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Mr. Ingram: To date over 193,000 items (of which over 85,000 are combat clothing items) under the cut and sew contract, have been delivered within the prime contractors supply chain from a variety of sources, both in the UK and overseas. This includes around 70,000 items of combat clothing supplied from China.
Mr. Ingram: The United Kingdom strongly supports the expansion of the African Union mission in Darfur and is working not just with NATO, but with the EU and the UN to find the best means by which the international community as a whole can support the African Union's objectives. The Secretary of State for Defence discussed the provision of support to the mission in Darfur with fellow EU Defence Ministers, the EU High Representative and the NATO Secretary-General at the meeting of the EU's General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels on 23 May.
Mr. Ingram: As requested by Mr. Alpha Oumar Konare, the Chairman of the Commission of the African Union, NATO is considering, in close consultation with the EU and the UN, what logistical support it can best provide to the African Union's peacekeeping mission in Darfur. Full details of NATO's contribution will become clearer following a donor conference in Addis Ababa on 26 May 2005, but it is likely to include: assistance with the deployment of the expanded African Union mission, including strategic lift, and the training of African Union personnel to improve their capacity.
Mr. Touhig: Details of Ministry of Defence properties and land currently listed for disposal are available in the Library of the House. It should be noted however that the need to retain such properties and land is constantly under review. Consequently the list changes frequently and generally it is updated quarterly.
I regret that I am unable to provide a list of properties and land being considered for disposal due to the commercially sensitive nature of the information. I can however, assure the hon. Member that the Ministry of Defence does not seek to retain a site once it has been clearly established that there is no known defence requirement to do so.
Mr. Ingram: The Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) programme is currently in the Concept Phase. We are planning for the Assessment Phase to commence shortly, and for the main investment decision to be made in 2008.
Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Department has objected to the planning application for a parachute jumping centre at Acklington, Northumberland on grounds of possible conflict with low-flying military aircraft. 
Mr. Ingram: The Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency received the following amounts from the United States authorities in the last five years in relation to services provided at Menwith Hill.
Last year the Ministry of Defence spent around £1.3 million on developing improvements to clothing and other personal equipment. In addition over £8 million was spent to provide additional enhancements to personal equipment for personnel deployed on operations.
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Future requirements are planned to be met by the personal equipment and common operational clothing (PECOC) programme which will deliver a coherent and integrated system of operational clothing and equipment, including improved ballistic protection, meeting the needs of service personnel in the next decade and beyond.
John Healey: The Government are committed to aviation joining the EU Emissions Trading Scheme from 2008, or as soon as possible thereafter. This will be a priority for the UK's presidency of the EU later this year.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Official figures, published by the Office for National Statistics suggest that in 2004 manufacturing output rose by 1.4 per cent. manufacturing productivity rose by 5.3 per cent., manufacturing exports increased by 2 per cent. and business investment in the manufacturing sector rose by 3.2 per cent.its highest growth rate for six years.
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