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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the application of the International Criminal Court Act 2001 to UK service personnel; and what his Department's policy is regarding bringing prosecutions under (a) this Act and (b) other military and civil law. 
Mr. Ingram: It is an offence under the International Criminal Court Act 2001 to commit genocide, a crime against humanity, or a war crime. This applies to any person subject to UK Service jurisdiction, by any UK national, and by any UK resident. UK criminal courts and courts martial have jurisdiction over service personnel for offences under the Act.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 14 June 2005]: 11 agency medical staff have been employed by the MOD in Iraq since 1 June 2004 through two separate contracts. The total value of these two contracts to the Ministry of Defence since 1 June 2004 is £600,573. This figure includes agency staff that have been employed in other theatres of operation; to further breakdown this figure would breach commercial confidentiality.
In-service dates for projects are not set until the main investment decision which is made when we have a clear understanding of the risks, contracting arrangements and robust estimates of cost and time. In the case of the Joint Combat Aircraft this will be the manufacture Main Gate decision point. Our internal planning assumptions are based on an ISD of 2014.
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Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the recovery of remote-controlled minehunter submarines in respect of (a) retrieval by the Royal Navy and (b) salvage payments to civilians who recover such units. 
A cost/benefit assessment is carried out, covering issues such as public safety, environmental impact, technical probability of successful recovery, security, operational requirements and the cost of replacing the item. Depending on the outcome of this assessment, a salvage operation may be undertaken.
Salvage payments to civilians, other than those employed by the Ministry of Defence, who recover such items are generally dealt with in accordance with the guidelines set out in the London Salvage Convention 1989.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many remote-controlled minehunter submarines have been lost by the Royal Navy in each year since 1997; and what the cost has been. 
Mr. Ingram: This information is not held centrally. However, records indicate that since 1997, remote-control mine disposal systems have been used on over 9,500 occasions by the Royal Navy. During this time, five systems have been reported as lost in the course of operations: one in 1998, one in 2003, one in 2004 and a further two in 2005. Two were permanently lost with replacement costs totalling some £778,000. Salvage payments for recovered units over the period amount to just over £50,000.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his contingency provisions are for each class of naval ship, in the event that any are unexpectedly put out of commission and need replacing; and if he will make a statement. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will arrange a meeting with the hon.
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Member for North Cornwall and ministerial colleagues from the Department for Transport to discuss the future of Newquay Airport. 
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts following the meeting of the North Atlantic Council on 24 May; and if he will make a statement. 
John Reid: I met many of my EU counterparts at the NATO ministerial meeting on 910 June, which discussed Darfur among other matters. In addition I have had general discussions with a number of my EU colleagues in recent weeks, including about Darfur.
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements will be made for other service units located at RAF Innsworth following the relocation of Personnel and Training Command to RAF High Wycombe. 
Mr. Ingram: The RAF Innsworth site is home to an element of the Armed Forces Personnel Administrative Agency (AFPAA). AFPAA is conducting a separate investment appraisal into the options for their relocation from Innsworth. The result of this will not be known until at least the end of this year.
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the ability of RAF High Wycombe to accommodate Personnel and Training Command staff; and what estimate has been made of the cost of changes needed to accommodate those personnel. 
Mr. Ingram: A comprehensive study and investment appraisal has been carried out to assess the efficiencies and effectiveness of collocation which included the provision of office accommodation. The cost of changes required to working accommodation has been estimated at £2.6 million.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of staff in his Department have received training on the general and specific duties of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, broken down by (a) ethnicity and (b) grade. 
It is mandatory for all staff (both civilian and service) to attend Equality and Diversity training when they join the department and at regular intervals while in the department. The content of this training reflects the terms of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. Details are shown in the department's Race Equality Scheme annual publications at: http://www.mod.uk/issues/racial_equality/index.html
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5,430 civilian staff attended the equality and diversity, equality and diversity for new managers and refresher training courses during the year 200405. The following tables show the breakdown by grade and ethnicity.
|Number of individuals||Percentage|
|Number of individuals||Percentage|
|SCS or equivalent||20||6.2|
|Band B or equivalent||130||4.8|
|Band C or equivalent||1,270||7.3|
|Band D or equivalent||1,390||9.5|
|Band E or equivalent||2,010||6.6|
|Other non industrials||20||4.1|
|Skill zones or equivalent||600||3.8|
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