Draft Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Trading Fund Order 2001

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Mr. Howarth: Will the Minister consider giving us a list of what the Department deems to be strategic assets?

Dr. Moonie: I cannot do that today, but I shall find out whether it is possible and write to the hon. Gentleman.

I have probably covered most of the ground. The issue is complex—

Mr. Howarth: The Minister has been kind in trying to answer our questions, but I also referred to the United States and if the Minister has a note on that, I should be grateful to know what it says.

Dr. Moonie: Having turned over to the last page, I discovered that that was my final point.

United States support is necessary because of its heavy involvement in the split of personnel, information technology and intellectual property. It has been informed of what we are doing and is content with it. Much United States work is done with contractors, which are happy with the split between DSTL and NewDERA.

On JOUST, the reason for the sensitivity is that it uses intelligence data, but the JOUST programme was developed by DERA.

On the future of large research projects, there is no doubt that however much we may dislike collaboration, we have no alternative, as I am sure the Committee accepts. It is unthinkable that we could develop aircraft alone. We could develop the concepts, but to proceed to full commercial development requires collaboration.

I have come to the end of my comments. We have given the subject as full an airing as possible in the time allowed.

Question put and agreed to.


    That the Committee has considered the draft Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Trading Fund Order 2001.

        Committee rose at twenty-one minutes past Eleven o'clock.

The following Members attended the Committee:
Stevenson, Mr. George (Chairman)
Barron, Mr.
Campbell, Mr. Alan
Clelland, Mr.
Dawson, Mr.
Foster, Mr. Michael J.
Howarth, Mr. Gerald
Key, Mr.
Merron, Gillian
Moonie, Dr.
Randall, Mr.

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