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Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Page: 8851


(Question No. 893)

Mr Robert asked the Minister for Defence, in writing, on 29 February 2012:

Has he, or his office, requested his department to provide a brief on the Military Off The Shelf options for the Future Submarine Project, if so:

(a) on what date was this request made,

(b) by what date is this brief due,

(c) will the brief be made public, and

(d) on what date will this brief first be considered by the National Security Committee of Cabinet

Mr Stephen Smith: : The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

The Department has provided a range of information to Government on the Future Submarines program over several years, relating to all options, including Military Off The Shelf.

(a) and (b) Not applicable.

(b) Much of the information on the Military Off The Shelf options that has been provided to the Government is commercial-in-confidence and will not be released publicly.

(c) The National Security Committee of Cabinet will consider all options for the Future Submarines Program again at First Pass in 2013 or early 2014.