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Mr. Touhig: A committee of representatives made up from the respective antecedent regiments has been formed to consider regimental dress and accoutrements requirements of the proposed Mercian Regiment, Yorkshire Regiment, Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Welsh Regiment. It is expected that the committee's decisions will be taken during the second half of 2005. Executive approval from the Army Dress Committee will be required before any announcement is finalised.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received about Scotia Graphics of Coventry regarding the company's performance in delivering photographs to the families of soldiers who have been on passing-out parades; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Touhig: The Ministry of Defence is aware of complaints against Scotia Graphics from families of soldiers who have passed out of the Infantry Training Centre Catterick and is sympathetic towards any family whose mementos of a proud occasion may have been lost. Although the Infantry Training Centre Catterick invited Scotia Graphics to offer their services to families attending the pass-out parade, direct responsibility for any failure by Scotia Graphics to deliver services is ultimately a matter between the company and its customers.
Mr. Touhig: The Territorial Army is currently being rebalanced to align with the changes to the Regular Army under the Future Army Structures work. We do not anticipate that this will result in significant change to the existing Territorial Army Estate, including in north-west England.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which vessels in the Trafalgar Class have been subject to unscheduled operating restrictions in the last 12 months; what the causes were; and if he will make a statement. 
Operating restrictions have been applied to two Trafalgar Class submarines in the past 12 months. Since September 2004, restrictions applied to the operation of HMS Torbay and HMS Tireless which prevented them from operating at sea, and they have remained in HMNB Devonport. As responsible nuclear submarine operators, the MOD keeps submarine and nuclear safety under continual review. This process identified a theoretical safety concern that potentially weakened the submarine safety justification for these vessels. It was decided that further work should be conducted to restore full confidence in the safety justification before these two submarines returned to normal operation. At no stage did this issue take the form of a fault or defect within these submarines and the decision to limit their operation was in line with the MOD's requirement to maintain the highest safety
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standards. The relevant further work on HMS Torbay's safety justification is nearing completion and work to support HMS Tireless' safety justification will be carried out as part of the previously programmed maintenance and upgrade period which she has just entered.
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of Government regulations on insurance costs for classic aircraft; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Buck: Regulation (EC) No 785/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on insurance requirements for air carriers and aircraft operators, which entered into force on 1 May 2005, established minimum levels of passenger and third party insurance for almost all aircraft operating within Community airspace. Privately owned and operated classic aircraft are subject to these requirements which, in some cases, have led to an increase in premium because the amount of third party cover needed is greater than was in place on a voluntary basis before the Regulation came into force. The Government are concerned that this increase might prevent some historic aircraft from participating in commemorative events and has made representations to the European Commission to see if the Regulation can be amended to reduce the scope of the cover required without prejudice to people and property on the ground.
Currently the Secretary of State is refusing or wouldrefuse to issue permits to aircraft operated by the airlines listed below because of evidence that they are not receiving adequate regulatory oversight from their national aviation authorities:
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and which consultees responded to the Civil Aviation Authority's consultation on the west end airspace development incorporating route changes over Wales and South West England. 
In July 2004, we published Smarter ChoicesChanging the Way We Travel". This sets out the findings from a major research project on the impact of a range of measures aimed at reducing traffic levels through encouraging people to choose different modes of travel from single-occupancy car use. The report contains a chapter on the potential effectiveness of car clubs.
This was followed up in December 2004 with Making Smarter Choices Work". It summarised the main report findings to help local authorities include measures such as car clubs in their local transport strategies. This was published in parallel with the revised Local Transport Plan guidance which included specific advice for local authorities on car clubs.
(3) what research his Department has conducted into car-sharing schemes; if he will place copies of research findings in the Library; and what plans his Department has to provide guidance for local transport plans relating to car-sharing schemes. 
Ms Buck: In July 2004, the Department for Transport published Smarter ChoicesChanging the Way We Travel". This sets out the findings from a major research project into the impact of a range of measures aimed at reducing traffic levels through encouraging people to choose different modes of travel from single-occupancy car use. The report contains individual chapters on the potential effectiveness of car sharing and car clubs. Copies of the research are being placed in the Library. Building on the evidence presented in the report, we included specific wording and advice on car sharing and car clubs in the revised Local Transport Plan guidance which we published last December.
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