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Mr. Bernard Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultants have been hired to advise on computer systems for the Defence Logistics Organisation; and how much has been paid in fees to them. 
Mr. Ingram: Since the Defence Logistics Organisation was fully formed in April 2000 a number of consultants have been hired across the organisation to advise on computer systems. These are: Alenia Marconi, Belgravia Consultancy, British Telecom, Capital ASI, Cookie Ltd, Cornwell Affiliates Pic, Cap Gemini and Ernst and Young, Dbi, CTPi Logistics, Digital Think, Eurostep Ltd, EDS Ltd, Exe Technologies Ltd, Hancocks, Hays Personnel Services, IBM, KPMG, LSC Group Ltd, Methods Applications Ltd, Northgate Information Systems, Parity Solutions, Recital Corporation Ltd, Scientific Generics and Systems Consultant Services. These companies have assisted with advice on the support for current logistics systems as well as development work on new systems.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the seven key areas for improvement as identified by the Defence Logistics Organisation and what progress has been made in each. 
Mr. Ingram: Since the launch of the Defence Logistics Organisation on 3 April 2000, the organisation has focused on seven key areas in support of its corporate plan, to enable the delivery of agreed outputs to its customers at greatly reduced costs. The seven areas are people; inventory; industry; capital asset management; engineering support; e-business and convergence. Good progress has been made in all of these areas.
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Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force tested positive for the use of controlled substances in the most recent testing programme; and if he will list those personnel discharged, broken down by military rank. 
|Service||Number of tests||Positive results||Discharges|
|The Naval Service||7,793||29||Lt Cdr x 1 CPO x l PO x 2 Leading Hand x 3 Able Rate x 20|
|Army||44,625||255||Cpl x 2 L/Cpl x l6 Pte x 165|
|RAF||5,038||3||Jnr Tech x 1|
Mr. Hoon: EU Defence Ministers focused primarily on EU military capabilities and the European Capability Action Plan (ECAP). Ministers welcomed the progress made on ECAP, and agreed how to take the process forward to the second phase, the implementation of the solutions identified by the ECAP panels. Ministers also approved an update of the Helsinki Headline Catalogue and agreed that work should continue on developing the procedures and concepts for the rapid response elements of the Headline Goal. The full conclusions of the meeting of the General Affairs and External Relations Council relating to the European Security and Defence Policy have been placed in the Library of the House.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will make a decision on the Hawk advanced jet trainer project; and what assessment he has made of the Hawk A1T8's potential for fulfilling the AJT criteria. 
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Dr. Moonie: We are working closely with BAE SYSTEMS to determine whether Hawk 128 will best meet our need for an advanced jet trainer. We also need to determine whether the aircraft would represent good value for money for the taxpayer. We have made useful progress but our work with the company, including our assessment of the aircraft's capability, is not yet complete. We are seeking to make a decision as soon as practicable.
Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave on 22 October 2002, Official Report, column 143W, to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock) and on 4 November 2002, Official Report, column 62W, to my hon. Friend for Dunfermline, West (Rachel Squire). While we expect Nottingham's future to be determined before her arrival in the United Kingdom in December, the decision has not yet been taken. In addition, the competition to inform that decision is still under way and it would not therefore be appropriate for me to speculate on the potential cost of any repair work.
Mr. Ingram: Members of the Armed Forces are entitled to the same legal assistance as other members of the public. The assistance available through Service procedures is intended to mirror as closely as possible the arrangements in the civil justice system.
In addition the Ministry of Defence will consider paying for the defence of an individual charged with a criminal offence where the offence arose as a result of actions undertaken in the course of employment and where certain strict criteria are met.
Dr. Moonie: The Ministry of Defence and its Agencies regularly engage in discussion with the United States on a range of issues. Low frequency active sonar is such an issue. We have received no formal representations as to the legality of operating low frequency sonar. A global Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been prepared for the United Kingdom's low frequency sonar (Sonar 2087) which is currently under development and an EIA will also be undertaken for each development trial that is specific to the area concerned. Legal advice is part of each EIA. In addition, the global EIA was
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Mr. Viggers: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contracts exist between his Department and (a) national health service bodies and (b) private medical bodies to provide fast-track medical care for members of Her Majesty's forces. 
Mr. Paul Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many documents personnel from (a) the Army, (b) the Naval Service and (c) the Royal Air Force would normally be asked to sign (i) during the first year of service, (ii) during each subsequent year and (iii) before being sent on a deployment; and what the figures were in each of the past 15 years. 
Mr. Ingram: The information requested is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Such information as is available shows for example that some 1.35 million applications for leave were made by Service Personnel during 200001 and that some 102,000 Personnel were posted to new appointments which were acknowledged by written signature. Work is underway within the Ministry of Defence to examine the scope for streamlining such administrative procedures.
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