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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence further to his answer of 21 February 2000, Official Report, column 738W, to the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith) on Masonic organisations, if the act of administering an oath to a Loyal Orange Lodge or allowing an oath to be administered on his Department's premises or property is considered to be among those actions that encourage or promote membership of a secretive organisation for the purposes of the Joint Service Defence Council Instruction on Membership of Organisations such as the Freemasons. [114648]

Mr. Spellar: I will write to my hon. Friend and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.


Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list all prime contractors and major subcontractors for the (a) CV (F), (b) Future Carrier Borne Aircraft, (c) Type 45 destroyer, (d) strategic sealift, (e) Bowman, (f) Tracer, (g) Bvraam, (h) Asraam, (i) Hercules Rolling Replacement-tranche 2 and (j) short-term strategic airlift. [113889]

Mr. Hoon: [holding answer 13 March 2000]: This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Defence Procurement Agency. I have asked the Chief Executive to write to the hon. Member.

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Letter from Robert Walmsley to Mr. Robert Key, dated 15 March 2000:

    The information requested is as follows:


    Contracts for the CVF Assessment Phase were awarded in November 1999 to BAE and Thomson-CSF. BAE subsequently merged with their major sub-contractor. Marconi Electronic Systems, to form BAE SYSTEMS. Thomson-CSF's major sub-contractors include British Maritime Technology Defence Services Limited, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

    Future Carrier Borne Aircraft (FCBA)

    The current planning assumption for FCBA is the US joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The Boeing Military Aircraft Company and Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Company are the competing Prime Contractors in the current phase of the programme, which will lead to a US down-selection to one Prime Contractor in the Spring of 2001. In addition, Pratt and Whitney are developing the engine which will be provided as US Government Furnished Equipment to the selected Prime Contractor. The major UK sub contractors to the US Primes are:



    Messier Dowry


    Flight Refuelling

    Martin Baker

    TI Industries (Dowty Division)

    Smiths Industries

    Lockheed Martin



    Flight Refuelling

    Meggitt Avionics

    Smiths Industries

    Pratt and Whitney


    Callender Aeropart

    Type 45 destroyer

    The nominated Prime Contractor for the Type 45 Destroyer is BAE SYSTEMS. Subject to satisfactory progress, both Marconi Marine (YSL) Ltd and Vosper Thornycroft will be subcontractors involved in the Demonstration and First of Class Manufacture phase. A wide range of other companies could become major sub- contractors subject to the outcome of competitive selection processes yet to be completed by the Prime Contractor.

    Strategic sealift

    There are four consortia bidding to provide the MOD's strategic sealift service under PFI arrangements. They are:

    Novomar S A

    The Maersk Company

    Andrew Weir Shipping

    The Sealion Consortium

    Subcontractor arrangements have yet to be decided.

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    The current BOWMAN prime contractor is Archer Communications Systems Ltd (ACSL). Potential major sub- contractors include:

    ITT Defence




    Hunting Engineering


    The industrial consortia competing in TRACER Project Definition/Advanced Technology Demonstration (PD/ATD) Phase are:

    'SIKA International', a joint venture company comprising BAE SYSTEMS and Lockheed Martin, with Vickers Defence System and General Dynamics Land Systems.

    The LANCER consortium, an alliance between BAE SYSTEMS (the prime contractor), Raytheon SC, United Defence Limited Partnership (UDLP) and Alvis Vehicles.


    The BVRAAM programme is in the pre-contract competition stage and therefore prime contractorship has still to be determined. Proposals have been received from:

    Matra BAe Dynamics (UK) Ltd, supported by Matra BAe Dynamics, France, Alenia-Marconi Systems SpA, CASA, DASA-LFK, SAAB Dynamics and Bayern Chemie with major proposed sub contractors Royal Ordnance, Thomson Detexis and Fiarey Hydraulics Ltd who are offering METEOR, and

    Raytheon Systems Ltd, Harlow, supported by Raytheon Missile Systems, with major proposed sub-contractors Atlantic Research Company, Raytheon Systems Ltd, Glenrothes, Diehl, Alliant Technology, Thomson Thorn and Shorts, Belfast who are offering FMRAAM and ERAAM.


    Prime Contractor: Matra BAe Dynamics (UK) Ltd

    Major Sub Contractors:

    Seeker: Raytheon Systems Co

    Sensor: LFK-Lenkflugkorpersysteme GmbH

    Fuze: Thomson-Thorn Missile Electronics

    Warhead: TDW-Gesellschaft fur verteidigunstechnische Wirksysteme mbH

    Motor: Royal Ordnance plc

    Acuator: Lucas Aerospace Ltd

    Container: SAAB

    Hercules Rolling Replacement Tranche 2

    The decision on the Hercules Rolling Replacement tranche 2 (HRR2) has yet to be made and therefore no prime contractors or sub-contractors have been selected for this programme. We hope to be in a position to make a decision in the early part of this year.

    Short Term Strategic Airlift (STSA)

    The decision on the Short Term Strategic Airlift (STSA) has yet to be made and therefore no prime contractors or sub-contractors have been selected for this programme. We hope to be in a position to make a decision in the early part of this year.

Leased Sites

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the military establishments within (a) Devon and (b) the Torbay constituency that are occupied leasehold, indicating the dates for the expiry of the leases. [114552]

Mr. Spellar: The following leased sites are in Devon.

SiteExpiry date
Britannia Royal Naval College, DartmouthLease of Fundus (seabed)--29 September 2055
South Yard Fundus, HM Naval Base, DevonportLease of Fundus (seabed)--29 September 2081
Zeta Berth Amphibious Trials Unit, InstowLease of Funds (seabed)--1 June 2003
Facilities at Oreston for HM Naval Base, DevonportLease 29 March 2893
Careers Information Office--Fountain House, ExeterLease 13 September 2004
Pilgrim House, Defence EstatesLease 24 March 2002
Point Terrace, Exmouth for CTC LympstoneLease 23 June 2008
The Camber Milbay Docks for Stonehouse BksLease 1 January 2021

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There are no leased sites in Torbay and there are 20 other minor leases covering weather monitoring and navigational aids.

The Braunton Burrows and Woodbury common training areas are held under licence.

Race Relations

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact on the armed forces of extending to all duties of public authorities the provisions of the Race Relations Act 1976 in respect of (a) direct and (b) indirect discrimination. [114540]

Mr. Spellar [holding answer 14 March 2000]: As the 1976 Race Relations Act applies already to the Armed Forces our assessment is that the extension of the Act to all public authorities should have minimal effect. Unlike other public authorities, such as the Police and Prison Service, the Armed Forces are not, other than in the broadest sense, engaged in delivering a public service to the community. We continue to act decisively to remove any direct or indirect discrimination on racial grounds. A great deal has been and continues to be undertaken across the Armed Forces to promote racial equality and diversity.

HM Naval Base Clyde

Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the sandbagged oil leak at HM Naval Base Clyde at Coulport has been reported to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency; and what steps are being taken to repair the leak. [114233]

Dr. Moonie: The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency were made aware of the incident on 14 May 1999. The fuel oil ring main at Coulport has been shut down and drained to prevent any further leaks.

Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action he is taking to monitor the safety of commercial vessels near HM Naval Base Clyde. [114242]

Mr. Spellar: HM Naval Base Clyde consists of the Dockyard Ports of the Gareloch, Loch Long (which includes Coulport) and the Holy Loch. All vessel movements, commercial or military, in the Dockyard Port are controlled and monitored by the Queen's Harbour Master for the Clyde Dockyard Ports thus ensuring the safety of all vessels near HM Naval Base Clyde.

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