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(2) how many refit berths there are for nuclear submarines ; and whether there is sufficient refit berth capacity to make inspections of the nuclear submarine fleet without unnecessary delay.
Mr. Archie Hamilton : It is not our practice to release details of our nuclear refit capacity. However, a refit berth is not required for the current inspections being carried out on our nuclear submarines.
Mr. Fatchett : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what facilities his Department is providing for Krauss Maffei Company to promote the Leopard II tank in the United Kingdom ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Alan Clark : Krauss Maffei is aware that we are seeking industrial participation proposals from potential overseas suppliers competing for the Chieftain replacement requirement. The company will accordingly be undertaking a round of seminars as part of its marketing strategy to improve its knowledge of the United Kingdom defence market and to identify possible United Kingdom
subcontractors. As with General Dynamics earlier, the Defence Export Services Organisation, in consultation with local chambers of commerce and regional development authorities, will be assisting Krauss Maffei in organising these seminars.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the implications for the British Army of the Rhine of a withdrawal of Belgian troops from the Federal Republic of Germany.
Mr. Matthew Taylor : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the projected cost of the transfer of the United States air force 401st wing from Spain to Italy ; and what part of the cost is projected as falling to (a) Britain, (b) the United States of America and (c) other NATO allies.
Mr. Archie Hamilton : The provisional assessment of the total cost is £424 million. Of this £37 million would fall to be met by the United Kingdom, £198 million by the United States of America, and £189 million by other NATO nations.
Mr. McFall : To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was paid in rates each year for the past 10 years by his Department in respect of the Clyde submarine base, Faslane and Coulport, to the local authority.
The contributions in lieu of rates paid in respect of the Clyde submarine base, Faslane and Coulport, are set out in the table.
Clyde submarine base Faslane Coulport |Non- |Domestic |Non- |Domestic |domestic |domestic |£ |£ |£ |£ ------------------------------------------------------------ 1980-81 |1,018,622|618 |464,722 |504 1981-82 |1,346,454|834 |711,080 |680 1982-83 |1,522,079|980 |803,829 |800 1983-84 |1,498,622|965 |812,796 |788 1984-85 |1,615,453|1,034 |869,946 |844 1985-86 |1,638,065|1,704 |936,650 |899 1986-87 |1,832,772|1,160 |1,000,920|976 1987-88 |2,129,780|1,278 |1,093,110|1,075 1988-89 |2,184,765|1,278 |1,138,760|1,075 1989-90 |2,234,090|- |1,125,000|-