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Mr. Burns: To ask the Prime Minister (1) how much was spent by No. 10 Downing street special advisers on food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for official entertainment purposes in each of the last five years; 
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The Prime Minister: For the total cost to my Office for all official entertainment at No. 10 Downing street and Chequers, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Lewes (Mr. Baker) on 28 February 2002, Official Report, column 1444W.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of media advertising in each of the past five parliamentary Sessions including the current Session, for his Department in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland; and for the last two parliamentary Sessions and the current parliamentary Session, what the media advertising expenditure was per month in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii) Northern Ireland. 
Information on expenditure on advertising and publicity is included in the departmental performance report. However, this information is recorded by financial year and not by parliamentary Session. For 199798 the information is shown in page 49 of Cm 4170; for 19992000 it is shown on page 60 of Cm 5000; and for 200001 it is shown on page 68 of Cm 5290. Copies of these reports are available in the Library of the House.
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|Category||Expenditure in £ million|
|PR, marketing and Business Support Services||0.84|
|Chief of public relations expenditure||2.39|
|National Employers Liaison Committee (Territorial Army)||1.05|
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expenditure was per campaign for the five most expensive media advertising campaigns his Department undertook in the past five parliamentary Sessions including the current parliamentary Session in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland; and for the last two parliamentary Sessions and the current Session, when each advertising campaign (i) began and (ii) ended in (A) Scotland, (B) England, (C) Wales and (D) Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military personnel are involved in Sierra Leone; how many have been involved in each of the past two years; what the cost to the MOD of the deployment has been; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: We currently have some 360 shore-based military personnel deployed in Sierra Leone, supported by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel Sir Geraint, and we will maintain our presence at that level over the period of presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for May 2002. We are also contributing 15 military observers and seven headquarters staff to UNAMSIL, the UN operation in Sierra Leone. At its peak, there were 4,500 personnel deployed on Operation PALLISER in May 2000, when we first committed troops in significant numbers. We then had up to 550600 shore-based military personnel in Sierra Leone at any one time until the completion of basic infantry training for the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) by British Short-Term Training Teams in September 2001. The re-configuration to the current troop levels was completed by January 2002. The cost to the Ministry of Defence of the deployments, excluding the provision of equipment to the RSLAF, was £16.9 million in financial year 200001. The cost of the deployments in the last financial year is estimated at around £28.25 million, and will be met from the cross-Government Africa Conflict Prevention Fund. The future costs of our military training and assistance programme will also be met from this budget.
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and effective RSLAF and Sierra Leone MOD. The UK-led International Military Advisory and Training Team will continue the task of capacity-building in the RSLAF and the MOD over the longer term. Our ultimate aim is that the RSLAF will be able to protect the security and integrity of Sierra Leone without needing substantial external assistance.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the refit for HMS Illustrious will (a) commence and (b) be completed; and what use will be made of HMS Illustrious in the period to the start of the refit. 
Mr. Ingram: Refit work on HMS Illustrious will start in October 2002 and is expected to complete in autumn 2004. From 27 May 2002 until the start of her refit, HMS Illustrious will be held in reduced readiness.
Dr. Moonie: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 6 March 2002, Official Report, columns 31314W to my hon. Friend the Member for St. Helens, North (Mr. Watts). The right required by the Government to protect the United Kingdom defence and security interests can be provided through the retention of a single special, or golden, share, it does not require the retention of any additional percentage of the equity.
Dr. Moonie: In response to an advertisement in the press, almost 40 parties have expressed interest in becoming a strategic partner to QinetiQ. In order to achieve best value for the taxpayer, the Government are seeking to maintain a high degree of competitive tension among potential bidders. Publishing a list of interested parties at this stage in the process would not be consistent with this objective.
Dr. Moonie: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 6 March 2002, Official Report, columns 31314W, to my hon. Friend the Member for St. Helens, North (Mr. Watts). The percentage of equity in QinetiQ that will be available to strategic partners will be determined as part of the negotiation process, but it is likely that the strategic partner will have the opportunity to acquire a substantial minority or a small majority stake.
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Mr. Ingram: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 12 March 2002, Official Report, column 870W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Eastwood (Mr. Murphy). The further 1,700 troops currently deploying to Afghanistan will be concentrating on operations against remnants of the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Mr. Hoon: The security situation in Kabul appears relatively stable, especially owing to the excellent work of the International Security Assistance Force in accordance with UN SCR 1386. In Afghanistan as a whole, the situation is less stable with significant numbers of Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters still active. This is why we are deploying 45 Commando Group as set out in my statement of 18 March.
Mr. Hoon: The numbers of coalition forces in Afghanistan vary over time. Once the deployment of 45 Commando Group has been completed, UK personnel should constitute some 1520 per cent. of total coalition forces. These figures do not include the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul.
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