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Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the decision by the Post Office to write off the cost of the Horizon Project was taken in the knowledge of the Government's plans for a Universal bank in sub-post offices. 
Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department was made aware of the leaking of the document from the head of the Invest in Britain Bureau relating to the Government's euro policy; and if he will take steps to establish how this document was made public. 
Mr. Caborn: On 5 July, Invest UK (formerly the Invest in Britain Bureau), announced at its Annual Review another record year for attracting inward investment projects into the UK. Between 1 April 1999 and 31 March 2000, Invest UK recorded 757 inward investment decisions to locate in the UK by foreign-owned companies, with some 52,783 associated new jobs over the next three years.
Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 29 June showed that at the end of the first quarter 2000 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) stock in the UK had risen to £252.4 billion--up 23 per cent. compared with a year earlier.
Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements apply to end users of armaments (a) sold and (b) transferred by the United Kingdom to Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement. 
Most defence exports to Saudi Arabia are organised under Government-to-Government arrangements. I am unable to disclose specific details of these arrangements under Exemption 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, but I can say that it is normal
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practice to include a clause in the Memoranda of Understanding which prohibits the transfer of material to third parties without the approval of the UK Government.
Dr. Moonie: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to her by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, on 1 December 1999, Official Report, columns 255-56W. In addition, the Ministry of Defence, spent in 1997-98 £174,836 and in 1998-99 £179,707, on transport services for Ministers.
Dr. Moonie [holding answer 28 June 2000]: The main event to mark Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's 100th Birthday will be a Service of Thanksgiving to be held at St. Paul's Cathedral on 11 July, and a Pageant to be held on Horse Guards on 19 July. Events to mark Her Majesty's Birthday on 4 August have yet to be announced.
Significant costs are likely to arise only from the Pageant on 19 July, which is being funded primarily from private sources. There will be some additional incidental costs borne by the Ministry of Defence. The actual additional cost of this, and of the other events, could be identified only when they have taken place.
I understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis and the Commissioner of Police for the City of London that no identifiable costs have yet been incurred by the Metropolitan police service and the City of London police.
Mr. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of his proposals for DERA on the number of staff employed by private companies at the DERA base at West Freugh. 
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DERA staff at West Freugh would transfer to the private sector. The status of other staff at DERA West Freugh will continue unchanged.
We are confident that our proposals will secure a long-term future for both NewDERA and those elements to be retained within the Ministry of Defence, which should have a positive impact on job prospects. In addition, the new freedoms proposed for NewDERA will open up a range of commercial opportunities not previously available and help secure jobs in the longer term.
No final decisions on the PPP will be taken until all the inputs received during the consultation exercise, which ended on 9 June, have been fully analysed. We hope to be in a position to make an announcement on the way ahead for DERA before the summer recess.
(3) how many agencies of his Department use touch tone telephone steering systems when dealing with telephone inquiries from the general public; 
(4) how many of his Department's telephone lines used by the general public are responded to by touch tone telephone steering systems. 
Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the posts assumed by the 14 officials who have notified his Department that they have taken up appointments in the private sector. 
|Name||Appointment||Date taken up|
|Field Marshal The Lord Inge GCB DL||Consultant, British Aerospace||January 1998|
|Non-executive Director, Greenley's||July 1998|
|Consultant, Sedgwick Group||November 1998|
|Sir Moray Stewart KCB||Consultant, Short Brothers plc||February 1998|
|Air Marshal Sir Michael Graydon GCB CBE||Consultant, Willis Coroon Hinton||April 1998|
|Non-executive Director, Thomson (UK) Holdings||January 1999|
|Air Chief Marshal Sir William Wratten GBE CB AFC||Chief Military Adviser, Rolls Royce Military Aero Engines||May 1998|
|Air Marshal Sir Roger Austin KCB AFC||Fellow of Strategic Forum SERCO Defence||June 1998|
|Professor Sir David Davies CBE||Non-executive Director, ERA Technology||October 1998|
|Member of the Strategy Board, British Aerospace Virtual University||December 1999|
|Sir Charles Masefield||Vice-chairman, GEC||December 1998|
|Air Marshal G Robertson CBE||Military Adviser, British Aerospace plc||March 1999|
|Mr. M. J. V. Bell CB||Group Head of Strategic Analysis, British Aerospace plc||April 1999|
|Admiral Sir Jock Slater, GCB LVO||Non-executive Director, Vosper Thornycroft Holdings plc||July 1999|
|Senior Military Advisor, Lockheed-Martin||January 2000|
|Lieutenant General Sir Robert Hayman-Joyce KCB CBE||Non-executive Director, Comax||September 1999|
|Air Marshal I. D. MacFadyen CB OBE||Consultant, Surestock Health Services (Unipart Group)||November 1999|
|Air Marshal Sir Colin Terry KBE CB||Group Managing Director, Inflite Engineering Service Ltd.||November 1999|
|Admiral Sir John Brigstock KCB||Chief Executive, St. Andrew's Hospital Trust||April 2000|
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Information about applications approved by the Prime Minister under the rules on the acceptance of outside appointments by Crown servants is published in the annual reports of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.
Dr. Moonie: The rules on the acceptance of outside appointments are set out in the Civil Service Management Code and apply to Crown servants in all Government Departments. The Defence Secretary has no plans to propose any changes to them.
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