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Mr. Touhig: Departmental policy requires that all travel is arranged in the most cost-effective manner. The congestion charge is only one of the factors that would be taken into account when deciding the most economical mode of transport.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has paid for vehicles entering the London congestion charge zone in each year since it was introduced; and how much of that sum is accounted for by (a) military vehicles, (b) white fleet and (c) privately-owned vehicles. 
Mr. Touhig: Military vehicles are exempt from congestion charges. 'White Fleet' (administrative vehicles) and privately-owned vehicles used for MOD business journeys are liable for congestion charges, but records of congestion charge payments made by the Department are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
John Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of defence contracts were awarded to BAE Systems in (a) 200203, (b) 200304 and (c) 200405; what the value was in each case; and how many were won through competitive tenders. 
Based on data derived centrally from the Defence Bills Agency database, the following table details by value the proportion of contracts, and those won in competition, awarded directly to BAE Systems and their subsidiaries. The database represents the vast bulk of payments to the Ministry of Defence contractors but excludes local imprest accounts, contracts placed on behalf of other Government Departments, collaborative contracts placed through European Government Agencies and those awarded by MOD's trading fund agencies.
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Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value was of receipts from (a) royalties, (b) compensation and insurance receipts and (c) sales of licences that were (i) appropriated in aid of his Department and (ii) surrendered to the Consolidated Fund in each financial year since 199798. 
Mr. Ingram: The majority of receipts from royalties and sales of licences are managed by the Ministry of Defence's Intellectual Property Rights Group, and arise from the use of crown copyright, patents and trade marks and database rights. Receipts for the period 199798 to 200405 are detailed in the table:
It is possible that other receipts arising from royalties and sales of licences have been received within other areas of the Department; however, this information is not readily identifiable and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
Receipts from compensation and insurance claims are collated through the Ministry of Defence's Directorate of Safety and Claims which has published Annual Reports for the years requested, copies of which have been placed in the Library of the House.
Dog training within the Armed Forces is conducted at the Defence Animal Centre. Training is supervised and conducted in progressive stages, and the dogs are trained wearing either a plain leather collar or a high visibility harness with a rope or leather lead. Training is reward-based, including verbal praise, physical play or a combination of the two. No devices (such as electric shock collars) are used in the evaluation, training or retraining of Service dogs.
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Mr. Ingram: Odyssey Marine Exploration independently located the site and requested a licence to undertake an archaeological excavation with a view to recovering the cargo. A multi-departmental Project Board concluded that there was a danger of the site being subject to illicit salvage. Having considered Odyssey's competence in deep ocean archaeological excavation the Board concluded that it was preferable to manage the project in co-operation with the finder, ensuring that the site was excavated responsibly and to the fullest possible extent in accordance with good archaeological practice.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were awarded a war pension in each of the past five years, broken down by the type of injury and illness for which they were awarded. 
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Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what joint training exercises have been conducted between the Royal Air Force, Army and Royal Marines with their equivalent counterparts in the armed forces of Pakistan since January 2002; and in what type of terrain these exercises were conducted. 
Mr. Ingram: Since January 2002 exercise opportunities with Pakistani armed forces have been limited. The Army and Royal Air Force have had no interaction. Royal Navy units operating in the Indian Ocean do have regular contact, both for operations and training. The Joint Warfare Staff in the Permanent Joint Headquarters conducted an Overseas Joint Operations Planning Course in the Pakistani Joint Services HQ in Islamabad over the period 6 to 10 February 2006. It was attended by 47 officers from all three armed services. The course did not include a field phase.
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