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Departments: Sovereign Strategy

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department held with Sovereign Strategy in each year between 1997 and 2006. (136866)

There were no departmental meetings between Defence Ministers and Sovereign Strategy between 1997 and 2006, although the Minister for Europe, my right hon. Friend the Member for Ashfield (Mr. Hoon) met Alan Donnelly, Executive Chairman of Sovereign Strategy, on a number of occasions as they have been personal friends for a number of years. Also Ivor Caplin, a previous Defence Minister, met Alan Davidson, an Assistant Director of Sovereign Strategy, in a private capacity on 25 November 2004.

Specific data on the number of meetings between MOD officials and Sovereign Strategy are not held centrally within the Department and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.