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Smith Institute

Volume 458: debated on Tuesday 13 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much money from the public purse (a) his Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made. (123105)

No payments have been made by the Defence Bills Agency (DBA) or the Ministry of Defence’s Trading Funds to the Smith Institute or SI Events.

A small percentage of MOD’s contract payments are not made by the DBA or Trading Funds, but are made locally against contracts placed on behalf of other Government Departments, joint venture and NATO contracts and contracts placed through collaborative projects. However, this information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.