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Mr. Ingram: On 7 January 2004, there were 55 United Kingdom civilian and military personnel attached to the Iraq Survey Group. There is no formal requirement on the ISG to report according to a particular timetable.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the role and function is of the unit set up under Operation Rockingham; what its cost was in the last financial year; and if he will make a statement. 
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|Type ofmaintenance||Ship||Start date||End date|
|Routine docking||Oakleaf||2 June 1997||22 August 1997|
|Refit||Bayleaf||4 May 1998||17 July 1998|
|Refit||Olna||4 May 1998||28 August 1998|
|Refit||Grey Rover||15 June 1998||27 November 1998|
|Refit||Orangeleaf||18 January 1999||26 March 1999|
|Refit||Black Rover||15 February 1999||20 May 1999|
|Refit||Brambleleaf||19 July 1999||24 September 1999|
|Routine docking||Olwen||12 April 1999||14 June 1999|
|Routine docking||Gold Rover||20 March 2000||26 May 2000|
|Refit||Oakleaf||14 February 2000||21 April 2000|
|Routine docking||Grey Rover||18 June 2001||20 August 2001|
|Routine docking||Orangeleaf||27 August 2001||26 October 2001|
|Routine docking||Black Rover||1 April 2002||24 May 2002|
|Routine docking||Brambleleaf||29 April 2002||28 June 2002|
|Contractor support period||Oakleaf||26 August 2002||22 September 2002|
|Refit||Gold Rover||14 October 2002||20 December 2002|
|Routine docking||Oakleaf||7 April 2003||30 May 2003|
|Refit||Bayleaf||3 June 2003||8 August 2003|
The time in dry dock is only ever a part of the overall maintenance period and details of the exact time each vessel spent in the dock are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. In addition to the routine maintenance shown in the table RFA Grey Rover was docked in 1997 to undertake an emergency repair.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) year of construction and (b) anticipated year of decommissioning of each oiler in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. 
|RFA vessel||Year of construction||Present planned decommissioning year|
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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what records exist detailing the disposal of ordnance from the Second World War ammunition dump near Slough into the Badnells Pit landfill site near Maidenhead. 
The authorised methods of disposal for Service munitions from Service stocks, both during and after the Second World War, did not include dumping in landfill sites. The standard methods of disposal involved the use of sea dumping, burning or the demolition of the material by explosive means.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the due decommissioning dates are for each of the (a) Swiftsure class submarines and (b) batch 3 Type 22 frigates; and which of these dates have been brought forward during the past year. 
|Swiftsure class submarines:|
|Type 22 Batch 3 frigates:|
Richard Ottaway: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence further to his letter of 30 November 2003 on Split North Port, Croatia, how much the rent payable for the Split North Port was during the relevant period; and how much the underpayment was. 
Mr. Ingram: The lease between the Ministry of Defence and Split North Port (SNP) provided for payments of around $8.9 million. Within the $6.35 million settlement in 2001, was an overall figure of $5.5 million for several claims by SNP taken together, including underpayment
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Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in meeting targets for the proportion of people with disabilities in senior posts in his Department. 
Mr. Pearson: 3.5 per cent. of the senior civil servants employed in the Northern Ireland Office have declared a disability. The corresponding figure for the Northern Ireland Civil Service is 3 per cent..
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the examination of the future delivery of primary care dental services in Northern Ireland to commence; what form he expects the examination will take; and when he expects to be able to report the findings. 
Angela Smith: The Chief Dental Officer is currently developing a new Oral Health Strategy, which will set the oral health agenda for the next 10 years. It will identify the oral health needs of the Northern Ireland population, determine desired outcomes and identify areas where oral health can link into the wider health agenda.
It is hoped that work on the new Oral Health Strategy will be concluded by June 2004 and this will then allow the development of a strategy for the delivery of primary care dental services to commence. That strategy will also take account of recent reviews of the dental workforce and the community dental service and consider whether any of the new contractual arrangements, currently being developed in England, should be introduced here.
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The aim is to have the necessary legislation in place to introduce any changes from April 2006 or as soon as possible thereafter.
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