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Mr. Touhig: Earlier this year my predecessor met the Chairman of the South Atlantic Medal Association 1982 to discuss plans for the 25th anniversary of the Falklands conflict in 2007. It was agreed that their organisation and the MOD should collaborate on a commemorative event in London, the details of which will be developed later this year.
Mr. Ingram: It is the Ministry of Defence's intention to seek both an in-house option and bids from contractors for the delivery of key support functions under Project Pegasus. Unfortunately, until the Trade Unions return to the Whitley process, we will be unable to pursue the in-house option.
However, we do not judge an in-house option feasible to deliver estate services efficiently. There is no in-house expertise in key areas including the provision of trained and experienced personnel to implement mandated safe systems of work; tendering and letting works contracts; and the management and control of directly employed labour to carry out maintenance tasks. An in-house option could neither achieve the economies of scale that could be offered by industry, nor the transfer of large elements of risk (both financial and health and safety) from the Department. It would not therefore deliver the required savings or achieve full value for money for the tax payer.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses serving
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in Iraq are (i) regular service personnel, (ii) territorial or reserve personnel and (iii) civilian agency staff; and if he will list the respective pay scales of each. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 14 June 2005]: There are currently 29 United Kingdom military doctors serving in Iraq, of which three are Reservists, and 75 UK military nurses, of which 35 are Reservists. There are no civilian doctors and four civilian agency medical nurses in Iraq working for the UK armed forces.
The pay scales for military personnel, both regular and reservist are published in the 2005 Armed Forces Pay Review Body reports. The civilian agency staff are employed through two contracts and MOD does not hold the information about what the individuals are paid.
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Swan Hunter has made representations regarding additional funding for the Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary) programme above the £87 million negotiated last year; and whether there have been variations to the contract since January. 
Mr. Ingram: Swan Hunter has recently confirmed to the Ministry of Defence that its costs to complete the Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary) programme are likely to increase. The extent to which the MOD may bear any additional costs is currently being assessed. There have been minor variations to the contract since January 2005, predominately for the procurement of spares to support the vessels.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 446W, on Trident, whether the range of options about the future of the UK strategic nuclear deterrent includes an option of not proceeding with a new generation strategic nuclear deterrent. 
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 7 June 2005, Official Report, column 446W, on Trident, whether the decision on whether to replace Trident will be the subject of a substantive vote in Parliament. 
Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what preparatory work has begun on a replacement for Trident; what the cost of that work has been; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: QinetiQ's Centre for Human Sciences (CHS) operates a training advisory group employing circa 10 people, providing support to the MOD on training needs analysis and the optimisation of training regimes.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the potential for conflicts of interest where QinetiQ is competing for departmental contracts; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: In February 2003 the Ministry of Defence announced its intention to sell its entire stake in QinetiQ within three to five years and that this would probably be by way of a flotation on the stock market. No decisions have yet been made on the precise timing.
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