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As with any planning application submitted to the local planning authority, key stakeholders such as the Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive will be consulted by the council before a final decision is made. The local planning authority's response will take account of all relevant elements of the area's existing land usage, including the proximity of AWE Burghfield, and any flood protection and safety requirements.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: A Site Development Context Plan was created in 2005 and represents the site development strategy for both the AWE Aldermaston and Burghfield sites from 2005 to 2015. The original Site Development Context Plan was submitted to the West Berkshire council planning authority in November 2005. An update of the plan was sent on 22 May 2008 and is available on the West Berkshire Planning Application website:
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) new builds and (b) major refurbishments for a cost in excess of £0.5 million were completed by his Department in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Defence corporate planning assumptions (CPAs) are designed to enable financial planning on a common basis across the Department. The foreign exchange rates are based on the forward rates prevailing at the time the assumptions are prepared. The fuel price assumptions are based on projections produced by the MOD Chief Economists staff at the same time. CPAs are updated at regular intervals so that any changes in the projections can be incorporated into forward financial plans.
For Planning Round 2009, which is now under way, the Departments CPAs for foreign exchange and propulsion fuel (there is no CPA equating to petrol, oil and lubricants) are shown in the following tables.
|Forward exchange rates( 1) , taken on 19 May 2008|
|(1) Foreign currency to sterling rates|
Bank of England.
|Propulsion fuel prices( 1) , taken on 12 April 2008|
|(1) £ per cubic metre unless stated.|
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: For those positions in the MOD that require national security vetting, applicants are required to complete a security questionnaire declaring both unspent and spent convictions. The data are checked by the Defence Vetting Agency, which has direct access to the Police National Computer, along with a range of other checks as described in the Prime Minister's statement on vetting on 15 December 1994, Official Report, columns 764-66W.
Where it is judged that national security vetting is unnecessary and the level of risk is acceptable, the Government Baseline Personnel Security Standard is applied. This requires recruits to declare unspent convictions against which random checks are carried out. When individuals will be working with children or vulnerable adults, their consent is sought to carry out additional checks through the Defence Vetting Agency with the Criminal Records Bureau.
The EU Military Committee (EUMC), which is a regular meeting of the Chiefs of Defence Staff or their representatives from the EU member states. The EUMC includes two permanent appointments of one star or above (a four star appointment and a one star appointment).
The EU Military Staff (EUMS), which is a permanent body within the Council Secretariat that performs early warning, situation assessment and strategic planning, and implements policies and decisions as directed by the EUMC. There are
eight appointments of one star and above in the EUMS (a three star appointment, a two star appointment and six one star appointments).
It is the source of the EU's military expertise.
It assures the link between the European Union Military Committee (EUMC) on the one hand and the military resources available to the EU on the other, and it provides military expertise to EU bodies as directed by the EUMC.
It provides an early warning capability. It plans, assesses and makes recommendations regarding the concept of crisis management and the general military strategy and implements the decisions and guidance of the EUMC.
It supports the EUMC regarding situation assessment and military aspects of strategic planning, over the full range of Petersberg tasks, for all cases of EU-led operations, whether or not the EU draws on NATO assets and capabilities.
It contributes to the process of elaboration, assessment and review of the capability goals taking into account the need, for those member states concerned, to ensure coherence with NATO's defence planning process (DPP) and the planning and review process (PARP) of the partnership for peace (PfP) in accordance with agreed procedures.
It has the responsibility to monitor, assess and make recommendations regarding the forces and capabilities made available to the EU by the member states, on training, exercises and interoperability.
Des Browne: There is no European military air transport command under the management of the EU, nor is one proposed. The European Air Transport Command is an initiative between France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands to provide military transport to the participating countries in a more cost effective way. We do not intend to join this initiative.
(4) how many airbridge flights to the Falkland Islands there were each week in each of the last three years; and how many flights per week he expects under the new contract to provide the service. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The MOD issued seven invitations to tender, six of which were returned. Contract award is planned for end of July 2008 with a contract start date of 1 October 2008. The organisation currently responsible for operating the flights on the Falkland Islands airbridge is Omni Air International under contract with Air Partner plc. The schedules were arranged on the basis of three flights each two weeks. The actual number of flights was 73, 75 and 76 for 2005, 2006 and 2007 respectively. The frequency of flights under the new contract will be decided as part of the evaluation process.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average occupancy rate on a Falkland Islands airbridge flight was in (a) 2008, (b) 2007, (c) 2006 and (d) 2005; and what proportion of such occupancy was accounted for by (i) military and (ii) non-military passengers. 
Derek Twigg: The information is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost by examining the personal medical file of every current and former service man and woman, which would additionally require the permission of all individuals.
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what contribution his Department has made to (a) the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and (b) training Lebanese armed forces since August 2006; 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The MOD contributed to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with the deployment of HMS York from August to November 2006. HMS York formed a part of the UNIFIL Maritime Task Force (TF) responsible for provision of maritime surveillance and protection of the Lebanese coast against illegal smuggling. In addition, the UK seconded a Royal Navy Commander to the UN Headquarters to assist the UN in making logistics and other arrangements for the UN Maritime Task Force.
The MOD last reviewed its contribution to UNIFIL in the summer of 2006 which resulted in these deployments which have now concluded. We nevertheless keep the situation in Lebanon under regular review.
Since August 2006, we have continued to identify training needs and where appropriate and possible, provide a range of training programmes for the Lebanese armed forces. Training provided focuses on officer, staff and command development, in order to build capacity and capability within the Lebanese armed forces.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: It is not the practice of the Government to make public the details of such assistance to individual countries as this would, or would be likely to, prejudice international relations.
John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South of 5 June 2008, Official Report, column 1062W, on nuclear disarmament, what (a) structure and (b) timetable he plans to establish for the technical conference of P5 nuclear laboratories on the verification of nuclear disarmament. 
Des Browne: As stated in my response on 5 June 2008, the offer is for a P5 conference hosted by the UK rather than a UK conference to which the P5 states are simply invited. Therefore, the structure and timetable, as well as any subsequent publicity, will need to be mutually agreed by all five participating states. MOD and FCO officials continue to actively engage with their P5 counterparts and I will keep the house informed of progress.
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