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Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the initial achievements of (a) the Provisional Reconstruction Team in Mazar-e-Sharif and (b) the other provisional reconstruction teams. 
Mr. Ingram: In its first eight months the United Kingdom-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Mazar-e Sharif has made good progress against all its objectives. The achievements of other PRTs is a matter for their own Lead Nations but, collectively, they all contribute towards the wider goal of restoring a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) where and on what date (a) Rhadi Nama, (b) Ahmed Jabber Karrem, (c) Nadhem Abdulla, (d) Abd Al Jalba Mouse Ali, (e) Hazma Abdul Hussein Al-Askary, (f) Waed Jabber Raheem and (g) Jasim Yassim Jabbar Al-Shuirillway died; and what the cause of death was in each case; 
|Name||Date of death|
|Rhadi Nama||8 May 2003|
|Ahmed Jabber Kareem||8 May 2003|
|Nadhem Abdullah||11 May 2003|
|Abd Al Jubba Mousa Ali||17 May 2003|
|Hazma Abdul Hussein Al-Askery||18 May 2003|
|Waed Jabber Raheem||26 May 2003|
|Jasim Yassim Jabber Al-Shimillwy||15 June 2003|
|Hussan Said Shaba Al-Bata||24 October 2003|
|Said Shabram||24 May 2003|
|Waleed Fiaz Mezban||2 September 2003|
|Baha Nasheem Mohammed||15 September 2003|
|Hassan Abbad Said||2 August 2003|
|Ather Karen Al-Mowafakia||29 April 2003|
|Ali Salaam Aziz Mohammed||3 May 2003|
|Dyab Rahman Nasser||5 May 2003|
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Mr. Caplin: Within the Ministry of Defence headquarters' corporate communications organisation there are a number of staff employed primarily on the communications activities of the three single Services. As at 22 March 2004 the number of such personnel (including support staff and photographers) was:
|(a) Royal Navy||(1)19|
|(c) Royal Air Force||13|
(1) This includes a team of four Naval photographers who undertake a number of joint service tasks.
Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last met his European Union counterparts to discuss matters relating to the security situation in (a) Kosovo and (b) Serbia-Montenegro. 
Mr. Hoon: I regularly meet my European Union counterparts to discuss defence matters, including those relating to the Balkans. In particular, I attended the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council on 1718 November 2003, at which security issues in the Balkans were discussed.
Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from the Government of Serbia-Montenegro regarding Prime Minister Kostunica's proposal for the deployment of Serbian forces to Kosovo. 
Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the extent to which the borders between (a) Kosovo and Albania and (b) Kosovo and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are adequately secured; and who controls them. 
Mr. Hoon: Responsibility for border control points in Kosovo is held by the Kosovo Police Service under the authority of the UN Interim Administration Mission In Kosovo (UNMIK). Responsibility for the territorial integrity of Kosovo, including adjacent to the border with Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of
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Macedonia (FYROM), rests with KFOR. On the Macedonian side of the border, the responsibility for border crossing points rests with by the FYROM Border Police and for the rest of the border with the First Army Brigade. On the Albanian side of the KosovoAlbanian border, the Albanian Police have responsibility for border control.
Mr. Hoon: The security situation in Kosovo, including the towns of Mitrovica, Orahovac and Pristina, is calm following the violent events of last week. NATO, including KFOR forces on the ground, continues to monitor the situation.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the outcome was of the investigation into the death of Mr. Leslie John Douglas; when a Board of Inquiry was convened; what its recommendations were; and what further action has been taken. 
|Royal Navy Reserves||||156|
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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recommendations were made by the Board of Inquiry into the death of Sean Benton concerning security instructions and orders governing armed guard duties at Deepcut barracks; and what action has subsequently been taken on the implementation of each of these recommendations. 
Mr. Ingram: During its investigation the Board of Inquiry (BOI) highlighted a number of concerns, largely relating to security orders and procedures within the Guardroom. Direction was given for the following actions to be taken, and these were implemented by the end of August 1995:
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