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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former members of the Force Research Unit (a) have been interviewed by the Stevens Inquiry team, (b) have refused to be interviewed and (c) are prevented from being interviewed by (i) legal and (ii) other impediments. 
Mr. Ingram: The Ministry of Defence is fully supportive of the Stevens Inquiry and will continue to provide it with whatever assistance it can. It would, however, be inappropriate for me to comment further on an ongoing police inquiry.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the number, value and location of properties newly leased in each of the last five years by his Department, including and distinguishing between the Department itself, its next step agencies and its non-departmental public bodies, differentiating between purchases made as a result of the creation of new bodies and those purchases made by established bodies. 
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which armaments procurement contracts, with a value greater than £1 million, will (a) go out to tender and (b) have contracts signed, in the next financial year; 
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many exercises to test procedures for dealing with accidents involving nuclear weapons will be held in 2001; what the (a) dates and (b) locations are of each of these exercises; what the titles and scenarios are of each of these exercises; and how many of these exercises involve the US Government. 
Mr. Hoon: The following table gives the current date, name and location of nuclear weapon accident response exercises for 2001. I am withholding details of the exercise scenarios under Exemption 1 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. I can confirm that none of the exercises involves US participation.
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|May||NW Convoy Group Standardisation||Lincolnshire|
|July||RAF Station NAR team Standardisation(49)||Wiltshire|
|September||MOD Police Nuclear Weapon Convoy Standardisation||Lincolnshire|
|October||RAF Station NAR team Standardisation(49)||Suffolk|
|November||RAF Station NAR team Standardisation(49)||Oxfordshire|
(49) RAF Station Nuclear Accident Response (NAR) teams provide immediate response forces for the air transportation of nuclear weapons
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value is of contracts let in connection with RAF Menwith Hill in (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001; how many such contracts have been let; to whom they have been let; and what percentage of contracts have been let to UK firms. 
|Financial years||Contracts let||Value £ million|
|1 April 2001 to 14 September 2001||242||2,798|
Figures are exclusive of VAT
Details of individual contracts have been withheld under exemption 14 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information and the names of individual contractors have been withheld under exemption 4e of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. The majority of contracts have been awarded to UK Prime Contractors, but this work may be sub-contracted to UK or other companies.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the complement was of Ministry of Defence police at RAF Menwith Hill on (a) 1 January and (b) 15 July; and what percentage of the cost of these personnel on each date was met by the US Government. 
Mr. Ingram: I am withholding details of the MDP complement (on 1 January 2001 and 15 July 2001) at RAF Menwith Hill in accordance with exemption 1 (defence, security and international relations) of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. I can, however, confirm that staffing levels have been significantly increased in recent months.
The financial arrangements governing the MDP presence at RAF Menwith Hill are covered by a memorandum of understanding between the UK and US Governments. The costs incurred by HMG for the MDP presence at RAF Menwith Hill are reimbursed by the US Government, except where overtime is occasioned by the activities of protesters, which is a direct cost to the UK.
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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the projects and European countries involved in collaborating with the MoD on specific defence research and development projects. 
Dr. Moonie: Under bilateral or multilateral arrangements relating to research, the Ministry of Defence has significant numbers of joint programmes or information exchanges with the following countries or organisations:
|Country/organisation||Number of programmes|
(50) Western European Armaments Group: informal grouping of European Defence Ministers providing policy direction for armaments and research issues.
(51) European Co-operation for the Long-term in Defence (EUCLID) based on competition and contracts placed on lead contractors, usually with some industrial funding.
Structural Materials and Structural Effects Analysis
Computer Applications and Information Processing
Design AspectsPlatforms and Weapons
Electronic and Electrical Devices
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Operating Environmental Issues
Communications and CIS Related Technologies
Integration and other Systems Issues
Guidance and Control Systems (Weapons and Platforms)
Propulsion and Powerplants
Manufacturing Processes/Design tools/Techniques.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Lewes, of 16 July 2001, Official Report, column 7W, what scenario was assumed in this year's Roving Sands exercise. 
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