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Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Agency in each of the last five years of its existence, broken down by grade; how many of the staff employed by the agency on 5 April are now employed by the Pensions Regulator, broken down by grade; and how many new staff have been employed by the Pensions Regulator since 6 April, broken down by grade. 
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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the differential between the value of incapacity benefit and its predecessor benefits and unemployment benefit in each year between197980 and 200506; and if he will make a statement. 
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|IBSTL (3)||IBSTH (4)||IBLT (5)||UB/JSA (6)||(3)-(6)||(4)-(6)||(5)-(6)|
Mr. Ingram: The United Kingdom will deploy the 1stBattalion The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment to Afghanistan in October 2005, to replace the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, as our principal contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul and Northern Afghanistan.
In May 2006, the Headquarters Group of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) will deploy to Kabul as the Headquarters of the ISAF. We are currently assessing the nature and scale of our future commitment in Afghanistan.
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what (a) discussions and (b) meetings officials in his Department have had with their counterparts in France about possible collaboration on the (i) acquisition and (ii) construction of aircraft carriers; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what discussions have taken place with French defence officials regarding the adoption by France of the UK's aircraft carrier design; and how much he expects France to pay for the right to use the UK design. 
Mr. Ingram: Ministry of Defence officials have met their French counterparts on several occasions to discuss what the possibilities might be for co-operation between our two countries in the procurement of our respective next generation aircraft carriers. It is too soon to say what, if any, co-operation there will be as both countries believe that areas of beneficial co-operation are best determined by our respective industries. Ongoing studies by industry will determine the optimum and most cost-effective way in which any co-operative options can be implemented. It would be inappropriate to speculate on what industry's proposals may consist of, but Governments will take a view on their proposals, when available, later this year.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expected annual savings are from the integration of the Medical Supplies Agency and the Warship Supply Agency into the Defence Logistics Organisation. 
The Medical Supplies Agency (MSA) transferred to the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) from the Surgeon General's Department on 1 April 2002. It changed from a Defence Agency to the
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Medical Supplies Integrated Project Team on 1 April 2005. The estimated savings in the following table are derived from the overall MSA Transformation Programme and not specifically from any change of status.
The Warship Support Agency (WSA) was disestablished in April 2005 as part of the wider Defence Logistics Organisation Restructuring Programme, to allow the full benefits from the overall restructuring process and organisational changes to be realised. Cost savings directly attributable to the change in the WSA's status alone are limited. These relate to the cost of administering the agency and are an estimated £250,000 per annum.
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