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Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original in-service date was of (a) the Eurofighter Typhoon, (b) the Joint Strike Fighter and (c) the Nimrod MRA4; and what the current estimated in-service date is. 
|Original estimated in-service date||Current estimated in-service date|
|Nimrod MRA4||December 2000||The in-service date for this project will not be set until the Main Gate approval for Production.|
|Eurofighter Typhoon||December 1998||June 2003 (achieved)|
|Joint Strike Fighter||December 20 12 (planning assumption only)||The in-service date for this project will not be set until the Main Gate approval for Production.|
Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original cost was of the (a) Nimrod MRA4, (b) Eurofighter Typhoon and (c) Joint Strike Fighter; and what the current estimated cost is in each case. 
|Original cost||Current estimated cost|
|Joint Strike Fighter (demonstration phase only)||2.2||1.9|
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many married quarters are available to each of the armed forces in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) each of the English regions and (d) Northern Ireland, broken down by location; how many are occupied by families; how many are subject to demolition; how many are to be disposed of on the private market; how many have been disposed of on the private market in each year since 7 May 1997; what the sale price for each was (i) at the time of sale and (ii) at current prices; and whether the money accrued was (A) retained by his Department and (B) claimed by the Treasury. 
Mr. Touhig: As at December 2005 the number of available service families accommodation (SFA) in Great Britain was some 52,000. These are allocated on a tri-service basis and not by single service arrangements. The following self explanatory table provides as much of the information requested as is available.
Ltd. (AHL) under the terms of the November 1996 sale agreement and are leased back from AHL, for use by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Properties owned by AHL, for which the Department has no long-term service requirement, are released to AHL who then make a commercial judgment (in which the Department has no involvement) as to the disposal route. Housing stock for Scotland and Northern Ireland remains in MOD ownership.
The number of SFA disposed of on the private market in each year since 7 May 1997 is not held centrally and to collate such detail would incur disproportionate cost. The sale price for individual houses, or groups of houses remains commercially confidential.
Since May 1997, around 13,000 properties have been released back to AHL. A profit share agreement is currently in place as part of the AHL sale agreement, which allows Government participation in any profit AHL may make over certain agreed levels. Since 1996, £126 million has been paid to HM Treasury under this arrangement.
In terms of the disposal of properties remaining in MOD ownership this often forms part of larger disposals and it is thus not possible to identify separately the sums received for individual properties.
|Areas of service housing||Counties covered||Available stock||Number occupied by service families||Properties identified for possible demolition||Being considered for future disposal on the open market||For return, or possible future return to Anningtons|
|Scotland||All of Scotland||3,795||2,859||0||282||(15)|
|West (includes Wales)||Glos, Midlands, West of England, and Wales||4,073||3,105||0||11||300|
|Anglia||Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambs, Beds.||5,703||4,510||1||0||788|
|Central||Bucks, Berks, Oxon, and parts of Wilts||5,635||4,703||0||26||59|
|London||Within the M25, including part of Berks and part of Surrey||3,659||2,838||0||5||223|
|North||Lincs, Yorks, East and NW of England||7,159||5,773||8||25||161|
|South||Hants, Surrey, Wilts, and parts of Berks||9,545||7,851||0||0||58|
|South East||Sussex, Kent, parts of Hants and Dorset||4,417||3,536||0||56||129|
|South West||Devon, Cornwall, Dorset including parts of Wilts||5,121||4,493||0||0||82|
|Northern Ireland(16)||Numerous sites||2,828||2,108||0||383||0|
Mr. Jim Murphy:
The responsibility for the provision of ministerial cars and drivers has been delegated under the terms of the Framework Document to the Government Car Despatch Agency. I have asked its chief executive Mr. Roy Burke to write to the hon. Member. Copies of his letter will be placed in the Library.
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John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the African Union (AU) regarding cancellation of the extraordinary summit of the AU scheduled for January 2006 in Khartoum. 
Ian Pearson: My noble Lord the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for Africa, Lord Triesman of Tottenham, is in regular contact with the African Union (AU) about a wide range of issues, and most recently met with senior AU officials during a visit to Addis Ababa on 17 December. It is for the AU to decide whether and where to hold its Assemblies of Heads of State and Government, the next ordinary session of which is scheduled for Khartoum, in late January.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the elected governing authorities of (a) Guernsey, (b) Jersey, (c) the Isle of Man, (d) the Falkland Islands, (e) Gibraltar, (f) Saint Helena (g) Anguilla, (h) Montserrat, (i) Bermuda, (j) the British Virgin Islands, (k) the Turks and Caicos Islands and (l) the Cayman Islands about their domestic monetary and fiscal policies since 1997. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man, are dependencies of the Crown. The Department for Constitutional Affairs is the formal point of communication between the UK and the Island Authorities. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has made no representations to the Government of Guernsey, Jersey, or the Isle of Man about their domestic monetary and fiscal policies since 1997.
Under their respective constitutions, the United Kingdom has for the most part devolved responsibility for domestic monetary and fiscal policies to the Overseas Territories (OT) Governments of Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Saint Helena, Anguilla, Montserrat, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Cayman Islands. Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers and officials are in frequent and regular dialogue with OT Government Ministers and officials on a broad range of issues, including matters related to monetary and fiscal policy. However, in the case of Gibraltar, some parts of the EC
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Treaty apply to Gibraltar by virtue of Article 299(4) of that Treaty, and therefore the Government of Gibraltar (GoG) has an obligation to transpose EU legislation in domestic law including in financial areas, where appropriate. The Government liases with GoG to help them undertake this transposition. But policy remains in the hands of GoG.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what powers of representation in international bodies he has in relation to the domestic monetary and fiscal policies of (a) Guernsey, (b) Jersey, (c) the Isle of Man, (d) the Falkland Islands, (e) Gibraltar, (f) Saint Helena (g) Anguilla, (h) Montserrat, (i) Bermuda, (j) the British Virgin Islands, (k) the Turks and Caicos Islands and (l) the Cayman Islands. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: Under their respective constitutions, the Governments of the Crown Dependencies (CDs) have competence for domestic monetary and fiscal policies, as do, for the most part, the Governments of the Overseas Territories (OTs). However, the UK is responsible for the international relations of the CDs and the OTs. As far as possible, we encourage OT and CD Governments to participate as part of the UK delegation at relevant international meetings. Where appropriate, OTs and CDs may attend international meetings in their own right. The OTs and CDs are not members of the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as they are not independent countries, and so do not attend World Bank or IMF meetings. In the case of Gibraltar, which is a part of the European Community, it is the responsibility of the UK to represent Gibraltar's interests there.
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