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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if a member of the AAIB was present when the engines of RAF Chinook ZD576 were strip examined at Textron Lycoming's Stratford Connecticut plant. 
Mr. Ingram: Yes. I also refer my right hon. Friend to the answer the then Minister of State for the armed forces gave to the hon. Member for New Forest, West (Mr. Swayne) on 23 April 2001, Official Report, column 99W.
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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on what date the engineering member of the RAF Board of Inquiry into RAF Chinook ZD576 completed the Manager's Course for Chinook Mk2; 
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will outline the commitment he proposes making from UK forces, broken down by service and composition of units, to the proposed European Rapid Reaction Force. 
Mr. Hoon: There is no standing European Rapid Reaction Force. The UK has identified a pool of forces and capabilities which would enable it to make a significant contribution to operations in support of the European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy, where NATO as a whole is not engaged. UK participation in any particular operation, and the nature of our contribution, would be matters for decision by the UK Government in the light of circumstances at the time.
In the maximum scale operation envisaged at Helsinkia corps level deployment of up to 60,000 troopsthe UK component could be around 12,500 strong. Maritime and air deployments of up to 18 warships and 72 combat aircraft could be made in addition.
The pool of forces identified by the UK provides for an element of choice in order to cater for differing operational, political or geographical circumstances. The full details of the forces identified are confidential, but the major elements are as follows:
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process of improving European defence capabilities. They will reinforce efforts being made nationally and multinationally, in particular, in response to NATO initiatives and in so doing strengthen the European contribution to the Alliance.
Mr. Hoon: There is no standing European Rapid Reaction Force. The UK has identified a pool of forces and capabilities from which it could contribute to EU-led operations in support of the European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy, where NATO as a whole is not engaged.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will state for the most recent year the number of (a) civilian, including agency staff and (b) service personnel based in (i) each region or nation of the UK and (ii) on service overseas broken down by location; and if he will make a statement. 
|Yorkshire and the Humber||13,055||2,904||15,959|
|East of England||17,309||6,347||23,656|
(66) Service figures are for UK Regular forces only so they exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service personnel, Mobilised Reservists and the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment.
Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel on board ships in home waters are included in the region of their ship's home port.
The figures estimating the service personnel in each Government office region are obtained from a different source from that used to obtain the number of personnel in overseas regions. Consequently, the sum of these two groups does not match the total number of UK Regular forces.
(67) Comprises UK based permanent civilian personnel counted on a full time equivalence basis
Due to rounding, totals may not match the sum of their constituent parts.
(68) By Government office region.
The number of civilian and UK Regular forces personnel abroad, at 1 April 2001, is as follows:
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|Elsewhere in Mediterranean, Near East and Gulf||1,864||33||1,897|
1. Includes service personnel who are on loan to countries in the areas shown and Naval service and civilian personnel at sea.
2. All defence attaches and advisers and their staff are included under "other locations" and not identified within specific areas.
Dr. Moonie: The Ministry of Defence intends to procure the Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) from the USA to equip Eurofighter. The cost of the AMRAAM procurement is expected to be in the region of £110 million. Disclosure of the information on missile numbers would harm UK defence and, accordingly, I am withholding it under Exemption 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.
A competition is also in progress to select a solution for the Light Forces Anti Tank Guided Weapon Capability. One candidate is a US solution. The cost of the procurement will depend on the option selected. These systems are also under consideration to meet other anti-tank requirements and the final quantities procured will depend on the outcome of Balance of Investment studies.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what NATO policy is with regard to precision- guided missile availability; and how many such missiles he anticipates being available to NATO via its member countries (a) including the USA and (b) excluding the USA, in each of the next two years. 
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the UK was approached to join the Netherlands-led consortium for the procurement of precision-guided missiles from the USA; and what the response was and the reasons for it. 
Dr. Moonie: The Defence Diversification Agency (DDA) makes no charge to the companies, mostly small and medium enterprises, with which it has dealings in support of the following DDA aims: extending technology
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and expertise within the defence sector to civilian use; fostering partnerships and joint development programmes; and informing and assisting with diversification planning. In its dealings with other organisations, the DDA charges for additionally requested services on a full-cost basis, recovering all costs incurred, including an element for administration and overheads.
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