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Mr. Hoon [holding answer 29 November 2004]: None. Expenditure arising from EU operations having military or defence implications is not charged to the EU budget, as set out in Article 28.3 of the Treaty on the European Union.
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) into which infantry units the 550 posts freed up from the four redundant regiments would be transferred; and how many are expected to be transferred to (a) logistics, (b) engineers, (c) signals and (d) intelligence; 
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The Army is working on the detail for the Royal Logistic Corps, the Royal Engineers, the Royals Corps of Signals and the Intelligence Corps. Once the numbers have been finalised, I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.
Mr. Russell Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when was the last time that a parachute battalion force was deployed on operations using parachutes as the main entry into the theatre; and what the theatre of operation was; 
Mr. Ingram: The last time a battalion of the Parachute Regiment deployed on operations using parachutes as the main entry into the theatre was during the Suez crisis in November 1956. As my hon. Friend will be aware, elements of the Parachute Regiment are traditionally held at very high readiness and are often among the first forces to deploy in any operational theatre.
I am sure my hon. Friend will also recall that approximately 1,000 paratroopers from the US Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade parachuted into Northern Iraq in March 2003 and seized an air field in Kurdish controlled territory less than 30 miles from the Turkish border; clearly demonstrating that this method remains a valid form of entry in to an operational theatre.
Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he intends to reduce the number of battalions in the (a) Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, (b) Royal Anglian Regiment and (c) Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram [holding reply 30 November 2004]: As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence announced in July, the reduction in the number of forces committed to Northern Ireland means that the overall requirement for infantry battalions can be reduced by four. This reduction will comprise one battalion from Scotland and three from England.
In addition, the decision to phase out the Infantry Arms Plot means that a new infantry structure is required. This new structure will seek to preserve the best elements of the regimental system while adapting to ensure operational success for the future. The new structure will be based on large regiments of two or more battalions. Details of the new organisation are still being worked through but we hope to make an announcement before the Christmas Recess.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of members on the board of the National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction have expertise in the area of replacement. 
The National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction (NC3Rs) is committed to advancing and implementing the principles of all three of the 3Rs (Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of the use of Animals in Research). Membership of its Board is intended to reflect this remit. Members are appointed in a personal capacity and have expertise in a range of issues relating to the 3Rs, including five members with experience in replacement alternatives. When additional expertise in any area is needed this will be sought through consultation.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the asthma indicators in the Quality and Outcomes Framework for general practitioners; and if he will make a statement. 
The independent review group has being set up by the Employers Organisation (EO), on behalf of the Department. As far as we are aware, the EO has not yet received any representations on the asthma indicators in the QOF.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will include criteria on self-management and inhaler technique in the asthma indicators in the Quality and Outcomes Framework; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hutton: The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) indicator Asthma 6 provides up to 20 points, worth £1,550 to an average practice, to practices which ensure that their patients with asthma have an asthma review every 15 months. The QOF supplementary documents state that this asthma review should include the assessment of inhaler technique and the creation of a personalised care plan, which may include self-management, where appropriate.
In addition, QOF indicator chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), provides up six points, worth £465 to an average practice, to practices which ensure that their patients with COPD who are receiving inhaled treatment have their inhaler technique checked every 27 months.
Ms Rosie Winterton: All national health service bodies, including NHS trusts, are required to have a complaints procedure in line with the National Health Service (Complaints) Regulations 2004, which came into force on 30 July 2004. Prior to the regulations, they were required by directions to have a complaints procedure.
The regulations are supported by national guidance published by the Department, and set out the statutory framework for the handling of complaints by NHS bodies, and the independent review of complaints by the Healthcare Commission, where local resolution has been unsuccessful in resolving matters.
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Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mental health beds were available in Buckinghamshire in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003; and what the average occupancy rates were in each year. 
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