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Culture, Media and Sport
At the same time, we recognise the legal issues under consideration and the current legal challenge being brought by HMRC against the Football League. We await the outcome of the court's decision on this before deciding what further steps may be needed.
Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more his Department lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. 
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have met representatives of (i) the Institute for Public Policy Research, (ii) the Taxpayers' Alliance, (iii) the Institute of Economic Affairs, (iv) ResPublica, (v) the Centre for Social Justice and (vi) Policy Exchange; and if he will publish the minutes and agendas of these meetings. 
John Penrose: The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, my right hon. Friend the Member for South West Surrey (Mr Hunt), Ministers and senior officials in the Department have not met with representatives of the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Institute of Economic Affairs, ResPublica, or Policy Exchange.
The Minister for Sport and the Olympics, my hon. Friend the Member for Faversham and Mid Kent (Hugh Robertson), met with representatives of the Centre for Social Justice on 21 March 2011 to discuss a report on the 2012 sports legacy. No minutes were taken.
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 30 March 2012 with regard to Ms L Watson. 
John Penrose: The subject of this correspondence is a matter for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Therefore, this letter has been transferred to it to provide a response.
Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will publish a statement of his Department's expenditure in each of the last 36 months; and what steps his Department takes to avoid an annual underspend. 
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The nature of the expenditure limit, which is set by the Treasury and agreed by Parliament, is such that DCMS is required not to overspend its budget each year. The Department also takes a variety of steps to monitor any potential material underspend (for example if a programme is delayed). The most notable of these are:
Monthly monitoring and reporting of expenditure across DCMS and its arm's length bodies (ALBs)
Maintenance of a risk tracker to provide early warning of potential variances before they arise
Active management of the budget across budget heads and between years
John Penrose: The Government's Tourism Policy, published in March 2011, outlines the UK Government's approach to the visitor economy as a whole—including outbound tourism—both for leisure and business purposes. Further information can be found on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's website, or by using the following link:
No official estimate has been made of the precise value of the outbound sector, but ABTA's recent report estimated that outbound travel directly contributes over £22 billion to the economy, representing 1.6% of UK GDP. With the inclusion of contributions made by industries supplying the sector, the total economic impact rises to over £54 billion, or 3.8% of UK GDP. ABTA's report has been published on its website and can be found using the following link:
Ministers: Code of Practice
Ms Harman: To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to his oral answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, columns 1241-2, on the Ministerial Code (Culture Secretary), if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent by the Cabinet Secretary and the Head of the Civil Service to all Departments on 25 April 2012 clarifying the rigorous procedures for handling cases of a quasi-judicial nature. 
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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the level of (a) hexavalent chromium, (b) chromium, (c) titanium dioxide, (d) particulates and (e) arsenic emitted to the atmosphere from biomass plants in the UK in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Richard Benyon: DEFRA's National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) estimates emissions to the atmosphere of a wide range of air pollutants. The most recent available estimates are for 2010 and are as follows. All the data relate to emissions from non-domestic combustion of wood and straw and excludes open burning of wood waste.
(a) Emissions of hexavalent chromium from biomass plants were estimated at 16 tonnes, 0.4% of the total national emission.
(b) Emissions of chromium are estimated at 160 tonnes, 0.6% of the national total. The NAEI estimates that 10% of chromium is present in the hexavalent form in emissions from combustion processes.
(c) Emissions of titanium dioxide have not been assessed.
(d) The NAEI provides information on emissions of particulate matter in a number of size ranges. The emissions of particles less than 10 micrometers (PM10) were 5,700 tonnes and of those less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) were 3,200 tonnes. This represents 5% of UK emissions for both size fractions.
(e) The emissions of arsenic to air were 130 tonnes, 1% of total UK emissions.
Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which (a) incineration and (b) biomass plants are permitted to burn wood containing chromated copper arsenate. 
Richard Benyon: There are 15 incinerators in England and Wales that are permitted to burn wood coated with preservatives containing heavy metals, including chromated copper arsenate. No biomass plants are permitted to burn separately collected fractions of such wastes. The permitted sites are as follows:
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Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the amount of (a) Strontium 90 and (b) Caesium 137 that was released in stack emissions and wood ash from biomass power stations in the UK in the last year for which figures are available. 
Gregory Barker: Emissions from biomass power stations in England and Wales are regulated by the Environment Agency. The agency has not made any such estimates because these are anthropogenic radioisotopes that would not normally be present above trace quantities in biomass feedstock and so offer no potential threat to human health.
Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control
Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress her Department has made on developing new measures on the control of bovine tuberculosis. 
Richard Benyon: In July 2011, DEFRA published a Bovine TB Eradication Programme for England setting out a package of measures to tackle the disease. Delivery of the programme is continuing, including work on both cattle and badger controls and development of vaccines. The programme is available at:
Departmental Staff: Political Affiliation
Mrs Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the (a) job title and (b) pay band was of each official, excluding special advisers, recruited by her Department since May 2010 who was previously employed in any capacity by the (i) Conservative party or its elected representatives and (ii) Liberal Democrat party or its elected representatives; and whether their position was advertised publicly; 
(2) what the (a) job title and (b) pay band was of each official, excluding special advisers, recruited by her Department since May 2010 who previously held an elected position as a member of the (i) Conservative party and (ii) Liberal Democrat party; and whether their position was advertised publicly. 
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 1336-7W, on consultants, what additional payments were made to IBM to conduct the feasibility study and assist in setting up the shared service centre. 
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Floods: Stoke on Trent
Tristram Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes in Stoke-on-Trent were at high risk of flooding in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
Richard Benyon: DEFRA works closely with the food industry to encourage innovation, competitiveness and growth. The joint government-industry action plan, ‘Driving Export Growth in the Farming, Food and Drink Sector’, published in January, details how we will work together to open up and take advantage of key markets to boost our economy and generate jobs.
DEFRA is working with other funders (Technology Strategy Board, Research Councils) and industry to boost innovation through collaborative research and development through investment in a £90 million Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform. We recently held an innovation summit to increase awareness of innovation support mechanisms available to the agri-food industry.
New opportunities in overseas markets are important to the UK's long-term growth prospects for the sector and, as such, the Minister of State, my right hon. Friend the Member for South East Cambridgeshire (Mr Paice), has recently been to China to promote UK exports with the aim of opening up markets there.
Equally important for promoting long-term growth is our aim to encourage young people to build careers in the food production industry. DEFRA has worked with the food chain to facilitate the development of a skills action plan for the food chain, with the aim of making the industry more attractive to young people and identifying skills required for the future food system. The Action Plan was launched last June.
Horses: Infectious Diseases
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to counter and prepare for a possible outbreak of African horse disease in the UK. 
The likelihood of the introduction of the African Horse Sickness (AHS) virus to the UK via legal trade in horses and other equidae is considered very low but, should disease occur, we recognise that the impact could be high. Any outbreak would be managed in accordance with DEFRA's Contingency Plan for Exotic Diseases of Animals, which is regularly tested. DEFRA has been working closely with representatives of the equine sector, through a joint Government and
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Industry Working Group, to agree a control strategy setting out what would happen should we get an outbreak of AHS. We have reached agreement with the Working Group on the control measures needed and expect to publish this control strategy shortly.
Mr Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent employees (1) her Department employed in May 2010; and how many it employed at the latest period for which figures are available; 
In the last two years (i.e. 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2012), 681.18 FTE employees left DEFRA. This figure includes 99.75 FTE legal staff who transferred from DEFRA to Treasury Solicitors on 31 August 2011.
Power Stations: Pollution
Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to reduce emissions to the atmosphere of (a) carcinogens and (b) particulates arising from power stations. 
Richard Benyon: Any combustion activity with a rated thermal input of greater than 50 megawatts is subject to integrated pollution prevention and control. The regulator (the Environment Agency in England and Wales) is required to set emission limits for any pollutant likely to be emitted in significant quantities, basing those limits on what can be achieved through the application of best available techniques (BATs). The regulator has to review those limits periodically as BATs develop.
Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what strategic or transitional risk registers in each area of policy are held by her Department; and if she will make a statement. 
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Richard Benyon: The Uplands Policy Review, published in March 2011, recognised the important role played by sheep farms, particularly in relation to shaping the environment. This important role, particularly in the uplands, is recognised within Environmental Stewardship and appropriate payments are available. On 9 May 2011, the National Sheep Association launched a report entitled ‘Complementary Role of Sheep In Less Favoured Areas’. The report draws on the support of many other organisations with environmental and agricultural interests that agree that traditional sheep farming practices can bring a host of environmental, social, and economic benefits to these remote and disadvantaged areas.
UN Conference on Sustainable Development
Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education on working with schools and organisations representing young people to consult on priorities for the Rio Earth Summit 2012; and if she will make a statement. 
Richard Benyon: The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Meriden (Mrs Spelman), is leading the Government's preparations for Rio+20; the Secretary of State for Education, my right hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove), has been involved, through the normal course of Cabinet business. Preparations for Rio+20 have involved extensive consultation with civil society organisations, including those representing young people.
Norman Baker: The latest information provided to the Department by the scheme promoter—Lancashire county council—is that the scheme will be finished by December 2015. This will require statutory procedures to be completed and the approval of the Secretary of State for Transport on the amendments to the orders.
David Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) homes and (b) businesses will be compulsorily purchased to facilitate the route of the M6 to Heysham Link Road; and how much on average it will cost to buy each (i) home and (ii) business. 
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Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many items of equipment valued at £10,000 or more her Department lost in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if she will make a statement. 
Norman Baker: The Department (including its seven Executive agencies) has not lost any individual items of equipment valued at over £10,000 in the last two financial years. However, the Highways Agency has suffered incidents of metal theft, details of which will be disclosed in the Agency's 2012-13 Annual Report and Accounts which is due to be published at the end of June.
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Midland Main Line
Nicky Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely increase in (a) freight and (b) passenger capacity of upgrading and then electrifying the Midland Mainline. 
Mrs Villiers: Network Rail is assessing the business case for upgrading and electrifying the Midland Main line, which could support additional freight and passenger capacity. The Department for Transport will announce overall decisions on rail investment in the period from 2014 to 2019 by the end of July.
Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new public sector mutuals were created or spun off by her Department in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if she will make a statement. 
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Officials are currently working closely with Cabinet Office colleagues on Better Business Models. DVLA is developing a £100 million efficiency programme, VOSA and DSA are transforming their provision of testing by taking it to the customer, and we are working on detailed options for the business model for VCA.
Mr MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Rotherham Central railway station will require structural modification to accommodate the tram train announced by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at her Department on 17 May 2012. 
Norman Baker: Network Rail is currently designing two short low floor platforms for use by tram train services. It is not planned to reconstruct Rotherham Central which will continue to be served by existing services.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions trade union representatives from (a) her Department and (b) each of its non-departmental public bodies have utilised paid facility time to represent an employee at a meeting or other industrial relations matter in each of the last five years. 
West Coast Main Line
Mrs Villiers: Open access or non-franchise passenger train operators (those who operate services purely on a commercial basis, i.e. not under either a franchise or a concession agreement) are a matter for the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). Companies which wish to run such services must apply to the ORR for the necessary track access rights and to Network Rail for train paths in the timetable.
Luciana Berger: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's total level of carbon emissions was between (a) 1 April 2010 and 1 April 2011 and (b) 2 April 2011 and 1 April 2012. 
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Introduction of a Waste Management Strategy, including the recycling of batteries and food waste, removal of junk mail, and introduction of virtual printing to reduce paper wastage;
Purchase of environmentally friendly products wherever possible, including the disposable containers used in the Department's canteen at 1 Horse Guards road, and aerated water taps to reduce water use;
Energy saving measures including lights being set to dim to 50% capacity outside of core hours, meeting room sensors set to switch off after 15 (rather than 30) minutes of inactivity and adjusted to lower levels in infrequently accessed areas, the use of low-energy, long-life light bulbs, evening security patrols tasked with checking that lights are switched off, and office cleaning taking place during the day rather than at night;
Upgrades to the Building Management System (BMS) and controls, with adjusted settings during bank holidays and real time data available on energy usage on HM Treasury’s website; and
Rationalisation of the Department’s estate and IT equipment to reduce energy use and carbon footprint, with sustainable disposal of obsolete equipment.
Projects planned for 2012 include low-carbon awareness campaigns in 1 Horse Guards road, promotion of video conferencing rather than travel, and a move to closed loop paper (where paper used on site is recycled and turned back into paper which is delivered back to the Department).
HM Treasury is currently developing a sustainability plan which will outline its strategy and actions up to 2015 for increasing sustainability and reducing carbon emissions further. The plans will be published in the Department’s Annual Report and Accounts.
Vernon Coaker: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the amount of corporation tax revenue generated in Northern Ireland that is paid by companies with headquarters or registered offices in (a) London, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales. 
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Excise Duties: Fuels
Financial Services: Education
Mr Hoban: The Government's savings strategy is based on the principles of freedom, fairness and responsibility, so that it meets the needs of consumers while remaining effective and affordable. In particular, the Government aim to encourage more lower and middle-income households to start saving and to save more, especially for the long term and retirement.
1. Promoting choice by providing flexibility to consumers in a competitive market. This Government introduced the Junior ISA, removed the effective requirement to annuitise at age 75 and announced at Budget 2012 that the Government will work with industry to improve competitiveness and transparency in the ISA market, including encouraging the industry to make use of the technological advances in how information and funds can be transferred to bring further reductions in the time taken to transfer cash ISA between providers. The Government also welcome and strongly support the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) recommendations to make it easier for personal customers, small businesses and charities to switch their bank account. The Government are clear that the new switching proposals need to be fully implemented by the industry by September 2013 and will monitor progress closely through quarterly interim reports.
2. Promoting fairness in incentives to save by introducing automatic enrolment of employees into a pension scheme from October 2012, reforming the way pensions tax relief is restricted and indexing ISA contribution limits to inflation.
3. Promoting personal responsibility within the saving, debt and protection system so individuals are equipped to exercise effective choice and plan for expected and unexpected events. This Government have introduced the Money Advice Service, which among other services provides a free financial ‘healthcheck’; asked an independent Steering Group to devise a suite of simple financial products to help increase the number of new participants in savings and protection insurance markets by providing straightforward, easy to understand products; and worked with industry and consumer groups to establish a ‘default’ open market option, which requires retirees to make an active choice about their provider and the shape of their annuity.
Chris Leslie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress the Money Advice Service has made in its review of the provision of financial education in schools; and when he expects the review to be published. 
The Money Advice Service is undertaking a strategic overview of the educational work of the financial services industry, to inform and improve the provision of financial education for young people in the
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UK. A two-part research project, which is expected to be completed by June 2012, will inform further work in this area.
International Monetary Fund
Chris Leslie: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of International Monetary Fund (IMF) plans to review the size of the New Arrangements to Borrow and the implementation of the IMF quota change. 
Mr Hoban: At the spring meetings in Washington in April 2012, a G20-led deal to increase IMF resources by $430 billion was agreed. The IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee and the G20 also reaffirmed the urgency of making the 2010 quota and governance reforms effective by the 2012 Annual Meetings, which this year will be held in Tokyo from 12 to14 October.
As agreed by the G20 in South Korea in 2010, the New Arrangements to Borrow are currently planned to be rolled back when the IMF quota and governance reforms are ratified by the required majority of member countries. The UK ratified the reforms in Parliament in July 2011.
Revenue and Customs
Mr Gauke: The HMRC Financial Accounts, which contain details of penalties accrued during the financial year, are currently in the process of being prepared and audited. They are timetabled to be laid before Parliament on 27 June 2012.
The data will appear in the ‘Statement of Revenue, Other Income and Expenditure’ within the Trust Statement and in the ‘Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Net Expenditure’ in the Resource Accounts (with specific detail in the accompanying note on ‘operating income’).
However, following the £917 million reinvestment in HMRC at the spending review 2010, the number of staff tackling avoidance and evasion and fraud will increase by around 2,500 full-time equivalent staff by 2014-15.
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Valerie Vaz: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the use of 0345 numbers for telephone calls made by the public to HM Revenue and Customs to all calls handled by its contact centre network. 
Mr Gauke: The Annual Accounting Scheme allows businesses with an estimated VAT taxable turnover for the coming year of £1.35 million or less to spread their VAT payments equally over nine months, or pay by quarterly instalments towards their annual VAT bill. The instalments are based on the VAT liability from the previous year. If there is a balance or repayment due this will be settled at the end of the financial year.
The scheme also allows businesses to make additional voluntary payments towards their end of year VAT bills. At the end of the year, these businesses get two months (rather than the standard one month) in which to submit their VAT return and any balancing payment.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Diplomatic Service: Training
Mr Bellingham: The FCO provides job-related training to staff covering international human rights issues, including women's rights. There are opportunities for FCO staff working on conflict issues to participate in cross-Whitehall training on women, peace and security including the HMG Conflict Foundation Course. Women's rights also feature in some of the training and development opportunities organised individually by FCO Posts and Directorates on countries, regions and broader thematic issues.
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In addition, staff in front line roles overseas working for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) as Entry Clearance Officers (ECOs) or Managers (ECMs) are required to complete the ECM/ECO training course, which includes gender sensitivity issues such as on the policy and practice of forced marriage. There is also a forced marriage module in consular assistance training for staff in the UK and overseas.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is committed to a diverse and inclusive work force that represents modern Britain. All staff are expected to complete diversity training which underlines the need to respect difference, including gender, and to create an inclusive working culture in which all are encouraged to develop their full potential.
Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 23 April 2012, Official Report, columns 752-3W, on the Arab Partnership Fund, what the (a) objectives, (b) outcomes and (c) amounts of funding are of the two projects undertaken under the auspices of the Arab Partnership Fund in Iraq to strengthen a free and balanced media and parliamentary capacity; and whether any follow-up projects are envisaged. 
(a) The objective is to support the Finance Committee of the Iraqi Council of Representatives in improving its internal organisation, financial oversight, capacity for legislative scrutiny, and develop its relations with the Board of Supreme Audit and other policy committees.
(b) The outcomes are: the internal restructuring of the committee and new committee strategy, new oversight processes, enhancement of policy understanding including on banking sector reform, improved procedures to undertake questioning of finance ministry officials, improved links with other parliamentary policy committees on financial oversight, and creation of a Scrutiny Unit within parliament.
(c) The Arab Partnership Participation Fund provided £155,729.03 of funding for this project, which is part of a larger four-year Conflict Prevention Pool funded programme to strengthen the capacity of the Council of Representatives. The programme will continue (funded through the Conflict Prevention Pool) until the next Iraqi parliamentary elections.
(b) The outcomes are: (i) review under way of the structure and internal communications of the IMN against its mandate, (ii) review under way of the curriculum, training facilities and procedures of IMN staff to ensure better understanding of PSB and of Iraqi legal frameworks, (iii) development under way of online staff training modules along the lines of those developed by the BBC
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Academy, (iv) review under way of the code of conduct and development of training modules, (v) introduction of multi-media platforms and review of the strategic goals of IMN's online forums to produce more dynamic and participatory content.
Alistair Burt: Our position on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is clear: they are illegal under international law, an obstacle to peace and make a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as a shared capital, harder to achieve. We constantly urge the Israeli authorities to cease all settlement activity.
The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), and I have regular discussions with our EU counterparts on these issues. The EU Foreign Affairs Council most recently discussed issues relating to the Middle East Peace Process, including settlements, on 14 May. In the meeting's conclusions, the EU and its member states
“reaffirmed their commitment to fully and effectively implement existing EU legislation and the bilateral arrangements applicable to settlement products. The Council underlines the importance of the work being carried out together with the Commission in this regard.”
Caroline Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 543W, on Mali, what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Mali; what information his Department holds on the number of international aid organisations that have withdrawn since the military coup in March 2012; what recent discussions he has had on the restoration of democracy and civilian rule when the agreement to hand power temporarily to President Dioncounda Traore runs out on 21 May 2012; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Jeremy Browne:
Reports suggest that over 300,000 men, women and children have been uprooted by the current crisis in Mali. Ongoing conflict in the country is exacerbating the already worsening food and nutrition crisis that is affecting some 18 million people across the Sahel. The UK is supporting, where local conditions allow, the work of UN and international non-governmental organisations to provide humanitarian assistance for
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approximately 68,000 individuals. We continue to monitor the situation and are in close contact with agencies working on the ground.
The deterioration in security conditions in the northern regions of Mali has also limited the delivery of humanitarian assistance. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we are monitoring the issue of humanitarian access closely.
We cannot say precisely how many aid organisations have left since March 2012 but, at the time of the coup d’état in March, we know that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) was one of many organisations that had to close their offices in the north of Mali as a result of insecurity and unrest. The WFP is working on ways to guarantee safe conditions for the return of their staff and the resumption of aid to those affected by conflict in Kidal, Timbuktu and Gao.
We understand that agreement was reached over the weekend of 19-20 May to extend the mandate of the interim government for a further 12 months. However, the status of this agreement remains unclear following the attack on President Traore on 21 May. The UK continues to monitor the situation in Bamako. We condemn the latest violence and continue to engage actively—including through our recently reopened embassy—with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), regional Governments and our international partners, to support a swift return to democratic, constitutional government.
North Africa and Middle East
Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what programmes his Department supports in north Africa and the Middle East on (a) women's social and political participation, (b) women's health and (c) reduction of female genital mutilation. 
Alistair Burt: The UK is supporting the empowerment of women in the political, economic and social life of the middle east and north Africa (MENA). As part of the UK's national action plan to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security we have launched a specific action plan for the MENA region.
(a) The UK is supporting women's political participation in the MENA region. For example, the UK's Arab Partnership is funding an Electoral Reform International Services programme in Egypt to promote the participation of women candidates in Egyptian local council elections. The tri-Departmental Conflict Pool (FCO/Department for International Development/Ministry of Defence) is supporting women's participation in the Libyan political process, co-funding the first ever Women's Convention in Tripoli in November 2011, and programmes to mobilise women to form networks and common platforms to advocate locally and nationally for greater social, economic and political inclusion. The UK's DFID-led bilateral aid programmes in Yemen and Palestine are also working for women's empowerment. For example DFID's support to the Yemeni Social Fund for Development (SFD), is contributing to increasing girls' participation in and access to education, and improving economic opportunities for women through micro finance and labour intensive works projects. In the Occupied Palestinian Territories
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(OPTs), DFID's state-building programme is boosting citizen's rights by helping the Palestinian Authority to be more accountable and responsive to the public, including improving their services for female victims of violence.
(b) The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not directly support women's health programmes, but the UK's bilateral aid programmes are working to improve women's health in Yemen and Palestine. For example, UK support to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) provides essential services, including female healthcare, to Palestinians living in the OPTS and Palestinian refugees. In 2011, our support to UNRWA helped provide maternal health care to 263,000 women, and our funding to the PA supports over 2,000 women a year to give birth assisted by skilled health personnel. In Yemen, our support will also help deliver access to basic health care for 50,000 girls and women and access to health care for approximately 38,000 women.
(c) We are clear that the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) needs to end. While we do not have any specific FGM programmes in the MENA region, we are making a contribution to global measures to eliminate FGM through our core support to UN organisations working on this issue—the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Children's Fund and the World Health Organisation.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) money, (b) training, (c) personnel, (d) security equipment and (e) other support for security assistance his Department has provided to Yemen in (i) 2012 and (ii) 2011; and what such support he plans to provide to Yemen in 2012-13. 
Alistair Burt: As part of the British Government's package of measures to support the Government of Yemen, we have agreed a detailed programme to assist them with improvement in aviation security at Sana'a International airport. This programme includes the provision of aviation security equipment and training which the British Government have been rolling out since 2011. We do not comment on the detail of wider security assistance.
Alistair Burt: As part of the British Government's package of measures to support the Government of Yemen, we have agreed a detailed programme to help to improve aviation security at Sana’a International airport. This programme includes the provision of aviation security equipment and training which the British Government have been rolling out since 2011. We do not comment on the detail of wider security assistance.
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Peter Luff [holding answer 22 May 2012]:A decision on the status of the second aircraft carrier will be made in the next strategic defence and security review in 2015. An £8 billion headroom has been established in the Equipment and Equipment and Support programme over the next 10 years having balanced the Ministry of Defence budget.
Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Statement of 10 May 2012, Official Report, column 141, on carrier strike capability, (1) from which year he proposes that the net additional operating cost averaging about £60 million per year will be incurred; and for how many years; 
Peter Luff: As stated by the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), in his statement of 10 May 2012, Official Report, columns 141-42, on Carriers, the net additional operating costs estimated to be around £60 million relate to the second aircraft carrier. A decision on the use of the second aircraft carrier will be made in the next Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2015.
Peter Luff: The Ministry of Defence did not order any equipment as part of the investigations into the conversion of the operational Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier. The investigations focused on the development of a new Carrier Variant-based ship design, a revised build strategy and development of both in-build and refit conversion options. This work was undertaken by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance and Naval Design Partnership in the UK, supported by the US Department of Defence.
Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the number of industrial jobs that were reliant on the conversion of the UK's aircraft carriers to take catapult and arrestor gear. 
Armed Forces: Mental Illness
Service personnel, and their families receive education on the signs and symptoms of mental health difficulties and are signposted to help and support by the chain of command, and the relevant welfare organisations. In
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addition, through initiatives such as peer-led Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) sessions, individuals are encouraged to speak freely about their experiences following a traumatic incident. This can be followed up with in-theatre medical teams and during decompression in Cyprus.
I am satisfied that through a wide range of education and material and the proactive campaign to remove the stigma associated with mental health difficulties, any member of the armed forces suffering with this debilitating condition is now more likely to come forward and obtain the help they need.
Mr Robathan: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) takes the issue of mental health very seriously, and we are always looking for ways to improve the already excellent treatment and care that we provide for those who need it. We have a close working relationship with the King's Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) at King's College, London, which undertakes a range of research aimed at understanding and improving the mental health of the UK armed forces. It currently includes a major study, funded by the US Department of Defence, of a possible mental health screening tool using UK armed forces personnel returning from operations.
As well as carrying out or commissioning our own research, we closely monitor clinical advances and developments in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, both in the UK and internationally, in order to ensure that patients receive the most effective and efficient care.
In accordance with the recommendations of my hon. Friend the Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison)’s ‘Fighting Fit' Report, published in October 2010, additional resources are also being allocated by MOD and the Department of Health to improve the mental health care provided to both serving and ex-service personnel. Key among these are the commissioning of an extra 30 whole-time equivalent NHS mental health professionals to deliver improved access to NHS mental health services to veterans, and the launch in March last year of a professional 24-hour helpline for current and ex-service personnel and their families. Additionally, we are currently trialling use by the service community of the Big White Wall, an online early intervention service for people in psychological distress. An e-learning package has been launched to help civilian GPs understand the needs of the military, their families and ex-service personnel. We are also introducing mental health assessments into routine service medical examinations and into discharge medicals, which are currently being introduced on a regional basis.
Armed Forces: Officers
Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were employed in the Retired Officer Corps on 31 December in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
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armed forces. As a result such posts were designated as retired officer posts and only open to former service personnel.
Although some retired officer posts remain, they have, in the main, been replaced by posts designated as Military Support Function. These no longer limit applications to former service personnel in recognition that civil servants can also acquire the specialist knowledge or experience to compete for these posts.
|As at 31 December||Total number of retired officer posts|
Armed Forces: Pay
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have been accidentally overpaid in Scotland in each of the last five years; how much was repaid in each year and what the highest amount repaid was. 
Armed Forces: Schizophrenia
Mr Robathan: The number of armed forces personnel to have been diagnosed with schizophrenia is small. According to data collated by the Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA), between 2007 and 2011 (earliest and latest dates for which verified data are available) 108 UK armed forces personnel had an initial assessment of either schizophrenic, schizotypal or delusional disorders at a Ministry of Defence Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) or MOD in-patient care contractor.
Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 30 April 2012, Official Report, column 1134W, how many of his staff work on export promotion in support of the UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation; and what the budget was for (a) their salaries and (b) other costs in 2011-12. 
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Mr Gerald Howarth: UK Trade & Investment Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO), led by Lord Green, has overall responsibility within Government for trade promotion. However, UKTI DSO works very closely with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) whose contribution can be critical to the success of an industry-led export campaign. A wide variety of support is provided from across the Department. Records on how many staff are engaged in supporting UKTI DSO are not centrally held.
There is no central budget for export support. The cost of supporting a particular export campaign is funded by the business unit providing the support where there is a defence benefit in doing so, in accordance with HM Treasury rules. Alternatively the costs of support are charged back to UKTI DSO or to industry.
There is a permanent team of two in the MOD responsible for export support policy and direct engagement with UKTI DSO. There are also two senior civil servant (SCS) posts—at pay band one and two—who are responsible for co-ordinating the Department's export effort. The pay range for each post per annum is:
SCS pay band 2: Minimum £82,900, Maximum £162,500
SCS pay band 1: Minimum £58,200, Maximum £117,750
B2: Minimum £49,860, Maximum £59,535
C2: Minimum £30,428, Maximum £36,333
Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which (a) infantry and (b) armoured units his Department plans to (i) abolish and (ii) merge in the next 12 months; and which such units are based in Wales; 
Nick Harvey: The Army is undertaking a study into its future size and structure, the outcome of which we expect to announce once decisions have been made. Until then it is not possible to comment on which specific units may be affected.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) recruitment targets and (b) levels of recruitment were for (i) The Royal Scots Borderers, (ii) The Royal Highland Fusiliers, (iii) The Black Watch, (iv) The Highlanders, (v) The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, (vi) 1st Battalion Scots, (vii) The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and (viii) 19th Regiment Royal Artillery in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr Robathan [holding answer 14 May 2012]: The following table shows numbers recruited (excluding officers) for each of the named units in recruiting year 2011-12 and the manning shortfalls that existed before and after that period.
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|Manning shortfall as at January 2011||Manning shortfall as at April 2012||Recruiting target 2011-12 (1)||Recruited during 2011-12|
|(1) Recruiting targets do not equate directly to the number of trained individuals necessary to ensure full manning of units. They are based on a number of criteria which will include the ability to recruit in particular areas, the share of the funded number of trained soldiers allocated to each arm and service and the resources available. The Royal Regt of Scotland would have required around 1,000 new recruits during 2011-12 to return to full manning (taking account of outflow and those recruits who would not complete training), but the target was reduced to one considered more achievable. (2) The Royal Regiment of Scotland (The Scottish Division), consisting of the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS); the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS); the Black Watch, 3rd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (3 SCOTS); the Highlanders, 4(th) Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS); the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS) has one recruiting target which is not broken down to the Battalions named. Newly trained Scottish Regiment recruits are allocated to the Battalion where the demand is greatest. (3) The manning surpluses against 19 Regt RA are due in large part to preparation for deployment to Afghanistan and the addressing of some structural changes.|
Mr Robathan: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has a varied programme of work to reduce carbon emissions including boiler optimisation, lighting upgrades, adjusting heating times to reflect building occupancy, minimum/maximum temperature mandates, weekend and holiday shutdowns, IT and electrical equipment reductions and rationalisation, staff engagement and behavioural campaigns.
In 2010-11 (the last year for which figures are available) the MOD exceeded the 10% carbon emission reduction commitment on the civil office estate, by achieving a 14.7% reduction. In addition the Department also exceeded the Sustainable Operations on the Government estate targets, achieving a 21.4% reduction against the carbon emissions from the office estate target of 12.5% and a 24% reduction against the carbon emissions from vehicles' target of 15%.
Chief Scientific Advisers
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Peter Luff [holding answer 21 May 2012]: The change to Director General reflects a decision to reduce the post's level of executive responsibility and, in future, to increase its focus on advisory responsibilities.
Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on external consultants, including management consultants, in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement. 
Peter Luff: In 2010-11 the Ministry of Defence (MOD), including MOD's trading fund agencies, spent £26 million on consultancy contracts (as defined by the Cabinet Office)—about one third of what was spent in 2009-10. This figure includes expenditure on management consultants.
Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the annual budget of Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport has been written off as a (a) loss and (b) theft in the last three years for which figures are available. 
Peter Luff: The proportion of the budget of Her Majesty's Naval Base Devonport written off as a result of losses and theft combined accounted for less than 1% of the annual budget for financial years 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12.
Disclosure of Information
Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his answer of 7 March 2012, Official Report, column 780W, on departmental disclosure of information, if he will publish any interim findings of the inquiry into the unauthorised disclosure of the letter between the former Secretary of State and the Prime Minister which appeared in T he Daily Telegraph on 28 September 2010. 
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Mr Philip Hammond: The investigation remains open. Active inquiries are not being conducted, but if relevant information comes to light it will be investigated. I regret to say that the person responsible for the leak has not been identified.
Freedom of Information
Mr Mike Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times his Department has used a qualified exemption to withhold answers with relation to Freedom of Information requests in each of the last five years; and on what subjects. 
The following figures are taken from the annual exemptions tables (Table 5 2007-09 and Table 10 2010-11). The figures represent the total number of times all of the qualified exemptions have been applied.
|Number of qualified exemptions (1)|
|(1) More than one exemption may be applied to any one request.|
Due to the scope of MOD business, the Department receives requests for information on a wide variety of subjects. It would only be possible to provide the subject of each of the requests to which qualified exemptions have been applied at disproportionate cost.
Peter Luff: The Harrier was a flexible and capable aircraft which served the nation well. However, owing to the reduction in the size of the Harrier fleet to 32 aircraft in 2009 under the previous Government it was unable to achieve sustained operations in Afghanistan and maintain an adequate contingent capability for the unexpected on its own. Only the Tornado could do this and sustaining fleets of three types of aircraft was unaffordable. We accepted that this decision would create a gap in carrier strike capability until the end of the decade. The sale has been completed and the Government do not intend to reverse the decision to sell the Harrier fleet to the US Government.
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Mr Robathan: While we hold information on medical conditions affecting our service personnel, it is not possible to attribute these to a particular deployment. However, we will shortly be beginning a long term study covering operations in Iraq and Afghanistan which will mirror the ongoing study into the health of veterans of the first Gulf war. As with the ongoing study, the results of this new study will be published regularly.
This found that there was no statistically significant difference in the total number of deaths between Gulf veterans and service personnel who had not served in the first Gulf war; and the number of disease related deaths was significantly lower among Gulf veterans than among those who had not served in the first Gulf war. Finally, both groups of veterans were at a lower risk of dying than the general UK population.
Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft
Mr MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he consulted his French counterpart prior to cancelling the order for F35 aeroplanes using catapult machinery on future UK aircraft carriers. 
Mr Philip Hammond: Discussions on the Carrier project between the UK and France have been held at both ministerial and official level. The decision to procure the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the F35 does not affect our continued close co-operation with France. It has been our intention since the Lancaster House treaty to co-ordinate carrier movement with the French Navy to ensure that at least one European carrier group is available to support international operations, and this has not changed.
As stated in the Secretary of State for Defence’s statement to the House on 10 May 2012, Official Report, columns 140-53, we expect flying from the Queen Elizabeth to commence in 2018, but no exact date in that year has been set for when the UK sea trials will commence.
Mr Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many full-time equivalent employees his Department employed in May 2010; and how many it employed in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr Robathan: Information on the number of employees in the Ministry of Defence and its trading funds is compiled on 1 April each year. As at 1 April 2010 there were 85,850 full-time equivalent civilian employees. This has steadily reduced to 70,940 as at 1 April 2012.
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Military Aircraft: Training
John Glen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many trainee pilots are being held over and not on flying training in the (a) Navy, (b) RAF and (c) Army; when he expects all such recruits will complete or resume their training; and if he will estimate the total cost to the taxpayer of holding over such recruits in each of the next three years. 
Mr Robathan: A trainee pilot is considered on hold when they are between flying training courses. As of 18 April 2012 the number of trainee pilots on hold in the flying training pipeline was as follows:
Royal Navy: 80
Royal Air Force: 214
Trainee pilots are expected to recommence training between June 2012 and August 2014. Depending on individual stages in the training pipeline, we expect these trainees to start emerging combat ready between 2014 and 2018.
Sir Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make it his policy to award the Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011 to all members of HM Armed Forces who served for two years in combat operations, regardless of when they left HM Armed Forces; 
(2) whether he plans to extend the award criteria for the Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011 to military personnel who have left HM Armed Forces before 1 January 2008; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) for what reasons the award criteria for the Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011 have been restricted to only those members of HM Armed Forces who served on or after before 1 January 2008; and if he will make a statement. 
The qualifying period for the new Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011 was set at 720 days instead of the 1,080 days required for the original Accumulated Campaign Service Medal. This was because, despite an increase in operational
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commitments and tempo in recent years, harmony guidelines meant that it was taking longer for individuals to earn this recognition for repeat tours of duty.
The need for change was underlined by the end of residential tours in Northern Ireland when Operation Banner ended in July 2007. Lengthy operational tours there had contributed significantly to the 1,080 days required to earn the original Accumulated Campaign Service Medal. The date of 1 January 2008 was chosen as the start date for the new medal following the final awards of the General Service Medal 1962 with clasp (Northern Ireland) in 2007.
I recognise that whenever a change to medal qualifying requirements is made there will be some who will not benefit from the change. I am satisfied that the arrangements now adopted represent the right approach to the changing demands on our servicemen and women over time.
Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Ministry of Defence police officers are employed (a) at Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport and (b) within Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport constituency. 
Mr Robathan: The Ministry of Defence keeps security at all sites under constant review to ensure that civil policing resources are used in an effective and proportional manner. The number of Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) officers deployed at Devonport, and within the Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport constituency, are commensurate with the current tasking levels.
I am withholding the number of officers deployed at and around HMNB Devonport, as the disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces. It would also be likely to prejudice law enforcement at those locations.
Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential for Ministry of Defence Police Officers to take a greater role in delivering security at Ministry of Defence sites in Plymouth. 
Mr Robathan: I refer my hon. Friend to the written statement I made on 27 March 2012, Official Report columns 116-19WS. We will be taking a flexible approach to the implementation of the changes to our future civil policing requirement including those in the Devonport area. This will ensure that the best possible use will be made of MOD police at those defence sites where there is a clear requirement for constabulary powers as part of the overall protective security arrangements.
Oliver Colvile: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has assessed the potential effects of reducing the number of Defence Community Police Officers on the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant. 
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Mr Robathan: I refer my hon. Friend to my written statement of 27 March 2012, Official Report, columns 116-19WS, in which I explained that the future requirement for Defence Community Police Officers has been carefully reviewed against other competing priorities. Community support activity on a number of Defence families' estates is already successfully provided by local police forces, and we have concluded, subject to consultation with the Defence Police Federation, that we should adopt this model more widely, allowing the withdrawal of most MOD Police Defence Community Police Officers in Great Britain. We do not believe this change would affect the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant.
Alison Seabeck: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has assessed any implications arising from the Haddon-Cave report on the loss of the Nimrod Xv230 for the safety management of Royal Navy (a) Vanguard class and (b) other submarines. 
Peter Luff: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has encouraged all those involved in the submarine programme to consider the implications of Haddon-Cave's findings and recommendations for their own safety management arrangements. In common with Defence as a whole, the submarine programme is adopting a more rigorous approach to the recognition of safety duty holders. In another significant development, there has been an improvement in MOD regulation of safety through the creation of the Defence Safety and Environment Authority, within which the Defence Maritime Regulator and the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator have specific remits for the submarine programme. This is consistent with the creation of the Military Aviation Authority as directly recommended by Haddon-Cave.
Queen’s Dragoon Guards
Nick Harvey: The Army is undertaking a study into its future size and structure, the outcome of which we expect to announce when decisions have been taken. Until then it is not possible to comment on which specific units may be affected.
In respect of Ministry of Defence (MOD) civil servants, paid release is used as part of normal work force management. Voluntary terms are offered in order to reduce surplus staffing levels and, ultimately, as a means of avoiding or minimising compulsory redundancies. The numbers of MOD civil servants leaving over the last two years reflect the MOD's need to reduce civilian headcount in response to the strategic defence and security review and other work to balance the Defence budget. The following table shows
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the total numbers of paid releases (both voluntary release and redundancy) over the last two financial years within the Ministry of Defence and its trading funds.
Work and Pensions
Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 1 May 2012, to the hon. Member for Cardiff West, Official Report, column 1407W, on Atos, when each contract between his Department and Atos was most recently renewed or extended. 
|Policy area||Most recent contract re-let or extension|
Installed a large Combined Heat and Power unit in DWP's largest building
New staff awareness campaign on energy and travel reduction (ongoing)
Continued installation of 'spend-to-save' investment measures across estate
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Relocated large data centre to new low-carbon facility
Installed improved and additional video conferencing facilities
Implemented lower-carbon fleet
Replaced printers, scanners and copiers with fewer multi-function devices
Launched estate rationalisation programme (ongoing)
Lifted server/comms room minimum cooling temperatures
Revised policy on office heating and cooling times and temperatures
Challenged and removed excess office equipment (fridges, fans etc.)
Expanded installation of Automatic Meter Readers to improve monitoring, using data to challenge excess consumption and address adverse trends
Consolidated IT servers
Increased number of local energy champions (now 800 across estate)
Embedded sustainability within DWP policy and project development
Reviewed estate plant end-of-life replacement programmes re energy opportunities
Revised methodology for investment in new low-carbon technologies
Launched improved energy database to improve reporting and transparency
Reviewed opportunities to reduce standby timings on printers
DWP Executive Team signed up to a number of sustainability pledges
Further details of the Department's vision and proposals on carbon reduction are outlined in its Carbon Management Plan, available on the Department's website. A refreshed Plan will be published later this year.
Mr Bacon: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 1 May 2012, Official Report, column 1411W, on the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, what the substance was of each change to the contract between Tata Consulting Services and the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission since 2009. 
Maria Miller: The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have asked the Child Maintenance Commissioner to write to my hon. Friend with the information requested and I have seen the response.
In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Child Maintenance Commissioner.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 1 May 2012, Official Report, column 1411W, on the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, what the substance was of each change to the contract between Tata Consulting Services and the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission since 2009.(108283]
The five key contract changes made to the contract between Tata Consulting Services (TCS) and the Commission since 2009 are:
CCN001—The introduction of contractual clauses relating to fraud management with no impact to contract value.
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CCN002—Amendments to the procedure for managing contract changes, an agreement to a number of change requests and a revised implementation plan.
CCN003—Amendment to reflect transition from time and materials terms to a fixed price term to complete supplier testing and consequential changes to the services to be provided. New governance and change management arrangements were created.
CCN004—An amendment to reflect changes to the duration of the maintenance agreement for the TCS banking software package with no impact to contract value.
CCN005—Amendments to the criteria used by the Commission for accepting the conclusion of certain phases of testing and an agreement that TCS will support three months of testing at no additional cost.
Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employers have (a) applied for and (b) secured funding from his Department to recruit people who have been unemployed for six months or more in (i) Birmingham and (ii) England in the last 12 months. 
Chris Grayling: No payments have been secured by employers as part of DWP-funded employment schemes in the last 12 months to recruit people, including wage incentives for which the earliest eligibility would be eight weeks after the launch of the Youth Contract on 2 April.