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Defence and Security Organisation

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what the role of the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation is in promoting arms sales; and if he will make a statement. (309359)

UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Organisation (UKTI DSO) was created in UKTI in April 2008 when the lead for supporting UK industry manufacturing defence goods for export was transferred from the Ministry of Defence to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

UKTI DSO delivers the essential government-to-government dimension in sales providing assistance to defence and security companies based in the UK to promote UK equipment, products and services overseas in a responsible and transparent manner, to help companies succeed.

The defence and security sectors are important elements of the UK economy, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and contributing billions of pounds annually in exports. UK was the second most successful defence global exporter in 2008 and is recognised as a world leader in the security field.