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Israel and Iraq

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Gilbert: If the information sought were held, it would be exempt under exemption 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

Armed Forces' Married Quarters

Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Gilbert: Provision for the upgrade of Armed Forces' married quarters in Great Britain which are managed by the Defence Housing Executive totals £470 million over the seven years following the sale of most of the estate in England and Wales to Annington Homes in November 1996. This level of funding will maintain the expenditure planned by the previous Government. Of the additional £100 million which the previous Government allocated to refurbishment at the time of the sale, £8 million was spent in financial year 1996-97, compared to £6 million planned, £20 million is forecast to be spent in financial year 1997-98 and the balance of £72 million is planned to be spent by 2002-03 as stated in my previous answer. In addition to the above programme, £4.1 million has been transferred from the Defence Housing Executive to the General Officer Commanding, Northern Ireland, to upgrade properties there.

Historic Buildings Advisory Group

Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the Historic Buildings Advisory Group continues to provide advice to defence Ministers; and, if so, who are the members of that group.[HL624]

Lord Gilbert: The Historic Buildings Advisory Group remains available to provide advice to defence Minsters to ensure that the highest standard of architectural conservation for the MoD's historic estate is achieved.

Members of the Group are:

    Mr. Alan Baxter of Alan Baxter and Associates Consulting Engineers.

    Mr. Stuart Lipton of Stanhope Properties.

    Mr. Iain McIvor, former Inspector of monuments for English Heritage.

    Mr. Les Sparks, Director of Planning and Architecture, Birmingham.

The position of vice chairman is currently vacant and a suitable replacement candidate will be selected shortly.

As the noble Earl will be away the chairmanship of this group is held by my honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence.

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