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Written Parliamentary Questions: 3rd May 2006

Queen's Flight
Q:To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was of the Queen's Flight in each of the last four financial years; how much of these costs were (a) fixed and (b) variable; and how many miles were flown by the Queen's Flight in each year. (John Hemming)

A:The total cost of the 32 (The Royal) Squadron in each of the last four financial years and the breakdown of these costs into (a) fixed and (b) variable costs are shown in the following table:

Fixed and variable costs for 32 (The Royal) Squadron £ million Financial year Fixed costs Variable costs Total
2002–03 20.2 5.0 25.2
2003–04 14.5 4.8 19.3
2004–05 11.7 4.6 16.3
2005–06 11.4 5.8 17.2

We are not able to provide a figure on how many miles are flown by 32 (The Royal) Squadron as this information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. (Don Touhig, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Veterans), Ministry of Defence)


Millennium Projects
Q:To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the millennium projects with a capital cost in excess of £25 million; and what the (a) deficit and (b) surplus was of each project for each financial year since 2000. (John Hemming)

A:Millennium Commission funded projects with a total capital cost of over £25 million are set out in the table.

The Commission monitors projects to satisfy itself that capital assets funded by lottery grant remain in use, and requires projects to provide it with their annual reports and to notify it if they cease operating or become insolvent. To date, three projects out of 223 supported by the Commission have ceased to operate. However, information about the individual performance of each project is not held centrally.

[please follow the link to see the table]

(Richard Caborn, Minister of State (Sport), Department for Culture, Media & Sport)

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