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Ministerial Corrections

Volume 558: debated on Tuesday 5 February 2013

Ministerial Correction

Tuesday 5 February 2013

Defence

Topical Questions

The following is the answer given by the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, the hon. Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison), to a question from the hon. Member for Central Devon (Mel Stride) during Defence Question Time on 14 January 2013.

My right hon. Friend will be aware of the concern expressed in the recent Defence Committee report on cyber-security in defence. I know that cyber-security is a very sensitive matter, but what can the Minister do to assure the public that we are well and truly on top of it?

The Government will respond to the Select Committee’s report by March, and will take careful note of the issues that it raises. I should point out, however, that way back in 2010 the national security strategy established cyber-security as a tier 1 priority, and that within a very few months it established the national cyber-security programme, which involved expenditure of £650 million over 10 years. I was delighted to note—without being complacent—that the Economist Intelligence Unit recently ranked the UK at No. 1 in terms of preparedness for a cyber attack.

[Official Report, 14 January 2013, Vol. 556, c. 593.]

Letter of correction from Andrew Murrison:

An error has been identified in the oral answer given to the hon. Member for Central Devon (Mel Stride).

The correct answer should have been:

The Government will respond to the Select Committee’s report by March, and will take careful note of the issues that it raises. I should point out, however, that way back in 2010 the national security strategy established cyber-security as a tier 1 priority, and that within a very few months it established the national cyber-security programme, which involved expenditure of £650 million over four years. I was delighted to note—without being complacent—that the Economist Intelligence Unit recently ranked the UK at No. 1 in terms of preparedness for a cyber attack.