HL Deb 10 May 1999 vol 600 cc127-8WA
Lord Christopher

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have for the merger of the Military Survey and Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre, JARIC, Defence Agencies. [HL2409]

Lord Gilbert:

The case for merging the Military Survey and JARIC Defence Agencies into a single agency was considered under the Strategic Defence Review. The study, which was completed in September 1998, concluded that there were a number of drivers, mainly in the medium to long term, recommending the merger of Military Survey and JARIC. These would secure improved operational effectiveness and better service to defence. Early implementation of a merger was recommended.

Following full consultation we have asked the Director General of Intelligence and Geographic Resources to proceed with the implementation of a single agency to be launched in April 2000. The post of chief executive, designate, of the new agency has been filled by internal competition. Colonel Peter Walker OBE has been appointed. On promotion to brigadier he will lead an implementation team which will be established shortly before he assumes his chief executive role in April 2000.