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Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from (a) other European countries and (b) the United States regarding the possible military implications of the Galileo satellite navigation system. 
Dr. Moonie: Secretary for Defence Rumsfield discussed Galileo with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence at the NATO Defence Ministers' meeting of 67 June 2002. Deputy Secretary for Defence Wolfowitz had previously written to my right hon. Friend about United States concerns over Galileo in December 2001. No representations to the Secretary of State about possible military implications of Galileo have been received from European countries.
Mr. Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the recruitment figures to the armed forces from the Glasgow, Pollok constituency and the city of Glasgow were in the latest year for which figures are available; if he will list the services and units to which people have been recruited; how many individuals were recruited as (a) officers and (b) other ranks in each service; and what the figures were in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Ingram: I will write to my hon. Friend and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Chinook ZD576. 
Dr. Moonie [holding answer 19 July 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the statement which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence made to the House on 22 July 2002, Official Report, columns 689704.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of emergency repairs have been done within 24 hours of notification; what percentage of urgent repairs have been completed within five working days of notification; what percentage of routine repairs have been completed within two months of notification in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
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Dr. Moonie: The Defence Housing Executive became an Agency of the Ministry of Defence in 1999. Prior to this date the information requested was not collected in a comparable way. The information requested is as follows:
|To complete emergency repairs within 24 hours of notification:|
|To complete urgent repairs within five days of notifications:|
|To complete routine repairs within two months of notifications:|
The 200102 figures are provisional. Routine repairs within the required time scale have consistently achieved or exceeded the targets. The achievement on urgent repairs continues to fall slightly short of the target but still represents a year on year improvement. There has also been a slight shortfall against target emergency repairs for the past two years. The Defence Housing Executive (DHE) is addressing areas of under-performance and will take remedial action to improve their service to service families. The DHE is also developing a more sophisticated system of measuring its performance on repairs which will take into account quality and customer satisfaction.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who manages the Defence Housing Executive IT national database of recorded repairs; and if he will make statement. 
Dr. Moonie: Data is inputted into the Defence Housing Executive (DHE) database of repairs by DHE staff. The provision of IT services to DHE, including an application that maintains the database of housing repairs, is managed by Steria Ltd. (formerly Bull Information Systems Ltd.) under a contract let on 7 September 2001.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what role Annington Homes Ltd. has in deciding which properties are released back to them for disposal; and if he will make a statement; 
Dr. Moonie: Annington Homes has no influence over which properties are released to them. They can only reject properties if a release is not in accordance with the sale agreement. This states that a release must comprise, as Annington's minimum entitlement, the lesser of
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10 per cent. of a site or 20 units. The Ministry of Defence releases to Annington Homes only those families quarters for which there is no longer a service requirement.
The sale agreement incorporates a profit share agreement which has yielded the following by financial year:
The Exchequer receives a proportion of any gains in excess of an agreed level according to the sliding scale as follows:
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what disposals and acquisitions have been made by his Department since the publication of the National Asset Register on 19 July 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie: I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list his net cash requirement and planned net cash requirement in 200203 cash terms for financial years from 199798 to 200506; 
Dr. Moonie [holding answer 19 July 2002]: The data requested are given in the table. All figures are at 200203 prices and include costs of un-programmed operations/conflict prevention. Figures beyond 200203 are not available.
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|Net cash requirement|
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list his Department's top level budget holders and their related management grouping for each financial year since 199798. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 19 July 2002]: I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what problems have arisen with the propellers of RAF C130Js when landing on non-concrete runways; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie: No RAF C130J aircraft have landed on non-concrete runways. The first rough strip landing trial is scheduled for later this year.
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have been made on troop seating on RAF C130Js; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie: No changes have been made to the configuration of troop seating in the RAF C130J aircraft. A maximum of 128 personnel can be accommodated in the C-Mk 4 and 91 people in the C-Mk 5. At present, however, passenger seating in the cargo compartments of both C130J marks is restricted while an investigation is carried out into the cause of noise and vibration within the compartment and its effect on passengers. This has temporarily reduced the seating capacity by 22 seats on the C-Mk 4 and 23 seats on the C-Mk 5.
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long after their arrival in, and how long before their departure from Afghanistan, Royal Marines were issued with, and had to return, their ammunition; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie: Royal Marine commandos at Bagram were issued with ammunition prior to specific tasks or operations, and returned any unused ammunition upon their completion. Ammunition was also issued to troops at Bagram for force protection tasks, including guarding.
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