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Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) the date of original build completion, (b) the date of acceptance into service, (c) the anticipated date of decommissioning, (d) the number of crew, (e) the stores carrying capacity where appropriate and (f) the ownership of (i) RFA Diligence, (ii) RFA Grey Rover, (iii) RFA Gold Rover, (iv) RFA Black Rover, (v) RFA Brambleleaf, (vi) RFA Bayleaf, (vii) RFA Orangeleaf, (viii) RFA Oakleaf, (ix) RFA Fort Rosalie, (x) RFA Fort Austin, (xi) RFA Fort Victoria, (xii) RFA Fort George, (xiii) RFA Argus, (xiv) RFA Sir Bedivere, (xv) RFA Sir Geraint, (xvi) RFA Sir Percivale, (xvii) RFA Sir Tristram, (xviii) RFA Sea Crusader and (xix) RFA Sea Centurion. 
|Ship||Build completion date||Date of acceptance into service||Planned decommission date||Crew complement||Approximate stores capacity||Ownership|
|Diligence||1981||1984||2006||53 RFA77 Embarked force||Fuel: 1,400 sq m||MOD|
|Grey Rover||1970||1970||2007||54 RFA||Fuel: 6,000 sq mFresh water: 300 sq mOil: 66,000 litres||MOD|
|Gold Rover||1974||1974||2007||54 RFA||Fuel: 5,500 sq mFresh water: 300 sq mOil 66,000 litres||MOD|
|Black Rover||1974||1974||2007||53 RFA||Fuel: 6,000 sq mFresh water: 300 sq mOil: 66,000 litres||MOD|
|Brambleleaf||1976||1980||2009||58 RFA||Fuel: 31,000 sq mFresh water: 1,400 sq m||MOD|
|Bayleaf||1982||1982||2009||58 RFA||Fuel: 28,700 sq mFresh water: 1,400 sq m||Lombards Leasing Services|
|Orangeleaf||1975||1984||2008||58 RFA||Fuel: 31,000 sq mFresh water 1,400 sq m||Lloyds Industrial Leasing Ltd.|
|Oakleaf||1981||1986||2015||36 RFA||Fuel: 38,700 sq mFresh water: 1,300 sq m||James Fisher Ltd.|
|Fort Rosalie||1978||1978||2013||106 RFA12 RN28 Civilian||Ammunition, food and general Naval stores: 10,100 sq m||MOD|
|Fort Austin||1979||1979||2014||106 RFA12 RN26 Civilian||Ammunition, food and general naval stores: 10,100 sq m||MOD|
|Ford Victoria||1993||1994||2019||96 RFA13 RN23 Civilian||Fuel: 12,000 sq mFresh water: 370 sq mOil: 137,000 litresAmmunition, food and general Naval stores: 6,400 sq m||MOD|
|Fort George||1993||1994||2019||95 RFA13 RN28 Civilian||Fuel: 12,000 sq mFresh water: 370 sq mOil: 136,000 sq mAmmunition, food and general Naval stores: 5,900 sq m||MOD|
|Argus||1981||1988||2008||82 RFA69 Embarked force||Fuel: 3,700 sq m||MOD|
|Sir Bedivere||1967Ship LifeExtensionProgramme1998||1967||2011||59 RFA352 Embarked force||Ammunition and cargo: 660 sq m vehicles: 12 Challenger tanks, 31 large vehicles, 56 Land Rovers or 26 cargo containers on tank deck; 19 large vehicles, 50 Land Rovers or 20 cargo containers on vehicle deck||MOD|
|Sir Geraint||1967||1967||2004||52 RFA250 embarked force||Ammunition and cargo: 600 sq m vehicles: 14 Challenger tanks, 23 large vehicles, 62 Land Rovers or 20 cargo containers on tank deck; 34 large vehicles, 63 Land Rovers or 30 cargo containers on vehicle deck||MOD|
|Sir Percivale||1968||1968||2005||52 RFA301 Embarked force||Ammunition and cargo: 600 sq m vehicles: 14 Challenger tanks, 23 large vehicles, 62 Land Rovers or 20 cargo containers on tank deck; 34 large vehicles, 63 Land Rovers or 30 cargo containers on vehicle deck||MOD|
|Sir Tristram||1967||1967||2004||51 RFA238 embarked force||Ammunition and cargo: 600 sq m vehicles: 12 Challenger tanks, 56 Land Rovers or 26 cargo containers on tank deck; 26 cargo containers on tank deck; 31 large vehicles, 67 Land Rovers or 33 cargo containers on vehicle deck||MOD|
|Sea Crusader||1996||1996||2003||18 RFA||2,300 lane metres capacity||Nouvelles Orientations|
Sea Centurion was leased from Ocean Arrow and was returned to her owners in 2002.
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Mr. Ingram: The Royal Navy decommissioned two O-class RFA Fleet tankers during financial year 200001: RFA Olwen (commissioned in 1965) and RFA Olna (commissioned in 1966). Two new Wave-class Auxiliary Oilers (AO) RFA Wave Knight and RFA Wave Ruler are expected to enter service in early spring this year.
On current plans four of the five Landing Ships Logistics, RFA Sir Geraint, Sir Tristram Sir Percivale and Sir Galahad are expected to be replaced by four larger and more capable Bay Class vessels in 2004 and 2005.1 also refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 10 February 2003, Official Report, column 514W, to the hon. Member for New Forest East (Dr. Lewis).
|Navy shipsdecommissioned since1997||Final destination|
|HMS Birmingham||Scrap (Commercial Sale)|
|HMS Boxer||Not yet known|
|HMS Beaver||Scrap (Commercial Sale)|
|HMS Brave||Not yet known|
|HMS Orkney||Trinidad and Tobago|
|HMS Herald||Commercial Sale|
|HMS Intrepid||Not yet known|
|HMS Bulldog||Commercial Sale|
|HMS Cromer||Renamed Hindostan and redesignated fortraining use|
|HMS Beagle||Commercial Sale|
|HMS Fearless||Not yet known|
|HMS Sheffield||Not yet known|
|HMY Britannia||Exhibition, Port of Leith, Edinburgh|
|RFA Olna||Scrap (Commercial Sale)|
|FRA Olwen||Scrap (Commercial Sale)|
|RFA Resource||Commercial Sale|
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Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British service personnel are stationed in Sierra Leone; what changes in numbers have taken place in the last month; and if he will make a statement on the current military situation in Sierra Leone. 
Mr. Ingram: On 31 July 2002 the security situation in Sierra Leone was judged to be benign enough to end Operation Silkman (the overarching operation for United Kingdom forces in Sierra Leone), leaving a self-sustaining UK-led International Military Advisory and Training Team (IMATT). The IMATT currently involves some 120 personnel, comprising 108 UK personnel plus a number of internationals. Six additional UK personnel have been assigned to IMATT within the last month.
To display our continued commitment to the settlement process in Sierra Leone on 21 February we deployed a Company Group from 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles plus HQ and supporting elements (eg logistics and medical)in total around 310 people. HMS Iron Duke and RFA Black Rover are also planned to deploy to Sierra Leone waters in the next few weeks as a further demonstration of UK commitment.
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ability to conduct such deployments rapidly and at short notice, notwithstanding our involvement in operations elsewhere in the world.
Mr. Morley: The Government's draft Strategy for combined heat and power (CHP) to 2010, consulted on last year and available in the Library to the House, details the range of Government support measures currently in place for CHP. The main measures include:
Eligibility for Enhanced Capital Allowances;
The £50 million, two-year, Community Energy grant programme; and
Reduction in VAT on certain grant-funded domestic micro-CHP installations.
Emphasise the benefits of CHP and community heating whenever planning or sustainable development guidance is introduced or reviewed.
Work with Ofgem to ensure a level playing field under NETA for smaller generators, including CHP.
Set targets for use of CHP in the Government Estate.
Explore incentivising CHP within any expansion of the domestic Energy Efficiency Commitment from 2005.
Support field trials designed to evaluate the benefits of micro-CHP.
Invite the Energy Saving Trust and the Carbon Trust to review their current and future programmes to ensure they reinforce delivery of our CHP target.
Work on a framework for pilot projects under the UK Emissions Trading Scheme for which CHP projects may be eligible.
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There has been no assessment made of the change in use of CHP by companies covered by climate change agreements. The agreements set targets for improvements in energy efficiency, which in some cases take account of the potential for CHP in the facility. In other cases, operators are required to make an assessment of the potential for CHP, which may result in a change to their targets. Operators are free to meet their targets in a range of ways.
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