§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the reasons for the change of name of Millbank Technical Services Limited; and why control of the new company is being removed from the Crown Agents.
§ Dr. Gilbert:
The name of Millbank Technical Services Limited was changed to International Military Services Limited (IMS) to reflect more accurately the nature of its business and myrighthon. Friend's responsibility for it. As announced in myrighthon. Friend's reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Dearne Valley (Mr. Wainwright) on 29th March 1977—[Vol. 929, c. 105]—he assumed responsibility for the defence activities of the company because, with the passage of time, it had come to provide most of its services in the field of defence exports. The shares are to be transferred to myrighthon. Friend as non-defence activities of IMS, for which the company has been responsible to the Crown Agents, have been virtually completed.