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Mr David Hart

Volume 264: debated on Thursday 19 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date he appointed Mr. David Hart as his independent advisor. [37888]

I invited Mr. Hart to continue as an unpaid independent adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence when I took up my appointment.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what current procurement contracts Mr. David Hart provides advice. [37887]

Mr. David Hart is currently providing advice to me on the following equipment projects

  • EF 2000
  • ASTOR
  • Phoneix
  • Tornado F3 upgrade
  • Long Range Conventionally Armed Stand Off Missile

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if Mr. David Hart provides advice on procurement decisions. [37803]

I have invited Mr. Hart to provide advice on a small number of procurement issues.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when Mr. David Hart was given security clearance for work in his Department; if he holds a Ministry of Defence pass; and what access he has to classified MOD papers. [37801]

Following his appointment as an unpaid independent adviser by the former Secretary of State for Defence, Mr. Hart was subject to the checks necessary to permit him to have, from time to time, access to classified information. He holds a Ministry of Defence pass.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if Mr. David Hart has (a) an office and (b) a secretary within his Department's main building. [37891]

No. The limited administrative support so far required to enable him to fulfil his role has been provided on a "de minimis" basis.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assurances have been requested from Mr. David Hart concerning his access to confidential information relating to the British defence industry. [37886]

Mr. Hart fully accepts his duty to the Crown to safeguard all information, documents, or other articles given to him by the MOD; and knows that, like any other individual, he is subject to provisions of the Official Secrets Act 1989. In addition, he owes me a personal duty of confidence.Mr. Hart also knows that he must declare any conflict between his private interests and his role as my independent adviser, so that I could then decide how to proceed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what capacity Mr. David Hart attends departmental meetings. [37802]

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with Mr. David Hart concerning the situation in the former Yugoslavia. [37892]

I have discussed various aspects of the situation in the former Yugoslavia with Mr. Hart.

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