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Ministry of Defence: Chief Scientific Advisers

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many meetings he had with his Department’s Chief Scientific Adviser from 1 June to 31 August 2019.

Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Between 1 June 2019 and 31 August 2019 - there have been no meetings between the Secretary of State for Defence and the Department's Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA).

The CSA oversees a network of Scientific Advisers deployed in Front Line Commands and across Defence, providing scientific advice at all levels. Additionally, CSA is a member of the top-level governance groups in the Ministry of Defence such as the Investment Approvals Board and Executive Committee. As such, there are many opportunities to ensure advice to Ministers has benefited from scientific advice in addition to 1:1 meetings between the CSA and Ministers.

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