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Mr. Quentin Davies: MOD and BVT Surface Fleet Ltd. are working to establish a new long-term incentive based terms of business agreement (TOBA), which is intended to provide MOD with the confidence that industry can deliver significant improvements in efficiency and performance needed to underpin the future programme, while providing industry with the confidence to enable investment and long-term planning. Commercial negotiations with BVT are at an advanced stage.
Mr. Quentin Davies: Government support to the export efforts of the UK defence industry, including BVT Surface Fleet Ltd., is led by UKTI. The MOD works closely with UKTI's defence and security organisation on these matters.
Mr. Quentin Davies: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is currently implementing the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) (DII(F)). DII(F) will, once delivered in full, incorporate around 140,000 terminals supporting some 300,000 users at over 2,000 defence sites worldwide, including on ships and deployed operations. DII currently uses Internet Explorer 6 and at the current time does not have a requirement to move to an updated version.
At the current time, the MOD has various other IT systems, which include closed, isolated and restricted use networks-some of these will necessarily fall outside the scope of DII due to their purpose. The information requested for each of these systems could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his statement of 26 February 2009, who the authors of each of the papers sent to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and the Secretary of State for the Home Department in April 2006 were; and what the subject matter of each paper was. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 3 March 2009]: These papers were written in the Cabinet Office and provided an update to Ministers, which informed HMG's evidence collection for the ISC's July 2007 Report into Rendition.
Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received on his Department's future policy on the Gurkha pension scheme; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Kevan Jones: The Department has received representations from Members of both Houses of Parliament in the form of correspondence and parliamentary questions. An early-day motion has also been tabled on the subject. These representations are linked to the British Gurkha Welfare Society's campaign to pay Gurkhas pensions at Armed Forces Pension Scheme rates.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the capital cost will be of relocating the Hercules fleet to RAF Brize Norton; and what his latest estimate is of the number of years of revenue savings that cost will equate to. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: The capital cost of relocating the RAF CI30 Hercules fleet from RAF Lyneham to RAF Brize Norton is currently estimated to be approximately £60 million. This figure excludes service accommodation costs which cannot be accurately attributed to the CI30 Hercules fleet as distinct from other units at RAF Brize Norton. This figure should be fully offset by savings in running costs within the first four years.
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