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Written Answers

Friday, 10 September 2004.

MoD: Head Office Building

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): The extensive redevelopment of main building has allowed the Ministry of Defence to increase the capacity of the building from 2,600 to 3,300, of which roughly one in three people are members of the Armed Forces. Reoccupation of the building will complete at the end of September 2004. The increased capacity of the building has allowed for the divestment of five MoD buildings in central London, these are:

Procurement Announcements

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: No planned procurement announcements have been delayed as a result of the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
 
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Rail Freight Operators: Grants

Lord Faulkner of Worcester asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Government support for rail freight is provided through the grants programmes administered by the SRA. Should access charges for freight operators rise, it would be for freight operating companies to consider whether to reflect this in any applications for grant.

Network Rail: Signalling Work

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Network Rail is a private-sector company and so determines its own approach to the procurement of signalling and other assets to deliver best value to the company. The final conclusions of the Access Charge Review 2003 allowed for Network Rail to spend over £2 billion on renewing its signalling assets over the five years from 2004–05 to 2008–09, and also provided for a review of the company's signalling expenditure requirements for 2006–07 and beyond in order to establish a medium-term strategy for signalling. When complete, this should provide signalling suppliers with a clear and stable framework in which to plan their business.

Tourism: DCMS Additional Spending

Lord Fearn asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Lord McIntosh of Haringey): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has yet to decide how the resources allocated as part of the 2004 Spending Review will be deployed.



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