HL Deb 26 May 2004 vol 661 c147WA
Lord Astor of Hever

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What mechanisms exist to communicate the deliberations of the Defence Industries Council to the rest of the defence industry, including small and medium-sized enterprises.[HL2994]

Lord Bach

The Defence Industries Council (DIC) is an industry body whose purpose is to represent the interests of the UK defence industry. The DIC is supported by four trade associations—the Society of British Aerospace Companies, Intellect, the Defence Manufacturers Association and the Society of Maritime Industries. The method of communication with its members is a matter for the DIC. The DIC meets formally with the Government at the National Defence Industries Council, which normally meets twice a year.

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