§ 30. Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for defence diversification. 
§ Mr. Spellar
We published a Green Paper setting out our proposals on defence diversification on 5 March These are based on developing the role of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency in promoting the wider application of defence technology for civil use, as we promised in our election manifesto. We have invited comments from all interested parties, by 8 May, before a final decision is taken on the way ahead.