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Mr. Spellar: The overall cost of the new fire fighting training units at HMS Excellent, HMS Raleigh and Strathclyde fire brigade was £6.50 million (excluding VAT) per annum over a 20-year period. These provide all the fire fighting training for the Royal Navy.
The overall project was funded as a private finance initiative (PFI) with Flagship Fire Fighting Ltd. under the public-private partnership agreement between the Navy Recruiting and Training Agency and Flagship Training Ltd. Flagship own the facilities at HMS Excellent and HMS Raleigh and the Royal Navy pays a monthly cost for the training, currently estimated to average £500,000 per month. The cost of demolition of the fire fighting training facility at Horsea Island was £65,000.
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Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the assets disposed of by his Department at Rosyth, indicating in each case the nature of the asset, the date of its disposal and the sum realised on disposal. 
Dr. Moonie: Babcock Rosyth Defence Ltd., the owners of Rosyth royal dockyard, currently operate a regional marketing agreement for the disposal of surplus Ministry of Defence assets in Scotland, northern England and Germany. A list of those assets disposed of since the agreement came into operation in January 1997 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Nigel Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was paid by his Department, including the Defence Procurement Agency to consultants to develop the smart procurement initiative. 
Dr. Moonie [holding answer 13 March 2001]: The Ministry of Defence has received advice from a number of consultancy companies on various aspects of the smart procurement initiative (SPI) and related changes.
The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, McKinsey and Co. Inc. were paid £1.35 million for their work specifically to help develop SPI.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he had on the replacement of General Sir Rupert Smith as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe by General Dietrich Stockmann; if the UK made a nomination for this post; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoon: This change was part of an agreement reached preceding implementation of the new NATO command structure in 1999, under which the United Kingdom and Germany will alternate the provision of Senior Commanders at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and Regional Headquarters Allied Forces Northern Europe (RHQ AFNORTH). At SHAPE, we will provide either Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) or the Chief of Staff and at RHQ AFNORTH we will provide either the Commander in Chief (C in C) or the Deputy C in C. The nation filling the DSACEUR post will provide the Deputy C in C at the Regional HQ; the UK has recently taken over the key C in C NORTH post in anticipation of General Sir Rupert Smith handing over to General Stockmann as DSACEUR.
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Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment which Government programmes allow for the use of section 106 contributions from planning agreements as match-funding; and if he will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith: Section 106 agreements are sometimes used to secure funding for school projects across all sectors. There is no obligation for match funding under such agreements, though money from a section 106 agreement could be used to part-fund a school's project. Current Government policy on use of section 106 funding is set out in circular 1/97 issued by DETR.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will set out, for each month since May 1997, for each local education authority in England, the teaching post vacancies notified to his Department. 
Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 12 March 2001]: Information on teacher vacancies in January each year since 1995, for each local education authority, is shown in table 42 of Statistics of Education, Teachers, England and Wales, 2000 edition, which is available in the House of Commons Library.
Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what specific support his Department has provided to coalmining communities by (a) region and (b) local education authority area since 1997. 
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provided to coalmining communities by region. The tables set out the total funding to coalfield areas for the years 1996-97 to 2001-01 by local education authority area. The following revenue grants have been included: DfEE contributions to the standards fund; class size reduction grant; funding for education action zones; grant for nursery vouchers in 1997-98; school budget support grant; and school standards grant.
|Newcastle upon Tyne||99.7||1.5||1.0|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||97.9||7.9||3.0|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||106.5||3.0||8.7|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||111.0||4.6||9.2|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||114.6||9.9||7.6|
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