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Mr. Caplin: An investigation into these allegations was carried out by the Royal Military Police. The resulting report and supporting evidence was considered by the Army Prosecuting Authority who determined that there was insufficient evidence to direct trial by court martial.
The Government centrally funds the National Met Programme, which underpins the UK's meteorological capability. The programme and the resources required are agreed annually with the Met Office. The programme and the Met Office's performance is kept under review by an independent group of commissioners who represent the interests of all stakeholder departments. The commissioners report directly to me on a biannual basis, and contribute to the overall financial planning and resource allocation processes in the Ministry of Defence.
It receives the second directly from customers in the public and private sectors, on agreed contractual terms. It is a matter for individual customer departments to keep the funds for their Met Office services under review in the course of normal business.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what disciplinary action has been taken against Private Terence Morrison in connection with the attempted murder of a 14-year-old boy in Belfast on 6 November 2004; and in what regiment Private Morrison serves. 
Mr. Caplin: This incident is subject to an investigation by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and it would be inappropriate to comment further. In accordance with data protection legislation, it is not our policy to confirm the unit in which a named individual is serving.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the factors were that influenced his decision to locate at RAF Aldegrove the court martial of six Royal Marine instructors facing assault charges connected with their conduct at Lympstone, Devon. 
Mr. Caplin: The Military Court Centre at Aldergrove was deemed to be the most appropriate venue to accommodate this trial. It is a purpose built courtroom with modern facilities and is sufficiently large enough to handle a trial involving six defendants, their counsel and numerous witnesses.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many days sick leave were taken by civil servants in the Department in each year since 1997; and what the sickness absence rate was in each year. 
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Mr. Ingram: Some nine members of the Light Dragoons participated in adventurous training in Tanzania between 1116 November 2004. There has been no further adventurous training undertaken by the British Army in the country since that date.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to promote the integration of rail and cycle travel, with particular reference to off-peak periods; and what mechanisms exist for co-ordinating transport and public health policies in respect of cycling. 
Charlotte Atkins: We expect train operators and Network Rail to encourage bike and rail journeys in order to enable the bicycle to be used as part of a longer journey and to reduce car use. The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) published their Cycling Policy last year. The policy states that:
The Department is providing over £500,000 to improve cycle parking at stations where a pressing need has been identified and last year published, with the Countryside Agency, Bike and RailA Good Practice Guide.
In light of its keen interest in both cycling and walking, the Department has been active in the development of public health policy. Ministers and officials were closely involved in cross-Government consideration of initiatives to raise levels of cycling, leading to commitments on cycle training and cycle commuting in the public health White Paper published in November last year. The Department of Health was also one of a number of Departments which contributed to Walking and Cycling: an Action Plan, published by the Department for Transport in June last year. The action plan contains more than 40 actions aimed at increasing cycling and walking, in light of the health, transport and environmental benefits.
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