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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 07 Mar 2011

Chinook Helicopters

Mr Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Boeing full hazard analysis of the flying controls and associated systems that was carried out with reference to paragraph 9 of the Ministry of Defence Military Aircraft Accident Summary 2/89-Aircraft Accident to Royal Air Force Chinook HC1 ZA721. [38549]
Nick Harvey: I will write to the hon. Member. Time is required to retrieve information on the 1987 accident from archive.

Substantive answer from Nick Harvey to James Gray: I undertook to write to you in response to the answer I gave to your written parliamentary question on 9 February 2011 (Official Report, column 252W) regarding the Boeing full hazard analysis. We are still waiting for Boeing to provide the information you requested. You may however wish to be aware that some of the information may be covered by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) which may limit its release. This will not be fully clear until the information is received and assessed.

Critical Capabilities Pool

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) purpose and (b) remit of the Critical Capabilities Pool is. [43968]

Alistair Burt: I have been asked to reply. The purpose of the Critical Capabilities Pool is to fund some of the key programmes and capabilities required to reduce proliferation-related risks to national security and to improve co-ordination of those resources across the Government’s counter-proliferation community. The Critical Capabilities Pool includes several programmatic elements and also contains resources for security-related science and technology work in the radiological and nuclear, and chemical and biological fields.

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monetary value is of the Critical Capabilities Pool introduced in the Strategic Defence and Security Review; and which departments have contributed to it. [43969]

Alistair Burt: I have been asked to reply. Work to finalise the exact level of resources included within the Critical Capabilities Pool is still ongoing. I will write to inform you of the final figure once it is available. The following Departments are contributing funding: the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, HM Treasury, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Department.

European Fighter Aircraft

Stephen Barclay: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 515W, on defence: procurement, when he plans to place in the Library a copy of the project history maintained in respect of the Typhoon project. [45175]

Peter Luff: It is my intention to place a copy of the Typhoon project history in the Library of the House before the Easter recess.
Mr Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the information his Department holds on the increase in costs (a) of the Eurofighter typhoon project and (b) for each such aircraft delivered since 1988; and if he will make a statement. [44780]

Peter Luff: Information about the increase in cost of Typhoon is published within the Major Projects Report 2010, HC 489-11 dated 15 October 2010. Typhoon has been contracted for in three tranches. Increase in cost is not recorded on a per aircraft basis.

House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 03 Mar 2011

HMS Cumberland

Mr Jim Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the likely savings to the public purse arising from the decommissioning of HMS Cumberland over the comprehensive spending review period; [43944]
(2) what estimate he has made of the likely weekly cost to the public purse of maintaining HMS Cumberland once it is decommissioned; [43945]
(3) what estimate he has made of the operational costs of HMS Cumberland for 2010-11. [

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