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DERA Test Ranges

Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what are the dimensions of the Sea Danger Area around the Eskmeals DERA test range; [27266]

Mr. Spellar [holding answer 3 February 1998]: This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). I have asked the Chief Executive to write to my hon. Friend.

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Letter from John Chisholm to Mr. Nick Ainger, dated 10 February 1998:







Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many complaints about noise pollution from the Eskmeals test range have been received in each of the last five years and this year to date; [27267]

Mr. Spellar [holding answer 3 February 1998]: This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). I have asked the Chief Executive to write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from John Chisholm to Mr. Nick Ainger, dated 10 February 1998:



19931994199519961997
Eskmeals01302
Pendine923202520
Aberporth20100



Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what test, evaluation and research work is currently carried out at the Eskmeals DERA test range; [27265]

Mr. Spellar [holding answer 3 February 1998]: This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). I have asked the Chief Executive to write to my hon. Friend.

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Letter from John Chisholm to Mr. Nick Ainger, dated 10 February 1998:




    Information on a comparable basis prior to the inclusion of Eskmeals in the Trading Agency in 1995 is not available. Future income will depend on the requirements of the Ministry of Defence for the facility but an income of approximately £600k is expected for 1998-99.


    I hope this information is helpful.

Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what was the total (a) income and (b) costs for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency ranges at (i) Pendine, (ii) Eskmeals and (iii) Shoeburyness in each of the last five years. [27366]

Mr. Spellar [holding answer 4 February 1998]: This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). I have asked the Chief Executive to write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from John Chisholm to Mr. Nick Ainger, dated 10 February 1998:


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    The income and costs of the three ranges since 1995-96 is given below. Information on a comparable basis prior to the inclusion of the ranges in the Trading Agency is not available.

1995-96 £k1996-97 £k1997-98 £k (forecast)
Pendine
Income4,0928,0755,360
Costs6,2747,0506,741
Eskmeals
Income5,3655,1808,101
Costs8,4508,5378,210
Shoeburyness
Income25,60317,88622,247
Costs26,10821,10520,012



Mr. Ainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the merger of the management and administration of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency land, sea and air ranges will take place. [27695]

Mr. Spellar [holding answer 5 February 1998]: This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA). I have asked the Chief Executive to write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from John Chisholm to Mr. Nick Ainger, dated 10 February 1998:




Type 23 Frigates

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what complements of crew Type 23 frigates (a) carried when first commissioned and (b) carry currently. [27508]

Dr. Reid: When first commissioned the complement of crew carried by Type 23 frigates was 173. The current complement is 171.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans exist to reduce the complement of Type 23 frigates by refitting with less manpower-intensive equipment; and if he will make a statement. [27887]

Dr. Reid: There are no plans to reduce the complement of Type 23 frigates by refitting with less manpower-intensive equipment. Manning implications are taken into consideration when the Operational Requirement for future ships is considered; however, the size of the complement is affected by other considerations such as the manpower needed for damage control and fire-fighting.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the average availability of Type 23 frigates for operational service in each of the last five years. [27504]

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Dr. Reid: Type 23 frigates achieved approximately 85-89 per cent. average availability for operational service in each of the last five years with the exception of 1996 when the figure dropped to just over 80 per cent. due to a number of ships experiencing a particular defect. This discounts time spent in planned maintenance.


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