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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 19 December 2000


Sierra Leone

Mr. Shaw: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the training being provided for the Sierra Leone Army. [143683]

Mr. Hoon: The training is going well, and trainees completed the fourth short-term training team course on 15 December. Soldiers from 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles have now deployed to run the next course, taking over from 1st Prince of Wales Own Regiment. They will be deploying with additional trainers to conduct the continuation and refresher training that we announced in October.

In addition, we are making preparations for the short-term deployment of a surgical team to Sierra Leone to cover the possibility of a gap in medical cover due to the roulement of UN troops. We would hope to be able to continue to draw on the medical facilities provided by UNAMSIL, for whose support we are most grateful, but it is essential to ensure that emergency cover is in place. The team will be withdrawn as soon as possible once alternative arrangements are available.

Together, these deployments will mean an increase in UK forces on the ground in Sierra Leone to between 550 and 600.

Nuclear Submarines

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason four Upholder class nuclear- powered submarines were removed from active service between 1994 and 1995; what plans he has for these submarines; and if he will make a statement. [142172]

Dr. Moonie: I refer the hon. Member to the answer Lord Robertson, the then Secretary of State for Defence, gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Wentworth (Mr. Healey) on 6 April 1998, Official Report, column 56W, and to my answers to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock) on 23 October 2000, Official Report,

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column 30W, and the hon. Member for New Forest, East (Dr. Lewis) on 31 October 2000, Official Report, column 341W. The decision to dispose of the four Upholder class conventionally powered (diesel-electric) submarines was taken in 1993, following a reassessment of strategic requirements after the end of the cold war.

After an extensive marketing campaign an agreement was reached with Canada in the form of an eight-year lease with an option of outright purchase. The submarines will be refurbished (reactivated) prior to handover to Canada.

The first of the submarines was handed over to Canada on 6 October 2000 and the remaining submarines will follow over the next 18 months.


Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list in each of the past 12 months to 30 November the movements of private commercial aircraft at the DERA Boscombe Down airfield by (a) date, (b) type of aircraft, (c) owner, (d) operator, (e) origin of flight, (f) destination of flight, (g) number of passengers, (h) attendance of HM Customs and Excise, (i) attendance of Home Office Immigration and Nationality officials, (j) airport charges levied and (k) national airport taxes levied. [141361]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 12 December 2000]: This is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency. I have asked the Chief Executive to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from John Chisholm to Mr. Robert Key, dated 19 December 2000:

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DateType/ registration Operator Origin DestinationNumber of PAX Customs ImmigrationAirport (£) Airport
23/12/1999Gessna Citation G-West Jets Ltd.StavertonInverness--(1)--(1)--124.44(1)--
06/01/2000Gulfstream 4 G-HARFFayair JerseyStanstedManston--(1)--(1)--604.44(1)--
03/03/2000HS125 G-OMGDLynton AviationBristolLuton--(1)--(1)--231.11(1)--
06/03/2000Cessna Citation G-Chauffair FarnboroughHarwardenHarwarden1(1)--(1)--106.66(1)--
27/03/2000Cessna Citation G-London ExecutiveHarwardenHarwarden1(1)--(1)--134.92(1)--
30/03/2000Beech 200 G-BPPMGamma AviationGlasgowAberdeen--(1)--(1)--106.66(1)--
30/03/2000Cessna Citation G-London ExecutiveHarwardenHarwarden1(1)--(1)--134.92(1)--
30/03/2000Cessna Citation G-London ExecutiveHarwardenHarwarden1(1)--(1)--134.92(1)--
02/05/2000Cessna 550 G-JCFRChauffair FarnboroughHarwardenHarwarden1(1)--(1)--84.83(1)--
03/05/2000Antonov 124 RAHeavylift StanstedSt. LouisShannon--(2)--(2)--7,693.31(1)--
12/05/2000Piper PA 31 G-MAXICentreline Air CharterInvernessBristol Filton--(1)--(1)--63.74(1)--
02/06/2000Cessna 550 G-JCFRChauffair FarnboroughNortholtBlackpool1(1)--(1)--84.83(1)--
05/06/2000Gulfstream 4 G-HARFHatfiad AviationStanstedStansted0(1)--(1)--604.44(1)--
06/06/2000Cessna 500 EC-HFYPremier AviationBournemouthBale (France)1(2)--(1)--109.34(1)--
12/06/2000Jet Provost G-UNNYPlane PicturesHatfieldHatfield0(1)--(1)--109.34(1)--
15/06/2000Beech Kingair F-Premier AviationParisParis1(2)--(1)--109.34(1)--
07/07/2000Piper PA 34 G-WIZ0Centreline Air CharterBristolInverness2 (1)--(1)--36.35(1)--
10/07/2000Beechcraft G-SBASGamma AviationAberdeenAberdeenMedevac(1)--(1)--72.89(1)--
03/08/2000HS125 G/NCFRChauffair FarnboroughHawardenMadrid1(2)--(1)--254.50(1)--
10/08/2000Cessna 550 G-JCFRChauffair FarnboroughBlackpoolBlackpool1(1)--(1)--84.83(1)--
17/08/2000Cessna 550 G-JCFRChauffair FarnboroughBlackpoolBlackpool1(1)--(1)--84.83(1)--
24/08/2000Cessna 560 G-CZARChauffair FarnboroughBlackpoolBlackpool1(1)--(1)--127.25(1)--
12/09/2000Cessna 501 G-FLVUAD Aviation Ltd.HarwardenHarwarden1(1)--(1)--117.84(1)--
27/09/2000Piper PA 30 G-AVUDFA AviationBiggin HillBiggin Hill1(1)--(1)--44.94(1)--
24/11/2000Falcon CSDNPNET Jets PortugalLutonIsle of Man2(2)--(1)--273.36(1)--

(1) Not required

(2) Informed

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