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Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the terms of reference of the (a) Maritime Conference Study, (b) Submarine Acquisition Modernisation Study and (c) Surface Ship Support Study are; and when he expects each to conclude its work. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 17 March 2005]: I refer the hon. Member to the answers I gave on 21 March 2005, Official Report, column 572W, to the hon. Member for Blaby (Mr. Robathan), on 21 February 2005, Official Report, column 127W to the hon. Member for Mid-Sussex (Mr. Soames), and 10 March 2005, Official Report, column 1996W, to the hon. Member for Blaby (Mr. Robathan).
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 24 March 2005]: The United States authorities pay for the Ministry of Defence Police Agency against bills raised on the Agency's behalf by the MOD Liaison Office at RAF Mildenhall. These bills are raised on a weekly basis and in arrears. At the end of each month, Mildenhall transfer the income from payments made by the US to the MOD Police Agency. Bills are based on the salaries of Agency personnel, both police and civilian, deployed to Menwith Hill and any other costs that are appropriate in accordance with the 1989 Memorandum of Understanding between the United States European Command (EUCOM), represented by the Headquarters Third Air Force, and the United Kingdom MOD concerning the role and responsibilities of MOD police deployed at bases occupied by United States Forces in the UK.
Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to Key Target1 of the Key Targets Table in the Ministry of Defence's Disposal Services Agency (DSA)'s Annual Report and Accounts that were laid before the House for each of those years respectively. The 200304 report, laid before the House on 15 July 2004, can be viewed on the DSA's website www.edisposals.com. The figures include receipts from sales undertaken by the DSA on behalf of its main customerthe MODand other Government Departments and other customers. The DSA has sole authority to act to dispose of all MOD surplus equipments bar land and property and nuclear material.
Gross accrued receipts from the sale of surplus land and property are disclosed in the Defence estates accounts that were laid before the House for each of the years 200001 to 200304. Copies are available in the Library of the House.
[holding answer 9 March 2005]: The Ministry of Defence's Disposal Services Agency (DSA)has sole authority to act to dispose of surplus equipment. The majority of equipments are sold through the DSA's network of contractors, with whom it has marketing agreements, who have the freedom to market and sell as they choose so as to optimise returns
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for the taxpayer. These contractors have occasionally used the eBay website in the last few years but records are not held centrally. The DSA has not used eBay directly.
Ms Hewitt: Under the Spending Review process, budget allocations are given for the three years ahead. Following Spending Review 2004 we therefore have detailed spending plans in place for 200506, 200607, and 200708. The Spending Review process does not provide for the setting of budgets more than three years ahead.
Mr. Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her written ministerial statement of 22 March 2005, Official Report, columns 623W, on economic partnership agreements, on what basis her Department arrived at the period of 20 years given unconditionally to African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to open their markets to trade with the EU, following implementation of any given EU Economic Partnership Agreement; and whether she plans to make this period fully reciprocal. 
Ms Hewitt [holding answer 4 April 2005]: In recommending a transition period of 20 years, the Government took into consideration the views of the ACP countries, the ACP submission in the current WTO negotiations on Article 24 of the GATT, which suggested a minimum of 18 years for developing countries, and the transition period agreed in other recent regional trade agreements. The Government believe that each ACP regional group should make its own decisions on the timing, pace, sequencing, and product coverage of market opening in line with individual countries' national development plans and poverty reduction strategies. Regional groups should have the flexibility to move towards more open markets along a non-linear path if necessary.
Mr. Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her written ministerial statement of 22 March 2005, Official Report, columns 623WS, on economic partnership agreements, whether she has earmarked specific UK funds to be made available via the EU to African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to enable them to benefit from trade reforms. 
[holding answer 4 April 2005]: The UK cannot specifically earmark funds provided through the EU for the ACP. However the UK, through DFID's development assistance programmes, is continuing to make available funds for EPA policy research and capacity building for the ACP regional group secretariats and negotiators. This is intended to help the ACP structure EPAs in their development interests and assist them to get the best deal from the negotiations.
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by her Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost was to public funds in each case. 
|Cost of hiring office equipment|
In addition, the Department has an off-balance sheet PFI contract for the provision to it of a wide range of information systems and services, including infrastructure management, IT development, business process re-engineering, consultancy advice and technology refresh. This is treated as an operating lease under the PFI guidance issued by HM Treasury. The total payments under this contract in 200304 amounted to £37 million. In 200203 this total was £35 million. It is not possible to split this total into payments for the use of equipment as opposed to payments for services.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee on the implementation of projects promoting co-operation and commercial relations between the European Union and the industrialised countries of North America, the Far East and Australasia met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Alexander: The Committee has met four times (on each occasion in Brussels) since it was established in July 2002 (under the Spanish presidency); January 2003 (Greek presidency); January 2004 (Irish presidency); and October 2004 (Dutch presidency). Officials from UK Trade and Investment attended each meeting with the exception of meeting during the Irish presidency.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish and (c) Dutch presidency of the EU the Committee for the Adaptation to Technical Progress of Directives on the Removal of Technical Barriers to Trade in the Sector of Cosmetics met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if she will make a statement. 
Policy on cosmetic products under Council Directive 76/768/EE is discussed and agreed by the Standing Committee on Cosmetic Products which meets in Brussels four or five times a year. Representatives from the DTI always attend the Committee meetings.
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