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Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what exercises the (a) armed forces and (b) emergency services have carried out with (i) ships and (ii) staff of the merchant marine to prepare for terrorist risks (A) at sea, (B) from the sea to coastal regions and (C) in ports. 
Dr. Ladyman: Counter Terrorist (CT) exercises are the responsibility of the Home Office. The Department for Transport (DfT) participates in and facilitates such exercises as necessary. DfT has been involved in six maritime CT exercises since the beginning of 2005.
Dr. Ladyman: The Department for Transport (DfT) is supporting a research project being conducted by the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York entitled Vision ZeroA Risk Assessment of Adopting a Target of Zero for Road Traffic Accident Fatalities and Serious Injuries. The researchers submitted the idea to the DfT Horizons programme which funds research intended to alert and inform the Department about long-term potential opportunities for, and risks to, achieving our policy and operational objectives.
Work is currently in progress and a report is expected later this year on the Swedish experience of adopting a Vision Zero policy and the potential risks, costs, benefits and opportunities of a 30-year Vision Zero strategy in the UK. Further details about the project are given on the Department's Research Database http://www.rmd.dft.gov.uk where the results of the work will appear on completion.
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Mr. Touhig: My colleagues have had several meetings with interested organisations to discuss these changes, and I look forward to meeting veterans' representatives to address the variety of issues of interest to them. Principal among these will be the many commemorative events in July to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the second world war.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) complement and (b) strength is of each of the six Scottish infantry regiments; and what it has been in each year since 2001. 
Mr. Ingram: I will write to the hon. Member once the current data for 2005 have been collated. The establishment, trained strength and difference of each of the Scottish infantry regiments from January 2001 to January 2004 are as follows:
|Black Watch(11)||Establishment||Trained strength||Difference|
|Royal Scots||Establishment||Trained strength||Difference|
|Argyll and Sutherland|
1.The figures are at 1 January each year. 2.All figures have been rounded to the nearest five. 3.Totals are for Regular Army officers and soldiers. 4.FTRS have been excluded. 5.Totals include members of other arms/services attached to each regiment.
Mr. Ingram: The Acquisition Policy Board, chaired by the Minister for Defence Procurement, has recently been established to oversee acquisition processes across the MOD. These processes are constantly under review. For example the DPA Forward programme is implementing the Chief of Defence Procurement's stocktake of Smart Acquisition.
In May the National Audit Office published a report on Effective Project Control, comparing the MOD with overseas and industry practice. It identified a number of examples where the MOD compared well to their gold standard" including the refit of HMS Illustrious, the Titan and Trojan engineer tanks and the Future Infantry Soldier Technology project.
John Reid: British Forces are in Iraq at the request of the Iraqi Government, as part of the multi-national effort to help the Iraqi people achieve stability, democracy and prosperity. There are now around 8,500 UK troops in Iraq, providing security and building the capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces.
Insurgents continue in their efforts to destabilise progress in Iraq. Despite a recent upsurge, the number of insurgent attacks has declined since
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the January elections, with Iraq Security Forces conducting a number of anti-insurgent operations, both independently and with coalition support.
Mr. Ingram: We are examining a range of options for the future of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency. This work is being done objectively, and the basis for any final decisions will rest on the quality of support to the front line and overall value for money.
I hope to be in a position to make an announcement on the way ahead for DARA before the summer recess. We will, of course, be consulting with our colleagues in the Welsh Assembly and the Trades Unions before any final decisions are taken in respect of DARA operations at St. Athan.
Mr. Ingram: The Royal Marines will continue to provide the amphibious infantry component of our joint expeditionary capabilities. As part of the Joint Rapid Reaction Force, they will be at high readiness for a range of tasks requiring versatility, high mobility and sustainability. In recent years, the Royal Marines have operated with great success in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. They are currently introducing important new equipment including Viking protected vehicles and Bowman radios.
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