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The Agency issues a range of information leaflets and posters to a number of different outlets such as post offices, regimental museums, GP surgeries and works closely with ex-service organisations. In addition the Veterans Agency website contains comprehensive information and the War Pensioners Welfare Service holds advice days and surgeries using a mobile advice unit to access more remote areas.
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Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the Government intend to build new aircraft to fulfil the manned aircraft element of the future offensive air strategy; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie [holding answer 17 July 2002]: The future offensive air system is currently in the concept phase with a planned in service date of around 2017. We are currently looking at a potential mix of platforms including long range cruise missiles, uninhabited air combat vehicles and manned aircraft. No final decisions have been taken on the solution.
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the X-45 in order to fulfil the requirements of the unmanned element of the future offensive air strategy; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie [holding answer 17 July 2002]: We are at the early stages of evaluating ways in which unmanned aircraft could contribute to our future offensive air system (FOAS) capability. As part of our continuing dialogue with United States colleagues, we have discussed the X-45 vehicle. But we have made no formal assessment of the X-45; and nor have we yet taken any decisions about developing or acquiring specific unmanned aircraft in relation to FOAS.
Dr. Moonie: Under the Watchkeeper programme we are considering how tactical unmanned aerial vehicles can enhance our reconnaissance and imagery intelligence capabilities. Four industry consortia have proposed a range of system solutions (both air vehicles and ground segment elements). The Predator air vehicle is a part of one of these solutions.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart concerning the duration of the Turkish armed forces' lead of ISAF; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoon: I have not had discussions on this subject with my Turkish counterpart, although I did discuss the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) with its Commander, Major General Zorlu of the Turkish Army, when I met him recently in Kabul. UN Security Council Resolution 1413 authorised ISAF to continue operations in Kabul for another six months from 20 June 2002 under Turkey's leadership. It is too early to say what might happen after that.
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Dr. Howells: In order to provide a full answer, we have contacted the Arts Council of England to request the information required, and my right hon. and noble Friend the Minister for the Arts will write to my hon. Friend as soon as it is available, placing copies of her letter in the Libraries of both Houses.
Mr. Berry: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy in the forthcoming Communications Bill to extend Ofcom's proposed duty to promote equal employment opportunities for disabled people in the broadcasting industry to the (a) telecommunications and (b) internet industries, and work connected with these services. 
Dr. Howells: The EC Directives limit the conditions which can be attached to the provision of electronic networks and services. The permitted categories would not provide a basis for imposing any such controls.
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fees, (b) fees for consultants and change managers, (c) redundancy, retention and bonus payments and (d) other costs of stress reduction during the financial year 200102; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: The following table outlines expenditure by the Arts Council of England and Regional Arts Boards on (a) legal fees, (b) fees for consultants and change managers and (d) other costs of stress reduction during the financial year 200102:
|Expenditure 200102||Arts Council of England||Regional Arts Board|
|Fees for consultants and change managers||853,319||0|
|Redundancy, retention and bonus payments||0||0|
|Other costs of stress reduction||51,834||10,000|
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Arts Council will produce a business plan that will display the costs and benefits of the change process for the three years 200104; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: The Arts Council of England has been asked to develop a plan to evaluate the costs and benefits emerging from the restructuring of the organisation. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has asked for a progress report on the development of this plan by the autumn.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the work on branding the new Arts Council will be completed; how much will be paid to Wolff Olins for this work; and if she will make a statement. 
Dr. Howells: This is a matter for the Arts Council of England. I understand it is working towards a completion date later in the year. £73,700 in fees and £7,674 in associated costs have been paid to Wolff Olins for work being carried out on the brand.
|Document name||Date started||Date finished||Total time|
|Report of the Gambling Review Body||17 July 2001||31 October 2001||15 weeks|
|National Museum of Science and Industry Review: stage one consultation||1 August 2001||19 October 2001||11 weeks and 2 days|
|Geffrye Museum/Horniman Museum/Museum of London Review: stage one consultation||8 August 2001||12 October 2001||9 weeks and 2 days|
|Consultation on the draft Digital Television Action Plan||12 October 2001||2 January 2001||12 weeks|
|English Heritage Review: stage one consultation||16 October 2001||11 January 2002||12 weeks|
|National Maritime Museum Quinquennial Performance Review||22 November 2001||8 February 2002||11 weeks and 1 day|
|Consultation on Media Ownership Rules||26 November 2001||25 January 2002||9 weeks|
|Public Lending Right. Quinquennial Performance Review: Consultation Paper||13 November 2001||1 February 2002||11 weeks|
|Quinquennial Review on the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art||19 November 2001||8 February 2002||12 weeks|
|Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester Quinquennial Performance Review||5 December 2001||28 February 2002||12 weeks|
|Spectrum Planning Consultation||11 December 2001||12 April 2002||Extended to 17 weeks|
|Council of EuropeConvention on the Protection of Audiovisual Heritage||20 December 2001||19 March 2002||12 weeks and 5 days|
|Review of Progress towards digital switchover||14 February 2002||8 May 2002||12 weeks|
|The Draft Communications Bill||7 May 2002||2 August 2002||12 weeks|
|Regent's Park Sports Facilities Consultation||18 March 2002||10 May 2002||8 weeks|
|Changes to Licensing Hours during All New Year's Eve.||24 April 2002||19 June 2002||8 weeks|
|UK's Open General Export Licensing (OGEL) Limits||19 April 2002||14 June 2002||8 weeks|
|Prize Competitions||23 May 2002||31 August 2002||14 weeks|
|National Lottery Licensing and Regulations Consultation||27 June 2002||30 September 2002||13 weeks and 2 days.|
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