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Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of chartering merchant vessels for activities connected with (a) the Falklands War 1982, (b) the Gulf war 1991 and (c) the Iraq war 2003. 
Mr. Ingram: The cost of chartering merchant vessels for the initial deployment for Operation Telic was approximately £31 million. Records are no longer held for the charter costs for Operation Corporate (Falklands) and Operation Granby (Gulf).
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions a unit's commanding officer has been overruled by the chain of command on a decision not to prosecute an offence against a member of that unit in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 3 May 2006]: None. When a commanding officer exercises his power to dismiss a charge, that decision is final, it cannot be overruled, and the charge cannot be tried in the military justice system.
Mr. Ingram: With the exception of the Secretary of State's vehicle which is provided by the Government Car and Despatch Service, estimated fuel costs for the Ministry of Defence's ministerial cars are between £8,000 and £10,000 per annum over the last five financial years, based on an average mileage of 15,000 and an urban fuel consumption of 25mpg.
Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department holds on the value of its stores lodged with its contractors and subsequently found either to be lost or otherwise unavailable for his Department's purposes in each of the financial years since April 1999. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 24 April 2006]: The only information centrally available over the period since April 1999 is the value of financial recoveries notified to the Ministry of Defence's Asset Accounting Centre. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 20 January 2006, Official Report, columns 1650-51W.
Mr. Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of dealing with nuclear waste arising from defence projects in each of the last five years; and from which budgets these costs are met. 
Mr. Ingram: The following table details the costs incurred against the running cost element of the defence budget in each of the last five years, in dealing with nuclear waste arising from defence projects.
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Mr. Ingram: Dstl Porton Down only undertakes research involving the use of animals when other in vitro, physical and computer modelling methods are unsuitable. All research is conducted in accordance with the principles of the 3R's and under the provisions of the Animal Scientific Procedures Act 1986.
In the last year research involving animals has been undertaken as part of the following areas of the MOD's research programme, novel haemorrhage control; burn protection; treatment of acute lung injury; and medical counter-measures.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many animals have been used in experiments at Porton Down in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) breed and (b) procedures carried out. 
Mr. Ingram: Dstl Porton Down submits annual returns to the Home Office detailing the number of procedures undertaken which involve the use of animals as defined in the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
Mr. Ingram: Work to consider the benefits of rationalisation and collocation of the two main Army HQsHQ LAND and HQ Adjutant General is still ongoing. I intend to inform the House about the final size and structure of the new HQ towards the end of this year. I hope that a formal announcement about the future location for the new headquarters may be made in the summer.
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|Aircraft type||Total fleet||Numbers of aircraft fit for purpose (average Financial Year 2005-06)( 1)|
|(1) Figures have been rounded to the nearest whole number.|
(2 )Harrier GR7 FFP figures are not held separately hence the total fleet and FFP numbers shown are for both GR7 and GR9 aircraft.
(3) Jaguar numbers include training aircraft.
Aircraft are deemed fit for purpose if they are capable of undertaking the required task on a given day. Aircraft are not available for tasking if they are undergoing scheduled maintenance, modification programmes or any other unforeseen rectification work that can arise on a day to day basis. The figures do not reflect the fact that an aircraft assessed as not fit for purpose may be returned to the front line at very short notice to meet the operational need.
Mr. Ingram: Due to the date of this incident the relevant files are stored in archives. It will take some time to identify, retrieve and subsequently consider the material for release. I will write to the hon. Member with an update at the earliest opportunity and place a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 3 May 2006]: Requirements are set by the Ministry of Defence's Central Staff. The 2004 Defence White Paper 'Delivering Security in a Changing World: Future Capabilities' stated our requirement for eight Type 45 destroyers. However, the delivery of this is dependent on industry demonstrating an affordable solution.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Type 45 destroyers would be (a) required to relieve and (b) likely to be in upkeep in order to sustain the availability of four Type 45 destroyers for front-line service. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 3 May 2006]: That would depend on many factors. The 2004 Defence White Paper 'Delivering Security in a Changing World: Future Capabilities' stated a requirement for eight Type 45 destroyers. From a fleet of this size six ships would be available for operations at any one time.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 3 May 2006]: In July 2004, my right hon. Friend the then Secretary of State announced plans for a class of eight Type 45 destroyers, of which six are on order. Formal approval, and a subsequent order, for ships seven and eight will be made at the appropriate time.
Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what progress he has made with the disposal of surplus ex-Ministry of Defence vessels; what Government policy is on the disposal of such vessels; and what the position is regarding the disposal of (a) HMS Intrepid and (b) the (i) Newcastle, (ii) Glasgow and (iii) Cardiff Type 42 frigates; 
(2) what discussions have taken place between his Department and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on facilitating the de-equipping and dismantling of surplus warships in the United Kingdom. 
Mr. Ingram: The Ministry of Defence officials have had a number of discussions with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the preparation of the UK Ship Recycling Policy. This policy will include clear guidelines for the recycling of ex-MOD vessels and is currently subject to consultation with stakeholders.
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