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RAF Aircraft

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. [40403]

Mr. Ingram: The original estimated in-service date and the current estimated in-service date (MPR 2005) are:
Original estimated in-service dateCurrent estimated in-service date
Nimrod MRA4December 2000The in-service date for this project will not be set until the Main Gate approval for Production.
Eurofighter TyphoonDecember 1998June 2003 (achieved)
Joint Strike FighterDecember 20 12 (planning assumption only)The in-service date for this project will not be set until the Main Gate approval for Production.

 
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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. [40404]

Mr. Ingram: The original cost and the current estimated cost (MPR 2005) are:
£ billion

Original costCurrent estimated cost
Nimrod MRA42.83.8
Eurofighter Typhoon16.7
Joint Strike Fighter (demonstration phase only)2.21.9

The current estimated cost of Typhoon is not included as it is commercially sensitive.

Service Quarters

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. [40131]


 
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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.

The majority of the SFA in England and Wales was sold to Annington Homes

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 housingCounties coveredAvailable stockNumber occupied by service familiesProperties identified for possible demolitionBeing considered for future disposal on the open marketFor return, or possible future return to Anningtons
ScotlandAll of Scotland3,7952,8590282(15)
West (includes Wales)Glos, Midlands, West of England, and Wales4,0733,105011300
AngliaEssex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambs, Beds.5,7034,51010788
CentralBucks, Berks, Oxon, and parts of Wilts5,6354,70302659
LondonWithin the M25, including part of Berks and part of Surrey3,6592,83805223
NorthLincs, Yorks, East and NW of England7,1595,773825161
SouthHants, Surrey, Wilts, and parts of Berks9,5457,8510058
South EastSussex, Kent, parts of Hants and Dorset4,4173,536056129
South WestDevon, Cornwall, Dorset including parts of Wilts5,1214,4930082
Northern Ireland(16)Numerous sites2,8282,10803830


(15) Not applicable in Scotland.
(16) 90 houses at Ballykelly have recently been disposed of by auction.


CABINET OFFICE

Government Car and Despatch Agency

Mr. Heald: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the running costs of the Government Car and Despatch Agency were in each of the past five years. [39655]

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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Press Complaints Commission

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the occasions since 1997 when the Government has referred a matter to the Press Complaints Commission. [40434]

Mr. Jim Murphy: This is a matter for individual departments. The information requested is not held centrally.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

African Union Summit

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. [40419]

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.

British Overseas Territories

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. [39221]

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. [39222]

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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