Supplementary answers from the Ministry
of Defence to questions following the oral evidence session (30
Q1: In what circumstances
would the UK's annual report on Strategic Exports include (a)
transfers from the UK to its Framework Agreement partners, and
(b) exports to third party countries (by other Framework Agreement
partners) of equipment which subsumes components or sub-systems
provided by the UK [QQ 42-43]?
A1: The UK's Annual Report on Strategic
Exports will record all new licences issued for the transfer of
military goods from the UK to its partners in the Framework Agreement,
including licences issued for the transfer of components and/or
sub-systems provided for incorporation into defence equipment
for onward export by a partner to third party countries. The Annual
Report does not provide details of defence exports from other
Q2: What arrangements will there be to make
export destination lists transparent to the parties to the Framework
Agreement, and to Parliament [QQ 44-48]?
A2: Discussions are continuing on the appropriate
level of transparency to be given to export destination lists.
Export destination lists contain potential export opportunities
identified by defence companies involved in armaments programmes
and are, therefore, commercially sensitive. As far as the Government
is aware, no Party to the Agreement publishes its advice to defence
companies on potential export destinations in advance of the relevant
export licence applications being submitted. This practice is
also in keeping with representations received from British trade
Q3: Does the MoD have a definitive list of
areas with which it anticipates that the UK has most to gain from
collaboration research [QQ 71-72]?
A3: MoD does not have a definitive list
of areas where it has the most to gain from international research
collaboration given that such a list would quickly become outdated
as a result of rapid development in technology. Our current practice
is to seek out research programmes that can be carried out more
efficiently through co-operation on a case-by-case basis. The
Framework Agreement gives us the possibility by exchanging more
detailed planning information to find more opportunities through
a more structured approach.
While the Department does not have a definitive
list, it does, however, keep in view a wide range of technological
research in which we excel and where we know that our partners
have similar, or possibly better, expertise. These technologies
include the following:
Energetic Materials and Plasmas.
Structural Materials and Structural
Computer Applications and Information
Design Aspectsplatform weapons.
Photonic/optical Materials and Devices.
Electronic and Electrical devices.
Signature control and Signature Reduction.
Operating Environmental issues.
Communications and CIS Related technologies.
Integration and other Systems Issues.
Guidance and control systems (Weapons
Propulsion and Power plants.
Manufacturing Process/Design tools