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Sunset Clauses

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Bills introduced by his Department in the last five years have contained sunset clauses; and what plans he has for the future use of such clauses. [49613]

Mr. Ingram: The Ministry of Defence has introduced only one Bill (which became the Armed Forces Act 2001) in the last five years that contains a sunset clause. The clause relates to the annual requirement to continue in force the Army and Air Force Acts 1955 and the Naval Discipline Act 1957 and provides for the three

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Service Acts to be continued in force until no later than the end of 2006. The expectation is that by then Parliament will have enacted a further Armed Forces Act, which will extend the lives of the Service Acts for a further five years. This accords with the procedure which Parliament has adopted for this legislation in the past.

Criminal Offences

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many criminal offences have been (a) created and (b) abolished by his Department since 1997. [55437]

Mr. Ingram: One offence has been created in legislation sponsored by the Ministry of Defence since 1997. The Armed Forces Act 2001 included powers, in relation to persons subject to Service law, to test for alcohol or drugs after a serious incident and created the offence of failing to provide a sample in such circumstances. No offences have been abolished since 1997.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South of 26 February, Reference Number 38796, on private military companies; and if he will make a statement. [65761]

Dr. Moonie: I replied to the hon. Member on 22 July 2002, Official Report, column 748W.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will answer the Question from the hon. Member for Portsmouth South of 26 February, Reference Number 38798, on private military companies; and if he will make a statement. [65760]

Mr. Ingram: I replied today.

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South of 26 February, reference number 38797, on private military companies; and if he will make a statement. [65751]

Mr. Ingram: I replied today.

Statistics

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the statistics that are collected by his Department by English parliamentary constituency; and if he will make a statement. [67094]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 8 July 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the letter sent to him by the National Statistician dated 8 July 2002.

Headline Goal

Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the Common Foreign and Security Policy's Headline Goal; and if he will make a statement on when the forces will be available for use. [73208]

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Mr. Hoon: The Helsinki Headline Goal has been broken down into 144 capability targets, of which 104 had been met following the Capabilities Improvement Conference in November 2001. Of the 40 shortfalls, about half may be resolved by improved management of existing forces. For the rest, a European Capability Action Plan (ECAP) was launched after the conference, comprising multinational panels tasked with suggesting possible solutions. Where a permanent solution is not possible by the end of 2003, interim solutions should be addressed. The European Council in Laeken in December 2001 agreed that the European Union was now able to conduct some crisis management operations and would be in a position to take on progressively more demanding operations as the assets and capabilities at its disposal continue to develop. There is no intention to create a standing EU force: existing national or multinational forces will be made available to the EU on a case by case basis when required for an operation.

Contracts

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the 10 biggest contracts awarded, in terms of initial estimated total cost since 1 May 1997, and provide in each case (a) the expected completion dates on contracts being let and (b) the expected completion dates achieved. [73948]

Dr. Moonie: The ten biggest contracts by value awarded by the Ministry of Defence since 1 May 1997 are as follows:

BOWMAN Fully Integrated Communications and Information System

A contract for the provision of the BOWMAN fully integrated communications and information system, including manufacture of equipments; test, evaluation and acceptance of the platforms to incorporate them; delivery of converted and commissioned platforms and buildings; provision of integrated logistics support; and supply of documents and publications was placed with General Dynamics United Kingdom on 13 September 2001. The expected completion date is 31 March 2009.

Main Building Redevelopment

A Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract was placed in May 2000 with Modus Services Plc for the redevelopment of the MOD Main Building in London to provide the modern flexible working environment needed to provide effective direction and support to the armed forces. The contract also covers short term decant arrangements as well as the long term provision of a wide variety of services to both the redeveloped Main Building and the Old War Office Building. The contract will be complete in 2030, with reoccupation of Main Building in 2004.

Type 45

A contract was placed in December 2000 with BAE SYSTEMS Electronics Ltd for the demonstration and first of class manufacture phase of the Type 45 programme, covering the design and build of the first three Type 45s plus up to six ship sets of certain major equipment. The original contract acceptance date, based on three ships, is 30 September 2009.

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PAAMS

A contract was placed in August 1999 with EUROPAAMS by France on behalf of the United Kingdom, France and Italy for full scale engineering development and initial production of the PAAMS system. The contact covers equipments and missiles required for each of the three nations' ''First of Class'' ships. The expected completion date is June 2007.

Joint Services Command and Staff College

A PFI contract was placed in June 1998 with Defence Management (Watchfield) for the provision of academic training and support services for students and officers from the United Kingdom Armed Forces and Armed Forces from abroad. The contractor also provides college and ancillary facilities, including married quarters, single living accommodation and construction of some new facilities. The new facilities have been completed and the expected completion date for the remainder of the contract is 31 August 2028.

United Kingdom Fixed Telecommunications

A ten year PFI contract was signed with British Telecommunications Ltd on 25 July 1997 for a strategic rationalisation of the means of delivery and operation of end to end fixed telecommunications service requirements within the United Kingdom, providing for value for money through economies of scale and other measures, whilst ensuring continued operational effectiveness. The expected completion date is 24 July 2007.

Army Foundation College, Harrogate

A thirty year PFI contract was let in February 2000 with Defence Training Services for the provision of vocational training, estate and store management, domestic services and transport at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate. The contract also provides for a comprehensive rebuild of the facilities on the site. The College provides a route of entry into the Army for young people and provides a 42 week course providing Military and Vocational training.

Management and Operation of the Atomic Weapon Establishments

A contract was signed in 1999 with AWE Management Ltd. for the management and operation of the Atomic Weapon Establishments at Aldermaston and Burghfield. The expected completion date of contract when let was 31 March 2010.

C17 Leasing

A contract was let with the McDonnell Douglas Corporation for the lease of four C17 Globe master III aircraft for a seven year period. The expected completion date at the time of contract was September 2008.

Administrative and Non-operational Support Transport Vehicles (the White Fleet)

A Public Private Partnership contract for a ten year period until 31 August 2011 was placed on 26 January 2001 with Lex Defence Management Ltd. The contract includes the provision of administrative and non-operational support transport vehicles, including fleet management, short term hire, vehicle provision, maintenance, repair and disposal, for the United Kingdom excluding Northern Ireland.

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As all ten contracts are still running it is not yet possible to provide completion dates achieved.

Defence Intelligence Staff

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the budget of the Defence Intelligence Staff is; how many persons are employed in this section; what the aims and objectives of the DIS are; and if he will make a statement. [73955]

Mr. Ingram: The budget of the Defence Intelligence Staff (DIS) for the financial year 2002–2003 is as follows:

# million
Resource Control173.85
Capital Control12.754

There were 3,969 permanent staff employed by the DIS on 31 March 2002. This figure excludes contractors and reservists.

As part of the Ministry of Defence, the principal task of the DIS is to provide defence intelligence support from a wide range of sources, both secret and public, to the preparation and conduct of military operations, the formulation of defence policy and the Equipment Capability programmes. In addition, the DIS contributes from the defence intelligence perspective to the work of the Joint Intelligence Committee, other Government Departments, NATO and the EU Military Staff.

The DIS includes two agencies, the Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency (DGIA) which provides imagery intelligence and geographic support and the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre (DISC) which provides intelligence and security training. Both agencies publish Annual Reports and Accounts which include Key Targets and details of performance against them in accordance with statutory requirements.

Further information about the Defence Intelligence Staff can be found on the MOD's website, www.mod.uk.



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