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MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

AT 6PM ON THURSDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2017

The following were present:

Mr Peter Watkins (Chairman)                               

Mr Lewis Neal (FCO)

Mr Charlie Edwards (Home Office)                      

Mr Campbell McCafferty (Cabinet Office)

Mr Jonathan Grun, Vice-Chairman  

Ms Laura Adams  

Mr John Battle

 Mr Joe Fay

Mr Charles Garside

Mr James Green 

Mr David Higgerson

Mr Paul Johnson

Mr John McLellan

Mr Ian Murray

Mr Charlie Redmayne

Ms Sarah Whitehead  

Brigadier Geoffrey Dodds                                    Secretary

Air Commodore David Adams                             First Deputy Secretary

Group Captain John Alexander                            Second Deputy Secretary

Lieutenant Colonel John Morrison                       Seconded

1.   There were apologies from Mr Michael Jermey, Mr David Jordan, Mr James MacManus, Mr Owen Meredith, Mr Graeme Biggar (represented by Mr Charlie Edwards), Mr Paddy McGuinness (represented by Mr Campbell McCafferty) and Mr Dominic Wilson.

2.   The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming four new members to the committee and one to the Secretariat; all attending their first meeting.  Lewis Neal had assumed the appointment of Director National Security at the FCO from Jonathan Allen.  Laura Adams, one of the Editorial Directors for News at Archant, nominated by the News Media Association, was replacing Geoff Martin. Ian Murray was the new representative from the Society of Editors having taken over from Bob Satchwell who had stood down due to ill health. Charlie Redmayne from Harper Collins was the new representative of the Book Publishers Association.  The new member of the Secretariat was Group Captain John Alexander who had been appointed in August.

Agenda Item 1 – Minutes of the Meeting held on 11 May 2017

3.   The minutes of the meeting were approved by the Committee as an accurate record.

Agenda Item 2 – Matters Arising from the Previous Meetings

4.   There was one matter arising from the 11 May 2017 meeting:

a.    Para 12: The Secretary would respond to the Law Commission’s consultation paper on the protection of official data by explaining the DSMA System and how it worked (this was to be covered under Item 3).                

Agenda Item 3 – Secretary’s Report

5.   Day-to-Day Business. During the last 6-month period the DSMA Secretariat had received some 92 enquiries and requests for DSMA Notice advice. This was a slightly higher level of activity than in the previous reporting period and closer to the historical average. Most of these requests had been made within the first 3 months, covering the Manchester Arena, London Bridge and Grenfell Tower events. 

6.   DSMA Notices to All Editors. Two advisory notices (general DSMA guidance to all UK editors) had been issued during the period.  Both were issued in connection with the events following the Manchester Arena incident on the evening of 22 May.  The first had been prompted by the screening of video footage on 23 May showing personnel disembarking from a helicopter in the Manchester City Football Stadium.    The second advisory notice had been issued on 25 May following concerns that video footage of an associated bomb disposal operation in Newport had appeared on a private twitter account and was in the process of being sold to a media organisation. In both cases, the purpose had been to remind editors of the provisions of DSMA Notice 3 (Special Forces engaged in counter-terrorist operations including methods, techniques and activities) and DSMA Notice 2 (capabilities, vulnerabilities and technologies used in counter-terrorist weapon systems). The advice had been acted upon in a way which reduced the potential risk to CT operations and capabilities. 

7.   The DSMA System and Application of DSMA Notices.  Shortly after the Grenfell Tower Fire on 14 June, some less well-known media organisations published claims that the Government had ‘slapped a D notice’ on the number of casualties.  Other media organisations requested clarification from the secretariat; and duly published the rebuttal.

8.   Protection of Official Data.  At the Committee’s last meeting, the Secretary had been tasked to respond to the Law Commission’s Consultation paper (Feb 17) to explain the DSMA system and how it worked.  The Law Commission had not yet requested further information.

9.   Promotion of the DSMA Notice System.  During the period the Secretariat had continued to do as much as possible to promote a better understanding of the DSMA Notice System. Six presentations had been completed and a further 7 had been arranged for the coming weeks.

10.   Discussion.  The Chairman and Vice-Chairman thanked the Secretary for his comprehensive report.  The Vice-Chairman highlighted how the Secretary’s actions in relation to the activities following the Manchester bombing had helped corral undue interest. In cases where alleged SF operations were being streamed live on social media, it was generally helpful for the established media to be advised on the implications.  This also helped to distinguish between police and military operations.  The episode had further illustrated the importance of good relations with DSF; he hoped for a more transparent dialogue in future.  All agreed that it had also reaffirmed the utility of the DSMA System and the importance of the Secretariat being proactive where necessary.

11.    On the subject of the Law Commission's consultation on the protection of official date, the Vice-Chairman said that he had engaged with the Commission on behalf of the media Side but had yet to receive a response.

Agenda Item 4 – IICSA – Allegations of the use of D Notices

12.   The Chairman asked the Secretary to introduce this item.  The Secretary said that he had been contacted earlier in the summer to brief and inform a team of inquiry solicitors through the medium of a formal presentation about the DSMA system.  The brief had prompted a further IICSA request for a corporate witness statement which had been delivered on behalf of the Committee to the Inquiry with the aid of a Government Legal Adviser on 20 September.  The Secretary had been advised that it was unlikely that he would be called as a witness and, if he was, it was unlikely to be before March 2019. The Secretary had drafted a statement which would only be issued on behalf of the Committee at the appropriate time; and if deemed necessary.

13.   As part of the process the Secretariat had carried out an extensive search of the MOD and National archives which together contained all the known and extant D, DA and DSMA files and documents from the early 1960s to the present day. Nothing had been found to suggest that the D Notice system had in anyway been involved in covering up child abuse as had been alleged.

14.   Discussion.   The Vice-Chairman thanked the Secretary for the enormous amount of work put in by the Secretariat during the past few months. Although impossible to prove a negative, the Secretariat had done all that was possible.  The Chairman noted that numerous rebuttals had been made by the Secretariat over the years when challenged on involvement in the cover up of alleged child abuse. He hoped that the witness statement would now be treated as the last word.

 Agenda Item 5 – NCSA and NCA – Future involvement in the DSMA System

15.     National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).  Following the NCSC’s timely contribution to the Committee’s meeting in May, the Secretariat had attempted to explore ways in which the DSMA notice system might assist NCSC in its work.  The Secretary had met the Head of Communications and an operations staff officer. The impression given was that NCSC believed it already had close links to the ‘technical media’ and was content to keep it that way for the time being.  There was agreement to meet again within 12 months.

16.    National Crime Agency.  The Secretary said that the Secretariat received requests from time to time for advice in connection with the NCA’s property and assets.  There had been 5 such requests in the last 12 months. Some of these assets were used by other Government agencies/departments in connection with national security operations.  Although the DSMA notice system did not include the NCA’s normal law enforcement activities, it did cover the details of operations, operating methods and techniques used by the NSA in security, intelligence and counter-terrorist operations (DSMA Notice 03).  It also included high security sites associated with the security and intelligence agencies (DSMA Notice 04). In the spirit of these texts, the Secretariat had offered advice on NCA property and assets.  The Secretariat had established a good working relationship with the NCA’s Head of Security.

17.   Discussion.   In relation to the NCSC, the Cabinet Office representative offered to encourage further engagement. The Vice-Chairman said that would be helpful for the Media.

Agenda Item 6 – Any Other Business

18.  There was no other business.  

Farewells

19.  The Chairman offered thanks to Lieutenant Colonel John Morrison who had been seconded to the Secretariat for 2 days a week since March, and was now retiring.

20.   Sadly, Bob Satchwell had stood down from his seat on the Committee on the grounds of ill health. Bob had been a member of the Committee since 2008. He was a staunch defender of press freedom, the DSMA System and the work of the Committee. The Chairman highlighted Bob Satchwell’s deep understanding of the purpose of the Committee and the need to safeguard certain sensitive information concerning national security.

21.   The Vice Chairman echoed the Chairman’s remarks and said that he would pass on his words about Bob Satchwell to the family.  He also expressed the Committee’s sympathy to the family of Robin Esser, who had died earlier in the week, a stalwart member of the Committee over many years.

Next Meeting

22.  The next DSMA Committee Meeting would take place at 1800 on Thursday 17 May 2018. It would be preceded by the Media Side pre-meeting which would begin as usual at 1700.

23. The Chairman concluded the meeting by reminding members that the DSMA Committee Reception would be held on 23 November in Admiralty House from 6.30 – 8.30 pm.

Geoffrey Dodds

                       

Geoffrey Dodds                                                                    19 December 2017

Brigadier

Secretary, DSMA Committee                                                                                                                   

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MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AT 6PM ON THURSDAY 11 MAY 2017

The following were present:

Mr Peter Watkins (Chairman)

Mr Jonathan Allen (FCO)

Mr Graeme Biggar (Home Office)

Mr Paddy McGuinness (Cabinet Office)

Mr Dominic Wilson (MOD)

Mr Jonathan Grun, Vice-Chairman

Mr Joe Fay                                                                        

Mr Charles Garside 

Mr James Green                                                                    

Mr David Higgerson                                                                         

Mr Paul Johnson                                                                         

Mr David Jordan                                                                           

Mr James MacManus

Mr Ian Murray                                                                                  

  

                                                                                                              

Brigadier Geoffrey Dodds                                       Secretary

Air Commodore David Adams                               First Deputy Secretary

Lieutenant Colonel John Morrison                        Secretariat (on secondment)

1.   There were apologies from Laura Adams, Mr John Battle, Mr Michael Jermey, Mr John McLellan, Mr Owen Meredith, Mr Charlie Redmayne, Mr Philip Rutman (represented by Mr Graeme Biggar),  Mr Bob Satchwell (represented by Mr Ian Murray) and Sarah Whitehead.

2.   The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming two new members to the committee.  Joe Fay, Group Editor of the Register, filling a new position, and Laura Adams, one of the Editorial Directors for News at Archant, nominated by the News Media Association to replace Geoff Martin. The Chairman also welcomed Lieutenant Colonel John Morrison who was on a short secondment to the Secretariat.

Agenda Item 1 – Minutes of the Meeting held on 3 November 2016

3.   The minutes of the meeting were approved by the Committee as an accurate record.

Agenda Item 2 – Matters Arising from the Previous Meetings

4.   There were 2 matters arising from the 3 November 2016 meeting:

  1. Para 17: The Second Deputy Secretary would proceed with the restructuring and rationalisation of Notice 3 with the aim of reaching agreement out of committee and ahead of the next meeting (this was to be covered under Item 4).

                             

  1.  Para 25: Work would continue to increase digital representation on the Committee and would be taken forward by the Secretary and First Deputy Secretary (this was to be covered under Item 5).

Agenda Item 3 – Secretary’s Report

5.    The Secretary summarised his report which had been circulated before the meeting.

6.   Day-to-Day Business During the last 6-month period the Secretariat had received 86 enquiries and requests for DSMA Notice advice, averaging about 3.5 per week. This was a higher level of activity than in the previous reporting period (57) and closer to the historical average (118).

7.   DSMA Notice ‘Advisory’ Letters to All Editors. Only one ‘Advisory’ (general DSMA guidance to all UK editors) had been sent out during the period. This had been issued under the ‘old’ DSMA Notice 5 (Personnel and their families who work in sensitive positions) and concerned the identity of a former member of one of the intelligence agencies.

8.   Main Areas of Enquiry. Requests by the media and officials for DSMA Notice advice during the period had been focussed on 4 major areas:

  • The National Intelligence Agencies
  • Special Forces
  • Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Security
  • The DSMA System and Application of DSMA notices

9.    The Intelligence Agencies. Thirty-one of the occurrences and requests for DSMA Notice advice during the period involved the intelligence agencies, almost the same as the total in the previous period. Topics addressed included the naming of present and former agency members (including the one formal Advisory issued during this period).

10.   Special Forces (SF). The last 6 months saw only 14 requests for DSMA advice concerning SF, 18 less than for the previous period.

11.    Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Security.  This period had witnessed significant activity generated by 2 articles published in the Sunday Times on consecutive weekends in late January 2017.  Both articles had concerned the HMS VENGEANCE’s Demonstration and Shake-Down Operation (a live firing of a TRIDENT missile with an inert warhead) in June 2016.  The secretariat had offered advice to the journalist prior to the publication of both articles.

12.    Protection of Official Data.  The Secretary explained that the Secretariat had been asked to contribute to the Law Commission’s consultation work on the Protection of Official Data.  Although the process was focussed purely on legal instruments, there was clearly a potential overlap with the workings of the DSMA Committee.  DSMA system provided effective protection for the State against inadvertent disclosure of material that could cause damage to national security.  The voluntary, non-statutory and independent nature of the system worked well (and frequently) for the overwhelming majority of cases.  The Secretary said he intended to reply to the Commission along these lines.

Discussion

13.   The Chairman and the Chairman of the Media Side both thanked the Secretary for his comprehensive report.  Discussion then focussed on the Law Commission’s work on the Protection of Official Data.  Although the Media Side were keen to work with the Secretary on a response to the Commission, the Official Side felt that it was inappropriate for the Committee to be commenting at this stage; it would be better to wait until the Law Commission made their recommendations.  The Chairman said that this did not preclude the Media Side engaging with the Commission or the Secretary writing to explain the DSMA System.  It was therefore agreed that:

  • The Secretary would write to the Commission explaining the DSMA System and how it worked.

Action: The Secretary

  • The Media Side would be encouraged to engage with the Commission.

Action:  The Chairman of the Media Side

Agenda Item 4 – Review of the DSMA Notices

14.   This work had now been completed.  The website had been updated and a new booklet produced. Posters were also available for display in newsrooms. The Committee reiterated its thanks to the Secretary for the work involved in the review over the past three years.

Secretary’s Note:  The final stage of this process was to make the website device friendly so that the notices can be readily accessed from mobile devices (a journalist’s usual method of access).  The secretariat is currently considering a number of options in conjunction with the MOD’s Technology Manager.

           

Agenda Item 5 – Increasing the digital representation on the DSMA Committee

15.  The two new Media Side members both have extensive experience in the digital publishing industry. The Secretary said that he was still planning to have exploratory meetings with several digital news operators and had some promising leads to follow.

                                                    Action: The Secretary

Agenda Item 6 – Any Other Business

16.  There was no other business.  

Farewells

17.  This was Jonathan Allen’s final meeting before taking up a posting in New York. The Chairman thanked Jonathan Allen for his contribution to the Committee’s work and wished him well in his new appointment.

Next Meeting

18.  The next DSMA Committee Meeting would take place at 1800 on Thursday 9 November 2017. It would be preceded by the Media Side pre-meeting which would begin as usual at 1700.

19.   The meeting would be followed by the Annual Dinner at the RAF club.

Geoffrey Dodds

                       

Geoffrey Dodds                                                                                23 May 2017

Brigadier

Secretary, DSMA Committee                                                                                                                   

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Minutes of a Meeting held on Thursday 3 November 2016 

The following were present:
Mr Peter Watkins (Chairman)
Mr Jonathan Grun, Vice-Chairman
Mr Jonathan Allen (FCO)
Mr Graeme Biggar (Home Office)
Mr Paddy McGuinness (Cabinet Office)
Mr Dominic Wilson (MOD)
Mr John Battle
Mr Charles Garside
Alison Gow
Mr James Green
Mr David Jordan
Ursula Mackenzie
Mr James MacManus
Mr John McLellan
Mr Bob Satchwell
Sarah Whitehead

Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Vallance - Secretary
Air Commodore David Adams - First Deputy Secretary
Brigadier Geoffrey Dodds - Second Deputy Secretary

1. There were apologies from Mr Mark Sedwill (Home Office - represented by Mr Graeme Biggar), Mr David Higgerson (represented by Alison Gow), Mr Michael Jermey, Mr Paul Johnson, Mr Owen Meredith and Mr Charlie Redmayne.

2. The Chairman opened the meeting by saying that this was Andrew Vallance’s last meeting as Secretary after 12 years in the post. He was delighted to announce that Geoffrey Dodds had been appointed as the new Secretary as of 4 November.  Andrew Vallance had kindly offered to stand in as 2nd Deputy Secretary until a new appointment had been made.

AGENDA ITEM 1 - Minutes of the Meeting held on 19 May 2016

3. The minutes of the meeting were approved by the Committee as an accurate record.

AGENDA ITEM 2 - Matters Arising from the Previous Meeting

4. There were 3 matters arising from the 19 May 2016 meeting:

a. Para 20: The Secretary’s Replacement (covered at para 2 above).

b. Para 21: Review of the DSMA Notices (to be covered under Item 4).

c. Para 25:  Digital representation on the Committee (to be covered under Item 5).  

AGENDA ITEM 3 - Secretary's Report

5. Day-to-Day Business. It had been a very quiet 6 months during which the Secretariat had received some 58 enquiries and requests for DSMA Notice advice, averaging less than 3 per week. This was even lower than the previous reporting period in what had been a very quiet 18 months. The reasons for this were open to conjecture. However, one factor may have been that the principal terrorist outrages had been committed in other countries, and that our continuing combat operations (most notably ‘Op Shader’) were largely out of public sight.

6. DSMA Notice ‘Advisory’ Letters to All Editors. No ‘Advisories’ (i.e. general DSMA guidance to all UK editors) had been sent out during this reporting period.

7. Main Areas of Enquiry. In common with recent reporting periods, requests by the media and officials for DSMA Notice advice during the period had focussed on 3 major areas: 

- The National Intelligence Agencies
- The Special Forces
- The DSMA Notice System itself

8. The Intelligence Agencies. Only 8 of the occurrences and requests for DSMA Notice advice during the period involved the intelligence agencies, in comparison with 32 during the previous reporting period, a very sharp decline to far less than the historical average of 47. The ‘naming’ of present and former agency members had also been an issue during the period, as it had been for some years. In most cases of this type the issue was clear cut: only those who were officially avowed should be named by the media. However, 2 of the cases during the reporting period were not straightforward. The first involved the self-naming of a GCHQ senior official through social media, which also led to the inadvertent disclosure of his wife’s name and their address. It had transpired that this self-naming was part of a new GCHQ policy to widen the number of those who were authorised to debate security issues in public. The second unusual ‘naming’ issue to appear during the reporting period was the renewed media interest in a former Metropolitan Police officer, who was now working for one of the Intelligence Agencies. The Secretariat’s advice on this had continued to be that, although the officer in question was a public figure, their current employer and the work in which they were now involved should not be disclosed. That guidance, like that in the other cases, had so far been accepted.

9. Special Forces (SF). The last 6 months had seen 29 occurrences and requests for DSMA advice concerning the SF, about the same as for the previous period. Topics had included alleged SF operations in Libya, special SF equipment, the inadvertent official naming of SF members, photos of alleged UKSF operating in Syria and coverage of the alleged UKSF ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy in Northern Ireland during ‘The Troubles’. In all cases DSMA advice had been accepted. A major feature of this reporting period concerned the series on retired Special Forces personnel televised by Channel 5The Secretariat had learned of this through a media alert and subsequently coordinated actions on it with DSF staff. The producers proved to be a model of responsibility and cooperation. After extensive discussions and the viewing some time before transmission of one of the 4 episodes in the series, the Secretary had seen no DSMA difficulties with it. This case had underlined the importance of the independence of the Committee and its Secretariat and the Secretary’s role as an intermediary and ‘honest broker’.

10. The D/DA/DSMA Notice System Issues. During the last 6 months there had been some 16 enquiries and occurrences about the workings of the DSMA Notice System, little more than half of that for the previous reporting period. As usual, they had come from a variety of sources - the media themselves, officials, academics, fringe organisations and members of the public. They had also covered a wide range of issues, some of which were valid but most spurious. The latter had included an allegation that ‘D-Notices’ had led to the limited media coverage of a contentious report to the European Parliament in 1994 by Winnie Ewing (a prominent Scottish Nationalist and left-winger). Another, in the form of a letter from a Member of Parliament, alleged that DA Notice action had been used to prevent media reporting on Unaoil (an oil company involved in a bribery scandal). A third was a police query as to whether an individual had ‘DA Notice status’ which he had claimed (apparently to frustrate police enquiries), while a fourth – in the form of a batch of 6 ‘Freedom of Information’ requests – had asked whether DA Notices had been used to prevent the reporting of issues related to HM Prisons. In none of these issues had the DSMA Notice System in any way been involved, but each had illustrated how the still widespread ignorance of the System could lead to misconceptions and at times exploitation

11. Miscellaneous Enquiries. The Secretariat had received only 2 enquiries during the period on non-mainstream issues, both of which been outside the boundaries of the DSMA code.

12. Administration and Review Implementation. Although activity in the core business of providing DSMA Notice advice had been relatively low during the reporting period, the Secretariat had continued to deal with a substantial weight of administrative work. Part of this was to complete the implementation of the accepted recommendations of The Independent Review of the DA Notice System and DPBAC. This included the final stages of the redrafting the five standing DSMA Notices (covered in more detail under Item 4) and the continuing efforts to establish contacts with and possible Committee membership from the digital publishing industry (covered in more detail under Item 5). The arrival of the Secretariat’s new PA on 13 September had helped greatly to reduce the administrative load. This was timely, as the period November to April was traditionally the busiest of the year for the Secretariat, due to the need to organise the Autumn Meeting, the Annual Dinner, the Annual Reception, the winter lecture programme and usually a DSMA Committee visit to an agency.

13. Promotion of the DSMA Notice System. One of the consequences of the lack of administrative support in the Secretariat had been a fall in the number of lectures on the DSMA System which the Secretary had been able to give to University Schools of Journalism. During the period the Secretary had briefed the staff of Janes IHS at Coulsdon and the Second Deputy Secretary had given a briefing on the revised DSMA Notices to the Society of Editors during its annual conference in October. A further 8 lectures were in the planning stage for the coming months.

14. Books. During the last 6 months, DSMA Notice advice had been provided on 4 books.

Discussion

15. The Chairman and the Chairman of the Media Side both thanked the Secretary for his comprehensive report.  The Chairman of the Media side echoed and endorsed the comments about the Secretariat’s involvement with Red Planet which had illustrated how useful the system could be in acting as an honest broker in difficult cases.

AGENDA ITEM 4 - Review of the DSMA Notices  

16. The Chairman introduced this item by reminding the Committee about progress so far.  Provisional agreement had been reached at the last meeting on rewording the existing notices. The next step had been to restructure Notices 3, 4 and 5 to eliminate overlap. He then invited the Second Deputy Secretary to bring the Committee up to date.   Notice 3, probably the most complex one was still outstanding. It was still with the Official Side but agreement was close. It would then be circulated to the Media Side with a view to reaching full agreement by the end of the year.

17. The Chairman and the Chairman of the Media Side asked for their thanks to be recorded to Geoffrey Dodds for his work.  The Chairman concluded by saying that once the review had been completed it would still be important for the Committee to take a look at the Notices from time to time to ensure that they remained current and relevant.

ACTION: The Secretary

AGENDA ITEM 5 - Increasing the digital representation on the DSMA Committee

18. The Media Side were keen to make clear that they were all “digital” these days and that what we were seeking was more engagement with the purely digital publishing industry. The First Deputy Secretary reported that progress had been slow given the continuing difficulty in identifying a representative body for the various independent digital news organisations. Attempts had been made and would continue to have discussions with First Draft News, which was a coalition of social media news gatherers.  The representative from Trinity Mirror had produced a list of a very useful potential contacts which the Secretary and First Deputy Secretary planned to pursue in the coming months. It was again acknowledged that the DSMA Committee was not the only organisation trying to tie in some form of representation from the digital publishing industry.

Action: Secretary and First Deputy Secretary
 

AGENDA ITEM 6 – Secretary’s Valedictory

19. The Chairman introduced this item by saying that Andrew Vallance had been Secretary for 12 years during a period of dynamic change and development in the risks and threats to UK national security.  The Secretary’s Valedictory Report had been circulated but the Chairman asked Andrew Vallance to highlight a few key points.

20. The Secretary said that his term had indeed been governed by a period of unprecedented change. He made three specific points:

=   - The greatest change had been in the development of digital news and the 24/7 news cycle.

- His time in office had convinced him that a voluntary system with clearly defined guidelines remained and must be the way forward.

- He had been impressed by the way the members of both the Media and the Government were willing to work together to make this    peculiarly British system work so effectively. 

21. The Chairman of the Media Side asked for the Committee’s wholehearted thanks to Andrew Vallance for his dedicated stewardship over the past 12 years to be recorded. The Official Side expressed the Government’s appreciation for the vital work that Andrew Vallance had done during his tenure to protect the many and varied critical aspects of our national security.

AGENDA ITEM 7 - Any Other Business

22. There was no other business. 

Farewells

23. The other departure from the Committee, apart from the Secretary, was Ursula Mackenzie who represented the Book Publishers’ Association. The Chairman thanked Ursula Mackenzie for the key role she had played during 5 years on the Committee and wished her well for the future.

Next Meeting

24. The next DSMA Committee Meeting would take place at 1800 on Thursday 18 May 2017. It would be preceded by the Media Side pre-meeting which would begin as usual at 1700.


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