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02/12/2010
Strategic Defence and Security Review

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings he had with representatives of BAE Systems on the Strategic Defence and Security Review prior to its publication. (Hansard 25 Nov 2010, Col.399W)


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02/12/2010
Defence: Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanism he has put in place to ensure that future export potential is considered at the outset of a major project in his Department. (Hansard 25 Nov 2010, Col.394W)


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02/12/2010
Astute Class Submarines

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the in-service date is of the seventh Astute-class submarine. (Hansard 25 Nov 2010, col.392W)


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02/12/2010
France: Aircraft Carriers

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment his Department has made of the likely availability for service of the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle between 2020 and 2035; (2) what recent reports he has received on (a) the availability for service and (b) maintenance performed on the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle; and if he will make a statement. (Hansard 23 Nov 2010, Col.222W)


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02/12/2010
Defence: Procurement

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely proportion of defence contracts to be awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in each year of the Spending Review period. (Hansard 23 Nov 2010, Col.222W)


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02/12/2010
Nuclear Submarines

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the design life, expressed in effective full-power years, is of the PWR2 (a) reactor pressure vessel and (b) nuclear steam raising plant. (Hansard 22 Nov 2010, Col.38W)


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02/12/2010
Nuclear Submarines: Accidents

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what systems there are aboard Astute-class submarines for the avoidance of (a) stationary objects and (b) groundings; (2) what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of sonar equipment on Royal Navy submarines. (Hansard 18 Nov 2010, Col.901W)


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02/12/2010
Strategic Defence and Security Review

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Transport, (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, (c) trade unions and (d) industry bodies on the likely effects of the outcomes of the Strategic Defence and Security Review on civil (i) manufacturing and (ii) transportation. (Hansard 17 Nov 2010, Col.793W)


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02/12/2010
Nuclear Submarines

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which submarine operational berths have been assessed by the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator as being in full compliance with the requirements of the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001; (2) whether his Department has conducted COSYMA modelling of the consequences of a release of radioactivity from a nuclear submarine berthed in Southampton; and what estimate his Department has made of the costs to the public purse of the emergency management and remedial actions which would be required in the event of an accident resulting in the release of radioactivity from a nuclear-powered submarine berthed at the Southampton operational berth; (3) what mechanisms are in place to ensure that Royal Navy Fleet Command recognises the authority of the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator to (a) regulate submarine operations and (b) ensure compliance with its recommendations; (4) by what date he expects each submarine operational berth assessed by the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator as not in full compliance with the requirements of the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2001 to be brought into full compliance with these regulations; (5) whether the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (NII) was consulted on the recent emergency berthing of HMS Astute at the Loch Ewe operational berth; and under what conditions the NII permitted the berth to be used as an unlicensed emergency berth. (Hansard16 Nov 2010, Col.734W)


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02/12/2010
Warships

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the First Sea Lord on the Royal Navy's capacity to fulfil current commitments with a surface fleet of 19 ships. (Hansard 15 Nov 2010, Col.565W)


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