HC Deb 26 May 2004 vol 421 c1691W
Mr. Gerald Howarth

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to what extent the Defence Scientific and Technology Laboratory plans to increase its revenue from sources other than Government departments. [169389]

Mr. Ingram

The Defence Scientific and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) currently has no plans for increasing the revenue it receives from sources outside the public sector, except in the area of IPR exploitation, where it generates revenue through the setting up of joint ventures and the licensing of IPR from defence technology. In this role, Dstl, as a Public Sector Research Establishment, complies with the recommendations of the Baker Report in that it takes opportunities to protect, license and otherwise exploit the IPR generated from public funds for the wider benefit of the United Kingdom.