These answers are taken from Hansard from questions asked by Keevan Jones MP. This guy is seriously digging the dirt on the armed forces - check out his latest questions from the past week alone - this guy worries me! Also why does he have such an issue with the army ski championships - is this new labour at its worst - cracking down on the army skiing? Army: Costs Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2007, Official Report, column 50W, on the Army: costs, what the reasons were for the amount spent on maintenance of the property occupied by the General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland, broken down by main budget heading.  Derek Twigg: The figure of Â£4,702.52 previously provided under the generic heading âmaintenanceâ contained an error of Â£17.50, the total figure spend on maintenance was actually Â£4,685.02, which covered a range of costs, a breakdown as follows: Work carried out Cost (Â£) Supply gardening sundries 196.20 Various electrical repairs 288.40 Power wash external areas 654.48 Treat flea infestation 100.00 Wash windows/frames (internal and external) 599.25 Rebed loose masonry at patio wall 341.61 Eradicate wasps nest at driveway 99.88 Clean out guttering and down pipes 352.50 Replace dish washing machine 348.92 Rectify leak at waste disposal m/c 102.23 Trace/rectify leak in roof space 156.28 Supply and fix chrome soap dish 14.61 Reseal kitchen sink 26.40 Supply and fix handle at T/dryer 88.13 Replace x 8 tensioners at curtains 188.00 Replace bath c/w taps etc. 587.50 Replacement of oil pump 185.51 Testing of portable appliances (33) 88.20 Replace thermostatic valves x 2 125.92 Planned maintenance for boilers and smoke alarms 141.00 Total 4,685.02 Army: Greater London Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which occasions the General Officer Commanding London District met hon. Members and peers in the last 12 months.  Derek Twigg: The information is provided in the following table. Date Event 11 May 2006 Armed forces parliamentary scheme visit. 17 June 2006 Lunch with Lord Inge 27 July 2006 Office call with Lord Guthrie 4 December 2006 Dinner with Philip Dunne MP 17 January 2007 Dinner with Keith Simpson MP 21 March 2007 Ex Household Division MPâs dinner at Queenâs Guard:-Hugo Swire MP, Andrew Robathan MP, Ben Wallace MP, Hugh Robertson MP, Mike Penning MP, David Trevithic MP, and Adam Holloway MP The above list does not include meetings with Ministers. 24 May 2007 : Column 1380W Army: Skiing Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which regiments of the Army have ski lodges.  Derek Twigg: The Army does not own any ski lodges. A number of lodges are rented by the Army to enable the conduct of Adventurous Training Activities under the auspices of the Joint Service Adventurous Training Scheme. Individual regiments or corps are at liberty to have ski lodges using non-public funds. Information on which regiments or corps do so is not collated. Chief of Defence Material Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the claims for expenses made by the Chief of Defence Material since January 2005.  Derek Twigg [holding answer 14 May 2007]: The chief of defence materiel has made no claims for expenses since 2 April 2007, when the post was established. Departments: Official Hospitality Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) gifts and (b) hospitality were received by the (i) Chief of the General Staff, (ii) Adjutant General, (iii) General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland and (iv) Commander in Chief Land in the last 12 months.  Derek Twigg: Between 26 April 2006 and 26 April 2007 the gifts and hospitality received and accepted by the Chief of the General Staff, the Adjutant General, the General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland and the Commander in Chief Land are shown in the following tables. During the same period, the Chief of the General Staff received 209 offers of hospitality/gifts and accepted 46. Commander in Chief Land received 75 offers, and accepted 19. General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland received 41 offers and accepted 16 and the Adjutant General received 42 offers and accepted 10. Chief of the General Staff Date Provider Description 1 May 2006 Brazilian Chief of the General Staff Books 2 May 2006 General Commanding 1 Division Plaque and clock 2 May 2006 Chilean ambassador Book 2 May 2006 Chief of Joint Operations Chile Pencil case 2 May 2006 Chief of Joint Operations Chile Metal salver 2 May 2006 Chief of Joint Operations Chile Pair of spurs 10 May 2006 Australian Chief of the General Staff Boomerang 22 May 2006 Oxford Union Address and dinner 25 May 2006 Editor of the House Magazine Dinner 26 May 2006 Royal Chelsea Flower Show Tickets and lunch 1 June 2006 De la Rue Dinner 6 June 2006 Bucks Club Dinner and speech 13 June 2006 Deborah Tan Dinner 14 June 2006 Andrew Nurnberg Lunch 15 June 2006 Aberdeen Asset Managers Scottish music spectacular 16 June 2006 Robert Fox Lunch 20 June 2006 Royal Academy of Music Concert and dinner 23 June 2006 Afghani Minster of Defence Plaque 29 June 2006 Fergus Greer (Studios) Drinks 2 July 2006 Brazilian Defence AttachÃ© Books 8 July 2006 Lawn Tennis Association Tickets and lunch 14 July 2006 Dutch Chief of the General Staff Statuette 15 July 2006 Jamaican Chief of Staff Picture 20 July 2006 Pakistani Vice Chief of the Army Staff Plaque 23 July 2006 Canadian Forces Base Suffield and British Army Training Unit Suffield Embroidery 24 July 2006 Vauxhall Cross Dinner 25 July 2006 Archbishop of Canterbury Reception 31 August 2006 Victory Services Association Lunch 5 September 2006 Defence Correspondents Cocktail party 6 September 2006 Brazilian embassy Reception 6 September 2006 Pakistani high commissioner Reception 7 September 2006 Ralph Zoellner (Boeing) Dinner 12 September 2006 Lieutenant General Shoke Figurine 14 September 2006 Brigadier-General Quezeda Plaque 19 September 2006 The Lord Boyce Dinner 20 September 2006 Egyptian embassy Reception 24 May 2007 : Column 1383W 24 May 2007 : Column 1384W 21 September 2006 Saudi Arabian embassy Reception 25 September 2006 Vickers Defence Systems Bronze cannon 3 October 2006 Nigerian Chief of the General Staff Book 2 December 2006 New Zealand Army Chief Ceremonial weapon 2 December 2006 New Zealand Army Chief Scarf and gloves 2 December 2006 New Zealand Army Chief Plaque 2 December 2006 New Zealand Chief of the Defence Force Plaque 2 December 2006 Australian Army Chief Boomerang 2 December 2006 Australian Army Chief Plaque 2 December 2006 Australian Army Chief Scarf Adjutant General Date Provider Description 6 May 2006 The Babcock Inter-Services Championship Rugby match/reception 23 May 2006 Visit of the British American Forecasting Exchange (BAFEX) Giftâpaperweight 29 June 2006 The British Forces Foundation Annual charity ball 6 October 2006 The Variety Club Lunchâguest 11 November 2006 Royal British LegionâFestival of Remembrance GuestâArmy Board representative 14 November 2006 United Services Mess Remembrance dinner/speech 9 January 2007 The Basic Skills Agency Reception/speech 15 January 2007 Visit from UAE, Chief of Administration and Manpower Silver plate 24 January 2007 Woodroffe's Lunch/speech 19 February 2007 Company of Fruiterers, The Masters, Wardens and Court of Assistants Livery banquetâguest General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland Date Provider Description 8 May 2006 Lord Mayor of Belfast Civic dinner, City Hall Belfast 9 May 2006 PUS (NIO) and Director of Policing and Security NI Reception, Hillsborough Castle 15 May 2006 Secretary of State (NI) Garden Party, Hillsborough Castle 7 June 2006 Stn Comd RAF Coningsby Plaque on occasion of GOC's visit 9 August 2006 NICSS Regt BFPO official first day cover 23 August 2006 25 Engr Regt Plaque made of South Armagh Tower 9 September 2006 Order of Malta Victory Day lunch and mass, Armagh 20 October 2006 North Irish Horse Dinner, Belfast 4 November 2006 Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, Belfast 11 November 2006 Queens University Services Club Dinner, Belfast 23 November 2006 Presentation from unit under Command Hip flask and cup set 24 November 2006 Forces Financial Champagne reception London 11 December 2006 Secretary of State (NI) Christmas reception 22 December 2006 Secretary of State (NI) Security forces Christmas reception, Hillsborough Castle 20 February 2007 Thales Meeting and lunch, Castlereagh 21 February 2007 Chief Constable International policing conference, City Hall Commander in Chief Land Date of hospitality Provider Description 1 to 4 May 06 Allied Canadian Army StaffTalks Mounted rock statue on base 23 to 24 May 06 Gen McNeil US Army US army silver plate 22 June 2006 CGSNZ Book and ceramic bowl 10 to 11 July 2006 Commander in Chief Germany Tank in case 10 to 11 July 2006 Commander in Chief Germany Paperweight 18 July 2006 Vice Chief of Army Staff Pakistan Plaque 18 July 2006 Vice Chief of Army Staff Pakistan Cufflinks and tie pin 13 September 2006 Lt Gen ShokeâCGS South African Army Plaque 16 October 2006 Comd US Army Combined Arms Centre Four silver cups in case 17 October 2006 CO US Army Welfare College Wooden pencil box 17 October 2006 CO US Army Welfare College Book on Westpoint 24 May 2007 : Column 1385W 24 May 2007 : Column 1386W 17 October 2006 CO US Army College of General Staff Book âBlock by Blockâ 13 December 2006 BAE Systems Christmas drinks 12 October 2006 COS US Army Bronze coin 15 October 2006 Chief of Staff Army (US) US army book 15 October 2006 Deputy Chief of Staff Army (US) Tankard 15 October 2006 Chief of Staff US Army Serving bowl 9 March 2007 BAE Systems Grand Militaryâlunch and hospitality 29 to 30 January 2007 COMFAT Pewter ashtray Snow Queen Exercise Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of the last exercise Snow Queen was; and if he will make a statement.  Derek Twigg: Exercise âSnow Queenâ used to be run in Germany with the objective of introducing soldiers to skiing. This exercise was discontinued over ten years ago and details of the costs incurred on the last occasion that it took place have not been retained. An adventurous training activity weekend undertaken by the wives and other female members based in Suffield, Canada in March this year, also titled âExercise Snow Queenâ, was funded through the British Army Unit Suffield Wivesâ Club. All costs incurred by the Army were recovered from the participants Army: Greater London Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether an estimate has been made of the value of the property occupied by the general officer commanding London district.  Derek Twigg: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 18 May 2007, Official Report, column 989W Armed Forces: Housing Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what percentage of accommodation provided by his Department to those of the rank of (a) General, (b) Lieutenant General, (c) Major General, (d) Brigadier, (e) Colonel, (f) Lieutenant Colonel, (g) Major and (h) Captain is considered to be of Standard 1 condition;  (2) what percentage of accommodation provided by his Department to those of the rank of (a) general, (b) lieutenant general, (c) major general, (d) brigadier, (e) colonel, (f) lieutenant colonel, (g) major and (h) captain is considered to be of Standard 4 condition.  Derek Twigg: Service Families Accommodation (SFA) is provided in accordance with the published Tri-Service Accommodation Regulations. The Standard for Condition of each Type of SFA, along with the Army ranks entitled to it, is shown in the following table: Percentage SFA Rank Standard 1 for Condition Standard 2 for Condition Standard 3 for Condition Standard 4 for Condition Type 1 General, LtGen 29 46 25 0 Type 2 Maj Gen, Brig, Col 46 41 12 1 Type 3 Brig, Col, LtCol 54 40 6 0 Type 4 Major 53 42 4 1 Type 5S Major 36 53 5 1 Type 5 Captain and below 57 40 2 1 Note: All figures are rounded to the nearest whole per cent. Some Type 5 Special SFA is not categorised, so the percentage figures do not add up to 100. The Type of SFA offered to Captain (and below) can be affected by their number of dependants. Armed Forces: Winter Sports Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which ranks of the armed services attended the Army Ski Championships in 2007.  Derek Twigg [holding answer 14 May 2007]: All Army ranks from private soldier to Major participated in the Army Ski Championships, with predominance on the lower ranksâPrivate, Lance Corporal and Corporal. The Officials organising the event ranged in rank from Sergeant to Brigadier. A number of senior officers made brief visits to the Championship including the Chief of the General Staff in his capacity as the President of the Army Winter Sports Association. Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the costs of holding the 2007 Army Ski Championships were met.  Derek Twigg [holding answer 14 May 2007]: The costs of the Army Skiing Championships are met from a combination of public, commercial sponsorship and non-public funds. The non-public element included contributions from the Army Winter Sports Association funds, Army Sports Lottery grants and individuals. Military Bases: Visits Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the occasions in the last 12 months where Ministers have approved visits to barracks by hon. Members.  Derek Twigg: The information is not held centrally and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost. Armed Forces: Officers Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which occasions the (a) Commander in Chief Land, (b) General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland, (c) Adjutant General and (d) Chief of General Staff met journalists in the last 12 months.  Derek Twigg: In the period 27 April 2006 to 27 April 2007 neither the Commander in Chief Land nor the General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland had any formal meetings with journalists. In the same period the Chief of the General Staff and his predecessor met with journalists on nine occasions, as did the Adjutant-General. The breakdown for these meetings is as shown: Chief of the General Staff 15-18 May 2006âRichard Norton-Taylor, Stryker McGuire, William Shawcross and Sarah SandsâIraq visit. 25-28 June 2006âRobert Fox, Sarah Sands and Con CoughlinâArmed Forces Germany visit. 1-4 September 2006âSir Max Hastings and Ron MoreauâArmed Forces Germany visit. 5 September 2006âDefence Journalists ReceptionâCavalry and Guards Club. 6 October 2006âFinal Parade and Review in Belfast for Home Service Battalions of the Royal Irish Regimentâtribute interviewsâvarious. 10 October 2006âInterview with Sarah Sands. 11 October 2006âInterview with Patience Wheatcroft. 8 December 2006âIzzy Barnard (British Forces Broadcasting Service) and Mark Page (Garrison Radio). 13 March 2007âBBCâstatement regarding medical care to Armed forces personnel. Adjutant - General 10 May 2006âSir Max Hastings. 19 June 2006âJohn Elliot - (Editor Soldier Magazine)âBlake Report Interview. 11 July 2006âInterview with Andy Simmsâ(Deputy Editor Soldier Magazine). 17 October 2006âSir Max Hastings. 4 December 2006âJosette Lessorâ(Garrison Radio)âChristmas message. 8 December 2006âRob WatsonâDitchley Foundation. 3 January 2007âBBC NewsâDefence Estate issues. 5 January 2007âMax HastingsâSSAFA event. 7 March 2007âKate Adie. Army: Conferences Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which budget the cost of the Chief of the General Staffâs attendance at the North East Economic forum was met; and how the Chief of the General Staff travelled to the event.  Derek Twigg [holding answer 14 May 2007]: The Chief of the General Staff attended the North East Economic Forum as a guest speaker. His travel arrangements for the day are shown as follows. All transport was provided by Ministry of Defence assets 21 May 2007 : Column 1049W and the associated costs were absorbed by the relevant budgetary areas. The visit gave rise to no external costs. From To Method of Transport Budget Somerset Minley Helicopter 32 Squadron RAF Minley RAF Northolt Helicopter 32 Squadron RAF RAF Northolt Teesside airport Plane 32 Squadron RAF Teesside airport Forum Venue, Durham Car and Driver HQ London District Forum Venue, Durham Teesside airport Car and Driver HQ London District Teesside airport RAF Northolt Plane 32 Squadron RAF RAF Northolt Home Car and Driver CGS Household Army: Greater London Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated value is of the house provided by his Department to the General Officer Commanding London District.  Derek Twigg: The house occupied by the General Officer Commanding of London District is leased from Cadogan Estates Group. The market value of the property is a matter for them.