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Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what procedures are in place to ensure that US aircraft based at RAF Lakenheath only carry out nuclear operations with the consent of the British Government; 
(2) whether he has had any discussions with the US Administration following the leaking of the draft Joint Doctrine for Nuclear Operations concerning US strategies for using US nuclear weapons stored at RAF Lakenheath; 
"Under arrangements made for the common defence, the United States has the use of certain bases in the United Kingdom. We reaffirm the understanding that the use of these bases in an emergency would be a matter for joint decision by HM Government and the US Government in the light of the circumstances prevailing at the time."
The decision to float Qinetiq was taken by the Government, Carlyle and Qinetiq, informed by the advice from our joint financial advisers. This advice was given under contractually committed confidentiality agreements, and I am therefore unable to release it. It remains the Government's intention to retain a stake in Qinetiq after the flotation.
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John Reid: QinetiQ became a company in July 2001. Employees who were transferred to the company were protected under TUPE regulations. This position will not change as a result of the Initial Public Offering.
John Reid: The position regarding site closures will not change as a result of an Initial Private Offering. When QinetiQ vested as a company in 2001, MOD put arrangements in place to protect assets or capabilities that are of strategic importance to UK defence and security. These are enforced through the retention of a Government special share in QinetiQ, as well as through provisions in specific contracts such as the Long Term Partnering Agreement for test and evaluation.
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether receipts from the sale of QinetiQ assets and estates after privatisation will be (a) kept by the new owners and (b) paid to the Government. 
John Reid: The position regarding receipts from the sale of assets and estates will not change as a result of an IPO. When QinetiQ vested as a company in 2001, it was required to purchase the assets from the Government. This transaction was fully audited by the National Audit Office. Consequently, the receipts from the sale of assets go directly to the company. In relation to land sales, the Ministry of Defence put clawback arrangements in place to ensure that the taxpayer would benefit directly from any substantial subsequent increase in value.
Mr. Touhig: The value of the land owned by the Ministry of Defence in the Rochford and Southend East has been recorded as £11.5 million in existing use (that is depreciated replacement costs) terms. Land owned by QinetiQ, is an operational matter for the company; questions should be referred to the Chief Executive at the following address:
Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether UK naval vessels have recently been prevented from going to sea due to a shortage of fuel or the resources to pay for fuel; and if he will make a statement. 
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the financial package remains the same for Territorial Army personnel who volunteer for a second deployment within a three-year period, having fulfilled their compulsory deployment. 
Mr. Touhig: The financial package remains the same for both periods of mobilised service should a member of the Territorial Army volunteer for an additional period of service after completing a compulsory commitment. In April of last year, the Department introduced statutory instrument 859, which improves considerably the financial assistance available to reservists on call-out.
Mr. Touhig: Civil contingency reaction forces (CCRFs) are based on the 14 Territorial Army (TA) infantry battalions spread across the country. Each CCRF comprises a pool of around 500 personnel drawn from the volunteer reserve forces, mainly the TA, who have volunteered for the CCRF commitment in addition to their normal role.
Mr. Touhig: Operational requirements may necessitate the extension of the 12-month period of compulsory mobilisation for members of the reserve forces to two years but this would only occur under exceptional circumstances. There are no plans to extend the duration of the maximum period of obligatory service permitted under part VI of the Reserve Forces Act 1996. Reservists may voluntarily agree to extend their period of service.
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