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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his practice is regarding meeting, discussing and taking into account the views and opinions of (a) private individuals and (b) representatives of organisations when drawing up and framing legislation to be introduced by his Department; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Watson: The Ministry of Defence always seeks a full range of views when drawing up and framing legislation. Consultation is a key part of the policy-making process; both informal and formal. The Department holds meetings with representatives of the principal stakeholder groups for our policy areas and with relevant experts. Organisations and individuals can also contribute to the Department's formal consultations which abide by the code of conduct on consultation. Known stakeholders are alerted to the fact that a formal consultation is taking place. As required by the code, the Department then gives feedback on the responses received and on how the consultation process influenced the policy decision.
Mr. Watson: I am aware of one instance in which the Ministry of Defence recruited a security guard who was later identified as an illegal immigrant. The man concerned provided false documentation and references on recruitment. Upon detection later by the Ministry of Defence police, his employment was immediately terminated.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research has he (a) commissioned, (b) evaluated and (c) received from other sources on possible links between the incidence of diabetes and exposure to depleted uranium; and if he will make a statement. 
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what requirement there was on the US Administration to inform the UK Government that mines were stored on ships in UK territorial waters surrounding Diego Garcia; and if he will make a statement. 
The Exchange of Notes between the United States and the United Kingdom concerning the availability for defence purposes of the British Indian Ocean Territory 1966 and subsequent Exchange of Notes between the two Governments do not require the United States to provide this kind of information. It is important to note that the territorial sea surrounding Diego Garcia is the territorial sea of the British Indian Ocean Territory, an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the British Government has requested a catalogue of military equipment, arms or munitions held on US ships in the UK territorial waters surrounding Diego Garcia, pursuant to its obligations under the Ottawa Treaty in the past five years. 
The UK is not obliged under the Ottawa Convention to request such a catalogue from the United States and has not done so. The Ottawa Convention, moreover, applies only to anti-personnel landmines. The territorial sea surrounding Diego Garcia is the territorial sea of the British Indian Ocean Territory, an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom.
Mrs. Humble: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff are assigned to equal opportunities investigation teams, broken down by rank; how many investigations have been undertaken by the teams since their establishment; and how many disciplinary cases have been initiated as a result. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost of (a) administering and
(b) buying allocations for each military establishment included in the EU Emission Trading Scheme was in its first year of operation. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which installations within his responsibilities are registered with the European Union Emission Trading scheme; and what the cost of carbon credits for each installation was in 2005-06. 
Mr. Watson: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is registered as the operator of 29 sites under the European Union Emission Trading Scheme, with a further four sites registered where the facilities management contractors act as operator on behalf of the MOD.
The table details the cost of carbon credits and administrating and buying additional permits for each of the establishments registered within the first year of operation of the EU Emission Trading Scheme.
|Site||Registration/ licence fee||Subsistence charge||Verification charges||Additional permit costs||Variation permit||Total cost|
|(1) Permits allocated to individual RAF stations as required.|
Fee for permit to operate under the scheme.
Annual subsistence charges, payable to the regulatory body (Environment Agency/SEPA) to cover costs of regulation.
Charge for annual verified emissions report carried out by regulatory body approved verifiers.
Additional permit costs
Cost of buying additional permits/allowances above initial free allocation.
Cost payable when installation varies its permit by, for example, adding or removing generating plant that would effect the total emissions.
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