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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Royal Air Force transport and tanker aircraft are (a) more than 40 years old, (b) between 30 and 40 years old, (c) between 20 and 30 years old, (d) between 10 and 20 years old, and (e) less than 10 years old. [HL931]
The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The Royal Air Force transport fleet comprises C-17, Hercules C-130J/K, Tristar, VC-10, HS 125, BAe 146 and Augusta A109E aircraft. The air refuelling aircraft are Tristar and VC-10.
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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 5 January (WA 4) on the costs of United Kingdom military operations in certain countries, whether they will adjust the figures to include the cost of military equipment, military personnel pay, estate works and maintenance, and information technology and communications. [HL1155]
The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The original Question asks for the cost to public funds for "operations" in Iraq, Afghanistan, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Germany, and the Falkland Islands in each of the past five years.
In strict terms, during that period, only forces in Iraq and Afghanistan have been engaged in military "operations" for which the net additional costs are met by the reserve. The other countries, with the exception of Cyprus, have standing forces, and our activities there paid for from the core defence budget. Cyprus has a combination of forces for which we receive payment for peacekeeping duties by the United Nations and other UK standing forces.
The MoD's core budget is separated into eight top level budget holders (TLBs) each responsible for delivering individual military objectives. Within these TLBs the budget is not routinely allocated in terms of regions but in terms of categories of expenditure. The level of detailed breakdown requested could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
Lord Davies of Oldham: The grant in aid (GIA) allocations to sponsored art galleries in London for financial years 2007-08 and 2008-09 and Department for Culture, Media and Sport/Wolfson 2007-08 Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund grants are shown in the table.
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Arts Council England also spent £17,407,757 on Visual Arts in Greater London in 2007-08 and £17,165,430 in 2008-09. This includes areas such as architecture, artist development, moving image, crafts, learning and education, live art, new media, photography and public art, in addition to physical art gallery space.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to widen the access by other rail freight operators to the Channel Tunnel, in agreement with the existing operators and the Government of France. [HL1195]
The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): We created open access for UK freight paths through the Channel Tunnel at the end of 2006 and Eurotunnel has since agreed lower rates for rail freight. These initiatives have delivered results in the form of an increase in the number of rail freight services through the Channel Tunnel, some of which are operated by new open access operators.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 16 December 2009 (WA 233), how many civil servants were seconded to the private sector in the transport industries during 2008 and 2009. [HL1166]
The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): In instances where there are five or fewer occurrences, it is Department for Transport policy not to release information on grounds of confidentiality
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Between 1963 and 2007-08 a total of 131 persons in England and Wales are known to have been killed by persons who had been previously convicted of homicide.
As with previous Answers, the figure excludes persons who have been killed by those who may have been convicted outside England and Wales (for whom there is incomplete information), and persons who have been killed by those not previously convicted of homicide by reason of their mental state.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have held with the Government of Guernsey about the voluntary contribution Guernsey may make to the costs of United Kingdom defence. [HL984]
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 16 December 2009 (WA 236-7), what were the differences between the Hampton Implementation Review of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority as originally drafted and the text subsequently made available on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website; and whether they will place a copy of the first draft in the Library of the House. [HL1274]
The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): The Hampton Implementation Review of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) forms part of a series of reviews of the work of 36 national regulators against the principles of good regulatory and enforcement practice first set out in the Hampton report, Reducing Administrative Burdens: effective inspection and enforcement (2005). The reviews are based on a range of evidence, including interviews with regulator staff and stakeholders. Their findings reflect the views of a team consisting of peer reviewers drawn from other regulators and better regulation executive officials.
The HFEA report was published on 3 December 2009. Drafts of the reports, and commentary upon them, are not published. However, full guidance on the process underlying the reviews is available at: http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file48275.pdf.
To ask Her Majesty's Government in the context of their overview of the current state of the scientific evidence worldwide for and against the fluoridation of water supplies, what are the journal and date of publication of the study by Professor Chester Douglass foreshadowed by that author in a letter in Cancer Causes Journal in 2006 (17:481-482) adduced in South Central Strategic Health Authority's 2008
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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the larger study referred to by Professor Chester Douglass in a letter in Cancer Causes Journal in 2006 (17:481-482) worked on the same sets of data as the study in the same journal by Elise Bassin whose "exploratory analysis found an association between fluoride exposure during childhood and the incidence of osteosarcoma among males but not consistently among females" (17:421-428); whether the two studies contained subjects in common; and whether the subjects in the two studies were recruited over overlapping time periods. [HL1251]
Baroness Thornton: We understand that Elise Bassin's analysis was of subjects included in a longitudinal study led by Professor Chester Douglass. The report of the study has not been published yet, but an analysis conducted in 2007 by the West Midlands Cancer Intelligence Unit found that the incidence of osteosarcoma in the West Midlands, in which over 5 million people drink fluoridated water, is low with no statistically significant difference in rates for fluoridated and non-fluoridated parts of the region.
To ask Her Majesty's Government for each of the last three years for which figures are available, how many people were eligible for performance bonuses and special bonuses in the Attorney-General's Office and its agencies, by Civil Service band; how many people received each type of bonus, by Civil Service band; what the average payment was for each type of bonus, by Civil Service band; and what the maximum payment was for each type of bonus, by Civil Service band. [HL46]
The Attorney-General (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): Non-consolidated performance payments are an integral element of the reward package for staff. These payments are used to drive high performance and form part of the pay award for members of staff who demonstrate exceptional performance-for example, by exceeding targets set or meeting challenging objectives. They have to be re-earned each year and do not add to future pay bill costs-for example, pensions. A close and effective link between pay and performance and increased use of variable pay is a key element of the reward arrangements for the Civil Service and the Senior Civil Service (SCS) in particular.
Reward arrangements, including the criteria for non-consolidated performance pay, below the SCS, are delegated to individual departments and agencies. For the SCS, departments and agencies are responsible for their own reward arrangements within a framework set by Cabinet Office. The percentage of the pay bill set aside for performance-related awards for the SCS is based on recommendations from the independent Senior Salaries Review Body.
Tables covering the specific information requested have been deposited in the Library of the House. These tables give details of the number people who were eligible for and received a non-consolidated variable pay awards, and the average and maximum payment for a non-consolidated variable pay award, by civil service band, for the three most recent performance years for which the relevant payments have been published in the department's accounts.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Barbara Follett, on 9 December 2009 (Official Report, Commons, col. 390W), what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by the Ministry of Defence and each of its agencies in the latest period for which figures are available. [HL993]
The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The average purchase price, excluding VAT, paid by the Ministry of Defence and each of its agencies for a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper since 1 October 2009 is £1.73.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Barbara Follett, on 9 December 2009 (Official Report, Commons, col. 390W), what was the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80 gsm photocopier paper paid by the Department for Work and Pensions in the latest period for which figures are available. [HL1118]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): For the period May 2008 to December 2009 the average purchase price, excluding value added tax, of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80gsm photocopier paper used by this department is £1.73.
The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): For the MoD, the estimated additional cost was about £10,000. This represents expenditure on transport. We have not calculated the cost of the support given by military personnel as they are paid on a daily basis irrespective of their duties.
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