Defence Science and Technology: Covid-19

Defence – in the House of Commons on 6th July 2020.

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Photo of Ben Spencer Ben Spencer Conservative, Runnymede and Weybridge

What steps Defence Science and Technology is taking to help tackle the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Defence Science and Technology is drawing on its unique range of specialist skills to support the covid response, including assistance on testing laboratories, statistical analysis, modelling support, decontamination trials, and experiments to understand how the virus survives in the atmosphere and on different surfaces.

Photo of Ben Spencer Ben Spencer Conservative, Runnymede and Weybridge

Covid is certainly just one of many emerging threats that we have faced and will yet face as a nation, including other possible pandemics and unconventional warfare such as cyber-attacks. Can the Minister assure me that, in order ensure that we can continue to rise to whatever challenges the future may yet hold, Defence Science and Technology will have the investment and support that it needs to remain the envy of the world?

Photo of Jeremy Quin Jeremy Quin The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory—through covid, through its response to the outrageous attack in Salisbury and in countless other ways—has shown its value to the country, and that is also recognised by our international partners. I assure my hon. Friend that we will continue to invest to meet the threats of the future.