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Steel Production

Mr. Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the impact on the UK's defence industries of the decision of Corus plc to restructure its steel production; [149878]

Dr. Moonie: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence has had no discussions with Corus plc concerning the sourcing of steel from the UK for military production. We have not made any assessment of the impact on the UK's defence industries of the decision of Corus plc to restructure its steel production. Steel is a raw material and as such is not, in the main, purchased directly by the Ministry of Defence, but rather by the manufacturer of the end product. It is the responsibility of the relevant supplier to purchase the necessary steel from the source it considers offers the best long-term value for money, whether from UK or overseas suppliers. We have no reason to believe that the recent changes by Corus will affect their ability to do this. In view of this it is not possible to say what proportion of steel in the production

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of military goods is sourced from the UK as this information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

A400M

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the UK aerospace industry about the development costs of the A400M; and if he will make a statement; [150218]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 13 February 2001]: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence has had no recent discussions with representatives of the UK aerospace industry or with his European counterparts on the development cost of the A400M. Officials have met with a number of companies recently, including Dowty Aerospace Propellers of Cheltenham, with which this issue was discussed. The negotiations which we and our partner nations are having with Airbus Military are on the basis of a commercial approach for a single phase development and production programme. Such an approach, coupled with open competition, does not involve a separate contracted development phase or access to detailed cost information.

Animal Experiments

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many goats had to be killed on humane grounds after being used in the submarine escape and rescue research programme in each month since April 2000; what percentage this represents of all goats used; and if he will make a statement. [150723]

Dr. Moonie: The number of goats which were killed on humane grounds after being used in the submarine escape and rescue research programme during the period between April 2000 and the current date is as follows:

Year/monthNumber of goats humanely killed at end of experiment
2000
April4
May0
June0
July0
August18
September0
October0
November1
December14
2001
January0
February0

This represents some 63 per cent. of the total animals used between April 2000 and February 2001.

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HMS Shetland

Mr. Quentin Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the location of HMS Shetland is; and what duties she is carrying out. [151281]

Mr. Spellar: HMS Shetland is currently in Portsmouth undergoing maintenance, having recently returned from patrolling the part of British fishery limits that has been closed to fishing vessels as part of the North Sea Cod Recovery Plan. She is due to go on patrol again on 12 March. The likely patrol location will be the Western British fishing limits.

Mr. Quentin Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which live firing exercises HMS Shetland has carried out in the past three months; and where these exercises have taken place. [151280]

Mr. Spellar: During the last three months, HMS Shetland has conducted two periods of live firing. The first took place on 14 February 2001 in the North sea, and the second on 23 February 2001 in the south coast exercise area.

Service Personnel (Legal Proceedings)

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel, and from which units, have been flown out of (a) Bosnia, (b) Kosovo and (c) other theatres of operation to give evidence in legal proceedings in the past year as (i) defendants and (ii) witnesses. [149354]

Mr. Spellar [holding answer 8 February 2001]: The information requested is not held centrally and cannot be provided in the format required.

Service Discipline Acts (Contractors)

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what circumstances contractors working for his Department are subject to the Service Discipline Acts. [148204]

Mr. Spellar [holding answer 5 February 2001]: Contractors working for the Ministry of Defence may be subject to the Service Discipline Acts in two instances. The first is where a contractor is authorised by the Defence Council to be attached to or to accompany British Forces not on active service outside the United Kingdom for the purposes of his profession or employment. The other case is in the rare event of members of the regular Armed Forces being on active service, either in the UK or overseas. In this instance, a contractor employed in the service of those forces, or accompanying them, would automatically be subject to Service Law.

Service Pensions

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received concerning inequities in service pensions; and if he will make a statement. [149666]

Mr. Spellar: The Armed Forces Pension Scheme has compared favourably with public and private sector schemes over a number of years, reflecting the particular demands of a service career. This has been confirmed in the reports of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body. Minister and officials receive a steady flow of letters from

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MPs and members of the public about the Armed Forces Pension Scheme. We also meet representatives of ex-service and widows' organisations on a regular basis.

Royal Auxiliary Fleet (Refit and Repair)

Ms Squire: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the proposed refit and repair work for Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels, with particular reference to the share of this work that will be allocated to Rosyth dockyard. [150120]

Mr. Spellar [holding answer 15 February 2001]: It is our policy generally to award RFA refit and repair work on the basis of open competition between UK ship repair yards. We currently have no plans to allocate any such work, but we are keeping this under review to ensure value for money is achieved.

Operation Palliser

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many members of the armed forces deployed on Operation Palliser have been discharged from the services on medical grounds; and if he will make a statement; [147563]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 2 February 2001]: No members of the armed forces who were deployed on Operation Palliser have been medically discharged.

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Select Committees (Membership)

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Chairman of the Committee of Selection if he will list those hon. Members on the Government side, excluding Ministers and parliamentary private secretaries, who (a) have not served as a member of a Select Committee since May 1997 and (b) have served on more than one Select Committee in the same time scale, indicating the Committees on which each individual has served. [150858]

Mr. McWilliam: The Committee of Selection is responsible only for the nomination of the departmental Select Committees and the Domestic Committees of the House, under Public Business Standing Orders Nos. 142 and 152. There are many other Select Committees, including the Environmental Audit, European Scrutiny, Public Accounts and Standards and Privileges Committees which are appointed directly by the House without prior nomination by the Committee of Selection, and upon which the Committee of Selection does not hold information. However, for the purposes of this answer, all

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Select Committees--rather than merely those nominated by the Committee of Selection--have been included; where information is not held by the Committee of Selection it has been drawn from the Sessional Returns for 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000. The lists do not include Select Committees appointed for the consideration of Bills and draft Bills.

(a) The list of hon. Members on the Government side who have not served as members of a Select Committee since May 1997 is as follows. As requested, hon. Members who are known to have served, or be serving, as Ministers or parliamentary private secretaries have been excluded.



(b) The list of hon. Members on the Government side who have served on more than one Select Committee since 1997, either concurrently or consecutively, is as follows:

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MemberCommittee
Anderson, Mr. DonaldForeign Affairs; Liaison
Atkins, CharlotteEducation and Employment; Selection
Beard, Mr. NigelScience and Technology; Treasury
Bell, Mr. StuartFinance and Services; Liaison
Bennett, Mr. Andrew F.Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs; Liaison; Statutory Instruments
Benton, Mr. JoeEducation and Employment; Parliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee)
Bradley, Mr. KeithAccommodation and Works; Finance and Services; Selection
Brown, Mr. RussellDeregulation; European Scrutiny; Scottish Affairs
Browne, Mr. DesmondNorthern Ireland Affairs; Public Administration
Buck, Ms KarenSelection; Social Security
Burgon, Mr. ColinAccommodation and Works; Northern Ireland Affairs; Procedure; Statutory Instruments
Caplin, Mr. IvorBroadcasting; Modernisation of the House of Commons
Chaytor, Mr. DavidDeregulation; Environmental Audit
Clarke, Mr. EricBroadcasting; Finance and Services; Liaison; Scottish Affairs
Clarke, Mr. TonyConsolidation, etc., Bills (Joint Committee); Northern Ireland Affairs
Colman, Mr. TonyInternational Development; Treasury
Connarty, Mr. MichaelEuropean Scrutiny; Information
Corbett, Mr. RobinHome Affairs; Liaison
Crausby, Mr. DavidAdministration; Social Security
Davidson, Mr. IanPublic Accounts; Selection
Dean, Mrs. JanetCatering; Home Affairs
Drew, Mr. DavidAgriculture; Modernisation of the House of Commons; Procedure
Dunwoody, Mrs. GwynethEnvironment, Transport and Regional Affairs; Liaison
Edwards, Mr. HuwModernisation of the House of Commons; Welsh Affairs
Fitzsimons, LornaModernisation of the House of Commons; Procedure
Foster, Mr. DerekEducation and Employment; Liaison
Foster, Mr. Michael Jabez (Hastings and Rye)Social Security; Standards and Privileges
Gardiner, Mr. BarryBroadcasting; Procedure; Public Accounts
George, Mr. BruceDefence; Liaison
Gerrard, Mr. NeilEnvironmental Audit; Information
Griffiths, Mr. NigelProcedure; Public Accounts
Hall, Mr. MikeAdministration; Modernisation of the House of Commons
Hall, Mr. PatrickConsolidation, etc.; Bills (Joint Committee); European Scrutiny
Hepburn, Mr. StephenAdministration; Defence
Hesford, Mr. StephenDeregulation; Health; Northern Ireland Affairs
Hinchliffe, Mr. DavidHealth; Liaison
Hodge, Ms MargaretEducation and Employment; Liaison
Hood, Mr. JimmyDefence; European Scrutiny; Liaison
Hope, Mr. PhilPublic Accounts; Selection
Hoyle, Mr. LindsayCatering; Trade and Industry
Iddon, Dr. BrianEnvironmental Audit; Science and Technology
Illsley, Mr. EricForeign Affairs; Procedure
Johnson, Miss MelanieHome Affairs; Public Administration
Jones, HelenCatering; Education and Employment; Public Administration
Jones, Mr. Jon OwenEnvironmental Audit; Information
Jones, Mr. MartynLiaison; Welsh Affairs
Kaufman, Mr. GeraldCulture, Media and Sport; Liaison
Kemp, Mr. FraserPublic Administration; Selection
King, Mr. AndyDeregulation; Social Security
Kumar, Dr. AshokDeregulation; Science and Technology
Lewis, Mr. IvanDeregulation; Health
Love, Mr. AndrewDeregulation; Public Accounts
Mallaber, JudyEducation and Employment; Treasury
Marsden, Mr. GordonDeregulation; Education and Employment
Marshall, Mr. DavidLiaison; Scottish Affairs
McDonagh, SiobhainHealth; Social Security
McKenna, RosemaryCatering; European Scrutiny; Scottish Affairs; Statutory Instruments
McWilliam, Mr. JohnDefence; Liaison; Selection
Moonie, Dr. LewisFinance and Services; Liaison
Moran, Ms MargaretNorthern Ireland Affairs; Public Administration
Morgan, Mr. RhodriLiaison; Public Administration
Mudie, Mr. GeorgeAccommodation and Works; Finance and Services; Selection
Mullin, Mr. ChrisHome Affairs; Liaison
Naysmith, Dr. DougDeregulation; Social Security
O'Neill, Mr. MartinLiaison; Trade and Industry
Organ, Mrs. DianaAgriculture; Culture, Media and Sport; Statutory Instruments
Osborne, Ms SandraInformation; Scottish Affairs
Palmer, Dr. NickAdministration; European Scrutiny; Northern Ireland Affairs
Perham, Ms LindaAccommodation and Works; Trade and Industry
Pike, Mr. Peter L.Deregulation; Liaison; Modernisation of the House of Commons
Plaskitt, Mr. JamesConsolidation, etc., Bills (Joint Committee); Treasury
Pound, Mr. StephenBroadcasting; Northern Ireland Affairs
Radice, Mr. GilesLiaison; Treasury
Rammell, Mr. BillEducation and Employment; European Scrutiny
Sawford, Mr. PhilEnvironmental Audit; Information
Sheerman, Mr. BarryEducation and Employment; Liaison
Sheldon, Mr. RobertLiaison; Standards and Privileges
Starkey, Dr. PhyllisForeign Affairs; Modernisation of the House of Commons
Steinberg, Mr. GerryCatering; Education and Employment; Public Accounts
Stewart, Mr. IanDeregulation; Information
Taylor, Mrs. AnnModernisation of the House of Commons; Privilege (Joint Committee)
Thomas, Mr. Gareth (Clywd, West)Social Security; Welsh Affairs
Turner, Mr. DennisCatering; Finance and Services; Liaison
Turner, Dr. GeorgeAgriculture; Consolidation, etc., Bills (Joint Committee); Public Administration
Twigg, Mr. StephenEducation and Employment; Modernisation of the House of Commons; Public Accounts
Walley, JoanEnvironmental Audit; Trade and Industry
White, Mr. BrianConsolidation, etc., Bills (Joint Committee); Deregulation; Public Administration; Statutory Instruments
Wicks, Mr. MalcolmEducation and Employment; Liaison; Social Security
Williams, Mr. AlanParliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee); Public Accounts; Standards and Privileges
Woodward, Mr. ShaunBroadcasting; European Scrutiny; Foreign Affairs
Wright, TonyLiaison; Public Administration

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