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British Forces Post Office Agency

Miss Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the British Forces Post Office Agency for financial year 2001-02. [160863]

Mr. Spellar: The Chief Executive of the British Forces Post Office Agency has set the following Key Targets for 2001-02.









Defence Transport and Movements Agency

Miss Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Defence Transport and Movements Agency for financial year 2001-02. [160864]

Mr. Spellar: The Chief Executive of the Defence Transport and Movements Agency has been set the following Key Targets for 2001-02:





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Meteorological Office

Miss Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Meteorological Office for 2001-02. [160865]

Dr. Moonie: The Chief Executive of the Met Office is responsible for providing meteorological and related environmental services, including climate change prediction, to a wide range of customers, including the armed forces, Government, civil aviation, shipping, emergency services, media, commerce, industry and the general public. It also undertakes research related to meteorology and climate. This year, the Met Office will be set the following challenging targets:

Key Target 1:








Defence Storage and Distribution Agency

Mrs. Organ: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency for financial year 2001-02. [160866]

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Mr. Spellar: The Chief Executive of the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency has been set the following Key Targets for 2001-02:

Key Target 1:




United Kingdom Hydrographic Office

Mrs. Organ: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office for the financial year 2001-02. [160867]

Dr. Moonie: The key targets set for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office in 2001-02 are as follows:







Mrs. Organ: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the quinquennial review of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office will take place. [160868]

Dr. Moonie: The quinquennial review (QQR) of the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) will begin this month. The aim of the review is to make recommendations on the future means of delivery of the functions, products and services provided by the UKHO, assessing both the business environment and the strategic capability of the

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organisation and how the UKHO can best exploit its position in the future. In doing this, phase 1 of the review, which is expected to be completed by mid July, will:


Following consultation, phase 2 of the review will go on to develop more detailed proposals for the targeting of improvements in performance and service delivery. The precise programme of work will be dependent on the finding of phase 1, but it is currently expected that it will be completed by November 2001.

The review will be carried out by a small team which will consult closely with the UKHO and with major stakeholders, and liaise with organisations within and outside of Government that could contribute to the review or be affected by it. The Ministry of Defence is also keen to hear the views of other organisations or individuals with an interest. These can be sent to: UKHO QQR Team, UK Hydrographic Office, Admiralty Way, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2DN. (e-mail: [email protected]). There will also be an opportunity for feedback on the UKHO website at www.ukho.gov.uk.

Service Pensions

Mr. Robert Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will make an announcement in respect of his review of armed forces pensions. [160475]

Dr. Moonie: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Secretary of State for Defence on 16 March 2001, Official Report, column 756W.

War Widows Pensions

Jackie Ballard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people affected and (b) the cost to the Exchequer of re-instating Army widow pensions to those widows who lost their pension on remarriage, prior to the change of policy. [160528]

Dr. Moonie: I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave on 27 November 2000, Official Report, columns 422-23W and 7 February 2001, Official Report, columns 524-25W to the hon. Member for New Forest, East (Dr. Lewis).

Livestock (Armed Forces)

Mr. Curry: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what livestock the armed forces own other than for ceremonial purposes; and where they are kept. [159823]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 1 May 2001]: Records are not held centrally of any livestock held by the armed forces.


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