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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2005, Official Report, column 1680W, on the Defence Export Service Organisation (DESO), whether the DESO has kept a record of the requests it has received for lists of agents. 
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was paid by his Department in 200405 in rent for properties in (a) total, (b) each (i) region and (ii) nation of the UK and (c) London. 
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was paid by his Department in rates to each local authority in the UK in 200405; and how much was paid in (a) each (i) nation and (ii) region of the UK and (b) London. 
Mr. Touhig: The table detailing amounts paid for non-domestic rates to each billing authority listed alphabetically by local authority for England, Scotland and Wales has been placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Ingram: The average periods between operational tours for certain elements of the Army, including the Royal Armoured Corps, Royal Artillery and Infantry, are calculated as tour intervals. The average tour interval for Infantry Battalions over the past two years has been 21 months. Other force elements, including the Royal Marines and combat support services of the Army do not calculate periods between operational tours in the same way.
As the hon. Member will be aware, since operations commenced in Iraq in 2003, the Army's deployments have been divided into discreet roulement periods shown in the following table. The average deployment period in Iraq for both the Regular and TA is 5.3 months.
|Telic 1||February to July 2003||3.5 to 5||4|
|Telic 2||July to November 2003||4.5||4|
|Telic 3||November 2003 to May 2004||6||6|
|Telic 4||May to November 2004||6||6|
|Telic 5||November 2004 to May 2005||6||6|
|Telic 6||May to November 2005||6||6|
The Ministry of Defence operates three offshore firing areas in the Bristol channel east of Ilfracombe at Bridgwater Bay, Rogiet Moor and at St. Thomas' Head. At present, the Ministry of Defence
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does not maintain any statutory safeguarding zones at these firing ranges that would affect property not owned by the Department. As such the Ministry of Defence does not issue any guidance relating to building works on properties located near these firing ranges.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original operating capability was of the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability fleet tanker when first planned; and what the current capability envisaged is. 
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Mr. Ingram: The departmental fleet size of Sea King helicopters which are either available for use, or under going maintenance or upgrade, is 98. The stock of spares held that are specific to Sea King is valued at £389 million. In addition there is a pool of available spares which are common to Sea King and a number of other aircraft types. Information on these is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
The last Wessex helicopter was taken out of service in 2003 and the Department is nearing the end of disposal action on spares. The value of the remaining stock of
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spares is £28.5 million. This includes parts held pending a decision on the role of the helicopter within the Historic Flight.
Mr. Ingram: Costs allocated for the integrator assessment element of the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) project Assessment Phase will not be determined until the full scope of the work involved has been finalised. These costs will, however, form part of the overall MARS Assessment Phase budget of £44 million.
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how long services were off-line as a result of the fire at the Exeter headquarters of the Meteorological Office on 26 October 2005; and whether during this period Meteorological Office services at Exeter were supplemented by other UK regional offices. 
Mr. Touhig: The loss of power to one computer hall at the Exeter Headquarters of the Met Office on 26 October 2005 lasted from 10.30 to 17.00, full recovery of affected computer systems was completed and all computer services returned to their normal configuration by 22:00 on 26 October 2005. During the period of the incident many services continued un-interrupted from the second computer hall. In the case of those services where there was, or might have been, an impact, the Met Office business continuity plans were invoked. Some services were delivered from the computer hall which continued to operate; other services were moved from Exeter to the Met Office civil centres and the UK Defence Network. Other work was moved between the civil centres to maintain an acceptable level of service.
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