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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make ex gratia pension payments to non-commissioned members of the armed forces who served prior to 1975 and did less than 22 years service. 
Dr. Moonie: No. Priory to April 1975, there was no legal requirement for any public or private sector pension scheme to preserve pension rights for those who left service before reaching the normal retirement age. However, in the armed forces a pension could be paid after 22 years' reckonable service (16 years' reckonable service in the case of officers). Engagements for shorter periods were on non-pensionable terms, though gratuities were awarded to those who served less than the 22 years but had completed 12 years' reckonable service (nine years' in the case of officers). Most public and private sector pension schemes offered lesser benefits.
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Defence Review following (a) 11 September and (b) the campaign against international terrorism; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of Commonwealth war graves in France in relation to the construction of the proposed new airport at Chaulnes. 
Dr. Moonie: The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), which has the responsibility for the maintenance of the graves of all British and Commonwealth troops who died during the two world wars and the memorials to those who have no known grave, has asked the French Government to provide more details about the proposals.
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what joint exercises have been held between UK and Spanish forces over the past five years; which have used facilities at Gibraltar; and if he will make a statement. 
|Britannia Way/Iberian Focus||September 1997||Infantry company exchange exercise|
|Tapon 1998||June 1998||Maritime exercise|
|Britannia Way/Iberian Focus||September 1998||Infantry company exchange exercise|
|Tapon 1999||June 1999||Maritime exercise|
|Alcudra||July 1999||Maritime exercise|
|Britannia Way/Iberian Focus||September 1999||Infantry company exchange exercise|
|Britannia Way/Iberian Focus||September 2000||Infantry company exchange exercise|
|Acrobatic Sapper||September 2000||Engineer exercise|
Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what UK forces visited Gibraltar (a) on their way to and (b) returning from (i) Exercise Saif Sareea and (ii) Operation Veritas; and if he will make a statement. 
Operation Veritas: RFA Brambleleaf.
Operation Veritas: None.
Mr. Ingram: The UK retains a sizeable defence presence on Gibraltar, key elements of which are the Gibraltar regiment (staffed predominantly by Gibraltarians), the Gibraltar Squadron (which includes two coastal patrol vessels and two rigid hull inflatable boats) and the detachment at RAF Gibraltar, as well as Headquarters and support units. There are currently a total of around 427 UK-based military personnel deployed to Gibraltar.
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Estates, Aylesbury, which Government accounting rules require him to dispose of surplus sites as quickly as possible. 
Dr. Moonie: The financial arrangements governing the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) presence at Ministry of Defence establishments made available to the US are covered by a Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and US Governments.
The total amount received from the US authorities towards the cost of MDP policing bases made available to the US authorities during the financial year 1 April 2000 to 31 March 2001 was £5.497 million.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers were employed (i) full-time, (ii) part-time and (iii) on a contract basis by her Department in each year since 1992. 
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Ms Hewitt: (a) I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office to the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) on 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 340W.
|As at 1 March|
|1 September 2001||(25)23|
(24) Includes one contract press officer.
(25) Includes two contract press officers.
Information from earlier years is not available.
Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will name the (a) grants and (b) laboratories awarded Medical Research Council funds for research into hepatitis C in the last five years; and what the amounts were in each case. 
Ms Hewitt: Over the last five years, the MRC has made new awards for research into hepatitis C for four projects at two MRC units and has also funded 10 projects at universities or other institutes. Details are provided in the table.
|Host institution||Title||Amount awarded (£000)||Period|
|University of Leeds||Functional analysis of the hepatitis C virus non-structural proteins||271||January 1999 to January 2002|
|UMIST||Oxidative stress and anti-oxidants associated with hepatitis C virus infections||302||January 2001 to January 2004|
|Imperial College of Science Tech and Med||Functional imaging of diffuse liver disease: can it predict progression to cirrhosis?||516||December 1999 to November 2004|
|University of Southampton||T lymphocyte and Hepatic Stellate Cell interactions in chronic hepatitis C||179||October 2000 to September 2003|
|University of Leeds||Structure and function of the P7 protein of hepatitis C virus||153||April 2001 to April 2004|
|University of Glasgow||Development of a system to study hepatitis C virus replication||287||December 1998 to December 2001|
|UMIST||Mechanisms and Regulation of RNA Function in Gene Expression||350||June 2001 to May 2004|
|University of Warwick||Treatment of persistent virus infections by gene therapy||50||May 1999 to May 2000|
|University of Nottingham||MHC-tetramer binding analysis of human HCV-specific CD8 positive liver-derived and peripheral blood T cells||123||February 1999 to January 2001|
|Institute of Child Health (London)||Epidemiology and surveillance based on anonymous neonatal testing with data linkage||108||October 1996 to June 1998|
|MRC Biostatistics Unit||Statistical modelling of HIV and hepatitis C progression: incubation period immunological and other markers and HLA phenotyne||145||FY 199596 to 199798|
|MRC Virology Unit||Hepatitis C; protein crystallography; HSV and bunyavirus suppressor mutations||590||FY 199596 to 199798|
|MRC Virology Unit||Analysis of the structure and function of hepatitis C virus proteins||371||FY 199899 to 200001|
|MRC Virology Unit||The basis of host range and tissue tropism for hepatitis viruses||557||FY 199899 to 200001|
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