§ Mr. Colvin
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to introduce new standard intellectual property rights arrangements to allow fair competition for Ministry of Defence contracts under the competing for quality policy. 
§ Mr. Arbuthnot
Negotiations with industry on a new intellectual property rights protocol to encourage fair competition for contracts under the Department's competing for quality programme have been concluded satisfactorily. The new arrangements will begin to be put in place over the coming months.