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Written Answers

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 18 December 2008

Wales

Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many special advisers were employed in his Department at each pay band on 30 November 2008; and what his Department's total expenditure on special advisers was in 2007-08. (243560)

The Government are committed to publishing an annual list detailing the number and costs of special advisers.

Information for 2007-08 was published by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 99-102WS.

Departmental Official Hospitality

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much has been spent on (a) departmental Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in the last three years. (243741)

Mental Illness

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report on Mental Capacity and Well-Being; and if he will make a statement. (244026)

The recommendations from The Foresight Project: Mental Capital and Wellbeing, as they apply to Wales, fall to the Welsh Assembly government for consideration.

I understand that the Welsh Assembly welcomes this paper, as being in line with their public health and mental health policy agenda.

I am advised the paper has been circulated to the Welsh Assembly Government's mental health Task and Finish group for consideration and discussion.

Queen Elizabeth II: Anniversaries

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans his Department has to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. (243978)

The Wales Office worked closely with Buckingham Palace and the Welsh Assembly government on plans to mark Her Majesty the Queen's Golden jubilee in 2002 and looks forward to being similarly involved to mark the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

Treasury

Small Businesses

7. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect on small businesses of the measures announced in the pre-Budget report. (244637)

The PBR announced new facilities for over £2 billion additional support for SMEs in accessing credit, more generous loss relief, a new HMRC support service, and deferral of the increase in the small companies rate of corporation tax.

This is worth £1 billion of tax cuts, £2 billion in loan guarantees, along with £4 billion of European money—£7 billion in total.

Since PBR HMRC's new support service has helped 6,250 businesses spread around £110 million worth of tax payments.

10. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of the measures to assist small businesses announced in the pre-Budget report. (244640)

The PBR announced new facilities for over £2 billion additional support for SMEs in accessing credit, more generous loss relief, a new HMRC support service, and deferral of the increase in the small companies rate of corporation tax.

This is worth £1 billion of tax cuts, £2 billion in loan guarantees, along with £4 billion of European money—£7 billion in total.

Since PBR HMRC's new support service has helped 6,250 businesses spread around £110 million worth of tax payments.

17. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to increase the supply of credit to small businesses. (244649)

In addition to the establishment of the Lending Panel, the Government also announced at PBR 2008 a package to assist small and medium enterprises facing credit constraints.

This package included the establishment of the Small Business Finance Scheme, a Export Credits Guarantee Department scheme, and a number of other actions. When combined this package will facilitate over £2 billion of extra support to SME's experiencing short-term financial difficulties.

18. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect on small businesses of the measures announced in the pre-Budget report. (244650)

The PBR announced new facilities for over £2 billion additional support for SMEs in accessing credit, more generous loss relief, a new HMRC support service, and deferral of the increase in the small companies rate of corporation tax.

This is worth £1 billion of tax cuts, £2 billion in loan guarantees, along with £4 billion of European money—£7 billion in total.

Since PBR HMRC's new support service has helped 6,250 businesses spread around £110 million worth of tax payments.

Government Finance

12. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the £5 billion additional value for money savings announced in the pre-Budget report are net of the cost of delivery. (244642)

20. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the levels of Government borrowing and debt; and if he will make a statement. (244652)

Table B3 of the 2008 pre-Budget report sets out the Chancellor's projections for the level of Government borrowing and debt. The Government's will continue to support the economy through these difficult times. Over the medium-term, the Government's fiscal policy objective remains ensuring the sustainability of the public finances, in order to protect stability, employment and growth.

Global Fiscal Stimulus

13. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with his overseas counterparts on the potential for and practicality of delivering a global fiscal stimulus. (244644)

The Chancellor has had discussions with many international colleagues, including G20 and European finance ministers. The case for concerted fiscal action was endorsed by the leaders of the G20 on 15 November, and by European leaders on 12 December and many countries around the world have already implemented a fiscal stimulus.

Banks: Liquidity

14. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the operation of aspects of the pre-Budget report dealing with liquidity for banks. (244645)

The tripartite authorities are continually assessing the operation of measures targeted at improving liquidity in the financial system. The Bank of England's liquidity operations, including the Special Liquidity Scheme have been operating as intended.

Value Added Tax

15. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the savings that will be made by a person earning (a) £200,000 per annum and (b) £20,000 per annum as a result of the reduction in the rate of value added tax to 15 per cent. (244646)

No such estimates have been made because such savings are more dependent on spending patterns, which vary widely, rather than on earnings.

16. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he gave to increasing the rate of value added tax above 17.5 per cent. prior to his statement on the pre-Budget report. (244647)

As both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer have already said in this House, a large number of options on just about every aspect of tax and spending were considered in the run-up to the pre-Budget report. The Chancellor announced that while VAT would comedown to 15 per cent., it would return to 17.5 per cent, at the end of 2009.

Personal Debt

19. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of personal debt at the beginning of (a) 2008 and (b) 2009. (244651)

The Office for National Statistics publishes data on levels of personal debt. The Government do not publish forecasts for personal debt.

Housing

21. To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking as part of his fiscal stimulus package to support local authorities in their spending on housing. (244653)

The fiscal stimulus package included £250 million for Decent Home improvements and £175 million for major repairs to council housing in England.

Bank Services: Small Businesses

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of levels of lending by the banking sector to small-and-medium-sized enterprises. (244643)

The Chancellor announced at pre-Budget report 2008 that the Government are establishing a Lending Panel, bringing together Government, regulators, lenders, trade bodies and consumer groups to monitor lending to both households and businesses. The new panel is monitoring lending, and will encourage and drive up best practice in lending decisions and treatment of borrowers.

Banks: Iceland

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with the governments of (a) Iceland and (b) Guernsey on Landsbanki Guernsey; (242234)

(2) what meetings he or his officials (a) have had and (b) plan to have with representatives of the depositors of Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Isle of Man;

(3) what meetings he or his officials (a) have had and (b) plan to have with representatives of the depositors of Landbanski Guernsey;

(4) what responsibilities he has to represent the Isle of Man government in its discussions with the Icelandic government on Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Isle of Man; what his remit for such discussions is; and if he will make a statement;

(5) what responsibilities he has to represent the Guernsey government in its discussions with the Icelandic government on Landsbanki; what his remit for such discussions is in respect of Landsbanki Guernsey; and if he will make a statement;

(6) what discussions he has had with the governments of (a) Iceland and (b) the Isle of Man on Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Isle of Man.

Arrangements for depositors in banks in the Isle of Man and Guernsey are a matter for the Governments of the Isle of Man and Guernsey. Deposits with Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander, Isle of Man, will be subject to the Isle of Man Deposit Compensation Scheme.

In line with usual constitutional arrangements, the UK Government will represent the Crown Dependencies in its negotiations with the Icelandic authorities.

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings and discussions with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government’s practice to provide details of all such meetings and discussions.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to meet representatives from the Government of Isle of Man to discuss the Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander banking collapse in the next two months. (240818)

Arrangements for depositors in banks in the Isle of Man are a matter for the Government of the Isle of Man. Deposits with Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander, Isle of Man, will be subject to the Isle of Man Deposit Compensation Scheme.

Treasury Ministers and officials have meetings and discussions with a wide variety of organisations in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government’s practice to provide details of all such meetings and discussions.

Banks: Pay

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the answer of 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1096W, on banks: pay, if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the letters sent by the Chief Executive of the Financial Services Authority to the chief executives of major banks and building societies on 13 October 2008. (242318)

The letter sent by the chief executive of the Financial Services Authority to chief executive officers on 13 October 2008 has been published by the Financial Services Authority. It is accessible at:

www.fsa.gov.uk

Banks: Regulation

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms there are to protect depositors in UK banks and building societies whose accounts are transferred to financial institutions outside UK jurisdiction without their consent. (244995)

Accounts with banks or building societies in the UK would normally only be transferred to another authorised person able to accept deposits in the UK. The depositors would then be protected by the UK Financial Services Compensation Scheme or the deposit-guarantee scheme of an EEA credit institution's home state.

Credit Rating: EU Action

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Government’s policy is on the proposals on the registration of credit rating agencies set out in the draft EU Directive on Credit Rating Agencies. (244307)

The Government support registration of credit rating agencies. The Commission’s proposals are now being discussed in council working groups.

Departmental Disabled Staff

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of its duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty. (240992)

In fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty the Treasury will publish a report, in 2009, when it publishes its Single Equality Scheme. The Single Equality Scheme will amalgamate the Treasury's three current equality schemes on (race, disability and gender).

Departmental Pay

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who are paid at an hourly rate are paid at the same rate. (244384)

Both temporary and permanent staff are placed on the appropriate pay band for their grade. The same bands apply equally to permanent and temporary staff.

Economic and Monetary Union

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on which dates the (a) Chief Secretary to the Treasury, (b) Financial Secretary to the Treasury, (c) Minister of State at the Treasury, (d) Economic Secretary to the Treasury, (e) Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and (f) the Financial Services Secretary (A) last met the President of the European Commission and (B) spoke to the President of the European Commission; and whether the UK’s prospective membership of the Euro was discussed on each occasion; (242304)

(2) when Treasury officials last discussed Britain’s prospective membership of the Euro with the European Commission; and if he will make a statement.

Treasury Ministers discuss a wide range of issues with their counterparts in other countries, as well as the European Commission. The Government’s policy on membership of the single currency is unchanged. It remains as set out by the Chancellor in his statement to the House of Commons in October 1997, and again in the Chancellor’s statement on the five tests assessment in June 2003.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he expects the United Kingdom to meet the Maastricht criteria for membership of the Euro in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011. (242770)

The latest Government forecasts for the economy and the public finances were published in the pre-Budget report on 24 November 2008.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on possible UK membership of the European single currency in the last two years. (243002)

Treasury Ministers discuss a wide range of issues with their counterparts in other countries, as well as the European Commission. The Government's policy on membership of the single currency in unchanged. It remains as set out by the Chancellor in his statement to the House of Commons in October 1997, and again in the Chancellor's statement on the five tests assessment in June 2003.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his colleagues in the Eurozone on membership of the single currency. (244664)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave the right hon. and learned Member for Devizes (Mr. Ancram) on 25 November, Official Report, column 1325W.

Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much duty on (a) beer, (b) wine and (c) spirits changed in percentage terms in each year since 1997. (242874)

Rates of alcohol duty since 1995 are published on the UK Trade Information website:

www.uktradeinfo.com.

Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department plans to adjust the rate of vehicle mileage allowances in line with fuel prices. (244808)

Decisions on approved mileage allowance payments (AMAPs) rates are taken as part of the Budget and pre-Budget report processes.

Financial Inclusion Fund

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the budget of the Financial Inclusion Fund is in the 2008-09 and the each of the next three financial years. (242126)

The Financial Inclusion Fund is worth £130 million in 2008-11. The allocations over this time are:

£ million

Financial inclusion fund allocation

2008-09

42.996

2009-10

43.457

2010-11

43.547

Total

130

Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tonnes of gold have been sold from UK reserves in each year since May 1997; what revenue was received from sales in each year; and if he will estimate the revenue which each sale would have generated at current gold prices. (244303)

395 tonnes of gold have been sold since 1997: 75 tonnes in 1999; 150 tonnes in 2000; 130 tonnes in 2001; and 40 tonnes in 2002. The date of, the amount of gold sold and the allotment price at each of the 17 gold auctions is set out in the following table.

The total proceeds from the sales were around US$3.5 billion. At the morning fix on 15 December 2008 the total value of this gold was US$10.5 billion. The gold sales between July 1999 and March 2002 reflected a prudent decision to reduce over-exposure to a single asset in the net reserves portfolio.

Date

Amount sold (ounces)

Allotment price ($/ounce)

6 July 1999

804,000

261.20

21 September 1999

804,000

255.75

29 November 1999

804,000

293.50

25 January 2000

804,400

289.50

21 March 2000

804,400

285.25

23 May 2000

803,600

275.25

12 July 2000

804,000

279.75

19 September 2000

803,600

270.60

7 November 2000

803,600

264.30

23 January 2001

803,600

268.00

14 March 2001

803,600

266.00

15 May 2001

644,400

268.00

11 July 2001

643,600

267.25

12 September 2001

644,400

280.00

27 November 2001

644,400

273.50

16 January 2002

643,600

283.50

5 March 2002

644,400

296.50

Total sold/average price

12,707,600

274.95

Income Tax

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average and the marginal rate of income tax is for each man who is a single earner with a wife and two children with earnings of (i) £10,000 a year and (ii) within each £5,000 band above £10,000 up to £200,000; how many such persons are in each income band announced in the Pre-Budget Report 2008; and how much such a person in each income band will have (A) as additional income and (B) to pay in tax and duties as a consequence of the measures. (241139)

[holding answer 8 December 2008]: Income tax liabilities by income band for 2008-09 are provided in HM Revenue and Customs Statistics Table 2.5:

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/income_tax/table2-5.pdf.

The effect of tax measures announced in the PBR by income band is provided in the Government's response to the Treasury Select Committee's Thirteenth Report for 2007-08, ‘Budget measures and Low Income Households’, available at:

www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmtreasy.htm.

Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individual taxpayers affected by the withdrawal of the 10 pence starting rate for income tax will pay more income tax than they did before the withdrawal of the rate when the steps announced in (a) Budgets 2007 and 2008, (b) the Chancellor's statement dated 13 May, on income tax and (c) the Pre-Budget Report 2008 are taken into account. (242857)

[holding answer 11 December 2008]: The personal tax measures announced by the Chancellor in the 2008 pre-Budget report will permanently reduce the number of households paying more net tax as a result of the Budget 2007 direct tax and benefit changes from 5.3 million originally to 500,000 in 2011-12. The 13 May increase in personal allowances for this year reduced the number of households paying more net tax from these changes to 1.1 million in 2008-09.

The Government's response to the Treasury Committee's report ‘Budget Measures and Low Income Households’ available at

www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmtreasy.htm

explained in answer to recommendation 9, and at the start of Annexes A and B, why it is not possible to provide individual analysis of the Budget 2007 direct tax and benefit changes.

Interest Rates

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his comments of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 856, in the debate on the Queen's Speech, when the Bank of England base rate was last at 17 per cent. (244983)

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 31 October 2008, on savings (PO reference: 1/62564/2008); (241383)

(2) when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 28 October 2008 on financial protection for individuals invested in the Icelandic bank, Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander;

(3) when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 21 October 2008 on the Icelandic bank, Kaupthing Edge (PO Ref: 1/62030/2008).

The Financial Services Secretary very much regrets not being in a position to reply to the hon. Member and will do so as soon as possible.

Mortgages

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the services to mortgage holders being offered by banks recapitalised with public funds. (240278)

On 8 October this year, the Government announced a comprehensive package of measures to support stability of the financial system, protect ordinary savers, depositors, businesses and borrowers, and to safeguard the interests of the taxpayer.

As part of their investment, the Government have agreed with the banks supported by the recapitalisation scheme a range of commitments. Details are available at:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/press_105_08.htm

These include agreements to make available affordable products during this period of global turbulence in financial markets, help individuals struggling with their mortgage payments stay in their homes and support the expansion of financial capability initiatives.

UK Financial Investments Ltd. (UKFI), an arm’s length company, will oversee the conditions attached to subscribing to the Government’s recapitalisation fund.

Paymaster-General: Correspondence

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster-General plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood of 24 September 2008 sent on behalf of Asghar Khan, a constituent. (242262)

The right hon. Lady's letter was addressed to the Paymaster General at the Cabinet Office. The Treasury has obtained a copy of the letter from the right hon. Lady's office and a Treasury Minister will write to her about this matter as soon as possible.

Public Expenditure

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which Government departments will be exempt from the allocation of the £5 billion of additional recoverable savings under the increased cross-Government value for money target for 2010-11, referred to in paragraph 6.32, page 122 of the Pre-Budget Report 2008; (244423)

(2) by what criteria the £5 billion of additional recoverable savings under the increased cross-Government value for money target for 2010-11, referred to in paragraph 6.32, page 122 of the Pre-Budget Report 2008, will be allocated.

HM Treasury will work with Departments between now and Budget 2009 to agree the departmental allocation of the additional £5 billion value for money target announced in the pre-Budget report.

Public Expenditure: Scotland

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the factual paper on the Barnett Formula was not laid before Parliament in accordance with the timetable originally planned. (244596)

[holding 17 December 2008]: No decision has been made yet on the date of publication of the factual paper on the Barnett formula.

Public Finance

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a breakdown by principal policy decision of the increase in cyclically adjusted net borrowing by 4.3 per cent. of gross domestic product from the estimated outturn in 2007-08 to the estimate in 2009-10, as shown in the Pre-Budget Report table B4. (243507)

The estimated cost of all policy decisions announced in the 2008 pre-Budget report can be found on Table B5 of Annexe B (p 194).

Public Sector Debt

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes there have been in projections of (a) gross public debt on a Maastricht treaty basis and (b) net public debt since the pre-Budget report projections resulting from (i) the use of automatic stabilisers, (ii) policy changes announced in the pre-Budget report and (iii) other causes. (244984)

Projections for gross public debt on a Maastricht treaty basis and public sector net debt can be found in Table B10 in £ billion, and Table B11 as a percentage of GDP of the 2008 pre-Budget report.

The costs of policy changes announced in the 2008 pre-Budget report can be found in Table B5 in £ million. The effects of automatic stabilisers are shown in Chart 2.3 of the 2008 pre-Budget report.

In line with previous practice, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will provide an update on the public finances at Budget 2009.

Tax Avoidance

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations HM Revenue and Customs has received on the resources required to combat tax avoidance by major corporations. (244648)

The Department receives representations on a wide range of subjects.

As recommended by the Varney Review of Links with Large Business published in November 2006, the Department takes a risk-based approach to its largest customers, focusing resources on issues and businesses which are judged to be of higher risk.

The Department continues to monitor its assessments to ensure that sufficient resources are focused on the most important and difficult risks.

Taxation: Business

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a full copy of the advice produced by the Civil Service for Ministers dated 22 May 1997 on consideration of options - company taxation that was released in part by his Department on 30 March 2007. (241758)

The advice produced by officials to Ministers, dated 22 May 1997, was released by HM Treasury on 30 March 2007, in full response to a freedom of information (FOI) request. A subsequent parliamentary debate ensured that the matter received full consideration.

Taxation: Hotels

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to announce a decision on the value added tax liability of unitised hotel projects following his review of the matter. (244697)

Officials are looking into the VAT treatment of various hotel investment schemes with a view to providing clarity and certainty for the parties involved. The arrangements are complex, they are not identical in nature, and this has required detailed analysis on the part of HM Revenue and Customs. Officials will be communicating their conclusions to hotel management companies and investors early in the new year.

Taxation: Small Businesses

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the qualification period for the Business Payment Support Service to the third quarter of 2008. (243137)

[holding answer 15 December 2008]: The Business Payment Support Service will help businesses in temporary financial difficulties, as a result of the current economic conditions, spread their tax payments over a timetable they can afford. There is no qualification period for the service. If HM Revenue and Customs has already contacted a business about an overdue payment or if they already have a payment arrangement with the Department, they should call the office which originally contacted them.

VAT: Small Businesses

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have applied to defer their VAT payments in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many such applications have been granted. (244066)

I am able to provide data on cases handled by the new Business Payment Support Service. The information requested is not available for HMRC as a whole.

As part of a substantial package of support the Chancellor announced in PBR that HMRC had introduced a new Business Payment Support Service. Businesses in temporary financial difficulty will be offered a fast and streamlined service for arranging to pay their HMRC tax bill to a timetable they can afford.

The service has been up and running for just under three weeks. To 11 December, the service has taken over 15,000 calls and agreed over 6,200 time to pay arrangements worth over £108 million. Almost 60 per cent. of the cases relate to businesses being granted time to pay VAT debts worth over £71 million.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on small businesses of administering the temporary change to the rate of value added tax announced in the pre-Budget report. (244976)

The impact assessment for the temporary reduction in the standard rate of VAT can be found on the HM Treasury website at

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/pbr08_vat_1845.pdf.

This contains the small firms impact test.

Solicitor-General

Departmental Databases

To ask the Solicitor-General what databases the Law Officers’ Departments (a) own and (b) maintain. (242227)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has a 10 year Public Finance Initiative Partnership with LogicaCMG to modernise information technology within the Service. This is known as the COMPASS Programme.

The contract with LogicaCMG covers the provision, support and maintenance of the hardware and software applications used by the CPS. This includes: the case management databases; the COMPASS Case Management System; the Management Information System; the Witness Management System; and the Payroll, Graduated Counsel Fee Scheme and the Corporate Information Systems. The corporate databases provided by suppliers outside of the COMPASS contract are the Finance and Human Resources databases.

The other databases in use by small numbers of HQ users are:

Database

Use

Respond

To track correspondence

CPS Direct Rota

To rota CPS Direct crown prosecutor coverage

Teleware

Call distribution system for CPS Direct

Gateway 2000

Document numbering system for distributing documents nationally

Unicorn

Online library loans system

Druid

Record of archived cases requiring review

ReMS

Storage details of long-term interest cases

FMBC Tracker

Facilities Management Business Centre (FMBC) database to plan and track progress of building maintenance

MAB

FMBC management of Area budgets database to monitor area building maintenance costs

FMBC Project

FMBC database used by regional project managers to track facilities management projects

STC Navigator

To analyse energy usage

The suite of desktop applications provided to all users through the COMPASS contract includes Microsoft Access database software for the development of databases for individual use.

The CPS owns the data contained within its databases.

The following table shows the databases (a) owned and (b) maintained by the Serious Fraud Office:

Database

Description

Docman

Document management system holding scanned evidence that forms part of SFO cases (also cases closed and pending).

DCS2

Document management system holding descriptions of evidence that forms part of SFO cases (also cases closed and pending).

Introspect

Document management system holding scanned evidence that forms part of SFO cases (also cases closed and pending).

Alphascan

Document management system holding scanned evidence that forms part of SFO cases (also cases closed and pending).

DBTextworks

Document management system holding evidence that forms part of SFO cases (also cases closed and pending).

Valid Archive

Document management system holding evidence that forms part of SFO cases (also cases closed and pending).

Registry Database

Database used to register files across the organisation.

Case Tracking

Database containing summary information of all SFO cases, past and present.

Section 2 Register

List of all Section 2 Notices.

Efin

Database used to process Purchase Ledger and General Ledger transactions for the SFO.

TRENT

List of staff (permanent, temporary and leavers) and all related personal details.

Infobasis

Database containing information about staff training (please note that this system is not fully operational yet).

Task Management System

List of tasks related to each case and their allocation to case team members (not used on every case).

Adlib

Database containing information about all books in the library catalogue.

Access Control Database

Facilitates access to all areas of the SFO.

Electronic Visitor System

Facilitates access to visitors to all areas of the SFO.

Analyst Notebook

Investigation tool used to help visualise transactions.

Healthwise

Health and Safety and Risk Assessment Training.

Casewise

Planning tool used by Case Management Reform.

Touchpaper

Records details of IT help desk calls and inventory.

LanDesk

Hardware inventory and management.

ActiveXperts

Server monitoring.

Norad Surveillance

Database monitoring.

Rightfax

Faxes.

ArcServe

Backup and restore management.

Active Directory

User management.

Ms Exchange

E-mails.

Websense

Internet activity monitor.

The Treasury Solicitor’s Department:

(a) Owns the following databases:

Database name

Function

Database management system

High profile case list

High Profile case List

MySQL

ODQ Subset of Datix

Reporting tool for time recording and billing

MySQL

BVFAIS

Legacy data from FAIS (the old Bona Vacantia database) to be kept for 40 Years

MySQL

Client Database

Client Information

MySQL

European Database

Judgments and Observations about European matters

MySQL

IJRT

Immigration Judicial review team

MS Access

Costs

Manage costs distribution

MS Access

Paperroom database

Tracks physical files

MS Access

GPL database

Ex GPL (Government Property Lawyers) data Very old Datix

MySQL

(b) Maintains the following databases:

SQL Server Database Management system

System

Function

Version

Password Safe

Electronic Password Maintenance

2000 Enterprise Edition SP4

Archive Manager

Back Up and Security facility for email

2005 Enterprise Edition RTM

Tracklt

Helpdesk

2005 Enterprise Edition RTM

BigFix

Software distribution management

2005 Standard Edition SP2

QFM

Facilities Management

2000 Standard Edition RTM

QTP

Test software

2000 Enterprise Edition RTM

CommVault

Backup

2005 Express Edition

E-Policy Orchestrator

Security management

MSDE

iPatch Manager

Secure Patch management

MSDE

Infra

New Service Desk

2005 Enterprise Edition RTM

ForeFront

Network security

2005 Standard Edition SP2

System Centre Configuration Manager

Microsoft control centre

2005 Standard Edition SP2 and SP1

Stream

Risk Management software

2005 Standard Edition SP2

Image Deployment Server

Media Distribution

MSDE

SharePoint

File and information repository

2005 Enterprise Edition SP1

SecureWave

PC security

2005 Standard Edition SP2

VMWare Virtual Centre

Virtualisation control

2000 Personal Edition SP4

HP Jet Admin

Printer management

2005 Express Edition

Monitoring Server

Network traffic monitoring

2005 Workgroup Edition SP1

Vantage

Network Checking

2005 Standard Edition SP1

Oracle Database Management system

System

Function

Version

E-Financials

Accounting

Oracle 8i, 81, l0gRAC

R/KYV

Document management

Oracle l0g

Carpe Diem Litigation and European

Time recording

Oracle 9i, l0g

Grid Control

Infrastructure management

Oracle l0g

Informix Database Management system

System

Function

Version

Datix

Billing

Informix IDS 7.31

Tsolacd

Automated Call Distribution

Informix IDS 10

The Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office owns, and is responsible for maintaining, the data held on each of the databases detailed as follows, although the administration may be outsourced to a third party.

1. SOLAR—case management database

2. SUMMATION—document storage

3. CASESTAT—summary of case data

4. HERMES—HR information

5. E-Financials—Financial

6. PEOPLEFINDER—Internal directory

HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate has no databases which it maintains.

Departmental Higher Education

To ask the Solicitor-General how many staff in the Law Officers' Departments undertook courses funded by the Department for (a) undergraduate degrees, (b) postgraduate degrees or diplomas, (c) Masters degrees, (d) MBA degrees and (e) PhD degrees in the last 12 months, broken down by pay band. (242131)

The table for the Crown Prosecution Service is as follows:

Qualification Type

Pay Band Al

Pay Band A2

Pay Band Bl

Pay Band B2

Pay Band B3

Pay Band CI

Pay Band C2

Pay Band C3

Pay Band C4

Pay Band D

Pay Band E

Pay Band SCS

Undergraduate Degree

8

23

27

19

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Postgraduate Degree/ Diploma

5

27

32

30

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

2

Nil

Nil

Masters Degree

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

1

Nil

Nil

MBA Degree

Nil

PHD Degree

Nil

The table for the Serious Fraud Office is as follows:

Qualification Type

Pay Band EO

Pay Band HEO

Pay Band SEO

Undergraduate Degree

Nil

Nil

Nil

Postgraduate Degree/ Diploma

8

1

3

Masters Degree

Nil

Nil

Nil

MBA Degree

Nil

Nil

Nil

PHD Degree

Nil

Nil

Nil

The table for the Revenue Customs and Prosecutions Office is as follows:

Qualification Type

Pay Band AO

Pay Band EO

Pay Band HEO

Pay Band SEO

Undergraduate Degree

Nil

2

Nil

Nil

Postgraduate Degree/ Diploma

1

13

1

Nil

Masters Degree

Nil

Nil

1

Nil

MBA Degree

Nil

Nil

Nil

1

PHD Degree

Nil

The table for the Treasury Solicitor's Department is as follows:

Qualification Type

Pay Band AO

Pay Band PS

Pay Band EO

Pay Band HEO

Pay Band SEO

Pay Band 7

Undergraduate Degree

1

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Postgraduate Degree/ Diploma

6

1

2

Nil

Nil

Nil

Masters Degree

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

3

MBA Degree

Nil

PHD Degree

Nil

Two members of staff have been funded by HMCPSI for an MBA degree in the last 12 months. They are both Grade 7.

Departmental Internet

To ask the Solicitor-General with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, columns 336-37W, on Government Departments: information and communications technology, which IP addresses are used by (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) computers in the offices of their (i) Ministers and (ii) communications officials. (241966)

To help defend against electronic attack, it is standard good information security practice for corporate IT systems not to publish internal IP addresses. When accessing internet websites, the IP addresses of all of the computers on the Law Officers' Department's internal office IT system are hidden behind the following IP addresses which are publicly available—195.92.40.49 and 62.25.106.209. These IP addresses are shared with other Government Departments that use the Government Secure Intranet.

Departmental Temporary Employment

To ask the Solicitor-General with reference to the answer of 28 October 2008, Official Report, columns 984-86W, on Law Officers' Department: temporary employment, how many staff were recruited through each company in each year; and for how long on average staff recruited through these companies worked for the Department in each year. (242310)

The information requested is not recorded centrally by any of the Law Officer's Departments. Therefore it could be obtained only by the extraction of every contract for each temporary member of staff employed over the last five years and would incur disproportionate cost.

Proceeds of Crime: Civil Proceedings

To ask the Solicitor-General what consideration the Crown Prosecution Service gave to including reference to the use of civil recovery powers in its Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Chief Police Officers on pursuing criminal assets. (243799)

A service level agreement (SLA) between the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), dealing with applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act, was signed in November 2002 and predates the granting of civil recovery powers to the CPS.

Existing referral processes from CPS staff to headquarters do not require any amendment to the SLA. In the event that police investigators are trained to undertake free standing civil recovery investigations, the SLA will have to be revisited.

To ask the Solicitor-General what steps have been taken to facilitate the (a) Crown Prosecution Service, (b) the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, (c) the Serious Fraud Office and (d) the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office discharging new responsibilities for civil recovery action; what funding has been provided to each to reflect these new responsibilities; and how many (i) lawyers and (ii) investigations have been employed by each to discharge such functions. (243919)

The information is as follows:

(a) The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) staff across all 42 CPS areas have been asked to refer potential civil recovery cases to the Proceeds of Crime Delivery Unit in CPS headquarters for consideration. Cases to be dealt with by the CPS are passed to the Central Confiscation Unit of the Organised Crime Division, which currently undertakes asset recovery and other civil work in the High Court, and has been given responsibility for civil recovery actions. Other cases are passed to the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

No additional funding has been provided to the CPS to reflect these new responsibilities. However, the Home Office Recovered Assets Incentive Scheme has been amended to enable the CPS to benefit in respect of successful civil recovery actions.

No additional lawyers or investigators have yet been specifically recruited by the CPS to undertake civil recovery work.

(b) The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has been in discussion with SOCA to develop a memorandum of understanding to provide advice and assistance between the PPS and SOCA including arrangements to deal with civil recovery cases. In the short term, SOCA is responsible for civil recovery. The PPS remains responsible for criminal confiscation following conviction.

To date, no new funding has been provided. No additional lawyers have been recruited to discharge these functions. There have been no investigations in Northern Ireland conducted by the PPS.

(c) The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) recently completed an in-depth review of its approach to all aspects of proceeds of crime activity. This review resulted in a number of recommendations to the director, who has since formed a dedicated Proceeds of Crime Team. The structure of this team is being finalised, with resources being drawn from across the organisation. The team will be fully operational by April 2009.

The team will be responsible for conducting civil recovery investigations in suitable cases. Once the team has achieved accreditation through the National Policing Improvement Agency, they will have the necessary investigative powers to conduct civil recovery investigations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. At present, there are no resources dedicated to civil recovery investigations within the SFO.

The civil recovery settlement with Balfour Beatty plc. in October this year, which brought in £2.5 million for the Government, approximately £1 million has been made available to the SFO to be invested in asset recovery work. No additional funding has been provided to the SFO in respect of civil recovery work and the team is being funded through the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme.

(d) To date, Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office have not instituted any civil recovery proceedings. No additional funding has been allocated for this work and any such activity would be funded from existing resources.

No staff have been specifically employed to discharge these particular responsibilities.

To ask the Solicitor-General how many of the (a) investigators and (b) lawyers employed by the (i) Crown Prosecution Service, (ii) the Public Prosecution Office in Northern Ireland, (iii) the Serious Fraud Office and (iv) the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office have received specific training in civil recovery investigations and litigation in the first six months of this financial year; how many civil recovery investigations were commenced by each agency in that period; in how many such cases assets have been restrained; and what the value of such assets is. (243920)

The information is as follows:

(i) The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not employ any investigators for civil recovery work. Two senior lawyers have been involved in preparing the CPS for the application of these new powers.

The CPS has considered three potential civil recovery cases since April. Two were considered not suitable for civil recovery and one is now being taken forward abroad through mutual legal assistance.

(ii) No training in civil recovery matters has been delivered during the first six months of the financial year.

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) have not commenced any civil recovery investigations during this period and consequently no assets have been restrained by PPS.

(iii) Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigators and lawyers attend seminars and conferences on civil recovery as part of their continuing professional development.

The SFO has not commenced any civil recovery investigations within the specified period. The first civil recovery settlement was reached with Balfour Beatty plc. in October this year. No assets were restrained in this case.

(iv) Five lawyers within Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office’s (RCPO) asset forfeiture division attended training on confiscation and civil recovery in June 2008.

RCPO has not instituted any civil recovery investigations in this financial year, therefore no assets have been restrained on this basis.

To ask the Solicitor-General what plans the Serious Fraud Office has for action in civil recovery; and when she expects these to be implemented. (243928)

The Director of the Serious Fraud Office has encouraged all staff to consider the full range of prosecutorial tools when assessing the appropriate disposal of a case, including civil recovery orders.

The Law Officers' Departments will continue working closely together to consider and develop appropriate policy guidance for use of these orders over the next year.

To ask the Solicitor-General what budget allocation has been made for civil recovery work in the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10. (243929)

In RCPO no budget allocation has been made for civil recovery work for either 2008-09 or 2009-10. Funding is to be provided from our existing resources.

To ask the Solicitor-General what arrangements have been put in place in the Crown Prosecution Service to enable the Service to discharge its newly acquired responsibilities for civil recovery; when arrangements will be implemented; and what budget has been allocated for civil recovery work in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10. (243930)

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) staff across all 42 CPS areas have been asked to refer all potential civil recovery cases to the Proceeds of Crime Delivery Unit (POCDU) within CPS headquarters for consideration. POCDU considers a number of routes for potential civil recovery cases. Where the case meets the legal requirements for civil recovery and appears viable, it will either be referred to the Central Confiscation Unit within CPS headquarters or to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). SOCA has agreed to consider civil recovery referrals from the CPS for a period of three years on the same basis as the former Assets Recovery Agency (ARA).

No discrete budget has been allocated for civil recovery work either across CPS areas, or within the Central Confiscation Unit. Civil recovery has been mainstreamed alongside other asset recovery work. No funding has been provided to the CPS for 2008-09 or 2009-10, however, the Home Office Recovered Assets Incentive Scheme has been amended to enable the CPS to benefit in respect of successful civil recovery actions.

Leader of the House

Computing for Labour

To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 72WS, correcting the answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1129W, (1) whether hon. Members from parties other than the Labour Party are able to subscribe to Computing for Labour's services under the terms of its agreement with the House authorities; (244909)

(2) what the evidential basis was for the original calculation of expenditure on Computing for Labour;

(3) what representations her Office received from (a) the Labour Party and (b) Computing for Labour following the publication of the original answer;

(4) if she will publish the individual expenditure by each hon. Member on payments to Computing for Labour in 2007-08.

The House authorities have no agreement with Computing for Labour to provide services to Members of Parliament. Hon. Members subscribe independently to Computing for Labour (CFL) for various services related to their duties as Members of Parliament. They are able to claim for such costs against their parliamentary allowances where they relate to parliamentary duties.

The amounts paid to CFL are for subscriptions for software that is used for Members’ parliamentary duties dealing with correspondence from constituents and other casework. As I outlined in the written ministerial statement of 11 December 2008, Official Report, column 72WS, Members typically claim for an annual membership of £50. Most other claims are for £100 for the caseworker casework management system; £199 for related training; and £235 a year for relevant IT support via a support line.

It is entirely a matter for Computing for Labour whether it is prepared to accept commissions from hon. Members who are not members of the Labour Party.

The answer of 11 November 2008 was incorrect because the information was incorrectly provided by the Department of Resources, which inadvertently added data from an incorrect account code in the course of extracting and collating expenditure data from the House financial system. The Leader received no representations from the Labour party or from CFL following the publication of the original incorrect answer. As soon as the Department of Resources spotted the mistake the Member for Horsham's office were notified.

In 2007-08, 228 hon. Members paid a total of £61,188 to Computing for Labour through the House of Commons. Other Members may have met costs directly and claimed reimbursement. The sums involved in the latter circumstance are not available.

It is not the House's practice to disclose specific details of individual Members’ expenditure.

Right of Search

To ask the Leader of the House whether she was informed by the Serjeant-at-Arms that the police who searched the Parliamentary Office of the hon. Member for Ashford on 27 November 2008 did not have a search warrant. (243582)

I had no knowledge of the search before it took place, nor the processes under which the search was carried out.

To ask the Leader of the House if she will make a statement on the right of search of parliamentary premises. (244157)

To ask the Leader of the House if she will make a statement on the right of search of parliamentary premises. (244158)

Access to the offices of hon. Members is not a matter for the Leader of the House. However the matter is covered in Mr. Speaker's protocol sent to individual hon. Members on 8 December 2008. The House has decided to set up a Committee to review this matter.

Culture, Media and Sport

Creativity and Business International Network

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which organisations were involved with the branding for the Creativity and Business International Network; and how much was paid to each organisation. (242438)

[holding answer 11 December 2008]: Edelman—which is employed by the Department to support the Creativity and Business International Network—engaged the services of ML-N to create the c&binet brand.

Departmental Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) letters and (b) e-mails received by his Department had not been responded to as at 15 December 2008. (244701)

The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of Departments in replying to Members/peers correspondence. Information relating to 2008 will be published as soon as it has been collated. The report for 2007 was published on 20 March 2008, Official Report, columns 71-74WS. Reports for earlier years are available in the Library of the House. When responding to all correspondence, Departments should abide by the guidance as set out in “Handling correspondence from MPs, Lords, MEPs and Members of Devolved Assemblies” which was published by the Cabinet office in July 2005.

In respect of all other correspondence, we are unable to provide the information within the disproportionate cost limit (£750) as to do so would require gathering information from every official in the Department.

Departmental Public Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost to his Department of provision of office facilities to (a) special advisers and (b) press officers (i) was in the last 12 months and (ii) has been in each year since 1997-98. (244837)

The cost of the provision of office facilities to special advisers and press officers was as follows. The cost for years prior to 2006-07 is not available.

£

Special advisers

Press officers

2007-08

41,249

72,284

2006-07

41,795

73,240

Costs include rent, business rates, service charges, utilities, maintenance and accommodation management charges.

Football Association

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will provide support to the Football Association for its Respect campaign; and if he will make a statement. (244104)

Football is one of the most high profile sports in the world and footballers are not just sportsmen and women, they are role models for young people.

While passion must remain at the heart of the game, it is also crucial that players, coaches, officials and spectators respect each other. I have therefore already publicly supported The Football Association's Respect campaign.

I will continue to encourage an on-going commitment to change at all levels of sport, and I am grateful to the FA for leading the way.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he plans to have with the Football Association on the implementation of the remaining conclusions of the Burns Review; and if he will make a statement. (244323)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: The Government continue to work closely with the Football Association (FA) on a number of important issues within the game including governance and regulation.

Many of Lord Burns’ independent review recommendations designed to reform the FA’s decision-making structure in order to make it a more modern, effective and representative governing body for football have been implemented by the FA, and I will continue to regularly discuss progress.

As part of the monitoring process of that report, the FA will review the changes they have put in place at Council, Board and Football Regulatory Authority level by 2012.

Mental Illness

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department’s policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report on Mental Capacity and Well-Being; and if he will make a statement. (244014)

The Department was pleased to read the Foresight report and will be considering it with a view to taking up any relevant findings.

Part of that process will involve an assessment of what the report might mean for DCMS policy on the impacts of engaging with culture and sport and the Department will report on this in due course.

Welcome to Britain Group

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when representatives of the Welcome to Britain Group last met (a) the Public Diplomacy Partners Group and (b) the Public Diplomacy Board; (242567)

(2) how many VisitBritain staff work on the Welcome to Britain Group;

(3) on what dates the Welcome to Britain Group has met; and when the group next plans to meet;

(4) on what dates (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have met the Welcome to Britain Group in the last 12 months.

[holding answer 11 December 2008]: VisitBritain (VB) have advised that the Welcome to Britain Steering Group (WTBSG) have held quarterly meetings over the last 18 months and will meet again in February 2009. WTBSG last met on 1 December 2008. Members of the Public Diplomacy Partners Group (PDPG) attend these meetings. However, lead responsibility for the PDPG will shortly be passing to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

VisitBritain provide Welcome to Britain with one full-time head of project, one full-time manager and a small internal working group of between six to eight staff who meet bimonthly. VisitBritain is currently chair of the WTBSG.

The WTB initiative is an integral part of the DCMS 2012 tourism strategy and as such is fully integrated within that. Although no meetings with Ministers have taken place, the most recent meeting with the Tourism Ministerial Advisory Group was on 28 October 2008 at the House of Commons.

International Development

CDC

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions took place (a) between his Department and CDC in 2005 and 2007 and (b) with the Treasury in 2007, regarding the possibility of extracting resources from CDC, as referred to on page 15 of the National Audit Office Report, Investing for Development: DFID's oversight of CDC Group Plc, HC (2008-09) 18. (243009)

No discussions took place between DFID and CDC in 2005 regarding the possibility of extracting resources from CDC.

During 2007 DFID had preliminary discussions with both CDC and the Treasury regarding the possibility of extracting resources from CDC in the shape of a dividend. These discussions took place within the context of the wider discussion around CDC's strategic direction. This contributed to the development of CDC's new investment policy, about which I made a written ministerial statement on 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 5WS.

Chad: United Nations

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations the Government have made to the UN in respect of the setting up of the UN Police Training and Advisory Mission MINURCAT 2 in Chad. (243199)

The UK Government, through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has been in regular contact with the United Nations (UN) authorities on this issue. UN Security Council discussions on 24 September 2008 led to the adoption of Resolution 1834, which expresses the intention to deploy a United Nations military component to follow EUFOR. A UN policing mission, MINURCAT, is already in place alongside EUFOR. Since 24 September, on-going discussions have taken place between member states and the UN, including with the Department of Peacekeeping Organisations. The precise nature of the force has not yet been decided and the mandate remains under discussion.

Democratic Republic of Congo: Children

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has provided for rehabilitation of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement. (243087)

The UK has contributed U$35 million to the World Bank led Multi-Country Demobilisation and Reintegration Programme (MDRP), which supports the demobilisation and reintegration of ex-combatants in the greater Great Lakes region of central Africa. The largest programme of its kind in the world, the MDRP, with a budget of U$ 500 million, targeted an estimated 450,000 ex-combatants in seven countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The MDRP has enabled 30,219 children to be released from armed forces in DRC and to receive services from child protection agencies, including UNICEF. Projects targeting children have primarily focused on tracing their families, facilitating family reunion and providing either vocational training or income generating activities.

Going forward, a new single trust fund has been set up by the World Bank to which the UK (from Africa Conflict Prevention Pool funds) has contributed £1 million. The children component is implemented by Save the Children. This child protection agency has a project targeting for the moment 2,500 children associated with armed forces in eastern DRC.

Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK has contributed to security sector reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2003; and what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the reforms initiated. (243170)

Since 2003, the UK has made a bilateral contribution of £24.3 million to security sector reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo, comprising interventions by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Ministry of Defence. These reforms include support for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) processes, police reform and support to the Justice sector.

Police reform is DFID's priority, having provided technical assistance for early strategy development and we are currently supporting the national police reform committee's work to develop what we consider will be an effective police reform plan.

While the police reform process is at an early stage, progress has been made to improve police capacity in service delivery and to strengthen accountability and oversight mechanisms.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the Government (a) have provided and (b) plans to provide to those displaced by violence and conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (244594)

The Department for International Development (DFID) is at the forefront of the humanitarian effort in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and has provided £42 million in 2008 for humanitarian needs, much of which was used to meet the needs of displaced people. This includes £5 million allocated after the latest crisis in North Kivu in October for food, health care, shelter and water and sanitation support for displaced people through UNICEF, the World Food Programme, Oxfam and the International Rescue Committee.

The DFID humanitarian team continue to work closely with the United Nations (UN) and non-governmental organisations (NGO) partners on the ground to determine needs. We are keeping the need for further funds under review. DFID will aim to make funds available for the 2009 Humanitarian Action Plan in January and we expect to commit at least £35 million for humanitarian needs in 2009.

Departmental Air Travel

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many personal, non-work-related flights were taken by staff in his Department with money released by downgrades from business class to economy class for work-related flights under his Department's flexible travel scheme in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and how much was spent on each flight in each such year. (243010)

Departmental Public Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, columns 105-08W, on departmental public expenditure, what the reasons were for overspends against the country budgets for (a) Sudan, (b) Rwanda, (c) Ghana, (d) Sierra Leone, (e) Bangladesh, (f) Nepal and (g) the Palestinian Authority in 2007-08. (242709)

Overspends against country budgets do not reflect unplanned excess spending, but reflect approved re-prioritisations of resources in response to events occurring during that financial year.

Specific reasons for the variances in the countries identified are:

(a) Sudan: we increased our contribution to the Common Humanitarian Fund by £5 million and invested an extra £7 million in the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) schools programmes and the World Food Programme (WFP) rural roads programme.

(b) Rwanda: we provided extra funds to a Health Sector Support project.

(c) Ghana: we brought forward our General Budget Support contribution from 2008-09 to 2007-08 in order to meet the Government of Ghana's request for all budget support to be paid in the first quarter of their financial year (January to December).

(d) Sierra Leone: we brought forward our support contribution for the 2008 local government elections, which covered procurement and delivery of key elections materials, so as to enable Sierra Leone to meet its Constitution deadline of 5 July 2008. We also brought forward our funding of the completion of the Bumbuna hydro-electric dam to enable the completion of necessary works to allow the dam to be filled during the annual rains which began in May 2008.

(e) Bangladesh: we spent additional amounts on flood and cyclone relief following Cyclone Sidr which struck Bangladesh in November 2007.

(f) Nepal: additional resources were allocated to Nepal at a critical moment in its peace process, to help fund areas of the peace agreements, including support to elections, and to accelerate delivery of development.

(g) Palestinian Authority: in response to a personal request from the Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad, DFID agreed to frontload part of its three-year pledge made at the Paris donor conference by moving money from calendar financial year 2010 to 2008 in order to meet critical funding gaps in the recurrent Palestinian Authority budget and to signal strong political commitment to the Annapolis peace process.

Development Aid: Food

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UK funds of the $1.4 billion for global food security has already been disbursed; and how disbursements of such funding are allocated for the purposes of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development DAC creditor reporting system. (243090)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has committed £865 million to respond to global food security. Of this £206 million, or 24 per cent., has been disbursed.

Final allocations for the reporting of projects counting towards the commitment to the Creditor Reporting System (CRS) will be made after quality assurance of project coding within DFID and within the Development Assistance Committee.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's $1.4 billion funding allocation to improve global food security will be delivered through (a) international institutions, (b) non-governmental organisations and (c) direct funding for national governments. (243091)

Of the £865 million new commitments to improve global food security, £364 million, or 42 per cent., will be disbursed through international institutions such as the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme and the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research.

£5 million, less than 1 per cent., will be disbursed directly through non-governmental organisations (NGOs). However, NGOs are often the implementing agents and therefore in-direct beneficiaries of funds to, for example, the social protection programme in Bangladesh (£83.5 million) and the UN Horn of Africa Humanitarian Appeal (£42 million).

£295.5 million, or 34 per cent., will be disbursed to governments through budget support and funding to government sector programmes.

A further £200 million, or 23 per cent., for agriculture research will be disbursed through regional research organisations, the UK's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and public-private partnerships, for example, the Global Alliance for Livestock, Vaccines and Medicines.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the $1.4 billion committed by his Department to improve global food security will be released in each of the five years of the disbursement period. (243092)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has committed £865 million to respond to global food security in the short, medium and long term. Short-term responses were primarily for support to humanitarian actions such as food aid and nutrition support and these will mainly be disbursed this and early next year. Further humanitarian funding for short-term needs will be committed depending on need.

Medium to long-term actions such as funding social protection programmes are multi-annual. In Bangladesh, the £70 million commitment over six years will be spread evenly and average approximately £12 million per annum, and in Mozambique, our support to social protection is £2 million per annum. However, DFID understands there is a need to be flexible within programme plans and, if there are unforeseen events, budgets can be moved between financial years.

The annual disbursement of the £400 million for agricultural research is set to increase from the budget for this financial year of £46 million to £57 million in 2009-10, and to over £72 million in 2010-11. Spending levels from 2011-12 are to be determined.

HIV Infection

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is giving to programmes to combat HIV/AIDS in (a) Africa and (b) Asia; and if he will make a statement. (243088)

The Department for International Development's (DFID) bilateral expenditure on HIV and AIDS in Africa and Asia, 2005-06 to 2007-08 in £ million is as follows:

£ million

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Africa

186.1

183.7

206.0

Asia

100.4

112.0

130.3

To strengthen and deliver a wide range of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services in the period 2005-06 to 2007-08, total bilateral expenditure on HIV and AIDS programmes in Africa was £576 million and in Asia £343 million.

DFID also provides multilateral assistance to a range of organisations, a significant proportion of which is used to tackle HIV and AIDS in Africa and Asia. For example, DFID has provided over £250 million in core support to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria over the period 2005-06 to 2007-08.

Horn of Africa: Overseas Aid

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has for changes in the level of UK aid to the Horn of Africa region. (243409)

We are planning to increase our level of bilateral aid to Ethiopia, from the current allocation of £130 million (2008-09), to £150 million in 2009-10, then to £175 million in 2010-11.

Our level of bilateral aid for Somalia and Eritrea will remain unchanged over the same period, at £21 million (Somalia) and £2.1 million (Eritrea) per year.

We have no bilateral programme in Djibouti.

These allocations will cover normal humanitarian requirements, though in the event of a crisis we would consider making further funds available (including to Djibouti).

Nigeria: Internally Displaced Persons

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of people displaced due to the conflict in the Nigerian city of Jos between 28 and 30 November 2008; and if he will make a statement. (243161)

The Plateau State Government estimates that between 4,000 and 5,000 people were displaced due to the conflict in Jos between 28 and 30 November. Action Aid Nigeria estimates the number displaced at about 4,000.

Overseas Aid

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid projects were supported by his Department in (a) Pakistan, (b) Cambodia and (c) Zimbabwe in each of the last three years. (243089)

Three tables showing the aid projects that were supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the funding committed over the last three years in Pakistan, Cambodia and Zimbabwe will be placed in the Library of the House.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Animal Products: Import Duties

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, columns 391-4W, on the Common Agricultural Policy, what the cash amount of the tariff on (a) beef imports from Brazil, (b) butter imports from New Zealand, (c) lamb imports from New Zealand and (d) poultry meat from (i) Brazil and (ii) Thailand was in the last week for which figures are available. (243524)

I have been asked to reply.

For the week beginning 1 December, the most recent week for which figures are available, Customs duty paid on non-processed bovine meat imported from Brazil totalled £37,637.39. The Customs duty paid on non-processed poultry meat imported from Brazil totalled £206,851.17.

Non-processed lamb from New Zealand was imported during this period but no Customs duty was paid due to preferential rates.

There were no imports of butter from New Zealand or non-processed poultry meat from Thailand.

Departmental Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether there has been nugatory cost to his Department and its agencies relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been cancelled prior to the award of the contract in the last three years. (242459)

From information held centrally, the core-Department is unaware of any abortive cost to it relating to tendered procurement where the tender process has been cancelled prior to the award of the contract in the last three years. The core-Department would not hold centrally any such information in respect of any abortive costs incurred by its agencies and any such information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Genetically Modified Organisms: Soya Beans

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the use of (a) genetically-modified soya and (b) farm animals fed on genetically-modified soya for human consumption. (244259)

I have been asked to reply.

All genetically modified (GM) crops must undergo a rigorous safety assessment before they can be authorised for use as food ingredients or animal feed in the European Union. Food ingredients and animal feed derived from GM crops must be labelled accordingly to allow consumers to make an informed choice. There is no requirement for the products (for example meat, milk and eggs) from animals fed GM feed to be labelled as such.

Phytophthora Ramorum

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to combat the spread of Phytophthora ramorum and Phytophthora kernoviae. (244120)

DEFRA and the Forestry Commission are aware of the potential threat these diseases pose to our native habitats and are continuing to take action to control and eradicate them. We appreciate the co-operative and proactive approach which landowners and other stakeholders have taken to manage Phytophthora infections at their properties.

There was an encouraging response to the recent consultation on future management of the risks from ‘Phytophthora ramorum’ and ‘Phytophthora kernoviae’. Officials are currently analysing those responses and will be working to develop a strategy that will make the most effective use of the resources available.

In the meantime, we urge everyone to continue to be vigilant and report any sign of disease, and to observe any restrictions in place where the disease has been found.

Rabbits

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) Network Rail and (b) the Highways Agency on rabbit infestation on land owned or controlled by each; and if he will make a statement. (244411)

On behalf of DEFRA, Natural England generally advises on and deals with complaints concerning rabbit infestations. In the past three years, officials from DEFRA and/or Natural England and previously the Rural Development Service, have dealt with 23 individual cases involving rabbits harboured on railway property. These have all been discussed with Network Rail at a local or regional level. A meeting was held at national level in June 2006 and Natural England are currently arranging a further meeting with Network Rail at national level for early in 2009 to discuss rabbit control on their property.

In the past three years, officials have discussed three cases with the Highways Agency at a local or regional level relating to rabbit infestations on road verges. There are currently no plans to meet with the Highways Agency at a national level. In addition, officials have discussed nine cases with local council highway departments.

Scotland

Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment his Department has made of its capacity to adapt to climate change; and what plans he has to publish a climate change adaptation strategy. (241170)

In July 2008, the cross-Government Adapting to Climate Change Programme published a framework for action which set out the Government’s strategy for adaptation and the work-plan for the cross-Government Programme for the next three years. This programme increases Government’s capacity to adapt by ensuring a co-ordinated approach across all Departments and the public sector, and overall responsibility for it rests with DEFRA. Information about the Programme and its work can be found at:

www.defra.gov/adaptation

This includes taking forward work flowing from the Climate Change Act—including a national Climate Change Risk Assessment and cost benefit analysis which will inform future priorities for the statutory adaptation programme that will then begin in 2012.

The Government’s longer term strategy on adapting to a changing climate will be set out in this statutory National Adaptation Programme, which will be reviewed and updated on a five year rolling basis in response to updated risk assessments, and report to Parliament.

The Scotland Office is part of the Ministry of Justice. All central Government Departments are required to produce Sustainable Development Action Plans (SDAPs). The plans are scrutinised by the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), and Departments report on progress against their own SDAP targets in their annual reports and other key publications.

Queen Elizabeth II: Anniversaries

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans his Department has to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. (243977)

My Department has not, at this stage, developed plans on how to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen in 2012.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is in discussions with the Royal Household about how to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

Defence

Academies

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had on the possibility of academy schools being sponsored by (a) the Armed Forces and (b) his Department; and what consideration he is giving to the establishment of a military academy school in Colchester. (244476)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: I have held discussions with my hon. Friend the Minister for Schools and Learners over the future of the Duke of York’s Royal Military School, including the possible option of it becoming an academy, but no decisions have yet been made. While the MOD has no current plans to sponsor academies, service representatives often become involved with academies to represent service families as an interested party within the local community. In discussions with my hon. Friend the Minister for Schools and Learners, we agreed to look at encouraging the creation of academy schools with links to the local military community, in areas with historic military links and a large military presence, such as Colchester.

Armed Forces: Bullying

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases of bullying within the Armed Forces have been reported in the last 24 months, broken down by armed service. (244962)

Data on bullying are collected bi-annually with the last six-monthly period currently available being up to 30 September 2008. The following figures therefore cover the period 30 September 2006 to 30 September 2008. They cover both formal and informal complaints. These figures are gross totals and do not distinguish between complaints that were upheld or not upheld.

The total number of formal complaints was 156 (Royal Navy 30, Army 58, RAF 68).

The total number of informal complaints was 322 (Royal Navy 132, Army 88, RAF 102).

Armed Forces: Catering

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much per meal his Department spent on individuals serving in the armed forces in the latest year for which figures are available. (244135)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Armed Forces: Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial benefits service personnel receive, broken down by (a) service and (b) rank. (241750)

Service personnel receive a remuneration package comprising the following elements:

Basic pay—paid in accordance with rank and seniority;

Specialist Pay—paid to recruit and retain service personnel in specific branches;

Allowances—over 80 allowances which cover the broad areas of accommodation, travel and subsistence, separation, location and relocation, clothing, education, compensation and education; and

Non contributory pension.

Rates of basic pay, specialist pay and some allowances, for all members of the armed forces up to the rank of Brigadier and equivalent, are recommended by the independent Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body (AFPRB) in its annual report to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence. Copies of the AFPRB’s 37th Report—2008 (Cm 7315) and its Supplement (Cm 7347), which covers the pay of service medical and dental officers, for financial year 2008-09, are available in the Library of the House.

Pay rates for all senior service officers of Major General rank and equivalent, and above, are recommended by the independent Review Body on Senior Salaries (SSRB) in its annual report to the Prime Minister, the Lord Chancellor, the Secretary of State for Defence and the Secretary of State for Health. Copies of the SSRB’s 30th Report on Senior Salaries (Cm 7388), which covers financial year 2008-09, are available in the Library of the House.

Those allowances which do not fall within the remit of the AFPRB are reviewed annually by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Current rates for all service allowances are published in the Joint Service Publication 752—Tri Service Regulations for Allowances, which is available on the Internet (via search engine requests for ‘JSP 752’).

Updated pension rates and associated benefits for service personnel are calculated annually by the MOD. Details of pension benefits for former service personnel for financial year 2008-09 are available on the MOD website at:

www.armedforcespensions.mod.uk

which includes a pensions calculator.

In addition to the remuneration package already described, there is also a wider benefits package for service personnel. This includes free medical and dental care, 30 days annual leave plus other targeted leave such as post operational tour leave, sporting facilities and adventurous training, subsidised accommodation, an operational welfare package and the Forces Discount Brochure.

Armed Forces: Postal Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Christmas mail packages sent to armed forces personnel have incurred a penalty charge to the sender in the latest period for which figures are available. (244963)

The British Forces Post Office (BFPO) makes no charges at any time on items being transferred within the BFPO system. We are unable to comment on any charges that might be levied by Royal Mail Group.

Armed Forces: Stress

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) other ranks in (i) the Army, (ii) the Royal Air Force and (iii) the Royal Navy have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (244493)

The MOD's Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA) organisation has since July 2007 reported on the psychiatric morbidity of the UK armed forces, and quarterly reports for the whole of 2007 are now available both in the Library of the House and from the DASA website: www.dasa.mod.uk. Verified data for the whole of the armed forces covering all deployments is not available prior to 2007.

The DASA statistics report on the numbers of new attendances at MOD's Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMHs) during each quarter. The DASA figures for the number of personnel newly assessed with a mental health disorder are broken down by Service and by officers and other ranks, although the Service totals are not broken down by rank. The DASA figures also report the initial mental health assessment made during the patient's first appointment.

The DASA figures are shown in the two tables, and refer to the calendar year 2007:

Service

Patients assessed with a mental health disorder in 2007

Patients assessed with PTSD in 2007

Royal Navy

510

18

Royal Marines

89

17

Army

2,316

122

RAF

847

17

Characteristics not known

155

6

Total

3,917

180

Rank

Patients assessed with a mental health disorder in 2007

Patients assessed with PTSD in 2007

Officers

251

9

Other Ranks

3,511

165

Characteristics not known

155

6

Total

3,917

180

Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what platform will be introduced to provide an interim armoured scout capability between the end of the Scimitar service life and the introduction of the Future Rapid Effects System Scout variant. (244569)

It is planned that the Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicle will remain in service until the future rapid effect system Scout vehicle is available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Future Rapid Effects System Scout variant to enter service. (244570)

The future rapid effect system programme is currently in its assessment phase. The in-service date for the Scout variant will not be fixed until the main investment decision has been taken.

Atomic Weapons Establishment

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimates are of the capital costs for the proposed (a) small components manufacturing, (b) conventional manufacturing rationalisation, (c) high explosives fabrication and (d) uranium handling facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment. (244304)

I am withholding the information as disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice commercial interests.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Blaneau Gwent of 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1029W, when he expects the commercial discussions between his Department and AWE plc to conclude. (244305)

Discussions between the Ministry of Defence and AWE plc in respect of these matters are continuing. We hope to reach a final settlement during the next financial year.

AWE Aldermaston

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes, 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 777W, on AWE Aldermaston, if he will place in the Library a copy of the preliminary safety report for the proposed uranium handling facility at AWE Aldermaston which has been provided to the Health and Safety Executive. (244285)

As I stated in my answer on 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 777W, should the proposed replacement uranium handling facility proceed, a preliminary safety report would be completed. The document to which the hon. Member refers does not currently exist.

Christmas

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on (a) departmental Christmas parties and (b) staff entertainment in the last three years. (243744)

Staff Christmas parties are paid for from non-public funds or staff subscription. MOD does not use public funds for such activities, in line with departmental guidance and the principles of ‘Managing Public Money’, and no official funds were used for Christmas parties in the last three years.

Departmental guidance states that it is acceptable for service and civilian staff to be entertained at public expense (subject to strict constraints on the cost and frequency of such activity) only in the context of unit cohesiveness or teambuilding events. However, information on amounts spent on staff entertainment in the last three years is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of its capacity to adapt to climate change; and what plans he has to publish a climate change adaptation strategy. (241175)

The cross-Government Adapting to Climate Change Programme increases Government’s capacity to adapt by ensuring a co-ordinated approach across all Departments and the public sector. This includes implementation of the adaptation aspects of the Climate Change Act, such as development of the national climate risk assessment. Information about the Programme can be found at:

www.defra.gov/adaptation

The Ministry of Defence Climate Change Strategy has been endorsed by Secretary of State for Defence and will be published in the coming weeks. I will arrange to have copies placed in the Library of the House. The Strategy sets high-level targets for the mitigation and adaptation activities that the MOD will take in order to reduce our impact on climate change as well as the impact of climate change on our outputs.

Defence and Analytical Services Agency

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of (a) the Defence and Analytical Services Agency's (DASA) monthly price index booklets, (b) DASA's quarterly price index forecasts, (c) DASA's quarterly foreign price indices and (d) DASA's negotiators' briefing packs issued in 2008. (245128)

I will arrange for copies of the Monthly Price Indices booklet, Quarterly Foreign Price Indices booklet and the Negotiators Briefing Pack published in 2008 to be placed in the Library of the House.

I am withholding copies of the DASA Price Indices UK Quarterly Forecast as their release would, or would be likely to, prejudice commercial interests.

Defence Equipment: Corrosion

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the costs of corrosion of equipment in the armed forces in each of the last three years. (243256)

The detection, prevention and rectification of corrosion are routine maintenance requirements for all ships, aircraft and land vehicles. The costs of such activity cannot be specifically isolated and are not, therefore, held centrally.

Departmental Consultants

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) businesses and (b) individuals provided consultancy services to his Department in each of the last three years; and what the top 10 contracts by monetary value were in each case. (244964)

The Ministry of Defence does not hold this information centrally. Summaries for the years 1995-96 to 2007-08 of total MOD expenditure on External Assistance, of which consultancy is a part, is available in the Library of the House.

The Defence Analytical Services Agency (DASA) publishes a list of companies paid £5 million or more in each year within their UK Defence Statistics. This information can be found at:

2005-06

http://www.dasa.mod.Uk/natstats/ukds/2006/c1/table116.html

2006-07

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/ukds/2007/cl/table118.html

2007-08

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/UKDS2008/cl/tablel18.html

Departmental Furniture

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on furniture made by (a) British firms, (b) Remploy and (c) overseas firms in each year since 2000. (244343)

The information requested is set out in the following table:

£ million

Financial year

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

British firms

13.4

15.3

18.5

18.1

15.4

13.7

Remploy

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

Overseas firms

7.5

7.7

9.3

9.7

8.2

6.7

The figures exclude PFI/PPP projects where the furniture is supplied by the industrial partner and forms a part of the overall project costs. Data are not held prior to financial year 2002-03.

Departmental Public Consultation

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which occasions his Department has convened a citizens’ jury or randomly drawn panel of people to aid the Department’s policy making since 2000; whether the participants were paid in each case; and if he will make a statement. (243042)

Departmental Publications

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the quarterly CPS21 publication for each quarter of 2008. (245134)

Copies of CPS21 for each quarter of 2008 are being collated and will be placed in the Library of the House in due course.

Lynx Helicopters: Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the planned in-service dates for the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Army Future Lynx helicopters are; (244567)

(2) how many Future Lynx helicopters he plans to procure for the (a) Royal Navy and (b) Army.

Under the revised arrangements for the Future Lynx project announced by my right hon. Friend, the Defence Secretary on 11 December 2008, Official Report, columns 65-66WS, we now plan to buy 34 Future Lynx helicopters for the Army and 28 for the Royal Navy. These new arrangements will provide increased commonality leading to greater versatility and flexibility. The in-service dates remain as 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Mental Illness

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department's policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report on Mental Capacity and Well-Being; and if he will make a statement. (244015)