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Gulf War Illnesses

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): My honourable friend Dr Lewis Moonie, the Minister for Veterans Affairs, has written to Dr Brian Iddon MP seeking his approval to place a copy of the correspondence in the Library of the House. I hope to write to the noble Lord again with our assessment as soon as we receive Dr Iddon's approval to do so.

Anthrax Vaccine

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 20 January (WA 79), whether the anthrax vaccine used for troops deployed to the Gulf was licensed in 1990–91; whether the guidelines for its use referred to by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath were in place in 1990–91; if they were in place, why they were not followed; whether any other vaccines administered to troops in 1990–91 had similar limitations on their use; and whether the instructions for the taking of pyridostigmine bromide tablets had and have now any similar limitations regarding their use.[HL1248]

Lord Bach: I will write to the noble Lord and a copy of my letter will be placed in the Library of the House.

Armed Forces: Desert Clothing

Lord Vivian asked Her Majesty's Government:

    On which date units deploying to the Gulf will be allocated the new desert boots, combat jacket and combat trousers which have been ordered.[HL1267]

Lord Bach: Units deploying to the Gulf will be issued with the full desert clothing ensemble in time for any potential operations.

Armed Forces: Single-room Accommodation

Lord Vivian asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Where the new build and refurbishment projects for 16,000 single rooms en suite accommodation will take place: when it will start: and when it will finish.[HL1269]

Lord Bach: The Ministry of Defence awarded the prime contract for Project SLAM to the Birmingham based Debut consortium, led by Bovis Lend Lease and Babcock Services Ltd, on 18 December 2002.

The contract for SLAM is the first five-year phase of a 10-year programme. It encompasses all ranks across each of the services and will deliver in the order of 16,000 upgraded bed spaces in around 100 projects on the basis of worst first. These will be predominantly single room en suite and will include utility areas, common areas and ancillary accommodation.

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The SLAM prime contract covers the period 2003 until 2007 inclusive. There are 30 projects scheduled to start during the first year of the contract, with first wave programmed to start on site between May and August 2003 and completion from May 2004 onwards. Those projects commenced during 2007 are expected to be completed for occupation some 18 months to two years later.

In addition, the prime contractor will be required to maintain each individual project following handover for occupation for a further seven years. This is to enable the prime contractor to prove the assumptions made at the design stage in the running of the facilities and to demonstrate value for money and innovation during the maintenance period. (The implication of this is that the last phase of projects completed and handed over for occupation in 2009 will be maintained by the prime contractor until 2016.)

The table below shows where the new build and refurbishment projects will take place.


1ArmyVimy BarracksCatterick, N Yorkshire
2ArmyHelles BarracksCatterick, N Yorkshire
3ArmyAlexander BarracksPirbright, Surrey
4ArmyRMAS SandhurstCamberley, Surrey
6ArmyMiddle WallopAndover, Hampshire
7ArmyBovingtonBovington, Dorset
8ArmyRapier BarracksKirton-in-Lindsey, N Lincolnshire
9ArmyBourlon BarracksCatterick, N Yorkshire
10ArmyAlbermarle BarracksHarlow Mill
11ArmyFulwood BarracksPreston, Lancashire
12ArmySt David's BarracksBicester, Oxfordshire
13ArmyInvicta Park BarracksMaidstone, Kent
14ArmyDalton BarracksAbingdon, Oxfordshire
15ArmyGamecock BarracksBramcote, Nuneaton
16ArmyAzimghur BarracksColerne, Wiltshire
17ArmyBeachley BarracksChepstow, Gwent
18ArmyDuke of Gloucester BarracksSouth Cerney, Gloucester
19ArmyRAF Odiham (Army)Hook, Hampshire
20ArmyWellington BarracksSt James Park, London
21ArmyWoolwich BarracksLondon
22Royal NavyCuldroseCornwall
23Royal NavyCTCRMLympstone, Exmouth, Devon
24Royal NavyRM PoolePoole, Dorset
25Royal Navy42 CdoBickleigh, Plymouth, Devon
26Royal NavyYeoviltonYeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset
27Royal Navy40 CdoTaunton, Somerset
28Royal NavyChivenorBarnstaple, Devon
29RAFRAF BoulmerAlnwick, Northumberland
30RAFRAF ConingsbyConingsby, Lincolnshire
31RAFRAF WaddingtonLincoln, Lincolnshire
32RAFRAF WitteringPeterborough, Cambridgeshire
33RAFRAF MarhamKing's Lynn, Norfolk
34RAFWinterbourne GunnerSalisbury, Wiltshire
35RAFRAF HoningtonBury St Edmunds, Suffolk
36RAFRAF High WycombeNaphill, Buckinghamshire
37RAFRAF LeemingNorthallerton, N Yorkshire
38RAFRAF Linton-on-OuseYork, N Yorkshire
39RAFRAF FylingdalesPickering, N Yorkshire
40RAFRAF CottesmoreOakham, Leicestershire
41RAFRAF Brampton (Wyton Site)Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
42RAFRAF ShawburyShawbury, Shropshire
43RAFRAF Swanwick (at Collingwood)Portsmouth, Hampshire
44RAFRAF Brize NortonWitney, Oxfordshire
45RAFRAF ValleyHolyhead, Gwynedd
46RAFRAF InnsworthGloucester, Gloucestershire
47RAFRAF CranwellSleaford, Lincolnshire
48RAFRAF LynehamChippenham, Wiltshire
49CentralRMCS ShrivenhamSwindon, Wiltshire
50CentralHarden BarracksCatterick, N Yorkshire
51DLODSDA AshchurchTewkesbury, Gloucestershire
52DLOWest MoorsWimborne, Dorset

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Employment Relations Act 1999

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they expect to publish the results of their consultation on the operation of the Employment Relations Act 1999.[HL1331]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Sainsbury of Turville): We intend to publish a consultation document inviting comments on the review's findings shortly.

Northern Ireland Department of the Environment: Planning Appeals

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the percentage of planning decisions by the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment which were overturned at the subsequent planning appeals for each year since 1997.[HL1212]

The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The percentage of planning decisions by the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment overturned at the subsequent planning appeal for each financial year since 1997 is as follows:

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YearTotal decisionsNumber of appeals*Number of appeals upheld*% of total decisions overturned on appeal*% of appeals upheld*

Note: * Appeals relates to appeals under Article 32 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991.

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Provisional IRA

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 22 January (WA 102), whether they consider the Provisional IRA to still be involved in any of the following activities: recruiting, re-arming, training, targeting and punishment beating.[HL1281]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: As I stated in my previous Answer, it is the Government's view that the IRA remains an active paramilitary organisation. In order to achieve the full implementation of the Belfast agreement, all paramilitary organisations must make the commitment to exclusively peaceful means, real, total and permanent.

Northern Ireland Ambulance Service

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they are satisfied with the response time standards set for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service; and how the standards compare with those for the rest of the United Kingdom.[HL1282]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The current Northern Ireland Ambulance Service response time targets are set out in the plans to implement the strategic review recommendations. The aim is to achieve staged improvements to bring response times into line with those set for other United Kingdom ambulance services.

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