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Defence: Technology

Volume 708: debated on Thursday 26 February 2009


My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Quentin Davies) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The Ministry of Defence has today published the Defence Technology Plan (DTP) on the website. This is a cost-balanced expression of research priorities for the MoD that takes forward the Defence Technology Strategy (DTS), published in October 2006. The DTP provides clear direction to the R&D community on current priorities for investment in defence technology and seeks fresh, innovative thinking.

The DTP has a dynamic online format, allowing regular updates when necessary. The publication of the DTP completes a suite of MoD strategies and policies that now form MoD’s Innovation Procurement Plan. As part of the commitments set out in the “Innovation Nation” White Paper, published in March 2008, the MoD’s Innovation Procurement Plan explains the hierarchy and roles of MoD’s existing documents that describe our approach to innovation:

the Defence Industrial Strategy;

the Defence Technology Strategy;

the Innovation Strategy; and

Technology Partnership in Defence.