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Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which public corporations his Department received a receipt from a dividend payment or equity withdrawal in financial years 199798 to 200304; what the value of each receipt was; and whether receipts were (a) appropriated in aid of his Department and (b) surrendered to the Consolidated Fund. 
Dividends and equity withdrawals for public corporations for the years commencing
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19992000 are shown below. For the purposes of the response, Trading Funds are regarded as public corporations for budgeting purposes by HM Treasury and are therefore included.
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|Appropriations in Aid Trading Funds:|
|Defence Research and Evaluation Agency (DERA)||||25,000||5,000|||||
|The UK Hydrographic Office||||2,144||2,431||2,587||2,902|
|Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)||||||||6,000||6,000|
|Surrendered to the Consolidated Fund Trading Funds:|
|The UK Hydrographic Office||1,794|||||||||
|Equity withdrawal (including loan repayments)|
|Appropriations-in-Aid Repayment of loans made to Trading Funds:|
|The UK Hydrographic Office||219||237||258||279||303|
|Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA)||||||7,115||2,115||7,240|
|Army Base Repair Organisation (ABRO)||||||||5,155||14,155|
|Surrendered to the Consolidated Fund Public Corporation:|
|QinetiQproceeds received on sale of equity||||||||39,427|||
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written statement of 10 March 2005, Official Report, column 120WS, on end-to-end logistics, if he will give details of the redundancies listed in the other changes category. 
Mr. Ingram: The written ministerial statement on 10 March listed the estimated reductions in the number of posts at a number of RAF Stations as a result of the application of end-to-end logistic principles. It did not offer any redundancy estimates, since the reduction in the number of posts will be managed primarily through voluntary staff transfers, natural wastage and a voluntary release scheme.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 13 January 2005]: I am withholding the documents in question since releasing the papers would prejudice the effective formulation of government policy, on the basis that it would discourage the consideration of the full range of options thereby interfering with the effective conduct of business.
In arriving at this judgment, I have weighed carefully the public interest in disclosure against the harm that Iassess would result from doing so. I have also taken into account the full description of the Government's decisions which have already been provided to Parliament.
However, I am making an exception with the statistical information about manning levels which informed ECAB's consideration of how the reduction by four battalions should be effected. Copies of this will be placed in the Library of the House.
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Mr. Ingram: The Royal Navy is planning to participate in 35 multi-national exercises in 200506 and a large number of lower level tactical engagements with coalition partners. In 200607 the number of planned exercises stands at nine though this is likely to increase as planning progresses. Tactical engagements will continue at around the same level.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 22 March 2005]: We are in the process of reviewing the Terms of Reference and membership of the National Defence Industries Council (NDIC) in consultation with the Defence Industries Council. John Wall (Amicus) accepted the Secretary of State's invitation to join the NDIC and represent the Trade Unions. The current membership of the NDIC is:
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