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Executive Agencies

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence who the chief executive officer is of the (a) Defence Diversification Agency, (b) Defence Evaluation and Research Agency and (c) Veterans Agency. [112701]

The Director General of the Defence Diversification Agency is Professor Damien G. McDonnell BSc PhD DSc CPhys FinstP QBE. He does not have the title chief executive since the Defence Diversification Agency is part of the Ministry of Defence head office and not a Defence agency.The Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) no longer exists. On 1 July 2001, two new organisations, QinetiQ pic and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, a trading fund, were formed from DERA. The chief executive officer of QinetiQ is Sir John Chisholm MA FR Eng, and the chief executive of DSTL is Mr. Martin Earwicker.The chief executive of the Veterans Agency is Mr. Alan Burnham.