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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the instances in which his Department, agencies and non-departmental public bodies failed to pay valid invoices within 30 days or after the agreed credit period in the financial year 200001. 
Dr. Moonie: The majority of the Ministry of Defence bills (some 95 per cent.) are paid by the Defence Bills Agency (DBA) which paid 100 per cent. of correctly presented bills within 30 days in the financial year 200001. The balance of the MOD's payments was made by the MOD's Trading Fund Agencies. Their performance against the 30 day target was as follows: Defence Evaluation and Research Agency 94.4 per cent.; Meteorological Office 99.9 per cent.; and the Hydrographic Office 98.5 per cent.
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commercial decision that rests with the prime contractor. RO Defence is contracted to supply ammunition which is safe and suitable for use, provides both value for money and security of supply, and meets all the stringent requirements for UK service.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Department's procedure is for responding to requests for information under the Data Protection Act 1998; if he will place a copy in the Library; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie: Subject Access Requests (SARs) can be received at any level within the Ministry of Defence. Guidance on answering SARs has been cascaded throughout the MOD and its Agencies to a comprehensive network of data protection focal points for data protection issues. Different areas will have their own procedures to ensure compliance with MOD Guidance and the Data Protection Act. Departmental Guidance is regularly reviewed and updated as we continue to evaluate and develop our procedures. A copy of the current Guidance Notes will be placed in the Library of the House.
(3) how many responses the Department has completed to requests for information made under the Data Protection Act 1998 for (a) electronically held information and (b) paper documentation; 
(4) what percentage of responses to requests for information under the Data Protection Act 1998 the Department has completed (a) within 40 days of receipt of the £10 fee, (b) between 40 and 60 days of and (c) over 60 days after receiving the administration fee; 
(5) what the policy of the Department is for ensuring responses to requests for information under the Data Protection Act 1998 are completed within 40 days; and what their procedure is to achieve this; 
(6) what the period of time elapsed is for the oldest outstanding request for information under the Data Protection Act 1998, since receipt of the (a) original request and (b) administration fee; 
(7) what his estimate is of the average cost of processing each information request under the Data Protection Act 1998; 
(8) how many responses to requests for information under the Data Protection Act 1998 have been completed (a) within 40 days, (b) between 40 and 60 days and (c) over 60 days after receiving the original letter; and how many are still outstanding; 
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(9) what the longest period of time elapsed is between receiving (a) the administration fee and providing the information requested and (b) a request for information and providing the information requested, under the Data Protection Act 1998; 
(10) how many requests the Department has received under the Data Protection Act 1988 for (a) electronically held information and (b) paper documentation. 
Dr. Moonie: The Ministry of Defence does not hold information centrally relating to the number or format of Subject Access Requests (SAR) received. Nor do we hold information centrally about the type of documentation requested. There is no requirement in the Act, or by the Information Commissioner to collate such information centrally therefore we have not set up such an arrangement.
However, Guidance on answering Subject Access Requests in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 has been cascaded throughout the MOD and its Agencies to a comprehensive network of nominated data protection focal points for data protection issues who monitor performance in their own area. As SARs can be received anywhere within the MOD, to collate this information would require us to contact all the different areas and assemble the information in a compatible format. Such an exercise would involve disproportionate effort. The Act provides that a data controller is not obliged to answer a SAR unless he has received a request in writing, the fee payable and sufficient information to confirm the identity of the applicant and to locate the information sought. The MOD currently does not make a charge for SAR.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what events (a) he is and (b) other Ministers in his Department are planning to attend as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations; and what events his Department is planning to arrange to celebrate the Golden Jubilee. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 4 February 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on 11 February, Official Report, columns 5859W.
Dr. Moonie: The RAF Reserve is divided into two broad categories, volunteer member and those former members of the Regular RAF who have a liability for a period of reserve service. Those volunteer members who were in effective military service on 6 February 2002 and had completed five annual bounty earning training years prior to that date are eligible to receive the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (QGJM).
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aggregated Regular service and/or Volunteer Reserve service totalled five years. Some Ministry of Defence civil servants who are required to wear service uniform as part of their terms of employment, are commissioned into the RAF Reserve (Civil Component). They are employed on civil service terms and conditions and so will not qualify for the medal, as is the case for civil servants generally.
Mr. Forth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the appointments made by his Department since 1 May 1997 of chairmen of (a) non-departmental public bodies, (b) commissions, (c) inquiries, (d) agencies and (e) task forces; and if he will list their (i) term of office, (ii) salary and (iii) known political affiliation (A) past and (B) present. 
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Dr. Moonie: Details of the appointments of Chairmen of Ministry of Defence-sponsored non-departmental public bodies are set out in the table. Information is not collected on the political affiliation of appointees.
Information on the number, remit and membership of task forces, ad hoc advisory groups and reviews is published by the Cabinet Office on a regular basis. The first report was published on 11 January 2000 and gives information for the period from 1 May 1997 to 31 October 1999. A second report was published on 27 July 2000 and covered the period 1 November 1999 to 30 April 2000. A third report was published on 13 December 2000 covering the period 1 May 2000 to 31 October 2000. The most recent report, "Task Forces, Ad Hoc Advisory Groups and Reviews", was issued in October 2001 and covers the period of the financial year 200001. Copies of these reports have been placed in the Library of the House.
|Name of body||Chairman||Date of appointment||Appointment ends||Salary|
|Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objectors||His Honour Judge Rogers(2)||27 October 1997||23 October 1999||£178 per day|
|Advisory Group on Medical Countermeasures||Name withheld(3)||1 February 1998||No date(4)||£265 per day|
|Animal Welfare Advisory Committee||Dr. Robert Hubrecht||13 July 2000||April 2002||£250 per day|
|Armed Forces Pay Review Body||Right hon. Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde||1 April 1999||31 March 2002||Nil|
|Dartmoor Steering Group||Mr. James Woollcombe||18 December 2000||17 December 2003||Nil|
|Defence Nuclear Safety Committee||Dr. Sam Harbison CB||1 January 2000||1 January 2005||£315 per day|
|Defence Scientific Advisory Council||Professor Anthony Ledwith||11 August 2000||31 March 2003||£315 per day|
|Independent Board of Visitors to the Military Corrective Training Centre||Mr. R Jacklin||1 January 1998 and 4 April 2001||1 June 2006||Nil|
|National Army Museum||General Sir John Waters GCB CBE JP||1 July 1997 and 30 March 2001||30 March 2002||Nil|
|National Employers Liaison Committee||Mr. John Bridgeman CBE TD DL||1 December 1997||1 December 2002||Nil|
|Nuclear Research Advisory Council||Dr. Derek Robinson||1 October 2001||1 October 2006||£315 per day|
|Oil and Pipelines Agency||Dr. John Hastie||8 July 1999||7 July 2002||£9,800 per year|
|Review Board for Government Contracts||Sir Peter Webster||17 March 1999||30 September 2001||£10,990 per year|
|RAF Museum(5)||AM Ian McFayden||4 May 1999 (elected Chair September 1999)||February 2001||Nil|
|ACM Sir Richard Johns||7 December 2000 (elected Chair February 2001)||6 December 2003||Nil|
|Royal Marines Museum||Lieutenant General Sir Henry Beverley||1 May 1997||1 May 2003||Nil|
|Royal Military College of Science Advisory Council||Mr. Peter Gershon||9 October 2000||8 October 2005||£110 per day|
|Royal Naval Museum||Vice Admiral Sir Barry Wilson KCB||15 March 1999 and 9 January 2002||15 March 2003||Nil|
|Royal Navy Submarine Museum||Vice Admiral Sir Roy Newman||1 August 1999||1 August 2004||Nil|
|War Pensions CommitteesNorthern Ireland||Major Gordon Dodds MBE||1 January 2001||31 December 2003||Nil|
|War Pensions CommitteesWest of Scotland||Mr. Derek Evans||1 January 2001||31 December 2003||Nil|
|War Pensions CommitteesEast of Scotland||Mr. Arthur Oliver||1 January 2001||31 December 2003||Nil|
|War Pensions CommitteesYorkshire and Humberside||Mrs. Jane Gummer MBE JP DL LLB||1 January 2001||31 December 2003||Nil|
|War Pensions CommitteesNorth West England||Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Overton||1 January 2001||31 December 2003||Nil|
|War Pensions CommitteesEast Midlands||Mrs. Irene Shiels||1 January 2001||31 December 2003||Nil|
|War Pensions CommitteesWest Midlands||Mr. Anthony Hartley-Woolley||1 January 2001||31 December 2003||Nil|
|War Pensions CommitteesEastern England||Lieutenant Colonel Ray Holland OBE||1 January 2001||31 December 2003||Nil|
|War Pensions CommitteesSouth East England||Ms Penny Melville-Brown||1 January 2001||31 December 2003||Nil|
|War Pensions CommitteesLondon||Air Commodore Jack Hargreaves||1 January 2001||31 December 2003||Nil|
|War Pensions CommitteesSouth West England||Major Tim Tyler||1 January 2001||31 December 2003||Nil|
(2) Appointed by the Lord Chancellor
(3) Name withheld under Exemption 12 (privacy of an individual) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.
(4) The AGMC was not an NDPB at the date of this appointment, and there was no specific term of office stated. Now that AGMC was classified as an NDPB, all members' terms of office will be reviewed formally to specify appropriate length of service.
(5) Ministers appoint Trustees to the Board of the RAF Museum, which then elects a Chair from among its members.
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