§ Lord Astor of Hever
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What technologies in the defence industry are considered to be critical to national security or imperative for defence capability. [HL2996]9WA
§ Lord Bach
The Government's defence industrial policy, published in October 2002, is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness and sustainability of the UK defence industry, while continuing to provide the Armed Forces with high quality equipment at best value for money. There are a very small number of capabilities which for national security reasons we place a high priority on retaining within the United Kingdom industrial base. Examples exist in the fields of nuclear technology, defence against biological, chemical and radiological warfare, and some counter-terrorist capabilities.