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Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his policy in respect of the use his Department, its agencies and public bodies will make of the powers relating to the authorised obtaining of communications data in Part I, Chapter II of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill once the Bill is enacted. 
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Mr. Spellar [holding answer 18 April 2000]: I understand that formal consideration of the possibility of remote operation of the radar at RAF Staxton Wold was first given during the Departmental budgetary planning process which culminated in February 1997. This option was not pursued because a wider review of the then UK Air Defence Ground Environment (UKADGE) was started during the Strategic Defence Review.
Ministers in this Administration have never been advised that the radar at RAF Staxton Wold should be downgraded to remote operation. My predecessor was, however, advised in July 1998 that it would be possible to draw down the Station to minimum manning. Since the overall review of the UKADGE (now Air Surveillance and Control System--ASACS) was still being carried out at the time, he wished to await the outcome of this work and consider any wider implications before making a decision. I wrote to the hon. Gentleman on 9 August 1999 as soon as I had taken a decision (subject to consultation) on our plans for RAF Staxton Wold.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total cost so far for United Kingdom operations in (a) Bosnia and (b) Kosovo, since forces entered the region; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what satellite photographs exist of the fatal accident that took place on 7 July 1997 involving a Foden Thompson Carmichael MWD near Mrkonjic Grad. 
Dr. Moonie [holding answer 17 April 2000]: The Department does not have any satellite photographs of the accident. However, a number of aerial photographs exist and I am arranging for these to be placed in the Library of the House.
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Dr. Moonie: The Department uses Countrywide Mobility (HCR plc) to provide Service personnel with rented family and single accommodation in Great Britain on those occasions when there is a shortage of publicly funded accommodation. The Department uses three relocation companies, Cendant Relocation UK Ltd., Countrywide Mobility (HCR plc) and Morton Fraser Relocation to provide assistance to civil servants who have an entitlement to a move of home at public expense.
Mr. Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the authorities in the United States which his Department consulted in order to draft paragraph 12 on United Kingdom-United States barter arrangements for plutonium transfers, contained in the report "United Kingdom's Defence Nuclear Programme", published on 14 April. 
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the rate of staff absences due to sickness for his Department's police for the last three years; and what assessment he has made of the rate relative to that of other public services. 
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|Average number of sickness hours per officer|
(2) The figures for 1997-98 includes civilian staff. The police and civilian support staff figures were collected separately only from 1 April 1998
The figures for 1998-99 and 1999-2000 are equivalent to 14.4 and 15.1 respectively days absence per officer per year. In 1998-99, the last year for which complete figures are available, the average number of working days lost to sickness per Home Department Police Officer in England and Wales was 11.7. It should be noted, however, that comparisons between forces are problematic owing to differences in methods of counting sick absence.
Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on his policy in respect of the use his Department, its agencies and public bodies will make of the powers relating to the authorised obtaining of communications data in Part I, Chapter II of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill once the Bill is enacted. 
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent (i) directly and (ii) indirectly on asylum seekers in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998 and (e) 1999; and what estimate has been made of expenditure in the year 2000. 
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated repair cost is in respect of damage to the joint RUC/Army base at Annaghmartin, Roselea, County Fermanagh, as a result of the attack on 2 April. 
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