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Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 2 May 2002, Official Report, column 957W, on 84 Squadron, if the Bell 412 Enhanced Performance helicopter will be manned by RAF crews. 
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Mr. Ingram: Invincible class ships can embark GR7 in the LPH role but would not usually be tasked to do so. In the LPH role the Carrier Air Group will consist of the helicopters required to lift a full Commando Group and would therefore be severely constrained for space in which to embark fixed wing aircraft at the same time.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by how much the Defence Logistics Organisation overspent its original budget estimate in the last financial year; and how this deficit was funded. 
Mr. Ingram: The estimates provision at the start of the 200102 financial year for the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) was made up of £3,412 million for current and £612 million for capital expenditure. As I explained in my replies of 26 October 2001, Official Report, columns 40506W and 31 October 2001, Official Report, columns 65960W, in the normal course of business there are adjustments to these limits as the year unfolds which were reflected in the spring supplementary estimates. The revised estimates for the DLO were £4,442 million for current and £1,105 million for capital expenditure. The DLO resource accounts are still being finalised but currently show the DLO has contained its expenditure within these revised limits.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the duration is of the contract of the head of the Defence Export Services Organisation; and what his annual salary is in (a) 200102 and (b) 200203. 
Dr. Moonie: The post of the Head of Defence Export Services (HDES) has been recently advertised as a 3-year contract, with the possibility of extension. The post is also offered as a secondment for the same duration.
A summary of the employment terms and conditions of the former HDES was submitted as written evidence to the March 1999 House of Commons Defence Committee Report on "The Appointment of the New Head of Defence Export Services". This indicates that the HDES salary for 200102 would fall within the Permanent Secretary pay band (£104,292-£179,022). The defence industries council then pays an additional element that would bring the salary to the level, which the individual would otherwise receive, in industry.
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established; how many staff are employed; and what the cost for 200102 and 200203 is for each. 
|Country||Date established||Number of staff||Budget 200102 (£000)|
(24) Staff currently withdrawn
(25) Four staff are employed by the Kuwait Programme Office and are funded by the customer government.
(26) 59 staff are employed on the Al-Yamamah programme and are funded by the customer government.
Figures for financial year 200203 have not been set.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff are employed within the Defence Export Services Organisation broken down by job title; and how many of the staff are employed in London. 
|DESO business area||Number of staff|
|Military support, exhibitions, protocol and training||114|
|Export control, policy and finance/personnel||47|
(27) Project office staff are paid for by the customer
(28) Full-time equivalent staff
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the budget for the (a) Defence Export Services Organisation and (b) the Infantry Export Support Team in (i) the past two years, (ii) the current year and (iii) future years for which estimates are available. 
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|DESO||Export Support Teams|
(29) Figures for Infantry Support Team for 200001 cannot be separated from the overall figure for the Export Support Teams.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many days of operational capability per annum were achieved by aircraft carriers in each of the last five years; and how many days operational capability was specified for the two new carriers. 
Operational requirements for the future carriers are still being developed. However, it is intended that at least one of the planned fleet of two ships will be operationally available at all times and ship availability will be comparable to that achieved for the existing three Invincible class carriers.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what savings will accrue from the withdrawal from operational service of HMS Talent ahead of her refit; and for what reasons HMS Talent has been laid up until her refit commences. 
Mr. Ingram: HMS Talent reached her maximum permissible commission length in mid-June and has been laid-up prior to entering a long overhaul period in Devonport dockyard in spring 2003. The delay in starting the overhaul results from a need to profile the work load of Devonport dockyard efficiently, to deconflict with the refit of HMS Vanguard, and to balance available funds with more high priority competing demands. Few, if any, savings will accrue. The Royal Navy manpower released will be deployed elsewhere. Minor savings that might be realised from reduced operating costs will be offset by charges for essential services during the lay-up period.
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