§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the National Defence Industries Council last met; who was present; and what topics were discussed. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
The National Defence Industries Council last met on 23 November 1995. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence chaired the 431W meeting, which was attended by Ministers and officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Trade and Industry and senior figures in the United Kingdom defence industry. The council discussed current topics in the field of defence procurement and the defence industry.