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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the outcome was of the internal Departmental Review following the allegation passed to his Department by the Serious Fraud Office in March 2001. 
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that English wine is made available at dinners, receptions and parties he hosts at which hospitality involving wine is appropriate (a) during the EU presidency and (b) generally; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Touhig: All procurement of food and drink for events hosted by the Secretary of State for Defence is undertaken in line with the European Community's procurement rules, and aims to obtain value for money for the Department. British produce is given equal consideration wherever possible, however this may be dependent on contractual obligations to existing suppliers at some venues.
With regard to formal meetings of the Council of the European Union in Brussels, we are working with the council secretariat to try to provide British produce (as key ingredients) and drink for all EU council meetings during the UK presidency.
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Mr. Ingram: The United Kingdom forces based in the Falkland Islands demonstrate the Government's continued commitment to the security of UK Overseas Territories in the South Atlantic. The level of forces is reviewed regularly and will continue to be maintained at a sufficient level to provide a credible deterrent.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the length of service of each Royal Navy frigate (a) withdrawn from service in each year since 1997 and (b) scheduled for withdrawal from service from 2005 onwards. 
When HMS Grafton is withdrawn from service in 2006 she will have been in service for nine years. On present plans, the expected life of the other Royal Navy frigates currently in service will be around 28 years.
Mr. Ingram: From the Department's perspective, the Royal United Services Institute 5th Annual Future Combat Vehicle Conference was extremely successful since it enabled us to engage with a wide audience of allies and industry, including the major defence contractors and many small and medium enterprises. Through presentations by the Chief of the General Staff, Capability Manager (Battlespace Manoeuvre) and the Director of Equipment Capability (Ground Manoeuvre), we were able to set out our thinking on future armoured vehicle requirements, particularly in the context of Medium Weight Capability, and explain the position, challenges and future plans for our current programmes.
Mr. Ingram: HMS Invincible will be decommissioned in August 2005. She will then be placed at very low readiness from October 2005 prior to her withdrawal from service in 2010. The decision was taken in 2003.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the maritime countries which (a) declined and (b) were not offered an invitation to participate in the International Fleet Review. 
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