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Ian Pearson: UKTI is already playing a pro-active role in promoting trade and inward investment. Consideration of appropriate starting staffing levels for UKTI activities will be taken forward as part of a programme of organisational change that UKTI is developing alongside a new five-year strategy. Details of the strategy and accompanying change programme will be published before the summer.
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Mr. Ingram: The primary role of 15 (UK) Psychological Operations Group is to influence attitudes and behaviour in support of a military commander's mission. This is done through planned, culturally sensitive, truthful and attributable activities directed and disseminated by various means to appropriate audiences. The group has deployed its personnel to support all recent military and peace-keeping operations and major exercises. The group is also fully employed in training personnel in psychological operations (from across all three services) who are to deploy in this role on operations.
Mr. Ingram: Since the suspension of production at BAES(LS) Chorley following an industrial incident on 2 March 2005, there are no firms in the United Kingdom that are capable of producing Boxer caps. Nobel Energetics is the only UK company that produces the primary explosives and compositions required to manufacture initiators.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts are let by his Department to voluntary sector organisations; how many of those are let on an annual basis; and how many of those had received finalised contracts for 200607 by 31 March. 
Mr. Ingram: The Ministry of Defence does not record centrally whether or not its contracts are let with voluntary sector organisations. This information could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of whether the offspring of service men exposed to DDT have an increased risk of suffering from diseases with a genetic basis. 
Mr. Touhig: From the Second World War dichlorodiphenyltrichlorethane (DDT) was widely used in military and civilian environments in the UK and throughout the world for its insecticidal properties. During the 1970s it was gradually withdrawn. This was related to its persistence in the environment and not adverse effects on human health. As there was no reliable evidence of adverse effects on humans there was no requirement for studies on the health of offspring of servicemen exposed to DDT.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors underlay the decision that from 1 April 2005 the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre should no longer be a Government agency; and if he will make a statement on its present status. 
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff have been on sick leave suffering from stress in the Department in each of the last three years; and what percentage of the total staff number this represents. 
Mr. Touhig: The following table shows the number of Ministry of Defence civilian staff 1 who have had a period of sickness absence caused by anxiety, depression and stress (Mental and Behavioural Disorders ICD10 category) in each of the last three years and the percentage of the total staff number this represents. The MOD does not have a specific sickness absence code for stress.
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John Reid: The UK has insisted that the European Defence Agency's (EDA) work on a Long Term Vision of future military capability requirements should incorporate relevant NATO threat assessments to reduce any risk of divergence between the two organisations. This work is ongoing.
John Reid: The European Defence Agency's work on a long term vision of future military capability requirements is ongoing and will not report until the autumn. The UK sees clear benefit in developing a view of future requirements to guide capability planning in EU member states, and is participating fully in this work.
John Reid: The strategic relationship between the European Defence Agency (EDA) and NATO is centred on the shared aim of improving the military capabilities of participating member states and allies. The UK has encouraged the EDA and NATO to ensure that capability development initiatives are complementary and mutually reinforcing, thereby enabling EU and NATO to benefit from improvements in nations' capability.
Mr. Touhig: The Falkland Islands Government are in the process of planning a programme of commemorations centred on Liberation Day, 14 June 2007. We are investigating the feasibility of a television link between commemorations in the Falklands and those in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Touhig: Commemorations will take place at several places in the United Kingdom and in the Falkland Islands and detailed planning has not yet been completed. It is too early to estimate how much might be spent.
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