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Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which sub-units were deployed from the (a) 5th Regiment Royal Artillery to (i) Cyprus, (ii) Iraq and (iii) Northern Ireland, (b) 32nd Regiment Royal Artillery to (A) Cyprus and (B) Iraq, (c) 2nd Royal Tank Regiment to (1) Iraq and (2) Kosovo, (d) Light Dragoons to (x) Bosnia and (y) Cyprus, (e) Queen's Royal Lancers to (aa) Kosovo and (bb) Iraq and (f) Household Cavalry to Bosnia; and what the dates of each deployment were. 
Mr. Ingram: The information requested is shown in the following table. The information relates to the period January 2000 to March 2005, as data prior to this period is not held centrally and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.
|Regiment (a)||Sub units (b)||Theatre (c)||Dates (d)|
|5th Regiment Royal Artillery||K Battery (Bty)||Cyprus||December 2001-June 2002|
|K Bty||Iraq-Telic 1||February-June 2003|
|4/73 Bty||Iraq-Telic 2||June-October 2003|
|4/73 Bty||Iraq-Telic 3||October 2003-April 2004|
|K Bty||Iraq-Telic 4||April 2003-October 2004|
|P Bty||Iraq-Telic 5||October 2004-April 2005|
|P Bty||Northern Ireland||October 2002-May 2003|
|P Bty||Northern Ireland||August-December 2003|
|32nd Regiment Royal Artillery||46 Bty, 18 Bty||Cyprus||December 2001-June 2002|
|42 Bty||Cyprus||June-December 2003|
|46 Bty, 18 Bty, 22 Bty||Iraq-Telic 1||February-June 2003|
|57 Bty||Iraq-Telic 3||September 2003-April 2004|
|22 Bty||Iraq-Telic 4||April-October 2004|
|18 Bty||Iraq-Telic 5||October 2004-April 2005|
|2nd Royal Tank Regiment||RHQ, Cyclops, Falcon, Egypt||Iraq-Telic 1||FebruaryJune 2003|
|Badger||Iraq-Telic 2||July-November 2003|
|RHQ, Badger, Egypt||Kosovo||February-June 2001|
|The Light Dragoons||B Squadron||Bosnia||April-October 2000|
|C Squadron||Bosnia||October 2002-April 2003|
|The Queen's Royal Lancers||RHQ, D Squadron||Kosovo||April-October 2002|
|B, C Squadrons||Iraq-Telic 1||FebruaryJune 2003|
|A, D Squadrons||Iraq-Telic 2||July-November 2003|
|Household Cavalry Regiment||A Squadron||Bosnia||September 2001-March 2002|
|C Squadron||Bosnia||March-September 2002|
|C Squadron (-)||Bosnia||October 2003-April 2004|
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 14 March 2005]: The Maritime Coherence Study Baseline is the core programme emerging from the Maritime Coherence Study. It will provide the basis on which further work and refinement is undertaken. The Maritime Coherence Study is intended to produce a balanced, coherent and more affordable programme to address our capability priorities and provide an industrial programme with stable and balanced loading, and will be implemented over the next two decades.
Within the United Kingdom, our policy is to use surface transportation for all movements of nuclear material related to the UK nuclear weapons programme. Any necessary movement by air of nuclear material outside of the UK is undertaken in compliance with the UK's International Treaty obligations and in accordance with International Air Transport Association regulations, MOD Health and Safety requirements and all statutory legislative requirements. All Ministry of Defence movements of nuclear materials are conducted only by suitably qualified and experienced personnel under procedures designed to reduce foreseeable risk in accordance with the As Low As Reasonably Practicable principle.
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Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which nations he has assessed as having the capacity to launch a nuclear strike against United Kingdom military bases; and which United Kingdom bases are in range of each nation's weapons. 
Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment his Department has made of the Royal Navy's future requirement for oil supply within the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) programme; how many ships are needed; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Ingram: The MARS programme will provide the future maritime tanker capability for the Royal Navy. The future requirement, including how the capability will be delivered, will be determined during the programme's assessment phase. Two of the LEAF class tankers currently in service are leased. We have no current plans to purchase or lease additional tankers for the RFA ahead of the capability to be introduced through the MARS programme. We will consider extending the current fleet of maritime tankers in service as necessary prior to the introduction of the MARS capability.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of job losses at RAF Leeming on (a) the work of the base and (b) the local community; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: The written ministerial statement of 10 March outlined the proposed reductions in the number of Service and civilian posts as a result of the end-to-end review of logistics process for military aircraft support. These reductions form part of the Service and civilian manpower reductions that were announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 21 July 2004.
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