and Technology Solution Implementation requirements of the transformation programme and the Strategic Business Partner Procurement

5,922,928

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15 October 2012

Deloitte

The provision of consultancy support services to the MOD DIO transformation Project to support the Footprint Strategy of the transformation programme

253,341

18 October 2012

Deloitte

EA for the Defence Fire and Rescue Project

426,474

19 November 2012

KPMG

The provision of consultancy support services to the MOD Material Strategy Project to support the construction of business cases, investment appraisals and benefits realisations for the transformation programme

1,145,250

Defence Equipment and Support

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will announce his plans for the future of Defence Equipment and Support. [141239]

Dr Murrison: I refer the hon. Lady to the answer the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my hon. Friend the Member for Ludlow (Mr Dunne), gave on 7 January 2013, Official Report, column 37W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Worcestershire (Peter Luff).

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what consideration he has given to delaying the consultation on the implementation of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation Enhanced Operating Model until all appeals made by civil personnel are heard; [141825]

(2) how many (a) appeals have been made and (b) posts have been mapped in each region during the implementation of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation Enhanced Operating Model; [141826]

(3) what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) staff pay, (b) travel and (c) subsistence related to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation Enhanced Operating Model (i) appeals process and (ii) appeal hearings. [141827]

Mr Francois: In line with Ministry of Defence (MOD) post-mapping guidance, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) will not conclude the appeals process prior to the completion of the trade unions consultation process. Consultation cannot be concluded until all appeals are complete.

Over 2,000 posts were subject to post-mapping across the DIO in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and overseas locations. The departmental process is currently taking place.

It is not possible to estimate the costs associated with the appeals process as the information has not been collated within the normal course of business and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.

Depleted Uranium

Sir Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Life Extension Programme that the CHARM-3 propellant charge is subject to will involve re-licensing the existing charge or manufacturing new charges. [141361]

Dr Murrison: The Life Extension Programme for the CHARM-3 propellant charge will not itself involve re-licensing the existing charge nor the manufacture of new charges. During 2013 we expect the Life Extension Programme to determine whether the safe life of the charge can be extended.

EU Defence Policy

Ms Gisela Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what reports he has received on the progress of the referral of the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice for failure to implement fully Directive 2009/81/EC on defence and security procurement. [141556]

Dr Murrison: The Ministry of Defence has not received any direct reports from the European Commission on the progress of the referral of the Netherlands to the European Court of Justice. According to the European Court of Justice's own website, under an application dated 25 January 2013, an entry will be placed shortly in the Official Journal, stating that the Commission is taking the Netherlands to court for having yet to transpose Directive 2009/81/EC.

Ms Gisela Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he has made an international comparative assessment of the use of Article 346 in relation to EC defence and security procurement. [141557]

Dr Murrison: We are unable to make any definitive assessment on how much other EU member states are using Article 346 in relation to EC defence and security procurement as this information is not readily available at this time.

Mali

Mr Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the Stabilisation Unit is represented on the current commitments team for Mali. [141323]

Mr Robathan: The Mali current commitments team comprises members from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defence, which are the parent departments of the Stabilisation Unit.

The Stabilisation Unit has provided input to cross-Government and military planning on Mali, and is currently scoping future UK stabilisation support to multilateral missions in Mali and the region.

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Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK forces from each service have been deployed in Mali to date. [141622]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 5 February 2013]: There are currently around 20 personnel deployed in Bamako as part of a tri-service team supporting operations.

The precise number of personnel deployed may fluctuate on a daily basis for a variety of reasons, including the roulement of forces, visits and a range of other factors. We do not, therefore, publish actual figures for personnel deployed or, for deployments of this size, a breakdown by service.

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost is of UK involvement in Mali to date; from which budget this is drawn; and whether any funding has yet been recouped from the Government of France. [141624]

Mr Robathan [holding answer 5 February 2013]: As this is an emerging operation the costs are currently being compiled, and will be available in due course. The source of funding is being discussed with the Treasury. The UK has not charged the Government of France for our contribution to operations in Mali.

Military Aircraft

Mr Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Sentinel R1 surveillance aircraft will remain in service beyond 2015. [140994]

Mr Francois: The 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) announced the Ministry of Defence (MOD) intention to withdraw Sentinel from service once it is no longer required to support operations in Afghanistan.

However, the Department is currently considering how it might retain Sentinel beyond 2015, with the final decision to be taken as part of the next SDSR.

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where all UK Sentinel aircraft are currently deployed. [141313]

Mr Robathan: I refer the hon. Lady to the answer I gave on 4 February 2013, Official Report, column 80W, to the hon. Member for Dumfries and Galloway (Mr Brown).

Military Bases: Kirknewton

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the ministerial correction of 18 September 2012, Official Report, column 7MC, on military bases: Kirknewton, if he will place in the Library a copy of the notes taken of the meeting on 11 January 2011. [129772]

Mr Robathan: I wrote to the right hon. Gentleman enclosing a copy of this information today.

The notes were not cleared with private office and should not be taken as an official record of the meeting. They were first released as a result of an FOI request in September 2012.

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RAF Lossiemouth

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the purpose is of the current and proposed refurbishment of (a) 1 hangar annexes, (b) 3 hangar and (c) C4I Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth; and if he will make a statement; [141588]

(2) what recent discussions have taken place between (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department and BAe Systems on the provision of Typhoon availability services at RAF Lossiemouth; [141589]

(3) what recent discussions have taken place between (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department and Rolls-Royce on the provision of Rolls-Royce personnel at RAF Lossiemouth in support of the Typhoon fleet; [141590]

(4) whether a Typhoon transition team has been created at (a) RAF Leuchars and (b) RAF Lossiemouth; and if he will make a statement. [141591]

Mr Francois: Number 1 Hangar annexes, Number 3 Hangar and the C4I Squadron are being refurbished as part of the enabling work at RAF Lossiemouth to facilitate the phased relocation of the RAF Leuchars element of the Typhoon Force to RAF Lossiemouth.

To oversee the planning for the Typhoon transition from RAF Leuchars to RAF Lossiemouth, a dedicated Fast Jet Basing Programme Management Team was established at RAF Lossiemouth in September 2011. This transition team and other officials are in regular ongoing discussions with the contractors that provide Typhoon availability services and support, including both BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce, to ensure their support requirements are fully integrated during the transition. There is no record of this subject being discussed recently with Ministers, although they have regular meetings with the two companies, which are both major defence suppliers.

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on hardened aircraft shelters at RAF Lossiemouth in each of the last five years. [141592]

Dr Murrison: The amount spent on hardened aircraft shelters at RAF Lossiemouth in each of the last five financial years is shown in the following table:

 £

2008-09

350,197

2009-10

67,689

2010-11

67,092

2011-12

134,849

2012-13 (to date)

30,095

Reserve Forces

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department's new employment model will apply to reservists. [141314]

Mr Francois: Yes. The overall objective of the programme is to design and deliver a new employment model (NEM) which supports a whole force approach to manning, and which is sufficiently attractive to recruit and retain

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personnel of the right quality, is affordable within planned resources, and enables agility through improved organisational efficiency, flexibility and adaptability.

Reserves service personnel are an integral part of defence capability. The Reserve Proposition put forward within the recent consultation exercise is designed to structure and prepare our reserve forces to be used as an essential element of our nation's armed forces. It will inform the NEM programme and the subsequent changes to terms and conditions of service that will be required to attract, challenge and reward volunteers to enable the delivery of operational capability.

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the funding allocated to the Reserves will be drawn from his Department's core budget. [141579]

Mr Francois [holding answer 4 February 2013]:I can confirm that the funding allocated to the Reserves will be drawn from the Ministry of Defence core budget.

World War II: Military Decorations

Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will issue details on how veterans can apply for an Arctic Convoy medal. [141335]

Mr Francois: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Prime Minister on 28 January 2013, Official Report, column 548W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Enfield, Southgate (Mr Burrowes).

Written Questions: Government Responses

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to respond to question 129772, tabled by the right hon. Member for North East Fife (Sir Menzies Campbell) on 20 November 2012. [140255]

Mr Robathan: I answered the right hon. Member today.

Northern Ireland

Government Procurement Card

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in (a) her Department and (b) each of its arm's length bodies in (i) 2011 and (ii) 2012. [141464]

Mike Penning: The mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card per member of staff in my Department in 2011 and 2012 was £129.90 and £168.10 respectively.

The Northern Ireland Office sponsors six arm’s length bodies, four of which hold Government Procurement Cards. As these bodies are independent of Government, the hon. Member may wish to write directly to them on this operational matter. Contact details are as follows:

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Contact: information@nihrc.org

Parades Commission for Northern Ireland

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Contact: Info@.paradescommission.org

Civil Service Commissioners for Northern Ireland

Contact: info@nicscommissioners.org

Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland

Contact: info@eoni.org.uk

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) her Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of the publication of data relating to spend over (i) £25,000 and (ii) £500 using the Government Procurement Card. [141504]

Mike Penning: In relation to the publication of data relating to spend over (i) £25,000 and (ii) £500 using the Government Procurement Card, staff in my Department and its arm’s length bodies have been directed to the relevant openness and transparency guidance issued by HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office.

Overtime

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) average cost per member of staff and (b) total cost was of overtime payments in (i) her Department and (ii) each of its arm's length bodies in (A) 2010-11, (B) 2011-12 and (C) 2012-13 to date. [141484]

Mike Penning: Figures relating to the core Department are as follows:

GroupStaff number 2012-13(1)Overtime 2012-13 (£)Average overtime 2012 (£)

NIO core Department

156

211,262.29

1,354.25

(1) Current to December 2012
GroupStaff number 2011-12Overtime 2011-12 (£)Average overtime 2011-12 (£)

NIO core Department

154

298,850.80

1,940.59

GroupStaff number 2010-11Overtime 2010-11 (£)Average overtime 2010-11 (£)

NIO core Department

164

397,757.90

2,425.36

The Northern Ireland Office sponsors six arm’s length bodies. In relation to the Department's public bodies (NDPBs), it has been long standing policy for my Department to refer hon. Members to NDPBs when seeking information on operational matters. This reflects the fact that such bodies are both independent and best placed to answer such questions. The Northern Ireland Office has responsibility for two executive NDPBs and one advisory NDPB, contact details for which are as follows:

Parades Commission for Northern Ireland (executive NDPB)

Contact: Info@paradescommission.org

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (executive NDPB)

Contact: information@nihrc.org

Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland (advisory NDPB)

Contact: bcni@belfast.org.uk

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In relation to the other arm’s length bodies sponsored by the Northern Ireland Office, information regarding overtime payments is not available in the format requested.

Energy and Climate Change

Coal

Dan Jarvis: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the effect of emerging clean coal technology on the economic case for the extraction of coal from UK mines. [141868]

Mr Hayes: Indigenous coal production is used almost entirely for the purpose of domestic electricity generation. We expect a significant proportion of coal generation to continue to be operational into the 2020s with the most efficient plant operational beyond 2025. The development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) provides an opportunity for clean coal to be part of the future generating resource.

We are making good progress with our CCS competition and have shortlisted three coal projects, with a target of supported projects being operational between 2016 and 2020.

Energy Companies Obligation

Mr Robin Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the use of Government data to help energy providers reduce the cost of finding potential recipients for the energy company obligation scheme. [141655]

Gregory Barker: A mechanism which makes use of Government data, providing customer referrals to energy companies participating in the energy company obligation (ECO), has been operational since 2 January 2013. Under this mechanism, customers who call the Energy Saving Advice Service (ESAS) and appear eligible for ECO Affordable Warmth assistance will have their benefit-based eligibility checked with the Department for Work and Pensions, subject to their consent for such data sharing. Except for those found to be ineligible, customers are then referred by ESAS to participating energy suppliers who will offer them a minimum package of assistance. In January 2013, this mechanism generated over 1,600 referrals to suppliers. Ineligible customers are contacted by ESAS with details of other energy efficiency options.

Furthermore, the operation of the Warm Home Discount scheme provides considerable opportunities for energy supply companies to identify households for ECO assistance. This is because Regulations allow the energy supply companies to use information pertaining to customers in receipt of pension credit to offer energy efficiency support. As such, participating energy companies already have access to some 1.2 million households eligible for support under ECO Affordable Warmth.

Fracking

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that hydraulic fracturing does not lead to contamination of underground water sources. [142032]

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Mr Hayes: All such operations are subject to scrutiny by the appropriate environment agency (the Environment Agency in respect of England and for the time being of Wales; and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in respect of Scotland). It is an offence to cause or knowingly permit poisonous noxious or polluting matter to enter controlled waters, which include ground waters.

The environment agencies are statutory consultees in the planning process, and have to be consulted on all proposed borehole operations. A permit from the Environment Agency is required where fluids containing pollutants are injected into rock formations that contain groundwater. A permit may also be needed if the activity poses an unacceptable risk of mobilising natural substances that could then cause pollution. The permit will specify any necessary limits on the activity, any requirements for monitoring, the chemicals which may be used, and any appropriate limits on permissible concentrations. Regulators will take a risk based approach, and if the activity poses an unacceptable risk to the environment, it will not be allowed.

Mr Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what effect the increase use of hydraulic fracturing would have on the UK's ability to meet the goals set out in the EU Renewable Energy Directive. [142034]

Mr Hayes: Alongside other energy sources, including renewables, we hope that unconventional hydrocarbon resources, such as shale gas and coal bed methane, might prove to be a useful future addition to the UK's energy mix. If shale gas is found to be commercially extractable in the UK, then any development of the resource (and subsequent increase in hydraulic fracturing onshore) would have to fit in within the UK's carbon reduction targets and the goals set out in the EU renewable energy directive. As such it would have no impact on the £7.6 billion funding already assigned for supporting low-carbon technologies over the period 2015-20.

Government Procurement Card

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) his Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of the publication of data relating to spend over (i) £25,000 and (ii) £500 using the Government Procurement Card. [141497]

Gregory Barker: Guidance on the timing of publication of departmental spending and procurement card data under the Transparency Agenda has been issued by HM Treasury and the Ministry of Justice respectively. This has been disseminated by DECC to its finance staff and further cascaded by e-mail to the Department's arm's length bodies.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change has further instructed that publication of expenditure should include all expenditure over £500 rather than over £25,000.

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Green Deal Scheme

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2013, Official Report, column 474W, on Green Deal scheme, from which departmental underspend funding for (a) Green Deal pioneer projects and (b) Cheap Energy Together was allocated. [140902]

Gregory Barker: Funding was allocated to both pioneer projects and Cheap Energy Together as part of the internal reallocation of funds that took place in the autumn. In this exercise, forecasts underspends were taken into a general fund at the centre of the Department and allocated to new projects according to their ability to support existing departmental priorities.

There is, therefore, no link between underspends against any specific budget and either of the projects that received funding.

Inspections

Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which decisions in his Department are awaiting inspectors' reports; and in each such case involving delay to the scheduled timescale, what the (a) reasons for and (b) length of the delays are. [140748]

Gregory Barker: The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is awaiting a report from an inspector following a necessary wayleave hearing in respect of an existing overhead line at the Heath Business and Technical Park, Runcorn. The inspector has been occupied on other priority work for the Department, causing a delay of about seven months. This report is expected by end of February 2013.

The Secretary of State is also awaiting reports from the Planning Inspectorate for three major infrastructure proposals being considered under the Planning Act 2008: Galloper offshore wind farm, Triton Knoll offshore windfarm and Port Blyth biomass, none of which are delayed.

Nuclear Installations: Insurance

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 1 February 2013, Official Report, column 64, on European opt-in decision (nuclear liability), whether any additional liabilities will be incurred by the public purse as a result of the increased nuclear accident insurance compensation he announced; and which insurance companies currently provide insurance coverage to private nuclear operators for liabilities arising from nuclear accidents at their installations. [141987]

Mr Hayes: There will be no additional liabilities incurred as the proposed Decision (to ratify the 1997 Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage of 12 May 1963) is not addressed to, and will not impose obligations on, the UK.

Operators in the UK meet the requirement for third party nuclear liability cover under section 19 of the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 largely by purchasing commercial insurance. Much of this is provided by a number of insurers who pool their capacity and act

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through the intermediary, Nuclear Risk Insurers Ltd, although operators do use other sources including, for example, their own captives.

Overtime

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) average cost per member of staff and (b) total cost was of overtime payments in (i) his Department and (ii) each of its arm's length bodies in (A) 2010-11, (B) 2011-12 and (C) 2012-13 to date. [141477]

Gregory Barker: The average cost per member of staff and the overtime payments for DECC and for each of the arm's length bodies are as follows:

£000
Average staff cost2010-112011-122012-13 (9 months)

DECC

60.7

61.3

62.4

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

100.6

94.9

93.5

Coal Authority

46.3

44.9

46.8

Civil Nuclear Police Authority

47.1

50.0

48.2

Committee on Climate Change

64.5

61.4

61.9

Average salary cost includes salary, overtime, bonus payments and related National Insurance and superannuation costs.

£000
Overtime payments2010-112011-122012-13 (9 months)

DECC

346

361

352

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

9

8

6

Coal Authority

3

18

6

Civil Nuclear Police Authority

5,292

6,823

5,062

Committee on Climate Change

0

0

11

Radioactive Waste: Cumbria

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the decision by Cumbria County Council on 30 January to vote against proceeding with stage four investigations for a subterranean repository under his Department's Managing Radioactive Waste Safely programme, what consideration he has given to proposed above-ground secured stores for radioactive waste. [141855]

Mr Hayes: Government policy on long-term management of higher activity radioactive waste is based on the recommendations of the independent Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM). That policy is to pursue geological disposal as the best available approach for long-term management of higher activity waste with robust interim storage in the meantime.

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Existing waste is already held in above-ground stores and, following the 2006 CoRWM report, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) carried out a nationwide review of interim storage arrangements, the ‘UK Radioactive Higher Activity Waste Storage Review NDA’, March 2009:

http://www.nda.gov.uk/documents/upload/UK-Radioactive-Higher-Activity-Waste-Storage-Review-March-2009.pdf

In accordance with the results of that review, the NDA will continue to upgrade interim storage arrangements wherever necessary, with the aim that all existing and new stores will allow safe and secure storage for at least 100 years. Government has consistently stated that safe and secure surface storage will be maintained for as long as is necessary to site a geological disposal facility, however, interim storage is not a permanent solution and as announced by the Government on 31 January we remain committed to geological disposal as the best approach for the long-term management of higher activity radioactive waste.

Transport

Conditions of Employment

Julie Elliott: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people are employed on zero-hour contracts in his Department. [141543]

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Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people in his Department are employed on zero hours contracts. [141875]

Norman Baker: There are 9 people employed in the Department for Transport on zero-hour contracts, all of whom are retired and all of whom are qualified type approval engineers with specialist knowledge.

Government Procurement Card

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the mean average spend using a Government Procurement Card was per member of staff in (a) his Department and (b) each of its arm's length bodies in (i) 2011 and (ii) 2012. [141466]

Norman Baker: The mean average spend using the Government Procurement Card where available is shown in the table below. The figures provided represent mean average spend per member of staff.

 DfTDSADVLAGCS(1)HAMCAVGAVOSA

2012

£892.83

£202.69

£11.43

£1541.12

£491.81

£92.00

£1992.51

£499.65

2011

£1088.32

£185.41

£3.08

£1344.32

£474.11

£83.87

£2355.22

£515.86

(1) GCS formerly the GCDA closed 30 September 2012 with residual functions transferred to DfT. Notes: 1. The number of staff in the Department for Transport and its six Executive Agencies at 31st December 2012 was 17,551 of whom 1,233 have use of a Government Procurement Card. 2. The number of staff in the Department for Transport and its seven Executive Agencies at 31st December 2011 was 17,990. The number of Government Procurement cards held at this date is not held by my Department.

Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance or instructions have been issued to staff in (a) his Department and (b) its arm's length bodies about the timing of the publication of data relating to spend over (i) £25,000 and (ii) £500 using the Government Procurement Card. [141506]

Norman Baker: Staff in the Department for Transport and its arm's length bodies have been issued with the following guidance and instructions about the timing of the publication of data:

(i) For spend over £25,000, the HMT guidance that states expenditure is to be published one month in arrears, i.e. by the last working day of the month following the month to which the data relates.

(ii) For Government Procurement Card spend over £500, the HMT guidance that states expenditure is to be published two months in arrears plus a separate DfT guidance note notifying internal deadlines.

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Mr Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential benefits to the residents of Gloucestershire of High Speed 2; and if he will make a statement. [141333]

Mr Simon Burns: No specific assessment of the potential benefits to Gloucestershire residents of High Speed 2 has been made. High Speed rail will bring benefits for the whole country, including generating jobs, rebalancing the economy and helping to secure future prosperity. Rail passengers from Gloucester stand to benefit from improved journey times from Birmingham to destinations further north.

Latest estimates published in August 2012 suggest that in total HS2 will deliver net benefits of £64 billion, including over £15 billion in wider economic impacts.

Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the potential economic benefits to businesses and residents in Stafford constituency as a result of phase two of High Speed 2. [141345]

Mr Simon Burns: Phase Two of High Speed 2 will transform journey times, capacity and connectivity between major cities of the north, Midlands and London, enabling northern regions to fulfil their economic potential. The Staffordshire area will benefit from the high speed services delivered by Phase One of the scheme. HS2 will also free up space for additional commuter, regional and freight services on the West Coast Mainline offering more opportunity for services to meet local needs. Latest

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estimates published in August 2012 suggest HS2 will deliver net benefits of £64 billion including over £15 billion in wider economic impacts. If local areas seize the opportunity offered by HS2 these benefits could be greater. HS2 Ltd will undertake further work to assess the sub-national, regional and local economic impacts of HS2.

Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many high speed train services will stop daily at Stafford train station on the non-High Speed 2 train network under initial plans for phase two of the High Speed 2 line. [141348]

Mr Simon Burns: HS2Ltd has published an explanation of the service patterns at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/updated-economic-case-for-hs2-august-2012-explanation-of-the-service-patterns

These are indicative service patterns and HS2Ltd will continue to work with people to get this right. In addition, Network Rail will be undertaking a study of the potential capacity benefits for the existing rail network from the advent of HS2 working with Passenger Focus. Terms of reference for this study were included in the Phase Two announcement details of which are at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/high-speed-rail-investing-in-britains-future-phase-two-the-route-to-leeds-manchester-and-beyond

Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria the contractors who gave evidence to his Department on the proposed High Speed 2 extension to Leeds applied in making their assessments with regard to Tamworth constituency and the (a) local environment, (b) landscape and (c) proximity to the M42 road of that area. [141534]

Mr Simon Burns: The Sustainability Summary, published on 28 January and which has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses, describes the potential impacts on people and the environment of the Government's initial preferred scheme for Phase Two of HS2. Appraisal work is ongoing, but the summary reflects the findings of the appraisal undertaken to date. We are at an early stage in the development of the scheme; more work will be undertaken to refine the alignment and include mitigation such as landscaping and noise barriers, and a number of the impacts that are described in this report will reduce as the designs are progressed.

Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what surveys the contractors who gave advice to his Department on the proposed High Speed 2 extension to Leeds conducted in Tamworth constituency. [141537]

Mr Simon Burns: No surveys have been undertaken to date in the Tamworth constituency to develop the initial preferred scheme for Phase Two of HS2. The advice submitted by HS2 Ltd for Phase Two identifies options which best meet the remit for HS2 Ltd in terms of passenger demand, cost, ease of build, journey time and sustainability. An environmental impact assessment for Phase Two which will take account of a wide range of environmental information, including baseline site surveys, is proposed to commence in 2015. Further details

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can be found in the Command Paper and Sustainability Summary documents, published on 28 January and placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria he will apply to compensation claims for people whose properties will be affected by the High Speed 2 extension to Leeds. [141538]

Mr Simon Burns: The Government have announced a public consultation on the proposed Exceptional Hardship Scheme (EHS) for Phase Two of HS2. It will run until 29 April 2013. This is an interim scheme which would remain in place only until such time as the statutory blight provisions apply to properties affected by Phase Two or we introduce a wider package of discretionary measures broadly consistent with those for Phase One. At a later stage, following a decision on the final route, and if the Secretary of State decided to use compulsory purchase powers to acquire land, the normal statutory provisions for the assessment and payment of compensation would apply.

Mr Ward: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that Bradford and Leeds-Bradford airport receive the maximum potential economic benefit from Phase 2 of High Speed 2. [141539]

Mr Simon Burns: Phase Two of High Speed 2 will transform journey times, capacity and connectivity between major cities of the north, Midlands and London, enabling northern regions to fulfil their economic potential.

HS2 will also free up space on the existing rail network for additional commuter, regional and freight services, offering more opportunity for services to meet local needs. Latest estimates published in August 2012 suggest HS2 will deliver net benefits of £64 billion including over £15 billion in wider economic impacts. If local areas seize the opportunity offered by HS2 these benefits could be greater. HS2 Ltd will undertake further work to assess the sub-national, regional and local economic impacts of HS2.