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25. Dr. Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the Welsh Assembly on improvements in learning, leisure and sporting opportunities. 
Mr. Touhig: My right hon. Friend meets regularly with the First Minister and I hold regular meetings with the National Assembly Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning to discuss a range of areas, including the significant improvements which continue to be made in opportunities for education, training, leisure and sport in Wales.
Peter Hain: I meet with the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government regularly to discuss a range of issues, including the co-ordination of transport in Wales. Recently my hon. Friend the Under Secretary of State for Wales met with the Assembly's Minister for the Environment to discuss, among other things, integrated transport in Wales.
28. Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales regarding the farming industry in Wales. 
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Lord Chancellor's Department about the closure of magistrates' courts, Crown courts and their administrative offices in Wales. 
Decisions on the future of individual magistrates' courts are a matter for the Magistrates' Courts Committees (MCC). Each MCC is responsible for providing an efficient and effective service to court users
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in its area, including the provision of adequate accommodation, in consultation with the local paying authority or authorities.
Mr. Touhig: Due to the illegal nature of drug taking it is extremely difficult to estimate the number of users. We have to rely on the number of people in treatment and the number of people arrested testing positive in order to get an estimate of the scale of heroin misuse.
My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and Minister for Crime Reduction, Policing, Community Safety and Young People will tomorrow be announcing details of the provisional funding settlement for police authorities for 200304.
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answer given on 22 November 2001, Official Report, column 374W to the hon. Member for New Forest, West (Mr. Swayne) The following table covers those Army exercises which have been cancelled since November 2001. It includes details on the defence exercise programme, but not unit-organised exercises, details of which are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
|Exercise name||Dates||Country||Reason for cancellation|
|Flying Rhino 02||Not finalised||Germany||Operational commitments|
|Gobi Dust 02||Not finalised||USA||US could not provide troops|
|Winged Star 02||Not finalised||USA||Firefighters strike|
|Bass Rock 02||Not finalised||Canada||Canada could not provide troops|
|Readiness Challenge 02||127 April 2002||USA||US cancelled exercise|
|Artful Issue 02||October 2002||Germany||UK withdrawal from multi-national division centre|
|Snowshoe 1 and 2||January-March 2002||Canada||No longer required|
|Arrcade Globe 02||July 2002||Germany||Cancelled by HQ ARRC|
|Glacial Engima||January 2002||Norway||Operational commitments|
|Ardent Ground 02||May 2002||Germany||UK withdrawal from AMF(L)|
|PFP 1/02||Not finalised||Central Asia||Cancelled by CENTCOM|
|Ponte Vecchio||Not finalised||Italy||Cancelled by Jt. NBC Regt.|
|Iron Ram 02||130 November 2002||Italy||Firefighters strike|
|Gaulish 4/02||November 2002||France||Firefighters strike|
|Asterix 4/02||October 2002||France||Firefighters strike|
|Kelp Fire||January-March 2002||Falkland Islands||Operational commitments|
|Rock Work||Not finalised||Gibraltar||Unit cancellation|
|Britannia Way/Iberian Focus||September 2002||Spain||Firefighters strike|
|Lark Song/Foxtrot||Not finalised||Denmark||Cancelled by Denmark|
|Island Spell||June 2002||Falkland Islands||Cancelled by unit|
|Power Drive||November 2002||Gibraltar||Cancelled by host command|
|Courageous Bat||September 2002||Denmark||Cancelled by unit|
|Cygnet Goose||September 2002||Falkland Islands||Cancelled by unit|
|Grand Prix 3/02||25 October-6 December 2002||Kenya||Firefighters strike|
|Panther Cub 6/02||17 September-30 October 2002||Belize||Ex returned to UK 4 days after deployment due to firefighters strike|
|Panther Cub 7/02||30 October-12 December 2002||Belize||Firefighters strike|
|Iron Foray||511 November 2002||UK||Firefighters strike|
|UK Milan Concentration||1021 November 2002||UK||Firefighters strike|
|Druids Dance||18 November-8 December 2002||UK||Firefighters strike|
|Reynard Chase||25 November-8 December 2002||UK||Resource constraints|
|Ulan Eagle||26 August-21 September 2002||UK||Downsized due to resource constraints|
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 2 December 2002]: The Comptroller and Auditor General is the external auditor of most of the Ministry of Defence's activity, covering the MOD's 11 top level budgets and six of the MOD's seven executive non-departmental public bodies. KPMG are currently the external auditor for the seventh, the Oil and Pipeline Agency.
The main source of internal audit is provided by the MOD's Defence Internal Audit Service, which covers the 11 top level budgets and two trading funds (ABRO and DARA). Of the remaining three trading funds, PKF are internal auditors for the Met Office, Deloitte and Touche are internal auditors to DSTL and Bentley Jennison for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office. Of the non-departmental public bodies, Walton & Co are auditors to the Royal Marines Museum, the Royal Naval Museum and the Royal Navy Submarines Museum. KPMG are internal auditors to the Oil and Pipeline Agency. Baker Tilly are internal auditors to the Fleet Air Museum, while Daly, Hoggett & Co are internal auditors to the National Army Museum.
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