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02 Nov 11. Defence Committee. Select Committee ORAL EVIDENCE: Developing Threats to Electronic Infrastructure, Wednesday 9 November 2011.
Wilson Room, Portcullis House (room subject to change)
Witnesses: At 10.30 am
* Avi Schnurr, Chairman and CEO, EIS Council
* Chris Train, Network Operations Director, National Grid
* Professor Richard Horne, British Antarctic Survey
* Dr David Kerridge, British Geological Society
At 11.30 am (approximately)
* Nick Harvey MP, Minister for the Armed Forces
* David Ferbrache, Head of Cyber and Influence, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Ministry of Defence
* Charles Hendry MP, Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change
* John Tesh, Deputy Director, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office

Nov 11. Committee Hearings: Electronic Infrastructure. The Science & Technology Committee and the Defence Committee are both meeting in Portcullis House on Wed 9 Nov 11. The former Committee is taking evidence on Malware and Cyber-crime at 09.15 hours and the latter Committee has hearings on Developing Threats to Electronic Infrastructure at 10.30 and 11.30 hours. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/43, 07 Nov 11)

House of Lords Written Answers for Tuesday 1st November 2011

Arms Exports

Question

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions on (a) export control policy, and (b) re-export control policy, have taken place at the European Union Council Working Group on Conventional Arms Exports during each of the last six months; with whom; whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of (1) the agenda, and (2) the minutes, of any such meetings; who represented the United Kingdom at any such meetings; and what meetings are planned during each of the next six months.

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): I refer my noble friend to the answer given by my noble friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Baroness Wilcox, on 13 July 2011. The agenda and minutes of meetings of the European Union Council Working Group on Conventional Arms Exports (COARM) are not made publicly available and are restricted in order to enable full and frank discussion of export control policy issues by the representatives of EU member states. The United Kingdom is represented at COARM meetings by an official from the Counter Proliferation Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The dates for COARM meetings in 2012 have not been set, but meetings are planned for 11 November and 8 December this year.

House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for Thursday 3rd November 2011

European Fighter Aircraft

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, column 872W, on the European Fighter Aircraft, what estimate he has made of the cost of the flying time from (a) RAF Leuchars and (b) RAF Lossiemouth for each range complex.

Peter Luff [holding answer 31 October 2011]: Flying time between bases and range or training areas can vary according to the training activities pursued in transit. However, the investment appraisal of basing the Typhoon Fleet at Lossiemouth allowed an additional 300 flying hours a year for each RAF Lossiemouth based Typhoon Squadron at an annual cost of £3.4 million per squadron. This was in recognition of the additional transit times to ranges and training areas compared to RAF Leuchars.
I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer the Minister for the Armed Forces, my hon. Friend the Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey), gave on 5 September 2011, Official Report, columns 84-85W. It was judged that these and other costs associated with relocating the Leuchars Typhoon at RAF Lossiemouth were outweighed by wider savings and other benefits to defence.

House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for Wednesday 2nd November 2011

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