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Typhoon

Mr. Quentin Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are (a) the roles for which the Typhoon is specified, and (b) aircraft types which it will be replacing in the RAF. [129318]

Mr. Hoon [holding answer 13 July 2000]: Typhoon is the name given by industry to the export version of Eurofighter; it is not the name for RAF aircraft. Eurofighter will, on achieving full capability, have air defence and offensive support roles. It will replace the Tornado F3 and Jaguar aircraft respectively in these roles.

HMS Orkney

Mr. Duncan Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons HMS Orkney has been towed to Devonport from Portsmouth; and which organisation or department paid for the towing. [130442]

Mr. Spellar [holding answer 13 July 2000]: HMS Orkney has been towed to Devonport to enable a Docking and Hull Survey to be undertaken. This is a prerequisite for the sale of HMS Orkney to the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) who will have representatives in attendance during the survey exercise.

The Ships Support Agency, part of the Defence Logistics Organisation, has met the cost of towing the vessel and the survey exercise.

Training Exercises

Mr. Duncan Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which training exercises in the past 12 months within British waters have involved foreign submarines. [130446]

Mr. Spellar [holding answer 13 July 2000]: During the past 12 months, foreign submarines have been involved in two Joint Maritime Courses (JMC), Exercise Northern Light 99, as well as weekly exercises in the South Coast Areas, in support of Operational Sea Training.

Vessel Sales

Mr. Duncan Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which vessels have been sold by his Department since 1 May 1997; and to which countries. [130449]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 13 July 2000]: The Ministry of Defence has made no actual sales of surplus Royal Navy vessels since 1 May 1997. However, the following transfers, not strictly sales, have been arranged in the period:

VesselsCountryTerms of transfer
Four Upholder Class Conventional Submarines: HMS Upholder, Unseen, Unicorn, UrsulaCanadaLease with option to buy by 2007
Two Hunt Class Mine Counter Measure Vessels: HMS Bicester and BerkeleyGreeceSold through Vosper Thornycroft

Military Aircraft Accidents

Mr. Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 10 July 2000, Official Report,

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column 381W, on military aircraft accidents, if he will disaggregate the number of gross, culpable and serious negligence findings for the 486 accidents between 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1999. [131075]

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

Departmental Budget

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list for (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000 the funds budgeted for by his Department that were not spent, the budget head any underspends came from, the reason for any underspend and if underspends were carried forward into the next year's budget; and if he will make a statement. [130659]

Mr. Spellar: The overall underspend in 1997-98 was some £225 million and in 1998-99 it was some £74 million. I can confirm that the provisional outturn for 1999-2000 indicates an overall underspend of some £318 million. The underspends for 1997-98 and 1998-99 were carried forward into the subsequent financial year. I am confident that the same procedure will be followed for 1999-2000. The final amount carried forward will be reduced by the amount of underspend on Kosovo and Bosnia, for which my Department was given access to the Reserve.

I will write to the hon. Member concerning the detail of the years in question and a copy will be placed in the Library of the House.

Army Training and Recruiting Agency

Mr. Ennis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what key targets have been set for the Army Training and Recruitment Agency for the financial year 2000-01. [125578]

Mr. Spellar [pursuant to his reply, 14 July 2000, Official Report, c. 643-44W]: The Key Targets set out for the Army Training and Recruiting Agency were for the previous financial year 1999-2000 and therefore incorrect.

The following Key Targets have been set for the financial year 2000-01:






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NORTHERN IRELAND

Ministerial Code

Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many times Ministers in his Department have sought the advice of the Permanent Secretary under the circumstances envisaged in Paragraphs 118, 121 and 123 of the Ministerial Code; and on which occasions such advice was sought; [129172]

Mr. Mandelson: Information relating to internal advice and consultation is not disclosed under Exemption II of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

Extradition

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications for extradition of persons from (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Great Britain for (i) terrorist-related offences and (ii) non-terrorist related offences, from the Irish Republic made in each of the years (1) 1997, (2) 1998, (3) 1999 and (4) 2000 to the latest available date are outstanding; and how many persons are being sought by the United Kingdom police forces under these extradition requests. [128824]

Mr. Ingram: Extradition requests made by the Republic of Ireland authorities for persons in England and Wales are dealt with on a police to police basis and figures are not collated centrally.

For Scotland figures were not collated centrally prior to 1998. In the year April 1998-99, four applications were made and in respect of which three individuals were returned to the Republic of Ireland. In the year 1999-2000, two applications have been made, both of which are still pending. All applications were in respect of non-terrorist offences.

For Northern Ireland all the cases are non-terrorist related. The figures are as follows:

Number of requests made still outstandingNumber of persons still sought
199700
199800
199921
200021

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 28 June 2000, Official Report, column 495-96W, if he will list for each of the previous three years and in the current year the number of applications for extradition to (a) Great Britain and (b) Northern Ireland which were for (i) terrorist offences and (ii) non terrorist offences; and for each category of offences in each of these years how many persons were extradited. [128859]

Mr. Ingram: The table provides details of the extraditions sought from the Republic of Ireland by UK police forces in the years 1997 to date. It should be noted

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that the figures for England and Wales are not necessarily complete, as figures are not collated centrally, and the 1997 figures for Scotland are not available.

Numbers of persons for which requests were made for extradition

Sought for terrorist offencesNumber extraditedSought for non-terrorist offencesNumber extradited
(a) From Republic of Ireland to Great Britain
1997102110
1998002815
1999001711
20000041
(b) From Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland
19973053
19982046
19990063
20000011


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