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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total public expenditure was on the Your Say" regional assembly publicity campaigns in (a) the North East, (b) North West and (c) Yorkshire and Humberside. 
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Mr. Ingram: As part of its site rationalisation programme, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is planning to move its antenna test and measurement facility at Pershore to either Porton Down or Fort Halstead.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the operating costs of the Defence Export Services Organisation were in the last three financial years; and what the (a) expenditure and (b) receipts of the organisation were in each year. 
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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many staff are employed by the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre; and what its net operating cost was in the last year for which figures are available; 
The Defence Intelligence Staff budget for 200506 is £269.2 million net. It employs some 4,700 staff. The Defence Intelligence and Security Centre is a
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part of the Defence Intelligence Staff. Its staffing level and net operating cost for 200405 was published in the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre Annual Report in July 2005. A copy is available in the House of Commons Library.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Deputy Prime Minister regarding the circumstances under which a member of the armed forces will be considered to have local connections for the purposes of obtaining social housing on discharge. 
Mr. Touhig [holding answer 6 March 2006]: There have been no meetings between my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence and the Deputy Prime Minister to discuss the issue of service personnel having a local connection for the purposes of obtaining social housing. Officials of the two Departments have discussed housing issues generally in relation to service personnel.
There is no common budget for the defence activities of the EU; instead, commonly funded costs incurred by specific military operations and exercises are apportioned to Member States. The first such operation was launched in 2003. The UK's share of these costs has been as follows.
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2006, Official Report, column 1535W, on hooding, (1) when officials first became aware that the order in question was no longer being adhered to; 
Mr. Ingram: Ministry of Defence officials of a variety of grades were aware of the General Officer Commanding's Order banning hooding in April 2003. Officials became aware that the order in question was no longer being adhered to in September 2003.
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of defence research contracts by (a) number and (b) value his Department has awarded to (i) QinetiQ and the (ii) Defence Evaluation and Research Agency in each year since 2000; and what proportion of those contracts were passed on to third parties. 
John Reid: In financial year 200102 the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency was split into two organisations: the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) staying as a Trading Fund within the Ministry of Defence, and QinetiQ becoming a private company. The value of research work placed within MOD (intramural) and outside of MOD (extramural) is published in the annual National Statistics publication UK Defence Statistics" (Chapter 1.7 in the 2005 edition). A copy of this is held in the Library of the House.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the flotation of QinetiQ on (a) site improvements at Fort Halstead and (b) the transfer of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory staff from Malvern to Fort Halstead. 
The flotation of QinetiQ will have no impact on either the relocation of staff from Malvern to Fort Halstead or the planned site improvements. The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is the occupying authority and will continue to manage the estate improvements under the terms of the long head lease.
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The RAF museum at Cosford is currently expanding to house an exhibition entitled 'Divided WorldConnected World' about the cold war. The Ministry of Defence provided £1 million towards the cost of this project, and completion is expected in late 2006.
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