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7. Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department of Trade and Industry on encouraging Welsh farmers to submit evidence to the Competition Commission's inquiry into supermarket practices. 
11. Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on cross-border issues relating to the closures of out-patient departments. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the status is of the proposed UK/French/German Battle Group referred to in the answer of 27 February 2004, Official Report, column 614W, on Anglo-French battle groups; and if he will make a statement. 
The UK, France and Germany have however been instrumental in developing the EU Battlegroup concept, which achieved full operational capability in January 2007. EU Battlegroups are small, mobile self-sustaining forces (approximately 1,500 troops) intended for rapid intervention in a crisis, typically in response to a UN request. There are two EU Battlegroups on standby at any time. The UK provided a national Battlegroup on standby during the first half of 2005 and will do so again in 2008. With the Netherlands we have also offered an amphibious Battlegroup in 2010. Each Battlegroup will be on standby for a period of six months.
|Service||Medical officers (which include primary consultants, secondary consultants and GPs)||Dental officers||Nurses (not including health care assistants)||Allied Health Professionals, medical dental support staff|
Figures over 100 are rounded to the nearest 10.
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) general service soldiers, (b) full-time members of the Royal Irish Regiment Home Service, (c) part-time members of the Royal Irish Regiment Home Service, (d) full-time soldiers who served with the Ulster Defence Regiment and (e) part-time soldiers who served with the Ulster Defence Regiment have their pay adjusted by the Armed Forces Pay Review Body to take into account the relevant benefits of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme. 
Derek Twigg: In line with the Ministry of Defence pay award, the last pay rise awarded to staff within Information Systems and Servicesformerly the Defence Communication Services Agencywas on 1 August 2006. This was paid in February 2007 and fully backdated to 1 August 2006. The next pay rise will be due as of 1 August 2007.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons security passes were issued by his Department to (a) BAE Systems chief executive Mike Turner, (b) former BAE Systems chairman Sir Richard Evans and (c) BAE Systems group marketing director Mike Rouse; and if he will list for each of these individuals (i) on which date their current security pass was issued, (ii) on which date their current security pass is due to expire, (iii) to which premises they are given access with their current security pass and (iv) the dates on which any previous security passes were issued by his Department. 
Derek Twigg [holding answer 20 April 2007]: In respect of MOD's main London buildings (main building, old War Office and St. George's Court) contractor security passes (valid for one year) have not been issued to any of those individuals listed in the question.
Derek Twigg: The Armed Forces Act 2006 introduced a package of improvements to the service complaints process including the establishment of an independent Service Complaints Commissioner (SCC). The recruitment process for the position will begin shortly.
In formulating changes to the complaints process, the objective was to introduce independence into the system without undermining the chain of command and its overall responsibilities for the welfare of those under command. While there are no plans to establish a military complaints commission or an office of a military ombudsman, the powers available to the SCC, combined with the other improvements, will offer service personnel a better overall system.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what databases are controlled by his Department and its agencies; and what percentage of the data in each database he estimates is inaccurate or out of date. 
Derek Twigg: Yes. I will provide a draft copy of JSP 530 for financial year 2007-08. The draft contains all the resource account codes for financial year 2007-08, but awaits an update of the textual part of the document describing the usage of the resource account codes. I plan to place the full version of JSP 530 in the Library of the House in June 2007.
Des Browne [holding answer 30 April 2007]: During each six-month presidency, EU Defence Ministers meet once in the format of the General Affairs and External Relations Council. I have attended both such meetings since taking office. Another Minister or senior official would represent me if I were unable to attend.
Des Browne: The two BBC personnel and one journalist from The Independent left HMS Cornwall, as planned, on the morning of 24 March. They travelled by seaboat to the USS Underwood and then by helicopter to Bahrain, also as planned.
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all coalition personnel involved in the boarding of vessels in Iraqi waters are briefed on the rules of engagement with Iranian forces; and by whom. 
Des Browne: All UK forces deployed on operations in the Operation Telic joint area of operations are briefed on the UK rules of engagement applicable to national and coalition operations, including those involved in the boarding of vessels in Iraqi waters. Personnel are briefed by Commanders both in-theatre and prior to deployment as part of their pre-deployment training.
Des Browne [holding answer 24 April 2007]: As was made clear at the time, the service personnel who were detained by the Iranians reported that they were operating inside the Iraqi border and were forcibly escorted into Iranian territorial waters.
Mr. Ingram: The decision to procure the new future Lynx helicopter was taken by MOD Ministers on the basis of advice and recommendations from the MOD Investment Approvals Board. Ministerial approval of the decision was announced on 22 June 2006.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the joint operations which UK forces have undertaken with US forces in Iraq since March 2003; and where each such operation took place. 
Des Browne: Operation Telic is the UK contribution to a coalition operation in Iraq which involves a number of countries, including the US and UK, working together to help the Iraqis build a stable, democratic and secure nation. As part of this wider operation UK and US forces regularly operate closely together.
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