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Non-warlike surplus stores are sold directly from the Banja Luka metal factory site and to determine if purchasers (often individuals) are from the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina or the Republika Srpska would incur disproportionate cost. Ministry of Defence policy is not to gift to commercial entities.

Nepal: Human Rights

The Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Triesman): If Nepal is to move forward it is important that impunity is tackled and that there must be an immediate end to widespread human rights violations. As such, we welcome the agreement of both sides to the establishment of a high-level Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It will be important that, following their commitment to setting up such a commission, both the Government and Maoists fully co-operate to allow comprehensive investigations of serious human rights violations and crimes against humanity.

Until such a commission is actively investigating previous accusations of human rights violations, we will continue to provide robust political support to the efforts of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal to highlight previous allegations of human rights abuses by both sides.

Olympic Games 2012: British Team

Lord Luke asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government, supported by UK Sport, are currently exploring a number of options to raise £100 million from the private sector to help support our most talented athletes, and therefore no money has yet been raised.



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Passports

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): Intelligence-led targeted embarkation controls are currently in place at Heathrow and Gatwick to focus on identifying failed asylum seekers and other immigration offenders who are leaving the UK. Those identified as immigration offenders can be served with appropriate notices and their embarkation recorded in the event that they should seek to return to the UK. The e-Borders programme, scheduled to commence in 2008, will strengthen and modernise our border control and provide an electronic record of those entering and leaving the UK.

Police: Shared Intelligence System

Baroness Harris of Richmond asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The IMPACT programme has made use of an existing application in the Criminal Records Bureau (i-PLX) in developing the IMPACT nominal index. For the next stage in the technology development the programme is building upon the Cross-Regional Information-Sharing Project (CRISP), which was already under development by a consortium of police forces. The Police National Database will be subject to a competitive procurement during which potential suppliers will be able to propose the use of off-the-shelf solutions where these meet the requirements.

Police: Single Non-emergency Number

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): At the start of the single non-emergency number 101 programme wave 2 development phase, expressions of interest were submitted and funding agreements signed by prospective wave 2 partnerships on the basis that the Home Office would provide up to £100,000 of funding to support the preparation of delivery proposals in each partnership area, with the exceptions of London which would be allocated up to £400,000, Wales up to £200,000 and Leicestershire up to £40,000, reflecting the differing circumstances in these particular partnerships. The costs incurred by each partnership in the preparation of their delivery proposals will therefore be reimbursed accordingly.

Police: Speeding

Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The information is not collected centrally in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Railways: Channel Tunnel Freight

Lord Marsh asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Under the terms of the Channel Tunnel rail usage contract (RUC) and in line with the access charge provisions of the first European rail package, we have agreed that the British Railways Board (BRB) should continue to bear the UK freight allocation of Eurotunnel's operational expenses charges payable under the terms of the rail usage contract, as these represent overhead infrastructure costs not directly incurred as a result of operating the railway service.

To enable BRB to do this, we have made changes to the UK arrangements whereby those rights and obligations of BRB previously delegated exclusively to English, Welsh and Scottish Railway (EWSI) are now delegated on a non-exclusive basis and apply to any international freight train operator.

For the first year these charges will equate to approximately £6.5 million.



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Railways: Manchester to Glasgow

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Existing train times can be found in the current National Rail timetable, which is publicly available. The timetable to apply when Trans-Pennine Express operates services between Manchester and Glasgow has yet to be finalised; journey times between Manchester Piccadilly and Glasgow Central of between three and a quarter and three and a half hours are expected.

Roads: A14

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Under the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 code of practice on litter and refuse, sweeping and clearing the majority of the trunk road network is the responsibility of the district and borough councils through which they pass.

Litter clearance of the layby on the A14 trunk road eastbound, adjacent to the M6, is the responsibility of Harborough District Council.

Royal Air Force: Personnel Strength

Lord Garden asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): As announced in another place on 21 July 2004, (Official Report, col. 348) the trained strength of the Royal Air Force is being reduced to meet the 41,000 target by April 2008. This is being achieved through a balance of normal outflow, intake reductions and targeted redundancy. As a planned consequence of the strategy and the pace of the redundancy programme, the trained strength is falling faster than the reduction in requirement, which is resulting in a period of increased manning deficit. One significant contributing factor is that most of the 1,200 applicants selected for redundancy under tranche

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2 left the service on 10 April 2006. Work is ongoing to reduce the requirement for manpower to minimise the deficit.

Royal Air Force: Redundancy Scheme

Lord Garden asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): The tables below give the details of officers and ground trades personnel who applied and were selected under tranche 3 of the RAF redundancy scheme.

Officers
BranchRankNumber of ApplicantsNumber Selected

General Duties

Air Commodore and above

10

5

Group Captain

15

5

Wing Commander

50

15

Engineering

Squadron Leader

20

5

Flight Lieutenant

10

5

Supply

Squadron Leader

10

5

Flight Lieutenant

10

10

Administration

Squadron Leader

15

5

Medical Support Officer

Group Captain

-

0

Total

150

60

Non-commissioned Aircrew

Nil.



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Ground Trades
TradeRankNumber of ApplicantsNumber Selected

Aircraft Engineering Technician

Warrant Officer

5

5

Flight Sergeant

45

25

Aircraft Technician (Mechanical)

Chief Technician

75

10

Sergeant

35

10

Corporal

240

50

Junior Technician / Senior Aircraftsman

180

150

General Engineering Technician

Warrant Officer

5

5

Flight Sergeant

10

5

Chief Technician

20

10

General Technician (Mechanical)

Sergeant

60

40

Corporal

100

60

Junior Technician / Senior Aircraftsman

20

20

Intelligence Analyst (Voice)

Warrant Officer

-

-

Flight Sergeant

-

10

Chief Technician

15

5

Sergeant

20

10

Painter & Finisher

Flight Sergeant

5

5

Sergeant

15

15

Corporal

30

30

Senior Aircraftsman

60

60

Air Cartographer

Flight Sergeant

-

-

Sergeant

20

-

Corporal

15

-

Dental Technician

Flight Sergeant / Chief Technician / Sergeant / Corporal

10

10

Personnel Administrator

Warrant Officer

30

25

Flight Sergeant

40

Sergeant

170

85

Corporal

35

20

Supplier

Flight Sergeant

10

5

Sergeant

25

5

Corporal

40

10

Catering Accountant

Warrant Officer

-

-

Flight Sergeant

-

5

Sergeant

5

10

Corporal

5

15

Senior Aircraftsman

5

15

Total

1,345

760

1. All figures have been rounded to the nearest five. Due to the rounding methods used totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. Numbers less than five but not zero are denoted by “-” and zero is denoted by “0”.

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