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Defence Industry

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department’s areas of responsibility are with regards to (a) the defence industry and (b) the export of weapons. (80260)

The information is as follows:

(a) The Enterprise and Business Group of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is responsible for the Government’s manufacturing strategy. In this role, it promotes the legitimate interests of a wide range of UK businesses including the UK defence industry and its supply chain and also works to secure investment and research and development that bring benefits to the UK economy. It is Government policy, as set out in the Defence Industrial Strategy, for wider industrial factors to be taken into account on major defence equipment procurements and DTI contributes to this industrial analysis.

(b) Separately, the Department discharges the statutory functions vested in the Secretary of State by the ‘Export Control Act 2002’. Principally, this is to process applications for licences to export items whose export is controlled by that Act. This function is carried out by the Export Control and Non-Proliferation directorate, a part of Energy Group.