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Re: Latest Project Condign Parliamentary Question

From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 16:17:05 +0100
Fwd Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 11:50:20 -0400
Subject: Re: Latest Project Condign Parliamentary Question

>From: Joe (ntl:) McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2007 09:51:07 +0100
>Subject: Re: Latest Project Condign Parliamentary Question


In the absence of any informative response from our esteemed MoD
Expert, here is my take on it:

>Given your expert knowledge of defence matters in the UK, do you
>have any idea why Norman Baker would specifically ask this
>question of the Defence and Overseas Secretariat, or why he
>might have expected them to have received a copy of the Condign

It is my very amateur opinion that this was due to an elementary
mistake - the question should have been in relation to the
Directorate of Air Staff (DAS) rather than the Defence and
Overseas Secretariat (DOS). I called Norman Baker's Parliamentary
office shortly after the question was tabled, but was assured
that the question was correctly addressed. It will be interesting
to see if it re-tabled with a redirection to DAS.

The description of DOS can be found at:


and it appears to be a cross-ministry quango. I can think of no
good reason for them to have received a copy of the Condign
report. On the other hand, since DAS was the publicly
acknowledged focal point for matters involving UFOs, there would
be every reason to expect them to have received a copy.

It is also worth mention that the question was originally
directed to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister's office then
delegated the question to the "Chancellor of the Duchy of
Lancaster" which I find confusing. The current incumbent of that
position is Hilary Armstrong MP, and a description of the role
of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster can be found at her
web site at:


Where it states:

".....As part of Hilary Armstrong's brief she has been given
responsibility to oversee the government's drive against social
exclusion and relationship with the Third Sector."

This may provide a clue as to why she was asked to respond to
Baker's question - perhaps she is also overseeing issues about
social exclusion relating to aliens from Mars Sector 6!

>What is the significance of this question and it's response?

I think it's only significance is as an example of a
bureaucratic cock-up on a scale which only governments and civil
servants can achieve. It's a pity that no expert opinion on this
was forthcoming though.



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