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UK Trade and Investment: Public Appointments

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform who sits on the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation's (a) Defence Advisory Group and (b) Security Advisory Group; what companies or interests each represent; and how long their appointments last. (227138)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 293W.

Sir Kevin Tebbit, chairman of Finmeccanica UK, has now been formally selected as chairman of the Defence Advisory Group and will serve for three years. The process to select a chairman of the Security Sector Advisory Group has begun. 13 members have been selected, on the basis of the expertise that they personally bring to speak with authority and experience of security exports, and they will serve for two years as do members of other UKTI advisory groups. Information on individual members of the security group is considered to be personal information, and is withheld for that reason.