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The information in the following table shows the correct number of hours flown on average by pilots based at RAF Marham, by month. These figures include hours flown by exchange pilots from foreign air forces serving with RAF Squadrons based at the station, as these are not recorded separately. On average there are two such pilots at the station, and they would normally fly at the same rate as RAF pilots. The figures also include hours flown by Marham-based pilots deployed on Operation TELIC, hence the increase in April 2003.
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Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to the Defence White Paper, 'Delivering Security in a Changing World', published on 11 December 2003, and in particular Chapter 4 'Armed Forces Capabilities', which sets out the latest position on the Future Army Structure.
Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list information technology contracts in his Department with a value of above £20 million in each of the last 10 years; what the inception date for each system was; when it became fully functional; when it became fully debugged; and what the cost of over-runs has been. 
(3) what his plans are for the future of the King's Troop, the Royal Horse Artillery. 
Mr. Ingram: In addition to its ceremonial role, the King's Troop, the Royal Horse Artillery provides personnel to support the Royal Artillery Corps and other units. Most recently, members of the King's
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Troop deployed with Close Support and Depth Fire Artillery units on Operation Telic. No changes are currently planned to this role.
Mr. Hoon: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, as a guide, officials have calculated a figure based on the number of parliamentary questions tabled between 8 September to 18 September 2003 and 7 October to 20 November 2003. According to our records, 898 parliamentary questions were tabled during this period and of this number, 34 questions were answered more than four sitting weeks later.
Mr. Barnes: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were refused security clearance for entry to (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Royal Air Force and (c) the Army in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Ingram: Electronic records capable of showing those refused security clearance for entry to the Services were started during 2001. There is no practical means of obtaining and collating this information for the years prior to 2002. In 2002, six potential Royal Navy recruits, two potential Royal Air Force recruits and 38 potential Army recruits were refused security clearance. In 2003, 11 potential Royal Navy recruits, five potential Royal Air Force recruits and 40 potential Army recruits were refused security clearance.
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to former Service personnel, their spouses and dependants). As at 30 November 2003, 504 ex-service personnel across the three Services have not claimed a preserved pension award to which they were entitled at age 60.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the RAF's last Tornado GR4 aircraft are expected to be retired; what aircraft type is earmarked to replace the Tornado GR4 in its role; and if he will make a statement. 
The Future Offensive Air System is planned to replace the offensive air capability currently provided by the Tornado GR4. No final decision has been taken on how the Future Offensive Air System requirement might best be met. We are currently looking at a potential mix of platforms including Long Range Cruise Missiles, Uninhabited Combat Air Vehicles and manned aircraft.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much compensation is paid to families of (a) adults and (b) children under 16 years of age, who are (i) killed and (ii) injured as a result of unexploded British cluster bombs in (A) Kosovo, (B) Afghanistan and (C) Iraq; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: When compensation claims are submitted, they are considered on the basis of whether or not the Ministry of Defence has a legal liability to pay compensation. Where there is a legal liability to pay compensation, we do so. The amount of compensation paid is calculated on the basis of the severity of the injury together with any financial loss. The amount payable for financial loss to an adult would likely exceed that payable to a juvenile.
Mr. Leslie: Judicial decisions are not a matter in which the Government should become involved, and the Department for Constitutional Affairs does not routinely monitor the outcome of appeals in relation to decisions made by particular judges. The fact that an appeal has been successful does not in itself entail any criticism of the original judge.
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