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Defence written question – answered on 7th April 2005.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget for financial years (a) 2001–02, (b) 2000–01, (c) 1999–2000, (d) 1998–99 and (e) 1997–98 the (i)Warship Support Agency, (ii) Veterans Agency and (iii) UK Hydrographic Office spent in Scotland in (A)monetary terms and (B) as a percentage of the total personnel budget for that year; how many personnel were employed in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Ivor Caplin Mr Ivor Caplin Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence

Both civilian and Service personnel data by agency are collated annually at 1 April and presented in Table 2.6 of UK Defence Statistics, a copy of which is held in the Library of the House. Further information on personnel figures is available on the DASA website at

The number of Service personnel employed by agency and location is not collated centrally, although the UK Hydrographic Office have confirmed from locally held records that no Service personnel have been employed in Scotland.

A table showing numbers of civilian personnel by MOD agency, for the agency as a total and those employed in Scotland specifically, for the period 1 April 1997 to 1 January 2005, is available on the Defence Analytical Services Agency website,, and is also lodged in the Library of the House.

Information relating to the total personnel costs of each of these agencies is available from their respective Annual Report and Accounts, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.

In the case of the Veterans Agency, the relevant publications relate to the War Pensions Agency, which was transferred to the MOD in April 2002 and subsequently took the name Veterans Agency.

Before 1 April 2001, the Warship Support Agency was split between two organisations, the Ships Support Agency and the Naval Bases and Supply Agency.

More detailed analysis of personnel costs by region could be supplied only at disproportionate costs, as the information is not held centrally.

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