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Chinook

Mr. Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the Air Accidents Investigation Branch inspector investigating the fatal crash of RAF Chinook ZD576 was informed of an incident on 21 April 1994 that led to the removal of an engine on the same aircraft; and if he will make a statement. [133435]

Mr. Spellar: The Air Accidents Investigation Branch Inspector and the Engineering member of the RAF Board of Inquiry together went through all the maintenance records for ZD576 for the year prior to the accident. This included the incident on 21 April 1994.

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European Defence Industry

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is on the development of a European defence industry. [133223]

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

Defence Sales

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the value of the current orders placed in the United Kingdom under Government to Government defence sales agreements with Saudi Arabia. [133368]

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

Al-Yamamah

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Leyton and Wanstead (Mr. Cohen) of 11 July 2000, Official Report, columns 471-72W, on the oil trade component in the Al-Yamamah deal, how many adjustments have been made; and when. [133418]

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

Private Finance Initiative

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 21 July 2000, Official Report, column 337W, on the average period of time between the completion of a full business case and signing of the final contracts, if he will list (a) the date of the completion of a full business case and (b) the date of the signing of the final contracts for each private finance initiative contract in his Department; and if he will make a statement. [133277]

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

Mr. Alan Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in how many of his Department's PFI contracts KPMG has been an adviser. [132869]

Mr. Spellar [holding answer 27 July 2000]: KPMG has advised six Ministry of Defence PFI projects which have reached contract signature.

Tomahawk Missiles

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when his Department concluded discussions with the United States Department of Defense about obtaining replacement of stocks of Tomahawk missiles used in the Kosovo theatre; [133267]

Mr. Hoon: The United States Department of Defense contract with the supplier, Raytheon, covering both US and UK missiles, was signed on 1 August 1999. Associated discussions between the UK Ministry of

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Defence and the US Department of Defense concluded later that month culminating in an agreement signed on 26 August 1999.

Advisory Bodies

Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list all the (a) task forces, (b) action teams, (c) policy reviews and (d) other temporary advisory bodies with external members currently in existence within his Department; and on what date each body (i) was set up and (ii) is expected to terminate. [131457]

Dr. Moonie: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 27 July 2000, Official Report, column 799W.

Eskmeals Range

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of (a) land contamination and (b) risk from unexploded or degraded ordnance (i) on land, (ii) on beaches and (iii) offshore at the DERA Eskmeals Range. [132161]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 25 July 2000]: This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency. I have asked the Chief Executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from John Chisholm to Mr. Robert Key, dated 28 July 2000:





Merchant Navy Day

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that the Red Ensign is flown from departmental buildings on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September. [132955]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 27 July 2000]: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to him by my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department on 27 July 2000, Official Report, column 895W.

Press Officers

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many press officers were employed in his Department in (a) May 1997, (b) January 1998, (c) January 1999 and (d) January 2000; and what the total expenditure on press officers by his Department was in each of the years concerned. [132762]

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Dr. Moonie: I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Press Releases

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many press releases have been issued so far this year; and what the total cost of the production and issuing of press releases was in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000 to date. [132776]

Dr. Moonie: I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Married Quarters

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what new married service quarters have been built since May 1997 (a) in the UK and (b) overseas. [133219]

Dr. Moonie: Since May 1997 the Ministry of Defence has funded 637 new build service married quarters in the UK. Of these, 394 were built from new, the remaining 243 were demolition rebuilds. Since May 1997, DHE have also placed four contracts in Great Britain under the Government's Private Finance Initiative (PFI), for a total of 615 properties.

For properties overseas, 120 are under construction in Cyprus and 13 have been built in the Falkland Islands.

Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to increase funding for the improvement of married quarters. [133416]

Dr. Moonie: I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Reports

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the reports submitted to his Department, by bodies that were created after May 1997 and that include significant and plural membership from outside the Civil Service, stating in each case the body writing the report, the date the report was submitted, how many recommendations were made, the number of those recommendations that have been implemented to date and the number of recommendations that have been rejected; and if he will make a statement. [133568]

Dr. Moonie: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to my hon. Friends the Members for Cannock Chase (Tony Wright) and for Eastwood (Mr. Murphy) by the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office on 27 July 2000, Official Report, column 799W. Copies of the first central list of information that was published on 11 January 2000 are available in the Libraries of the House.

Information about the number of recommendations made and the number rejected is not held centrally by the Ministry of Defence.

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