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Sovereign Bases

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the British Medical Association concerning the application of (a) the Race Relations Act 1976 and (b) the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 to service personnel serving on sovereign bases outside the European Union. [41267]

Mr. Ingram: There have been no such discussions between the Ministry of Defence and the British Medical Association.

Explosives

Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if the new explosive factory in the US run by BAE Systems will meet all the UK's requirements for military explosives; [40962]

Dr. Moonie: The Ministry of Defence places contracts for the supply of whole munitions. The sourcing of components for those munitions, including high explosives, is a matter for the prime contractor. The MOD aim is to achieve value for the taxpayer, as well as the security of supply of safe and reliable munitions for the armed forces. The Framework Partnering Agreement between the MOD and Royal Ordnance Defence which was signed in 1999, has been established to help ensure these aims, and world benchmark prices for munitions supplied to the MOD, are achieved.

Shackleton Barracks

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what disciplinary action has been taken against soldiers stationed at Shackleton Barracks following the manufacture, transport and display on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday of a banner; and what measures he has taken in respect of the effect on the relatives of those killed. [40854]

Mr. Ingram: None. No evidence has been presented which suggests that soldiers from Shackleton Barracks, Ballykelly were involved in this incident.

Air Conditioning

Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures were taken to ensure that the consultant advising on the installation of air conditioning during the recent refurbishment of (a) his Department's main building and (b) RAF High Wycombe was aware of the

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Government's policy on the use of hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants in air-conditioning; and if he will make a statement on the measures taken by the consultant to source practical and safe alternatives to hydrofluorocarbon-based air-conditioning. [41173]

Dr. Moonie: I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether an installer capable of installing not-in-kind air conditioning was invited to quote for the recent refurbishment contract for (a) his Department's main building and (b) RAF High Wycombe; and if he will make a statement. [41172]

Dr. Moonie: It is assumed that the term not-in-kind refers to an air-conditioning/refrigeration system that is not based upon a vapour compression refrigeration cycle using halocarbon refrigerants.

No installer capable of installing not-in-kind air conditioning was invited to quote for the recent refurbishment of main building or the chiller replacement unit in the Strike Command Operations Centre at RAF High Wycombe.

RMSE Brompton Barracks

Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to make a statement on the public-private partnership for RMSE Brompton Barracks. [40847]

Mr. Ingram: Bids for the public-private partnership project for the Royal School of Military Engineering at Chatham and Minley (which encompass Brompton Barracks) are currently subject to rigorous examination by the project team. I envisage an announcement on the selection of the preferred bidder towards the end of this year.

Refurbishment

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) who provided or is providing the (a) windows and (b) doors for the refurbishment of the MOD building; [41352]

Dr. Moonie: The existing aluminium framed windows are not being replaced except for those beyond economic repair or damaged during the construction process. These will be replaced with windows of similar construction.

The developed Ministry of Defence Main Building will be open plan in design. Existing doors taken from the building will be re-used in certain circumstances, e.g. fire doors. No contracts have yet been placed in respect of either windows or doors for the redevelopment.

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Logistics

David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on proposals to review defence logistics following the action in Afghanistan. [41422]

Mr. Ingram: It is our normal practice to undertake a full audit of all operations and exercises with the aim of identifying lessons to be learned, including those that are relevant to defence logistics matters. Work is in hand on the lessons to be learned from all aspects of operational deployments to Afghanistan.

Fast Jet Pilots

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fast jet pilots have left the RAF in each of the past five years; how many of those left at the end of their commission; and how many sought premature voluntary retirement. [41610]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 8 March 2002]: The numbers of fast jet pilots who left the RAF in each of the past five years are set out in the table.

Exits at end of commission(2)PVROther reasons(3)Total
1997–985623382
1998–996423794
1999–20005323480
2000–013722059
2001–02(1)4621471

(1) Figures to 31 January 2002

(2) Includes those leaving at option points

(3) Includes compulsory retirement, medical discharges and death-in- service


A400M

Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions he has had with the manufacturer of the A400M about the aircraft's engines; what assessment he has made of the power to size ratio of the A400M engines; what steps he has taken to promote Rolls Royce engines for the A400M; when the first A400M will come into service; and when the first A400M will come into service in the UK; [41936]

Dr. Moonie: I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Centrifuge (RAF Henlow)

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the centrifuge at RAF Henlow begins operations; how overdue is the start of operations; and what measures he will take with regard to the contractor responsible. [42338]

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Mr. Ingram: The contract for the human centrifuge at RAF Henlow has been terminated. Negotiations with the original contractor are presently on-going and therefore it would not be appropriate to comment at the present time.

Headley Court

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many patients are waiting for treatment at the joint services rehabilitation centre at Headley Court. [42337]

Dr. Moonie: As at 7 March this year, some 880 patients have been referred for treatment and are currently awaiting admission to the Defence Services Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court.

SOLICITOR-GENERAL

Departmental Events

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars, (c) workshops, (d) exhibitions and (e) press conferences which have been sponsored by her Department and which took place on non-Departmental premises in each of the last four years giving the title, purpose, date and cost of each. [34296]

The Solicitor-General [holding answer 11 February 2002]: My own Department, the Legal Secretariat to the Law Offices, was the joint sponsor, with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, of a conference of Presidents of the Supreme Courts and Attorneys General of the member states of the European Union in financial year 2000–01. The cost to LSLO was £34,534.25. There is no record of any other qualifying event occurring over the period in question.

The information requested has been placed in the Library.


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