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Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the single bed capacity of the barracks being constructed at HMNB Clyde for the Fleet Royal Marines Protection Unit; how much it has cost; and what is its completion date. 
Dr. Moonie: The single bed capacity of the barracks being constructed at HMNB Clyde for the Fleet Royal Marines Protection Group is 216. The contract value of the construction is approximately £7 million and it should be completed in August 2001.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are for alternative units to use the accommodation at RM Condor when the Fleet Royal Marines Protection Unit completes its move to Faslane. 
Dr. Moonie: As a result of an initiative emerging from the Strategic Defence Review, the Army is seeking to identify suitable locations for five planned new Army Medical Regiments in the UK, each comprising some 250 Regular personnel. RM Condor, Arbroath is being considered as a location for such a unit.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel within the DPA are employed on sonarbuoy procurement; how many DPA personnel have been employed on sonarbuoy procurement for (a) three to five years, (b) five to seven years and (c) greater than seven years; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie: There are currently five personnel working full time on sonarbuoy procurement within the DPA. Of these, one has done so for over seven years (although not consecutive years) and the others each for less than three years. They are supported by a number of other colleagues from various functions on an occasional basis.
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Dr. Moonie: The prices paid by the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA) for UK sonarbuoys are commercially confidential and are withheld under exemption 13 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. Price information on US Navy sonarbuoys has been provided to the DPA on the basis that its confidentiality would be protected. Consequently, this information is withheld under the same exemption.
Dr. Moonie: There is no requirement for the Active Search Sonarbuoy System (ASSS) to be interoperable with US or European forces, though SR(SA)903 ASSS will conform with NATO standards, thereby offering future potential for systems interoperability.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current procurement strategy for SR903 Active Search Sonarbuoy System; for what reasons this has changed; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie: BAE Systems is the Prime Contractor for the Nimrod MRA4 and the SR(SA)903 Active Search Sonarbuoy System (ASSS) Risk Reduction Programme. The original strategy for the ASSS programme included a sub-contract competition between two consortia for the next phase of the ASSS programme, to fully develop and integrate the system into the Nimrod MRA4. Thomson Marconi Sonar Ltd.(TMSL) led one of the Consortia, with Ultra Electronics Limited leading the other. Subsequently TMSL advised my Department that, though they would complete their contracted activity during the Risk Reduction Phase, they did not intend to bid into the next, Demonstration and Manufacture, phase of the project. The Defence Procurement Agency is working with BAE Systems to review options and develop a proposal for the SR(SA)903 Demonstration and Manufacture phase.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding has been allocated for the acquisition programme for SR903; when he expects an operational capability to be available; what target was set for SR903 during the renegotiation of the MRA4 Nimrod programme; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie: A contract for the Demonstration and Manufacture phase to meet SR(SA) 903 Active Search Sonarbuoy System (ASSS) has yet to be awarded. Consequently, the funding allocation is withheld under Exemption 13 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. ASSS performance targets are classified and are withheld under Exemption 1 of the
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Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what payments have been received by his Department from the US military for use of facilities at RAF Fylingdales in each of the past three years. 
Mr. Spellar: We recognise that the welfare of service personnel and their families is vital for retention and, therefore, for operational effectiveness. The tour cycle is just one aspect of service life that bears on retention, and we already collect data on this and a range of other relevant factors. This includes continuous attitude surveys of the views of service personnel and their spouses, as well as those seeking premature voluntary retirement, to understand the factors that affect retention. However, we are concerned to ensure that monitoring arrangements are adequate and a number of changes are either in hand or under consideration to improve our capability to monitor individual separation.
Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on (a) capital works, (b) refurbishment of buildings and (c) repairs in respect of each (i) Army and (ii) other military establishment in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years and in the current year. 
Dr. Moonie: The figures for the current year and last three years are in the table. It is not possible separately to identify "refurbishment of buildings" and "repair" costs, and these are shown together as "maintenance". The figures for the current year represent the forecast spend for this year, and include both actual spend to date and further spend anticipated by the end of the financial year. The "other military establishments" column includes the RAF, as well as Territorial Army and other volunteer reserves.
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(87) For military service personnel figures are quoted for the number leaving early on Premature Voluntary Retirement (Officers), and Premature Voluntary Release (Other Ranks). This results from the open engagement system which means servicemen can serve for 22 years. As these are not engagement periods as such those who leave earlier do so on Premature Voluntary Requirement.
(88) Defined as personnel leaving at the end of an agreed period of service.
(89) All other outflow of trained personnel. This includes medical, death, disciplinary, dismissal and services no longer required.
(90) No breakdown of this category is available.
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