HC Deb 28 July 2000 vol 354 c1078W
Mr. Matthew Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times officials in the Communications Electronic Security Group have held meetings with members and officials of the United States Government since 1 January; what were the dates and locations of each meeting; and which United States Government Departments took part in each meeting. [132743]

Mr. Robin Cook

Officials of the Communications-Electronic Security Group (CESG) are in frequent contact with a wide range of US Government officials; most dealings are with direct counterpart organisations and are conducted electronically.

Since 1 January the Director of CESG has attended the following formal meetings: 28–31 January with the US Government's Information Systems Security Organisation (ISSO) in Maryland; 1 February with the US Government's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Maryland; 2–4 May with ISSO in Cheltenham; 17–18 May with ISSO in Maryland and 22–23 May with NIST and ISSO in Maryland.