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Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the grant-in-aid for the (a) Commonwealth War Graves Commission, (b) Ghurkha Welfare Scheme, (c) Welfare Council, (d) Victoria/George Cross, (e) Royal British LegionPolish Ex-Servicemen and (f) Royal British LegionWar Graves was for financial years 199798 to 200304. 
|Commonwealth War Graves Commission(38)||22,271||21,990||23,038||23,503||23,498||26,251||28,942|
|Gurkha Welfare Scheme(39)||300||400||380||460||560||710||800|
|Victoria and George Cross Association(40)||0||30||0||22||0||21||0|
|Royal British LegionPolish Ex-Servicemen (41)||192||259||185||266||181||205||205|
|Royal British LegionWar Graves(42)||147||147||125||100||127||127||127|
Mr. Keith Simpson:
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the grant-in-aid for the (a) Scott Polar Research Institute, (b) Air Training Corps, (c) Atlantic
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Council, (d) Skill Force and (e) Millennium String-Pearls was for financial years 199798 to 200304. 
|Scott Polar Research Institute||35||35||35||35||35||35||35|
|Air Training Corps||125||121||19||19||39||27||14|
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops are serving in (a) Sierra Leone, (b) Afghanistan, (c) East Timor and (d) the Falkland Islands, broken down by (i) rank and (ii) regiment. 
|Theatre||Officers||Senior NCOs||Other Ranks|
|9 March 2005||58||41||5|
|6 March 2005||161||158||590|
|11 March 2005||0||0||0|
|31 January 2005||165||305||991|
The Afghan Roulemont Infantry Battalion (ARIB) is currently 1st Battalion the Worcestershire and Sherwood Forester Regiment and in the Falkland Islands, the Resident Infantry Coy (RIC) is provided from the Queens Lancashire Regiment. Troops serving in the other theatres are not from formed units.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Ministers who have served in the current Government since 1997 have used aircraft in the Queen's Flight for visits which have been wholly or partially of a personal nature; on what dates such visits took place; and which Ministers have made payments to the taxpayer to cover the cost of that usage. 
Travel by Ministers" makes clear that special flights may be authorised when a scheduled service is not available, or when it is essential to travel by air, but the requirements of official or parliamentary business or security considerations or urgency preclude the journey being made by a scheduled service. In respect of overseas travel by Ministers, since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. The list published in 1999 covers the period 2 May 1997 to 31 March 1999. Where RAF/Private Charter aircraft are used this is shown in the list. Where there is an element of personal business, this is also shown. The Government have also published on an annual basis the cost of all Ministers' visits overseas. Copies of these are available in the Library of the House. Information for 200405 will be published in due course.
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to sign a contract with the Aspire consortium in connection with Project Allenby/Connaught; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who will decide on regimental (a) accoutrements and (b) dress for the proposed King's Lancashire and Border Regiment; and when he expects decisions to be made. 
A committee of representatives from the King's Own Royal Border Regiment, the King's Regiment and the Queen's Lancashire Regiment will be formed to consider how each of the antecedent
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regiments will be represented in the regimental dress and accoutrements of the proposed King's, Lancashire and Border Regiment.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) Executive agencies within the remit of his Department have regional offices based on the Government offices for the regions' regional structure; and when the regional offices were established in each case. 
Mr. Caplin: The only non-departmental public body within the Ministry of Defence's remit that follows the regional structure of the Government offices for the regions is the advisory body comprising the War Pensions Committees. The War Pensions Committees were set up in 1921 and reconstituted on a regional basis on 1 January 2001.
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