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Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the level of demand for the services provided by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental bodies to be provided in the Welsh language; and if he will make a statement. 
Jonathan Shaw: Our current assessment is that the level of demand for the services provided by core DEFRA and its agencies and non-departmental public bodies to be provided in the Welsh language is falling slightly. This assessment is based on a comparison of the number of requests received by DEFRAs Translation Section to translate documents into Welsh in financial years 2006-07 and 2007-08, set out in the following table:
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Mr. Woolas: World Environment Day 2008 focused on moving towards a low carbon economy, complementing DEFRAs Act On CO2 campaign, which encourages behavioural change and increased understanding of the link between CO2 emissions and climate change. The Act On CO2 calculator helps people to work out and reduce their carbon footprint. To coincide with World Environment Day, DEFRA announced that the calculator received its one millionth unique visitor.
The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Hilary Benn) attended the EU Environment Council in Luxembourg. Discussions focused on EU-wide emissions targets, the Carbon Trading scheme, and vehicle emissions targets.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Climate Change, Biodiversity and Waste (Joan Ruddock) attended the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and Birmingham city councils joint climate change festival and gave a speech welcoming the launch of the city councils Climate Change Strategy. The Minister also visited one of the 38 schools in Birmingham that marked World Environment Day by showing first hand how teachers were integrating messages about climate change into the national curriculum.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the modifications which could be made to Land Rovers to give greater security to troops operating in Afghanistan and Iraq. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The protection available to the Land Rover fleet is under constant review. A number of improvements have been made to provide ballistic and blast protection and further programmes are under way to provide additional protection enhancements within the limits of the vehicle capability. I am withholding the details of these measures as release would or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the armed forces.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: During the national fire fighters' strikes in 2002 and 2003 approximately 19,000 members of the armed forces, drawn from the Royal Navy, Army and the Royal Air Force were deployed to provide fire cover at the request of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM).
In 2005, armed forces were deployed to provide fire cover at the request of ODPM during two industrial disputes. In Suffolk, 115 personnel were deployed and in the west midlands 451 personnel were deployed to provide fire cover.
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Figures are rounded to the nearest five.
(2) what contingency plans his Department has made for interruptions in supply of fuel arising from industrial action; what collaboration with other Government Departments his Department has undertaken in developing such plans; and whether such plans include further collaboration with other Departments. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Officials regularly undertake assessments of the Department's predicted fuel usage and assess the impact on Defence outputs of any shortages. In the event of extreme disruptions to the fuel supply, Defence activities would be considered alongside wider Government priorities and fuel supplies would be allocated accordingly.
Defence has a standing contingency plan to ensure that it is able to maintain its core outputs in the event of
fuel disruption, regardless of its cause. Defence officials are in regular contact with officials in other Government Departments, in particular the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) who are the lead Government Department for these types of incidents. The contingency plans are currently being updated to reflect the latest version of the National Emergency Plan for Fuel which has been published by BERR.
The Cabinet Office's Civil Contingencies Secretariat co-ordinates the Government's approach to planning for and responding to all civil contingencies. As a central Government Department, the MOD routinely takes part in this work.
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Congleton on 5 March 2008, Official Report, column 2553W, on armoured fighting vehicles, on which date his Department signed the contract to procure Ridgeback vehicles. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The vehicles are being supplied under a Foreign Military Sales case and the US Marine Corps Systems Command is responsible for the contract with Force Protection Industries Inc. The contract for the base vehicles was awarded on 19 May 2008.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the percentage shortfall in availability of spare parts for each type of (a) armoured and (b) protected vehicle in the Army. 
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