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Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he was advised, and by whom, that the named authors of a letter to The Times published on 13 May were not serving officers; 
Mr. Ingram: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence was advised on the day of publication by the Director News that the signed authors of the letter were not members of the Armed Forces.
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Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress with procurement of roll-on, roll-off ferries requirement as listed in the strategic defence review. 
Dr. Moonie [holding answer 25 April 2002]: Construction of the six ships to meet the Ministry of Defence's requirement is proceeding to schedule. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 27 June 2002, Official Report, column 1038W to my hon. Friend the Member for Derby North (Mr. Laxton).
The ships have been de-equipped to an unclassified status and all stores have been removed. As part of the disposal process, significant quantities of material have been returned to Ministry of Defence stores to assist with fulfilling fleet shortage requirements.
Mr. Ingram: My officials have not received any formal representations from the Canadian Government about the condition of the ex upholder class submarine HMS Unseen, now re-named HMCS Victoria, and as such have no information about the cost of repairs. My officials will of course assist with any Canadian inquiries.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the refit of HMS Monmouth will be complete; what the total cost of the refit will be; when she will return to service; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: HMS Monmouth's refit, including associated sea trials, is planned to complete in spring 2003, at which time the ship will be available for operational deployment. The final price of the refit is still in negotiation, and will be based upon the eventual work package that will emerge from ship surveys. However, it is expected to be in the region of £19 million.
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Mr. Ingram: The Royal Navy continues to make a valuable contribution to the Multinational Interception Force deployed in the Gulf, in accordance with UN SCR 665, to verify Iraqi compliance with UN sanctions which focus controls on Iraq's attempts to export oil illegally and import defence equipment and weapons of mass destruction related goods.
MIF operations are a coalition effort and so are not recorded nationally. However, from ships logs, we believe that in the last three years RN vessels have participated in a total of 145 boardings: 36 in 2000; 57 in 2001; and 52 to date in 2002.
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Dr. Moonie: The Strategic Defence Review concluded that the main role of the Territorial Army should be to provide formed units and individuals as an essential reinforcement to their Regular Army counterparts when deployed on operations across all military tasks.
Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in respect of the closure of the munitions depot at Dean Hill, Wiltshire, what will be (a) the expected annual savings to his Department, (b) the anticipated revenue from the sale of married quarters to (i) sitting tenants and (ii) the market, (c) the estimated cost of connection of the married quarters estate to civilian services for (A) electricity, (B) water and (C) gas, (d) the ongoing annual maintenance of the site broken down into (1) buildings, (2) ground maintenance and (3) security and (e) the estimated market value of the site at sale. 
We currently estimate the cost of separating as, electricity£50,000; water£40,000; sewerage£90,000. Gas is already supplied from a separate Calor gas tank. All figures exclude VAT. The annual maintenance budget can be broken down as follows: buildings£894,000; grounds maintenance£25,000. So far as security is concerned the approximate cost of the Ministry of Defence police presence at DM Dean Hill was £800,000 for financial year 200102.
Although the Ministry of Defence has assessed the disposal value of the West Dean site and associated residential properties, these are likely to be sold on the open market. To release our estimates of value could influence the eventual receipt, and I am, therefore, withholding this information under Exemption 7 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the average annual rise in pay for individuals employed in the armed forces in each year from 199091 to 200002; what the increase in the defence budget was in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 4 July 2002]: Information on increase in the pay of the armed forces is not available in the form requested. However, the annual pay awards for the armed forces as recommended by the Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB), for the years
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199091 to 200001 are outlined in the table. Overall annual increases in the defence budget for these years are also shown.
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The figures for the pay awards reflect the AFPRB recommendations for the majority of service personnel in each year. Within these overall awards, however, some personnel have received higher increases where the review body has targeted specific ranks in a given year. The figures in the table exclude the effects of the staging of the implementation of the awards, increases in the level of X factor and increases due to adjustments to the pension abatement.
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