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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements have been made with Paymaster to ensure that all recipients of armed forces pensions can receive benefits in cash from April 2000. 
Dr. Moonie: No arrangements exist for pensioners to receive benefits in cash under the Armed Forces Pension Scheme. From April 2002, however, the weekly Payable Order Book method of payment applicable to some 2 per cent. of all pensioners, will cease. Under the new arrangements they will have the option of having their pension credited to a bank of building society account, or by a voucher sent to their home address encashable through a bank or building society. Both options allow payments to be made on a weekly or monthly basis.
Dr. Moonie: Information on Defence Agencies and their fixed assets is contained in the Ministry of Defence (Section 7) of the National Asset Register, published by HM Treasury in July 2001. The region and location of assets is shown where this is relevant. A copy is available in the Library of the House.
The figures quoted are staff employed by AWE plc. They do not include contractors, Ministry of Defence staff or the MOD Police.
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Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how his Department calculates the number of people employed (a) in and (b) by defence and defence- related industries in the regions of the UK; what multiplier is used; and what the regional totals are. 
Dr. Moonie: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 27 November 2001, Official Report, column 766W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Maryhill (Ann McKechin). We are currently reviewing our methodology on the estimation of employment figures dependent on UK defence expenditure and exports. An outline of the existing methodology was provided in Defence Statistics Bulletin No. 3. I am arranging for a copy of this publication to be placed in the Library of the House.
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"Direct" employment refers to that occurring directly from equipment contracts placed with UK contractors by MOD. It does not include employment, which is created in sub contractors, and others who supply the main contractor; this is referred to as "indirect" employment.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) civilian and (b) military personnel are employed at (i) the Royal Dockyard, Rosyth and (ii) the Royal Dockyard, Devonport. 
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Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 13 December 2001, Official Report, columns 96869W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow, Baillieston (Mr. Wray) detailing numbers of people employed by the privately owned Royal Dockyards at Rosyth and Devonport. Some 183 Ministry of Defence civilian employees and 15 military are also based at Rosyth Dockyard. In addition, 1,546 civilian and 2,000 military personnel are based at the Devonport Naval Base, which is adjacent to Devonport Dockyard. These figures exclude naval personnel serving on ships and submarines, visiting them or undergoing maintenance at these facilities.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures he has taken to consult on how best to tackle religious hate crime and sectarian hatred as an aggravating factor in a range of criminal offences; and what steps he will take to ensure an independent and lay dimension to his review. 
Mr. Browne: I intend to consult shortly on how best to tackle the problems of offending motivated either by racial or religious hatred in Northern Ireland. I understand that an evaluation of the provisions in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which created categories of racially aggravated offences, is soon to be published, and would like participants in the consultation exercise to be able to draw on the findings in that evaluation when considering their responses. In order to ensure the broadest scope of opinions for consideration, the consultation exercise will include as wide a range of participants as possible, including organisations and individuals working in the statutory, non-statutory and voluntary sectors.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress the Chief Constable has made in circulating a new directive to cover the role of police and defence lawyers based on the UN Declaration on the role of lawyers; how many copies have been printed; by what means the directive has been distributed; and if he will place a copy in the Library. 
Jane Kennedy: The Police Service of Northern Ireland have been engaged in a consultative process on a new direction covering the role of police and defence lawyers. The direction will draw on a range of sources including the Police and Criminal Evidence (NI) Order 1989, Codes of Practice created under the Order, the Human Rights Act 2000 and the UN Declaration.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made by the Chief Constable towards the publication of a Code of Ethics for the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and if he will place a copy of the draft Code in the Library. 
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Jane Kennedy: As required by section 52(3) of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000, the Chief Constable submitted a draft of the Code of Ethics to the Northern Ireland Policing Board, on 31 December 2001. As the Act makes clear, publication of the Code of Ethics is a matter for the Policing Board.
Before issuing or revising the code the Board must consult the Police Association, the Secretary of State, the ombudsman, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and any other person or body appearing to the Board to have an interest in the matter. I understand that the Board began the formal consultation process on 24 January and that the closing date is 1 April. The Board have kindly permitted me to lay a copy of the draft Code in the Library.
Mr. Leslie: Approximately 40 per cent. of the Cabinet Office departmental expenditure limit (DEL) for 200102 (resource and capital) announced on 28 November is budgeted salary costs and pension contributions.
This estimate of the proportion of 200102 DEL accounted for by salary costs and pension contributions could change. Further details of DEL and staff costs for 200102 will be published in the forthcoming spring Supplementary Estimate. Actual outturn on staff costs will be published in the forthcoming spring Supplementary Estimate. Actual outturn on staff costs will be published in the Resource Accounts for 200102.
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