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Mr. Ingram: The S series of tracked vehicles comprises the following variants of the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR(T)): Scimitar, Sultan, Samson, Samaritan, Spartan, Striker, Sabre, Scorpion.
The CVR(T) fleet will be supported until its planned out of service date of 2014 when it is scheduled to be replaced by elements of the Future Rapid Effects System (FRES) suite of vehicles and the Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle (CLV). The initial variants of FRES are due to be in service early in the next decade and the Panther is due to come into service in November 2007.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and (b) others on the security of gas supplies to the UK which are imported from abroad. 
Mr. Ingram: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence has not had any specific discussions with his right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry or others in regards to the security of gas supplies to the UK. Ministry of Defence officials continue to be engaged in DTI and FCO work on a range of energy security matters.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he made of requirements to protect UK access to pipelines and gas supplies in his decision to decommission the three Type-23 frigates; 
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(2) what the role of Type 23 destroyers is in the protection of UK energy supplies; if he will reverse the decision to decommission three of the fleet; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: The Defence White Paper set out our analysis of the future security environment, of which one element was the potential for developments which could impact upon the security and stability of regions which contribute to global energy supplies.
The analysis of the future security environment formed the baseline against which the decision to rebalance and optimise the force structure was taken, including the decision to decommission three Type-23 frigates, as set out in Delivering Security in a Changing World, Future Capabilities" (Cm 6260).
Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the hon. Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey's constituent, Cesar Augusto Giraldo Gil and his daughter Francesca Zofia Wasik to receive notification of their amnesty papers. 
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were granted (a) indefinite leave to remain and (b) exceptional leave to remain in each of the last eight years. 
The latest published data on settlement in the United Kingdom are for 2003. Further information on immigration can be found in the Command Paper 'Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 2003' (Cm6363), available from the Library and from the Home Office website http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/commandpubs1 .html. The 2004 edition is due to be published later this year.
|Asylum cases granted ELR|
|Total grants of settlement||Cases considered under normal procedures|
|Total||On removal of time limit (ILR)||Settlement on arrival (ILE)||Total||Recognised as a refugee and granted asylum||Not recognised as a refugee but granted exceptional leave, discretionary leave or humanitarian protection(27)||Considered under backlog clearance exercise4, 5||Exceptional leave granted when applicant had not applied for asylum|
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to meet the French Government to discuss the setting up in France of offices where applicants for asylum in the UK could make an application to British officials; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has no plans to meet with the French Government to discuss the setting up in France of offices where applicants for asylum in the UK could make an application to British officials. It is accepted internationally that asylum seekers should seek asylum in the first safe country they reach. Where juxtaposed controls are in operation, it is clearly established in all instances that the host State should remain responsible for those claiming asylum at such controls, so that an asylum application made at the UK controls in France will be handled by the French authorities and vice versa.
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to (a) Mr. Mohammed Kader Babakh, dated 24 March, (b) Mrs. Eva Fletcher, dated 7 April, (c) Mr. Sami Ullah, dated 7 April and (d) Mr. Angus Charles Mincher, dated 24 March. 
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters to his predecessor from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to (a) Mrs. Guy-Blackburn, dated 9 December 2004, (b) Mr. Jamal Mohammed Bin Omar, dated 7 February, (c) Azis Nicolae Bobric, dated 27 January and (d) Mr. Malik Arshad Mahmoud, dated 5 April. 
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to (a) Mr. Mollan Orlando Bell, dated 29 March, (b) Vinleslav Cahalo, dated 30 March, (c) Mr. Anisuzzaman Milon, dated 4 April and (d) Mr. M. Osman Mohammoud, dated 14 February; 
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will answer the letter to him dated 22 April from the right hon. Member forManchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Nisar Ahmed; 
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