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Mr. Touhig: The last group of national servicemen was called up on 17 November 1960. This group was released during May 1963, apart from a few men whose release was deferred for various reasons. Information concerning the exact date on which the last national serviceman was released and the date on which the last national serviceman was killed in action is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what technologies other than global positioning satellites are being considered for his Department's navigation data requirements. 
The Ministry of Defence uses a mix of current technologies ranging from map and compass and stellar fixing through radar mapping, radio beacons, inertial navigation systems and terrain referencing systems. More advanced technologies are being researched which aim to refine established techniques, as well as developing new ideas.
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Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether UK personnel are involved in the US Global Information Grid; and what measures his Department is taking to develop a similar capability for the UK. 
Mr. Ingram: The Ministry of Defence is not directly involved in the development or implementation of the US Global Information Grid (GIG). In such cases we keep abreast of policy and technical developments in order to ensure that we continue to be able to operate alongside US forces. Our own efforts are focused on the programmes which contribute to the UK Global Information Infrastructure such as the Defence Information Infrastructure, the FALCON communications system and the Skynet 5 satellite communications service.
Mr. Ingram: The Ministry of Defence has regular consultations with the United States over network centric warfare and interoperability. These consultations cover a wide range of activities including meetings to agree strategic direction, discussions on technical standards, individual equipment tests and trials and joint exercises. Of note is the recently released NATO Network Enabled Capability Framework, in which the United States Department of Defense and the UK MOD participated fully.
Mr. Touhig: While selection of the members of the Olympic teams for Beijing rests with the appropriate national governing body and has yet to take place, five members of the armed forces have realistic aspirations of competing in the 2008 Olympic Games. Eight members of the armed forces are participating in the current Winter Olympic Games.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the UK armed forces competed in (a) the last three Olympic Games and (b) each of the last three Winter Olympic Games. 
The number of members of the UK armed forces competing in the last three Winter Olympic Games are: 200212 (including one individual Bronze medal winner), 1998seven (of whom three were team Bronze medal winners), 199410.
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Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance is given (a) to encourage and (b) to support members of the UK armed forces who have sporting prowess sufficient to be considered for participation in the Olympic Games; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Touhig: As far as operational commitments allow, United Kingdom armed forces personnel are allocated time to play sport during the working week and every encouragement is given to participate from grass roots to the elite level.
Comprehensive sports facilities and equipment are provided from public funds in a wide range of sports. Travel costs are reimbursed for Services representational sports events. Non-public funds are used to support those representing national teams.
Those athletes showing outstanding potential for an international career are considered for the 'elite athletes' programme. Selection enables the individual to train full time for a fixed period leading up to a major international sporting event.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of peacekeeping by United Kingdom forces for each peacekeeping operation in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: The costs of operations are calculated on a net additional basis and audited figures are published each year in the Ministry of Defence's Annual Report and Accounts. Costs of peacekeeping operations for Financial Years 199798 to 200405 were:
|Resource DEL outturn||Capital DEL outturn||Total outturn|
|Total peacekeeping costs 200405||890||174||1,064|
|Total peacekeeping costs 200304||1,193||269||1,462|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||1||0||1|
|Total peacekeeping costs 200203||1,071||319||1,390|
|Total peacekeeping costs 200102||557|
|Total peacekeeping costs 200001||382|
|Total peacekeeping costs 19992000||461|
|Total peacekeeping costs 199899||196|
|Total peacekeeping costs 199798||402|
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