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John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he has taken to ensure that a sufficient merchant navy fleet within the UK to be drawn upon at times of conflict is maintained. 
Mr. Ingram: The availability of suitable merchant shipping is collated on a regular basis from updated information provided by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on the UK registered fleet. The MOD supports this work.
Mr. Caplin [holding answer 22 March 2005]: The National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB)as part of their continuing studies concerning nuclear test veteranshas carried out a health study into cancer incidence. The latest of their ReportsNRPB Report W-27 entitled Mortality and Cancer Incidence 19521998 in UK Participants in the UK Atmospheric Nuclear Weapons Tests and Experimental Programmes" (2003)concluded that overall levels of mortality and cancer incidence in UK nuclear weapons test participants have continued to be similar to those in a matched control group, and overall mortality to be lower than expected from national rates.
Mr. Wareing: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list countries to which members of the British armed forces were deployed to give military training and advice during the period 2001 to 2004. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 14 March 2005]: During the period 2001 to 2004, members of the British armed forces were deployed to give military training and advice to 92 countries. A complete list of countries is set out as follows.
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Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effects of job cuts at (a) RAF Lossiemouth and (b) RAF Kinloss announced by his Department on 10 March; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 21 March 2005]: My written ministerial statement on 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 processes for military aircraft support.
I recognise that this may be disappointing news for the local community, but the proposed changes in working practices and force structure will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of logistic support within the RAF.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans have been put in place to minimise the impact of job losses at (a) RAF Kinloss and (b) RAF Lossiemouth announced by his Department on 10 March; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 21 March 2005]: The impact on personnel of the reduction in the number of posts will be managed primarily through voluntary staff transfers, natural wastage and a voluntary release scheme. The Ministry of Defence will manage the reductions in the number of civilian posts in consultation with Trades Unions.
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