Select Committee on Defence Written Evidence

Submission from the CBI

  The CBI is the UK's leading business organisation, speaking for some 240,000 businesses that together employ around a third of the private sector workforce. We welcome the Defence Committee's inquiry into the UK-UK Defence Cooperation Treaty.

  The Treaty's scope is limited and it does not address wider bilateral export control issues; however, it is to be welcomed.

  We understand that the US State Department is shortly to introduce a change in policy whereby sharing data under Technical Assistance Agreements with employees from NATO, EU, Australia, New Zealand and Japan will be automatically approved. We would wish to see this proposed policy relaxation being explicitly applied to data transfers made under the Treaty.

  The CBI has been liaising with the Export Group for Aerospace and Defence (EGAD) and supports their submission.

29 November 2007

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