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Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the (a) RAF, (b) Royal Naval, (c) Army and (d) other military bases in the United Kingdom where US personnel outnumber UK personnel have been visited by Ministers from his Department since 1 May 1997; and what percentage this represents of the total number of each such base in the United Kingdom. 
Dr. Moonie: Of the bases, all RAF, in the UK where US personnel outnumber UK personnel, two have been visited by Ministers from this Department since 1 May 1997. These are RAF Fairford and RAF Menwith Hill. This represents 25 per cent. of the total number of such bases.
Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if the simulation undertaken by the Defence Research Agency as part of the Board of Inquiry investigation into the crash of RAF Chinook ZD576 was able to determine the (a) precise indicated airspeed and (b) height of the aircraft 40 seconds prior to impact; 
Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the Air Accident Investigation Branch were given unrestricted access to all personnel and all information during the investigation into the crash of RAF Chinook ZD576. 
Mr. Spellar: During the period in question, the six Home Service Battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment were deployed at various locations around the Province on security duties in support of the RUC. Information about the specific deployment of each unit within each
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Battalion for each day in the period 2-13 July is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers of the Royal Irish Regiment in each unit (a) applied to take and (b) took leave from their duties on (i) 25 June, (ii) 2 July and (iii) 9 July. 
Mr. Spellar: The dates mentioned fell within a period during which the Royal Irish Regiment were either preparing for, or actually engaged in, operations to support the RUC over the Marching Season. This precludes the taking of leave.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 12 June 2000, Official Report, column 449W, (a) in what circumstances this photograph was taken, what interpretation he puts on this photo-shoot and what assessment has he made of the impact of this upon community relations in the area, (b) what formal administrative action procedures have been initiated and what stage they are at now, (c) what body or rank of officer was responsible for considering whether to initiate disciplinary action against (i) the major and (ii) the warrant officer who took photographs, (d) what instructions have been issued subsequent to this inquiry concerning soldiers agreeing to pose for photographs with sectarian displays, (e) if the soldiers were under orders to pose for these photographs, (f) how many refused, (g) what attempts have been made to seek the return and destruction of these photographs, (h) if the flag was obtained with the consent of the Loyal Orange Lodge, (i) how the flag was transported to the Royal Irish Regiment barracks, (j) what the cost of printing 40 copies of the photograph was, (k) who paid this bill, (l) who owned the camera with which the photograph was taken, (m) how many companies of the Royal Irish Regiment have posed for regimental photographs with sectarian flags or banners in the current year and (n) if he will place a copy of the Special Investigations report in the Library. 
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence further to his answer of 15 March 2000, Official Report, column 204W, if he will review his decision not to deem the Loyal Orange Order a secretive organisation within the scope of the Joint Service Defence Council Instruction (JS DCI 75/99) on Membership of Societies such as Freemasons. 
Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will quantify the amount of work potentially available to yards other than those of BAE Systems and Vosper Thornycroft under the modular procurement system to be used for the purchase of Type 45 destroyers. 
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Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what amounts were (a) budgeted for by her Department, (b) expended and (c) not spent in (i) 1997-98, (ii) 1998-99 and (iii) 1999-2000; and if the funds not spent in each of those years were carried forward. 
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(1) Estimated, subject to confirmation by the National Audit Office.
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will request from BNFL copies of technical papers on the subject of the dry storage of previously wet stored magnox fuel and place them in the Library. 
Mrs. Liddell: I understand that BNFL does hold technical papers which deal with this issue. These are the property of either BNFL or other companies. I have, therefore, asked the Chairman of BNFL to write to my hon. Friend directly in response to his request.
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Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the implications of the agreement at the June 2000 OSPAR conference for BNFL's future business plan. 
Mrs. Liddell: In planning its future business, BNFL will need to take account of the UK's commitments to OSPAR and in particular of the draft National Discharge Strategy published by DETR in June. BNFL has already stated that it welcomes that strategy document and has expressed its commitment to helping to achieve its aims.
Mr. Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance the Government provide to people who have recently suffered a bereavement or who are considering funeral arrangements. 
Dr. Howells: In conjunction with his ongoing inquires into consumer issues related to at-need funerals, the Director General of the Office of Fair Trading has published online advice to help anyone who is in the daunting position of planning a funeral. The website is at www.oft.gov.uk
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