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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

Ministerial Corrections

Monday 20 April 2009

Northern Ireland

Inquiries

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent to date on lawyers and legal firms employed by the (a) Hamill, (b) Wright and (c) Nelson inquiries.

[Official Report, 26 February 2009, Vol. 488, c. 905W.]

Letter of correction from Shaun Woodward:

An inconsistency has been identified in relation to the answer given to the hon. Member for North Shropshire (Mr. Paterson) on 26 February 2009. The figure provided by the Billy Wright Inquiry was calculated on a different basis to the figures provided by the Robert Hamill Inquiry and the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry. To avoid any confusion, it would have been helpful to make clear in the answer the basis on which the figures were calculated.

The figures provided should have been explained as follows: (257142)

The following amounts have been spent by the Inquiries to the end of January 2009 on lawyers and legal firms:

(a) The Robert Hamill Inquiry—£8.74 million (includes legal costs for participants whose legal representation is funded by the Inquiry);

(b) The Billy Wright Inquiry—£4.87 million (excludes legal costs for participants whose legal representation is funded by the Inquiry; also includes some payments to inquiry legal representatives during February);

(c) The Rosemary Nelson Inquiry—£13.05 million (includes legal costs for participants whose legal representation is funded by the Inquiry).

Defence

Naval Bases

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the monetary value of the surface ship refitting contracts was at HM Naval Base Portsmouth in each year since 1997; (261789)

(2) what the monetary value of surface ship refitting contracts was at HM Naval Base Plymouth Devonport in each year since 1997;

(3) what the monetary value of surface ship refitting contracts was at HM Naval Base Rosyth in each year since 1997.

[Official Report, 11 March 2009, Vol. 489, c. 427-28W.]

Letter of correction from Quentin Davies:

Errors have been identified in the table of the written answer given to the hon. Member for East Devon (Mr. Swire) on 11 March 2009. In compiling the table of surface ship upkeep costs for contracts carried out at HM Naval Base Portsmouth and the Royal Dockyards at Devonport and Rosyth an administrative error resulted in the misappropriation of some of the values and rounding of figures.

The correct answer should have been:

There is no requirement to keep contractual information for surface ship upkeep work (refits and docking periods) beyond seven years. The values of contracts completed prior to 2001 are, therefore, no longer held. The following table provides the costs for upkeep work carried out since 2001 on Aircraft Carriers, Type 42 Destroyers, Type 22 and 23 Frigates, Landing Platform Dock, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Mine Countermeasure vessels:

£ million

Location

Portsmouth

Devonport

Rosyth

2001

8.9

10.3

126.3

2002

6.0

37.2

45.9

2003

23.9

5.6

35.9

2004

23.2

40.0

158.6

2005

11.5

0.0

31.8

2006

8.7

17.5

25.2

2007

27.8

37.0

21.0

2008

24.0

26.0

41.0

The figures shown for years 2001 and 2004 include upkeep work packages for the aircraft carriers HM Ships Invincible and Illustrious.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Agriculture: Land

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the area of farmland of each agricultural land classification at risk of flooding.

[Official Report, 16 March 2009, Vol. 489, c. 826W.]

Letter of correction from Huw Irranca-Davies:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for South-East Cambridgeshire (Mr. Paice) on 16 March 2009.

The correct answer should have been: (262117)

DEFRA’s June Survey of Agriculture and Horticulture estimated the total area of land on agricultural holdings in England at 9.34 million hectares at June 2008. According to an earlier DEFRA commissioned estimate of assets at potential risk of flooding, using a different primary data set, 1.35 million hectares of agricultural land is in areas of potential flood risk in England. Of this, approximately 40 per cent. is grade 1 or 2, and 60 per cent. is grade 3, 4 or 5. DEFRA is seeking to refine this estimate with the support of its delivery partners.