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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are taken to minimise the possibility of an accidental attack on civilians by British troops on active service; and what his policy is on reparations to families of civilians accidentally killed by troops of the United Kingdom. 
Dr. Moonie [holding answer 19 July 2002]: All members of HM forces are carefully briefed on their rules of engagement (ROE) for an operation and on when they may be justified in using force. I am withholding details of the ROE in accordance with Exemption 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. Additionally, HM forces take all possible measures in the preparation and conduct of operations to minimise possible loss of civilian life and damage to property.
When compensation claims are submitted, they are considered on the basis of whether or not the Ministry of Defence has a legal liability to pay compensation. Where there is a legal liability to pay compensation we do so.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, (1) pursuant to his answer of 4 July 2002, Official Report, column 525W, on married quarters, if he will make a statement on the safety attribute used by the Defence Housing Executives and if he will list the married quarters that are unsatisfactory using this criterion, indicating for what reasons; 
Upper windowschild safe
Safety of low level glazing
Safety gate fixings
Lockable bathroom cabinet.
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smoke detector fitted, whereas the criterion requires two. (This figure includes 83 properties which are to be handed back to Annington Homes). The remaining 143 properties do not reach S1FC because they do not fully meet a combination of the other criteria above. The addresses of these properties could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
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(12) Planned for handback
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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total amount spent on renting private accommodation for armed services personnel was (a) in 1999, (b) in 2000, (c) in 2001 and (d) since January 2002; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie: The tables show the expenditure on substitute service accommodation in Great Britain, rented by the Ministry of Defence from the private sector, when accommodation according to entitlement and within the travel to work zone could not otherwise be provided for service personnel and their families. The figures are available by financial rather than calendar year.
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(13) TV Licences, dilapidations, administration/check-in fees, inventory fees, etc.
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Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 16 July 2002, Official Report, columns 15960W, on service accommodation, what plans he has to improve the standard of service families' accommodation in Warminster. 
External decorations8 family quarters
Internal decorations to stairwells12 blocks of flats.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation was released to Annington Homes Ltd. in each month of 2001; what grade these were at the time of release; what percentage of the total number of upgraded homes this represents; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie: The agreement with Annington Homes Ltd. (AHL) covers service family accommodation only. Under the 1996 sale and leaseback agreement the following vacant service family quarters were handed back to AHL during 2001:
375 of these properties were at Standard 1 for condition at the time of release. This represented 2 per cent. of the total number of service family properties in GB at Standard 1. Whenever possible, the houses released for disposal are those at lower standards, but the sale agreement requires that properties are released in groups rather than individually. This can result in some higher standard properties being released because of their location. Defence Housing Executive area managers maintain close liaison with local service commanders on the selection of surplus properties for disposal.
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Dr. Moonie: The cost of developing the Bowman tactical communication system up to the award of a Supply and Support contract to GD UK Ltd., last September, was £405 million. The Supply and Support contract is worth £1.9 billion. To date, £156 million of this contract has been spent on development.
Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps have been taken to (a) ensure that the Defence Medical Services are able to deal with the problems of service men while still in the armed forces and (b) make the DMS more approachable. 
Dr. Moonie: The Defence Medical Services (DMS) provide primary care and range of secondary care services to members of the armed forces in the United Kingdom and overseas. Where specialist services are not provided by the DMS, service personnel are normally referred to the NHS. Service personnel should feel able to contact DMS staff when necessary.
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