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Mr. Tyler: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will instruct his Department and other relevant Government Departments to offer support and co-operation to the Royal British Legion's inquiry into illnesses suffered by UK troops who served in the 1991 Gulf War. 
Mr. Caplin [holding answer 17 June 2004]: I assume the hon. Member is referring to the investigation that the right hon. Lord Morris of Manchester has announced he is setting up under the chairmanship of the right hon. Lord Lloyd of Berwick. At this stage we have insufficient detail about the investigation to form a decision about the approach the Ministry of Defence might take.
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his written statement of 8 June 2004, Official Report, columns 45WS, on Iraq, what the (a) names of the individuals and (b) dates of the incidents concerned are in the new investigations into deaths in Iraq started since 4 May. 
Mr. Ingram: Of the new investigations started since 4 May, five relate to incidents where it was reported that Iraqi civilians probably died. These incidents occurred on 3, 8 (two incidents), 10 and 14 May 2004. All these incidents occurred when UK soldiers were attacked and returned fire. It has not yet been possible to ascertain the identities of those believed killed or to confirm the numbers of dead owing to the situation on the ground.
Dr. Julian Lewis:
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) in what years his Department proposes
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to discontinue official sponsorship or support for memorial services for veterans of (a) the Battle of Britain, (b) the Battle of the Atlantic and (c) other notable engagements of United Kingdom forces in the Second World War; 
(2) for what reason memorial services for veterans of some notable engagements of United Kingdom forces in the Second World War are being sponsored or supported for longer periods after the event concerned than others. 
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he has taken to prohibit the possession and distribution of race hate literature in the armed services; and under what regulations disciplinary action may be taken against (a) a commissioned officer and (b) a non-commissioned officer if found in possession of such materials on army facilities. 
Mr. Ingram: The armed forces demand high standards of conduct from all personnel and do not tolerate harassment, discrimination or bullying in any form. Policies, practices and procedures within the framework of the law exist to combat unacceptable behaviour. All complaints are taken seriously, investigated thoroughly and, in cases where discrimination or harassment is proven, dealt with robustly.
Any service person suspected of having committed a criminal offence under the Public Order Act 1986 or a military offence as a result of being found in possession of racially inflammatory material may be charged under the appropriate section of the Service Discipline Acts or subject to administrative action in accordance with service regulations.
Mr. Ingram: There is no formal linkage between United Kingdom jobs and the Support, Amphibious and Battlefield Rotorcraft (SABR) helicopter project. The SABR project could offer an excellent opportunity for UK industry to secure future business and, in line with the Defence Industrial Policy, the benefit to the UK economy will be taken into account in determining our procurement strategy.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2004, Official Report, column 1346W, on Al-Yamamah contracts,
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what the name was of the successor to the Al-Yamamah project within the Royal Saudi Air Force to whom he was introduced. 
Mr. Ingram: There have been seven visits by Royal Navy ships to Spanish ports since 1 May 2004 until 16 June 2004 comprising one Type 22 Frigate, two Type 23 Frigates, three Type 42 Destroyers and one Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessel (MCMV).
Estelle Morris: The Government are keen to see a better deal for the future of Gaelic broadcasting, and will ensure that this informs discussions on the BBC Charter Review and the future of digital broadcasting more widely. We will co-ordinate fully with Scottish Ministers, given their responsibility for funding the Gaelic Media Service.
Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many hours of Gaelic programmes were broadcast by (a) BBC1 Scotland, (b) BBC2 and (c) Radio Scotland in each of the last three years. 
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Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many hours of Gaelic children's programmes were broadcast on television channels in each of the last three years. 
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Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received from Gaelic groups concerning Gaelic television and radio broadcasting. 
Estelle Morris: This year the Department has received a representation from the Celtic Film and Television Festival concerning Gaelic television and radio broadcasting. In addition, the Minister for Media and Heritage recently met with the Chairman of the Gaelic Media Service.
Matthew Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money the New Opportunities Fund was allocated in 200304; and whether any of this money has not been committed. 
Estelle Morris: The New Opportunities Fund receives one third of money raised by the National Lottery, and distributes it to projects benefiting health, education and the environment. It also receives interest on money raised for the Fund, until it is passed on to project operators.
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