§ Mr. Key
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of running the Resettlement Training Centre at Aldershot in 2002–03; what the value was of the contract awarded to(a) Couts and (b) Career Transition Partnership (CTP) in that year; and what percentage of training courses are provided by (a) CTP and (b) preferred suppliers. 
§ Mr. Caplin
The cost of running the Resettlement Training Centre (RTC) at Aldershot in 2002–03 was in the order of £233,000, which includes utility, accommodation, property management and Government Owned, Contractors Operated costs. Payments made to Right Management Consultants to run contracted courses at the RTC are not included.
The Contract for the Tri-Service provision of an Armed Forces Resettlement Service though originally placed with the Courts Consulting Group plc in July 1998 was novated to Right Management Consultants Ltd. in September 2002.
I am withholding the value of the contract in accordance with Exemption 13 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. The Career 939W Transition Partnership (CTP) is a partnership between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management Consultants. No other contract for resettlement services has been placed.
Information on the percentage of training courses provided internally by the CTP at the RTC and by Preferred Suppliers is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. During 2002–03 however, the RTC ran 203 courses and 2,156 places were taken up by Services leavers. 4,691 Service leavers are known to have attended courses run by preferred suppliers. These figures exclude courses attended by Service leavers run by non-preferred suppliers, for which no records are held centrally.