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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS 27/01/05

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS FROM PS2 THE LEADING U.K. GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMPANY
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Defence Industrial Policy

19. Mr. Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Department has taken to implement the Defence Industrial Policy. [207394]
Mr. Ingram: The principles set out in the Government’s Defence Industrial Policy apply to all acquisition decisions and we continue to work closely with industry to deliver the maximum benefits from its implementation. In particular we have made progress in areas such as market access, cooperation with our allies, maximising the benefits from our investment in research and technology and making improvements to our acquisition and capability management processes. In developing the Defence Industrial Strategy we are undertaking work to identify in more detail the technical capabilities that are likely to be needed to meet defence needs in the future and to assess the importance of sustaining them in the UK for national security, technology or wider economic reasons. We will publish a review shortly of the implementation of our Policy which will set this out in more detail.

Iraq
23 Ross Cranston: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the armed forces have played in the reconstruction of Iraq. [207398]
Mr. Hoon: I refer my hon. and learned Friend to the answer I gave earlier today to my hon Friend, the Member for the City of York (Hugh Bayley).
Chris Bryant: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the military situation in Iraq. [207395]
Mr. Hoon: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave today to the right hon. Member for Bracknell (Mr. Mackay).

Electoral Registration (Service Personnel)
Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he will take to encourage electoral registration by service voters. [207396]
Mr. Caplin: An internal information campaign will begin at the end of this month. This will be linked with the publication of a revised Defence Council Instruction providing full information and practical help on how to register, and explaining the various voting options available for the service community.

Afghanistan
Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role British forces are undertaking in Afghanistan. [205911]
Mr. Ingram: The bulk of the United Kingdom’s military forces in Afghanistan serve with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). They help to maintain security in Kabul, and, through our Provincial Reconstruction Teams, aid the expansion of the Afghan Government’s authority across the north-west of the country and facilitate Security Sector Reform and reconstruction. Separately, we have deployed a detachment of six Harrier GR7 aircraft to Kandahar to provide Close Air Support and aerial reconnaissance to both coalition and ISAF forces. Finally, we provide staff officers to support the coalition headquarters in Kabul.

Defence Aviation Repair Agency
Mr. Keith Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the Defence Aviation Repair Agency’s (DARA) turnover in 2003–04 came from (a) his Department and (b) the private sector; and for what reasons this information was not included in DARA’s 2003–04 Annual Report and Accounts (HC 699, 2003–04). [206699]
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 21 December 2004]: DARA’s turnover for 2003–04 can be analysed by customer as follows: £000
Contracts directly with the MOD
160,188
Contracts with the Private Sector where the ultimate customer is the MOD
28,677
Contracts with the Private Sector where the ultimate customer is a third party
673
Total turnover
189,538
The only analyses of turnover that are required to be shown in the Accounts are to give a breakdown by business and geographical segment where appropriate. Note 2 to the Accounts explained that ‘substantially all of the turnover relates to the same class of business’ and therefore no further breakdowns

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