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Mr. Hoon: NATO has decided to conduct two feasibility studies related to missile defence. The first was launched in July 2001 and addressed Active Layered Tactical Ballistic Missile Defence. The study is nearing completion.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual cost of British membership in NATO was in (a) 1990, (b) 1995 and (c) 2000; and what percentage of the Department's budget was paid to NATO in each those years. 
Mr. Hoon: The United Kingdom's direct contributions to NATO's Security Investment Programme and Military Budget are paid directly from the UK Defence Budget. The Defence Budget also pays a very small amount to the NATO Civil Budget (the main portion is paid by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office).
I am unable to provide the financial details for 1990 as this information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The information for 1991, 1995 and 2000 is shown in the table.
|Year||UK payment to NATO(£ million)||Defence budget (£ million)||Percentage of Defence budget|
Mr. Ingram: As at 7 February 2003, the personal night vision equipment in service with the Infantry, Royal Marines and RAF is set out in the following table. This is a snapshot in time as the figures change on a daily basis. Information is not held centrally for the Fleet Air Ann aircrew, but I will write to the hon. Member when
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|Thermal Imagershort range surveillance (LION)||47||15||0|
|Thermal Imagermedium range surveillance (SOPHIE)||0||63||1|
|Thermal Imager. Can be tripod mounted (OTIS)||57||0||0|
|Thermal Imager. Can be tripod mounted (SPYGLASS)||391||49||61|
|Weapon sight thermal imager (TADS)||0||8||0|
|Light weight hand held or head mounted ER device and image intensifier (GPNVG)||1,345||13||386|
|Mono goggle IR device. Hand held or head mounted. Image intensifier (MNVG)||70||0||0|
|Head mounted image intensifier (HNVG)||1||5||20|
|Mono goggle IR device hand held or head mounted. (HMNVS)||286||433||0|
|Light weight head mounted image intensifier (LUCIE)||46||12||0|
|Weapon sight. Can be hand held. Image intensifier (CWS)||10,828||679||1,137|
|Weapon sight. CWS with afocal lens (Maxikite)||153||126||0|
|Small Arms Night Sight. Weapon sight. Image intensified (SANS)||0||156||0|
|Sniper Night Sight weapon sight. Image intensifier (SNS)||0||24||0|
|Head Mounted Night Optic. Goggle (HMNO)||0||84||0|
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Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the RAF (a) units and (b) assets to be deployed to the Gulf region; what the last three operational tours of each was; and what units are earmarked to replace those currently being deployed.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 11 February 2003]: A list of the RAF units from which assets have currently been assigned to Operation TELIC as in the following table. Approximately 100 fixed-wing and 27 rotary-wing aircraft have been assigned to Operation Telic.
|Unit||Last three operational tours|
|11 Squadron RAF Regiment||Resinate South||Silkman||Maidenly|
|34 Squadron RAF Regiment||Fingal||Resinate South|
|120 Squadron (Nimrod MR2)||Veritas/Oracle||Resinate South||Harmala|
|201 Squadron (Nimrod MR2)||Veritas/Oracle||Resinate South||Harmala|
|206 Squadron (Nimrod MR2)||Veritas/Oracle||Resinate South||Harmala|
|3(F) Squadron (Harrier GR7)||Palliser||Deliberate Forge||Bolton|
|16 Squadron RAF Regiment (note 1)||Fresco||Falkland Islands|
|1 Squadron RAF Regiment (note 1)||Resinate South||Fingal||Veritas/Hacton|
|51 Squadron RAF Regiment (note 1)||Resinate South|
|1 Tactical Survive to Operate (note 1)||Resinate South||Resinate South|
|3 Tactical Survive to Operate (note 1)||Resinate South|
|4 Tactical Survive to Operate (note 1)||Resinate South|
|10 Squadron (VC10)||Oracle||Fingal||Jacana|
|101 Squadron (VC10)||Oracle||Fingal||Jacana|
|216 Squadron (Tristar)||Oracle||Fingal||Jacana|
|32 (The Royal) Squadron (HS 125)||Oracle||Fingal||Jacana|
|8 Squadron (E-3D)||Oracle||Allied Force||Joint Guardian|
|23 Squadron (E-3D)||Oracle||Allied Force||Joint Guardian|
|1(F) Squadron (Harrier GR7)||Magellan||Allied Force||Deliberate Forge|
|IV Squadron (Harrier GR7)||Deliberate Forge||Vulcan||Warden|
|24 Squadron (C130)||Oracle||Fingal||Bessemer|
|30 Squadron (C130)||Oracle||Fingal||Bessemer|
|47 Squadron (C130)||Oracle||Fingal||Bessemer|
|70 Squadron (C130)||Oracle||Fingal||Bessemer|
|99 Squadron (C17)||Oracle||Fingal||Bessemer|
|II Squadron (Tornado GR4)||Resinate South||Resinate South||Resinate South|
|IX(B) Squadron (Tornado GR4)||Resinate South||Resinate South||Resinate South|
|13 Squadron (Tornado GR4)||Resinate South||Resinate South||Resinate South|
|31 Squadron (Tornado GR4)||Resinate South||Resinate South||Resinate South|
|617 Squadron (Tornado GR4)||Resinate South||Resinate South||Resinate South|
|12 Squadron (Tornado GR4)||Resinate South||Resinate South||Resinate South|
|14 Squadron (Tornado GR4)||Resinate South||Resinate South||Resinate South|
|54 Squadron (Jaguar GR3)||Resinate North||Resinate North||Resinate North|
|6 Squadron (Jaguar GR3)||Resinate North||Resinate North||Resinate North|
|41 Squadron (Jaguar GR3)||Resinate North||Resinate North||Resinate North|
|11 Squadron (Tornado F3)||Veritas||Resinate South||Falkland Islands|
|25 Squadron (Tornado F3)||Resinate South||Falkland Islands||Veritas|
|43 Squadron (Tornado F3)||Falkland Islands||Veritas||Resinate South|
|111 Squadron (Tornado F3)||Resinate South||Veritas||Falkland Islands|
|(Helicopter) RAF Odiham (note 2)||Jacana||Oculus||Banner|
|(Helicopter) RAF Benson (note 2)||Oculus||Agricola||Barwood|
1. Where less than three operations are shown the unit has not completed any further operational tours.
2. Helicopter units are identified by station, not Squadron.
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At present it is premature to speculate about the duration of any military deployments or about the rotation or replacement of the forces involved. No United Kingdom forces have been committed to any military action against Iraq and there is still time for Saddam to comply fully with UNSCR 1441 and avoid disarmament by force.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether further reductions in Royal Navy (a) warships and (b) submarines are envisaged in consequence of the new chapter of the Strategic Defence Review. 
Mr. Hoon: As I said when announcing its publication, the New Chapter provided a "mandate for accelerating the modernisation and evolution of the armed forces" (18 July 2002,Official Report, column 461). The Defence White Paper, which I intend to publish later this year, will explain our plans to use the additional resources made available in Spending Review 2002 for further investment in the capabilities to enable the Royal Navy to meet the challenges posed by the changed strategic context.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the expenditure by his Department on tank procurement in each year from 199091 to 200809 (planned); and if he will make a statement. 
|Direct procurement expenditure|
|2002 to present|||
Planned expenditure on tank procurement over the period 200309 has yet to be decided. As part of our evaluation of the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES),
we are investigating the possibility of including a direct fire (light tank) variant. FRES is still in its Concept Phase and has yet to go through the first stage of the formal approval process (Initial Gate).
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