Def061108 - No 78

Session 2005-06, 8 November 2006

Operational Note


Operational Note

INQUIRIES ON THE DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY AND AN UPDATE ON THE DEFENCE INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

DSTL INQUIRY

On 7 September 2006, the Defence Committee announced that it was undertaking an inquiry into the work of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).

The oral evidence session for this inquiry is on Tuesday 28 November. The witnesses are DSTL management followed by the Ministry of Defence’s Chief Scientific Adviser.

DSTL:

  • Ms Frances Saunders, DSTL Chief Executive

  • Mr Peter Starkey, Future Business Director

  • Mr Mark Hone, Finance Director

At 11.30 am

Ministry of Defence:

  • Sir Roy Anderson, Chief Scientific Adviser

  • Mr Trevor Woolley, Finance Director

  • Mr Mark Preston, Director of Business Delivery

  • Dr Paul Hollinshead, Director Science & Technology Policy

The Committee had sought written evidence by Friday 10 November. The deadline for written evidence has been extended until Friday 17 November.

DIS UPDATE

On 14 July 2006, the Defence Committee announced that it was undertaking an inquiry into the progress made in implementing the DIS and the extent to which the expected benefits were being delivered.

The DIS was published on 15 December 2005, and the Committee published its report on 10 May 2006 (Committee's Seventh Report of Session 2005-06 (HC 824).

The oral evidence session for this inquiry is on Tuesday 19 December with Lord Drayson, Minister for Defence Procurement.

The Committee had sought written evidence by Friday 17 November. The deadline for written evidence has been extended until Friday 1 December.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Chairman), Mr David S Borrow MP, Mr David Crausby MP, Linda Gilroy MP, Mr David Hamilton MP, Mr Mike Hancock MP, Mr Dai Havard MP, Mr Adam Holloway MP, Mr Brian Jenkins MP, Mr Kevan Jones MP, Robert Key MP, Mr Mark Lancaster MP, Willie Rennie MP, John Smith MP

2. News Release: No. 78

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