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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

06 Dec 10. The Government response to the Defence Committee’s September report on SDSR is at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmselect/cmdfence/638/638.pdf

09 Dec 10. Committee of Public Accounts activities of the PAC next week: Week beginning 13 Dec.
Tuesday 14 Dec. 0001 hrs REPORT. (Embargoes go out Sunday for Tuesday)
Financial Management of the Defence Budget
Previous NAO Report: http://www.nao.org.uk/publications/1011/mod_financial_management.aspx
The evidence session is at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmselect/cmpubacc/uc503-i/uc50301.htm
Tuesday 14 Dec. 1030. ORAL EVIDENCE
Ofcom: The Effectiveness of converged regulation
Previous NAO Report: http://www.nao.org.uk/publications/press_notice_home/1011/1011490.aspx
Wednesday 15 Dec. 1530. ORAL EVIDENCE
MOD Major Projects
Previous NAO Report: http://www.nao.org.uk/publications/press_notice_home/1011/1011489.aspx
Thursday 16 Dec. 0001 hrs REPORT. (Embargoes go out Tues for Thurs)
The Community Care Grant
Previous NAO Report: http://www.nao.org.uk/publications/1011/community_care_grant.aspx
The evidence session is at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmselect/cmpubacc/uc573-i/uc57301.htm

House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 03 Dec 2010

Technical Support 3 Contracting Arrangement

Michael Dugher: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts have been let under the Framework Agreement for Technical Support 3 contracting arrangement; what the (a) highest and (b) lowest monetary value is of such a contract; and how many such contracts have been awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises. [27806]
Peter Luff: Since the Framework Agreement for Technical Support 3 (FATS/3) was put in place in April 2009, over 1,530 individual contracts have been placed with FATS/3 contractors. The highest value contract was for £7.9 million and the lowest for £600. Of these contracts some 684 were placed directly with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Many of those contracts placed with larger companies will also have benefited SMEs in the form of sub-contracted work.

Trident Submarines

Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of extending the life of the Vanguard-class submarines; and if he will make a statement. [21400]

Mr Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely additional maintenance costs arising from the extension by nine years of the in-service life of the four Vanguard-class submarines. [20398]

Dr Fox [holding answer 2 November 2010]: The 2006 White Paper (CM 6994) extended the life of the Vanguard-class by five years to 2024 at an additional cost of £1.3 billion. As announced in the strategic defence and security review, we have deferred the successor submarine in service date from 2024 to 2028 for which we expect to spend around an additional £1.2 billion in maintaining the Vanguard-class. The overall impact of the changes identified by the value of money study and reported in the strategic defence and security review will reduce costs by £3.2 billion over the next 10 years.

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