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Defence Scientific Advisory Council (Triennial Review)

Volume 580: debated on Monday 12 May 2014

I am today announcing the publication by the Ministry of Defence of the findings of the triennial review of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC). Triennial reviews of non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) are part of the Government’s commitment to ensuring, and improving, the accountability and effectiveness of public bodies.

The DSAC is an advisory NDPB that provides the Secretary of State for Defence with independent expert advice on matters relating to non-nuclear science, technology, engineering, analysis and mathematics.

The review concluded that DSAC provides a valuable source of independent advice across defence and the functions performed are still required. The review recommended that DSAC should be retained as an advisory NDPB and noted that it continues to meet the high standards of governance required.

The review was carried out with the participation of a wide range of internal and external stakeholders and I am grateful to all those who contributed to this triennial review.

The Defence Scientific Advisory Council, triennial review report has been placed in the Library of the House. Copies are available to hon. Members from the Vote Office and to noble Lords from the Printed Paper Office. It is also available at the following link: