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PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS FROM PS2 THE LEADING U.K. GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMPANY
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DEFENCE

Databases

Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the fields of the (a) MOD Directorate of Commercial Policy Contracts database and (b) MOD Central Ledger database. [176386]

Mr. Ingram: The following information assumes that the first database referred to is that maintained by the Defence Bills Agency on behalf of the Commercial Services Group in the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA). The fields in the database are as follows:

1. Contract Number, Contract Date, Contract End Date, Integrated Project and Commercial Officer titles;
2. Contractor’s Name and Registration details;
3. Contract Financial details;
4. Security Classification of contract;
5. Type of Work;
6. Standard Industry Classification Code;
7. Particular type of contract;
8. Location of work;
9. Sub-contract work;
10. Overseas sub-contract work;
11. End customer;
12. Contract conditions;
13. Loan items;
14. Competitive or Non-competitive;
15. Status of pricing;
16. Non-competitive pricing;
17. Recoverable (costs recoverable from a third party);
18. Commercial Exploitation Agreement;
19. Imports;
20. Special Contracts Arrangement;
21. European Commission (EC) Requirements;
22. Construction Industry Tax Scheme.
The following information assumes that the database referred to is the DPA

General (Financial) ledger. The fields being utilised in the ledger are as follows:

1. BLB (Bottom Level Budget)
2. DESTUIN (Destination Unique Identification Number)
3. Local Centre
4. Local Output
5. Local Project
6. MG (Management Grouping)
7. Output
8. RAC (Resource Account Code)
9. UIN (Unique Identification Number)

Defence Attachés

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the proportion of defence attachés’ time spent (a) promoting and (b) monitoring the end-use of UK arms exports in each of the last three years. [180150]

Mr. Ingram: Defence attachés devote about 10 per cent. of their time annually to supporting legitimate defence exports and defence procurement collaboration activities in accordance with current Government policy on arms exports. We do not record the proportion of time spent specifically on monitoring the end-use of United Kingdom arms exports.

Defence Export and Market Access Forum

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 10 June 2004, Official Report, columns 598-99W, what the membership is of the Defence Export and Market Access Forum; and what the criteria are for membership of that body. [179257]

Mr. Ingram: Membership of the Defence Export and Market Access Forum comprises senior officials from Government Departments including the Ministry of Defence, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department of Trade and Industry and Cabinet Office together with senior representatives from the United Kingdom Trade Associations and the UK defence industry. The membership reflects consultation between Government and industry to identify those best placed to contribute to the aims of the forum.

Eurofighter Typhoons

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reasons are for the delay in going ahead with the second tranche of Eurofighter Typhoons; and if he will make a statement. [177140]

Mr. Ingram: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 12 February 2004, Official Report, column 1634W, and my answer of 10 December 2003, Official Report, column 464W, to the hon. Member for Totnes (Mr. Steen). The negotiations are still on-going and must be concluded before Tranche 2 can be ordered.

Export Support Teams

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of the Export Support teams was in each of the last three years; and what the forecast cost is for each of the next two years. [176440

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