The major In-Service CT information systems include:
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Royal Navy Invoicing and Delivery System;Visibility in Transit Asset Logging (VITAL);Total Asset Visibility, an active Radio Frequency Identification based system, which passes movement data to VITAL; anddata from commercial carriers' systems (including Parcelforce, Palletways and DHL).
These CT systems in turn interface with other information systems in order to provide logistics decision support via systems such as Management of Materiel in Transit (MMiT).
As a result of experience from Operations TELIC and HERRICK, six major business change projects are underway, supported by information systems, to make significant improvements in the JSC, which will enable operational commanders to sustain current operations and plan for future ones more effectively. Initiatives include:
Joint Asset Management and Engineering Solutions: for engineering and asset management across Land equipment;Consignment Visibility: to provide the necessary data for MMiT, alongside that gathered from the MOD's commercial carriers;Air Movements Operations: to ensure efficient use of the Air Transport Fleet movement planning, asset scheduling and freight processing;Management of the Joint Deployed Inventory: offers operational logistic support for enhanced visibility and improved management of the deployed inventory; andElectronic Business Capability: to provide units with seamless visibility of Land items managed under Contractor Logistic Support arrangements from industry to the final tracking point.
In tandem with these change projects, the Future Logistics Information Services (FLIS) Project aims to further rationalise the complex supply chain delivering logistic information services across defence.
Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and its agencies to (a) PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) KPMG, (c) Deloitte, (d) Ernst and Young, (e) Grant Thornton, (f) BDO Stoy Hayward, (g) Baker Tilly, (h) Smith and Williamson, (i) Tenon Group, (j) PKF, (k) McKinsey and Company, and (l) Accenture, in each of the past five years for which information is available; how they monitor contracts with those firms; and how the department reports (1) during, and (2) at the end of contracts, to Buying Solutions. [HL2079]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): Central records indicate that the following amounts have been paid since the
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creation of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, announced on 5 June 2009:
Ernst and Young
BDO Stoy Hayward
Smith and Williamson
McKinsey and Company
Contract monitoring regimes will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The department may choose to voluntarily provide feedback to Buying Solutions but is under no obligation to do so.
I have asked the chief executives of the executive agencies to respond directly to the noble Lord.
Charities: Animal Welfare
Asked by Lord Elton
To ask Her Majesty's Government under what authority, controls and supervision and in what circumstances officers of a charity are empowered to (a) remove a pet from its owner's care, (b) keep it in their own care, (c) deny access to it to the owner, and (d) refuse to inform the owner of the place in which it is kept. [HL2038]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): Charities have no power under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to seize pet animals. The power of seizure can be exercised only by a police officer, an officer of a local authority or Animal Health. If the person who was responsible for the animal has concerns regarding its welfare following seizure then it is open to him to apply to the court for an order which could, among other things, grant him custody over the animal. Anyone aggrieved by the removal of an animal under the Animal Welfare Act may appeal to a magistrates' court for its return. The location of a seized animal may be withheld if it is considered that there is a danger that the animal may be stolen back.
Asked by Lord Astor of Hever
To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the cost to the Ministry of Defence of claims through civil litigation in each year since 2001. [HL2043]
The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The cost to the Ministry of Defence of compensation claims through civil litigation in each year since 2001 is as follows:
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Figures are not recorded centrally for contractual claims or employment tribunals brought against the department. It is estimated, however, that these costs would be in the region of an additional £2.5 million per year.
* These figures for total in-year payments are not directly comparable with those shown in later years because of changes to the Ministry of Defence's accounting system and organisation.
Asked by Lord Greaves
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much has been allocated to each neighbourhood in the Connecting Communities programme; and what are the rules which determine the spending of such money. [HL2009]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The following tables provide information on the grant funding allocated to each area to support their proposals for participating in the Connecting Communities programme. The funding for Connecting Community areas was paid to local authorities under Section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003 as an unringfenced grant.
Connecting Community Area
Amber Valley Borough Council
Aldercar & Langley Mill
Barking & Dagenham, London Borough of
Barnet, London Borough of
Athersley & New Lodge
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Basildon District Council
Bassetlaw District Council
Bath & North East Somerset Council
London Road, Snowhill
Queens Road, Keynesham
Bexley, London Borough of
Colyers & North End
Birmingham City Council
Bartley Green, Weoley Castle
Druids Heath, Brandwood Ward
Kingstanding, Stockland Green and Erdington
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
South, Central and Grange Park
Borough of Poole Council
Bourne Valley, Rossmore
Keighley West, Bracken Bank
Brighton & Hove City Council
Moulescoomb & Woodingdean
Bristol City Council
St George East & West, Brislington East
Bromley, London Borough of
Cray Valley & Mottingham
Broxbourne Borough Council
Bury Green Ward
Bucks County Council
Mixenden and Illingworth
Gospel Oak, St Pancras & Somers Town, Haverstock, Regent's Park
St. Paul's, Nesters Way, Oakley, The Moors (St Peters), Springbank, St Mark's