Monday, 3 July 2000
The House met at half-past Two o'clock
[MADAM SPEAKER in the Chair]
The Secretary of State was asked—
How many British troops are deployed in Sierra Leone. 
What progress is being made in achieving the target for disposal of surplus assets contained in the strategic defence review. 
If he will make a statement on the Medicine Man exercises which will take place this year at the British Army training unit, Suffield. 
How many Army personnel are deployed overseas. 
Which RAF aircraft are armed with cannon; and if he will make a statement. 
How much funding his Department has allocated to naval operations this year. 
When he will make a statement on compensation for former British prisoners of war held by the Japanese. 
How many extra personnel the Government aim to recruit to the defence medical services over the next three years. 
What the current strength is of the Territorial Army. 
What progress he has made in the procurement of (a) new aircraft carriers and (b) future carrier-borne aircraft. 
On a point of order, Madam Speaker. Have you received a request from a Minister in the Foreign Office to be allowed to give the Government's response to the recent news of the conviction of 10...
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Motion made, and Question put forthwith, pursuant to Standing Order No. 118(6) (Standing Committees on Delegated Legislation),
That the draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2000, which was laid before this House on 8th June, be approved.—[Mr. Touhig.]
That the Stakeholder Pension Scheme Regulations 2000 be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.—[Mr. Touhig.]
Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Touhig.]
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