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Mr. Gale: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list by title the publications produced by his Department between 1 May 1997 and 31 January 1998. [26331]

Dr. David Clark: The following publications have been produced by my Department between 1 May 1997 and 31 January 1998:






























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Mr. Gale: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list, by title, the publications produced under the authority of the Office of Public Service between 1 May 1997 and 31 January 1998. [26336]

Dr. David Clark: The following publications have been produced under the authority of the Office of Public Services between 1 May 1997 and 31 January 1998.



























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DEFENCE

Strategic Defence Review

14. Mr. Borrow: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the implications of the Government's defence diplomacy initiative for the Strategic Defence Review. [26108]

Mr. George Robertson: Defence Diplomacy is the use of our Armed Forces to promote conflict and crisis prevention, and more generally support and promote wider British interests. It is a major theme of the Strategic Defence Review and its importance will be clearly reflected in the United Kingdom's defence policy when we publish the conclusions of the Review in a White Paper.

27. Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he intends to publish the White Paper on the Strategic Defence Review. [26124]

Mr. George Robertson: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Walsall, South (Mr. George) on 25 November 1997, Official Report, columns 499-500.

European Defence Industry (Restructuring)

15. Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress made towards European defence industry restructuring in response to the peace dividend. [26109]

Mr. Spellar: Since the end of the Cold War, the defence industries of the USA and Western Europe have seen major changes in structure and organisation. These changes have proceeded further and faster in the USA, and a similar process needs to take place urgently within Europe. This was reflected in the 9 December trilateral statement on restructuring which calls on industry to submit clear plans and a detailed timetable for restructuring and integration by 31 March 1998. In preparation for this, discussions are continuing between European companies, and between industry and Government officials.

31. Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what responses he has had from industry regarding the joint British, French and German call for restructuring of military aerospace manufacturing capacity; and if he will make a statement. [26128]

Mr. Spellar: The trilateral statement of 9 December 1997 called on companies to present a clear plan and detailed timetable for the restructuring and integration of the European aerospace and related defence industries by 31 March 1998. In preparation for this, discussions are continuing between European companies, and between industry and Government officials.

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