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Science Advisory Committee on the Medical Implications of Less Lethal Weapons

Volume 712: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

Statement

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

I am pleased to inform the House that a new non-departmental public body (NDPB) has been set up, entitled the Science Advisory Committee on the Medical Implications of Less Lethal Weapons (SACMILL).

Previously SACMILL was a sub-committee of the Defence Science Advisory Council (DSAC), known as DOMILL (DSAC sub-committee on the medical implications of less lethal weapons). DOMILL had become recognised as a valuable and authoritative group on the medical implications of the use of less lethal weapons, providing cross-government advice.

A review by MoD’s Director General Management and Organisation (DGMO) has recommended that DOMILL should become a cross-government NDPB in its own right, sponsored by the Surgeon General. This has placed the group on a permanent footing, allowing it to work with other departments directly rather than through MoD. I will retain oversight on behalf of MoD and will remain informed of the committee’s activities.