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John Reid: The issue of the possible replacement of Trident has been raised on numerous occasions in the House of Commons, most recently during Defence questions on 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 15. I have also discussed this issue with the House of Commons Defence Committee on 1 November 2005.
This work is at an extremely early stage and Ministers have not yet engaged in the process in any detail, nor have they made any decisions. There will therefore be many further opportunities for Members of Parliament to debate this issue, but it is too early to speculate on the possible costs of any replacement programme.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision he makes for airport landing charges in the fees charged to other Government Departments for use of the Queen's Flight. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what adjustment he has made to the price charged to other Government Departments for the use of the Queen's Flight as a result of recent increases in fuel costs. 
The charges to other Government Departments for use of 32 (The Royal) Squadron aircraft are kept under regular review. The review earlier this month confirmed that existing charges (introduced in August 2005) remain appropriate.
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Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of possible mergers of UK shipbuilding firms; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: As we recognised in the Defence Industrial Strategy (DIS), the maritime industry in the United Kingdom is currently fragmented and inefficient. Different organisations undertake submarine and surface ship build and support, even though skills and facilities cross over in some areas.
We further recognised that Industrial restructuring and consolidation is a priority and fundamental to creating a viable and sustainable maritime industrial base; one that retains in the UK those technologies, infrastructure, skills, Intellectual Property and capacity needed to ensure appropriate sovereignty. The aim is to encourage greater efficiency and profitability within the industry, while maximising the opportunities for exports, in order to meet the anticipated demand for ensuring in future that the UK's armed forces are provided with the equipment they need, on time, and at best value for money.
Having stated the case for streamlining the business, it is not for Government to micromanage the industrial restructuring. However we recognise that as the predominant client we must be confident that consolidation will be beneficial to Ministry of Defence and industry. We expect to be consulted early and are likely to express preferences as any approaches emerge.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision has been made by his Department for the permanent protection of current and former undercover agents in the Irish republican movements who were service personnel when engaged in this role; and what discussions have been held between his Department and other relevant Departments about the duty of care for present or former such undercover agents in the republican movement, in the event of their role being exposed. 
Adam Price: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Gross debt (Maastricht basis) shown in Table C23 of Budget 2006 (HC986) includes the capital debt component of private finance initiative and public-private partnership contracts. 
Mr. Des Browne: General Government gross debt on a Maastricht basis (as forecast in Table C1 of Budget 2006) includes estimates for imputed liabilities for finance leases including those taken out under on balance sheet PFI contracts.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many communication stations were registered for business rates by the Valuation Office Agency in England in each local authority area in 1998. 
The replacement of the starting and non-corporate distribution rates of corporation tax with a single banding for small companies set at the current small companies' rate will only impact on businesses and organisations within the charge to corporation tax
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and will not impact those operating in the self-employed form or not making profits. A full regulatory impact assessment can be found at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/ria/ria-corporation-tax.pdf
Where community shops operating within the charge to corporation tax donate all or part of their profits to community or other charities under Gift Aid, there will be no tax paid on the profits donated.
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