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Mr. Touhig: I refer the hon. Member to the Statement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 11 January 2005, Official Report, column 10WS. We expect to make an announcement about Gurkha Married Accompanied Service this summer.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has used (a) agency nurses and other medical specialists and (b) Frontier Medical staff in (i) Iraq and (ii) any other country where UK armed forces are deployed to augment UK military units. 
The Ministry of Defence has used a small number of agency nurses and other medical specialists, including from Frontier Medical, to fill specific operational posts in Iraq and Bosnia when there has been a temporary shortfall, or to reduce the frequency of deployment of some specialist capabilities.
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Mr. Ingram: NATO is continuing to pursue improvements to the availability of Combat Support and Combat Service Support through the Prague Capabilities Commitment and the force planning process. In particular, NATO's Logistics Force Planning Advisory Committee is working towards better clarification of the logistics capabilities made available by allies, and encouraging the creation of better balanced force structures. This will further enhance the deployability and sustainability of NATO forces for expeditionary operations, thereby reducing its reliance on host nation support.
The NATO Response Forcewhich is due to achieve Full Operational Capability by October 2006will provide a rapidly deployable, stand alone force capable of sustaining itself using embedded logistic capabilities for up to one month without host nations support, or for longer if re-supplied.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 9 June 2005]: The primary role of the NATO Response Force is to provide a rapid response in the initial phase of a crisis. On achieving Full Operational Capability by October 2006, NATO expects it to be capable of deploying as a stand alone force for crisis response across a range of potential scenarios (peacekeeping or embargo operations, for example); as an initial entry force to facilitate the arrival of follow-on forces; and as a force package that demonstrates the resolve of member nations.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for International Development and (b) others, about improving the effectiveness of MOD assets in assisting with natural disasters around the world in the light of the experience gained from the recent tsunami; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: During the Government response to the tsunami, DFID and Ministry of Defence officials worked extremely closely and productively on the disaster relief effort, the United Kingdom armed forces providing a range of niche capabilities, including airlift, which achieved much in the affected area. Our guiding principle for this operation and for any such future response is that the armed forces will task the most appropriate assets to meet the requirement, as defined by DFID.
As is routine after any operation, the MOD has conducted a review in order to identify what improvements we could make in any such future operation. DFID has been fully involved in this process. In addition, MOD is fully engaged in the Government's efforts to support reform of the UN and EU humanitarian co-ordination mechanisms.
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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the private finance initiative and public private partnership projects his Department is undertaking; and what the status of each is. 
Mr. Ingram: Using the HM Treasury definitions of private finance initiative and public private partnerships, the PFI and PPP projects in which the Ministry of Defence is currently engaged, and their operational status are as follows:
|Project name||Status of project|
|Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS)||Operational|
|Hazardous Stores Information System (HSIS)||Operational|
|Electronic Messaging System (Armymail)||Operational|
|Defence Fixed Telecommunications Service (DFTS)||Operational|
|Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF)||Operational|
|Tidworth Water and Sewerage||Operational|
|RAF Lossiemouth Family Quarters||Operational|
|Joint Services Command and Staff College||Operational|
|RAF Lyneham Sewerage||Operational|
|Yeovilton Family Quarters||Operational|
|Attack Helicopters Training||Operational|
|Apache Simulator Training RAF Mail||Operational|
|RAF Fylingdales (Power)||Operational|
|Light Aircraft Flying Training (LAFT) (Bulldog)||Operational|
|RAF Cosford and Shawbury Family Quarters||Operational|
|NRTA Fire Fighting Training Units||Operational|
|Defence Intelligence System (DIS)/Information System (Touchstone)||Operational|
|Tornado GR4 Simulator||Operational|
|Central Scotland Family Quarters (HQ)||Operational|
|Army Foundation College (AFC)||Operational|
|Main Building Refurbishment||Operational|
|Tri Service Materials Handling Service||Operational|
|Defence Electronic Commerce Service (DECS)||Operational|
|RAF Sentry E3D Aircrew||Operational|
|Lynx Aircrew Training||Operational|
|Defence Animal Centre (DAC)||Operational|
|Tri Service White Fleet||Operational|
|Commercial Satellite Communication Service INMARSAT||Operational|
|Wattisham Married Quarters||Operational|
|Defence Housing Executive-Information Systems (DOMIS)||Operational|
|ASTUTE Class Training Service (ACTS)||Not yet operational|
|Bristol, Bath and Portsmouth Family Married Quarters||Operational|
|Heavy Equipment Transporters (HET)||Operational|
|Marine support to Range and Aircrew Services||Operational|
|Material Handling Equipment (MHE)(Follow on)||Operational|
|Strategic Sealift (Ro-Ro Ferries)||Operational|
|Field Electrical Power Supplies (FEPS)||Operational|
|MOD-wide Water and Waste Water Project (Aquatrine)Package A||Operational|
|Colchester||Not yet operational|
|Skynet5||Not yet operational|
|Hayes PFI Project-Records Storage and Management||Operational|
|Defence Sixth Form College (DSFC)||Operational|
|Devonport Support Services ARMADA||Not yet operational|
|MOD-wide Water and Wastewater (Project Aquatrine)Package B||Not yet operational|
|MOD-wide Water and Wastewater (Project Aquatrine)Package C||Not yet operational|
The Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) contract currently under negotiation with AirTanker Ltd. is based on the firm assumption that the FSTA aircraft are both operated from, and maintained at, RAF Brize Norton. The project is currently in its Assessment Phase and is expected to be introduced into service around the end of the decade.
Mr. Ingram: I informed the House on 4 July 2003, Official Report, column 38WS, that the C130K fleet will remain at RAF Lyneham until the aircraft goes out of service by 2012. I also indicated that the Hercules C130J aircraft will relocate from RAF Lyneham to RAF Brize Norton by 2012.
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