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Human Rights Act

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases have been brought against his Department under the Human Rights Act 1998; and what has been the cost in (a) legal fees to defend cases and (b) compensation payments. [45065]

Mr. Ingram: We do not collect central records of all cases in which the Human Rights Act 1998 is relied on. Human rights are now integrated in the general law and are rarely the sole basis for a challenge. We do monitor centrally those cases we consider may be of particular significance to this Department. We have recorded five cases to date.

We do not collect separate information centrally about the cost to public funds, legal fees or compensation payments in case which include a human rights issue. In most cases it will be difficult to single out associated costs relating to the human rights element.

PFI/PPPs

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (1) the (a) private finance initiative and (b) public private partnership projects which have been delayed; [44873]

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Mr. Ingram [holding answer 25 March 2002]: I will write to the hon. Member and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what companies are involved in PFI housing projects; how much funding these companies have given so far to his Department's housing projects; who manages PFI housing; how much funding has been given by his Department; and if he will make a statement. [45092]

Dr. Moonie: The Defence Housing Executive (DHE) has contracted with six companies to provide new housing, under public private partnership arrangements. They are:


Expenditure by the companies concerned is a matter for them. The Ministry of Defence pays them a unitary charge when the housing service contracted for is available. In total payments of #23 million have been made to the end of February 2002. The contractor is responsible for house design, construction, maintenance and life cycle upgrading. DHE is responsible for allocation and occupation management.

Apache

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the need for air manoeuvre training for the WAH-64 Longbow Apache programme; and if he will make a statement. [44961]

Dr. Moonie: The requirement for Attack Helicopter units to train within an air manoeuvre environment was identified at an early stage in the Apache programme and a contract to purchase a Collective Training System was placed in late 2000.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken to deal with the capability gaps in the air manoeuvre of the WAH-64 Longbow Apache programme; and if he will make a statement. [44962]

Dr. Moonie: The WAH-64 Longbow Apache programme is a fundamental element of the evolving air manoeuvre capability. It represents a quantum leap in capability, in range of equipment and complexity of the weapon systems. To ensure that Apache contributes fully to air manoeuvre, the capability of this formidable weapon is kept under continuous review. Changes to the programme are recommended should any capability gaps be identified.

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Computer Hackers

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps are being taken to prevent computer hackers gaining access to the Defence System through the shared working environment used with Future Offensive Air System staff; and if he will make a statement; [44965]

Dr. Moonie: The Future Offensive Air System Shared Working Environment enables the Ministry of Defence and industry to work more effectively together in line with the principles of Smart Acquisition. The system incorporates proven security technology that has been extensively tested, and has the necessary security accreditation for the data held. This accreditation included an assessment of the risks from computer hackers. Although the system connects MOD and industry users, security mechanisms prevent unauthorised access from the Shared Working Environment to other defence information systems.

MoD Housing

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money has been spent on (a) building new MoD housing, (b) demolishing MoD housing, (c) rebuilding MoD housing and (d) PFI housing projects year by year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [44969]

Dr. Moonie: The following tables give details of the amount spent by the Defence Housing Executive by project type and year:

Building new Ministry of Defence housing (adding to the existing stock)

Financial year# million
1996–97Nil
1997–988.285
1998–996.398
1999–20004.123
2000–010.239
2001–020.540

Demolishing MoD housing (clearing sites and reducing stock)

Financial year# million
1996–97Nil
1997–981.509
1998–99Nil
1999–2000Nil
2000–010.017
2001–020.081

Rebuilding MoD housing (demolition/rebuild)

Financial year# million
1996–972.244
1997–981.271
1998–991.369
1999–200011.960
2000–0119.146
2001–0224.166

Insufficient information is available to separate demolition costs from upgrade costs on demolition/rebuild projects.


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Public private partnership housing projects

Financial year# million
1996–97Nil
1997–98Nil
1998–99Nil
1999–20002.7
2000–019.7
2001–0210.6
(to end Feb. 2002)

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel and their families were housed in private sector accommodation in each year between 1992 and 1997; and if he will make a statement. [45440]

Dr. Moonie: The information is not available. Prior to 1997 Service personnel who were required to live in private sector accommodation made their own arrangements and were paid an Excess Rent Allowance (ERA). No records are held of the numbers of Service personnel who were in receipt of ERA.

Shoeburyness

Mr. Ivan Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the complaints relating to alleged damage as a result of the activities at the Shoeburyness ranges have been substantiated. [45115]

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

Mr. Ivan Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the total cost of the payments made in each of the five years to householders in the Tendring Peninsula relating to alleged damage to their properties as a result of the activities at the Shoeburyness ranges. [45114]

Dr. Moonie: The total cost of payments made to householders in the Tendering peninsula area in each of the last five years is listed in the following table. The figure for 2001 includes payments up to September 2001, the latest period for which information is currently available. When I have information for the remainder of 2001 I will write to my hon. Friend.

YearAmount #
2001 (to September)1,870.00
20002,930.08
19992,881.32
199812,290.73
19973,338.00

Munitions Exports

Mr. Liddell-Grainger: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of whether the export of munitions from the USA to the United Kingdom will be subject to the 2001 Security Assistance Act going through the US Congress. [45102]

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Dr. Moonie: The contents of United States legislation are of course a matter for the United States Government. However, I understand that the primary purpose of the draft legislation is not the control of exports; in that respect it does not, in its current form, change the contents or the scope of the US Munitions List, though it does refer to it. It includes some policy recommendations relating to the administration of the United States' export control process but is more concerned with the funding of the United State security assistance programmes with various countries, including non-proliferation work.


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