Quadripartite Committee

Press Notice 02: Evidence Session

15 January 2008

For immediate release
Attn: News Desks
Political, Foreign, Defence, Trade Correspondents


Members from four influential select committees will gather together on Thursday, 17 January at 1430hrs to quiz Des Browne, Secretary of State for Defence, on the Government’s arms export policy.

The Secretary of State for Defence and officials will give evidence to the committees’ inquiry into strategic export controls.

Quad Chairman Roger Berry MP, who also sits on the Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Select Committee, said:

“The Committee is looking forward to taking evidence for the first time from the Secretary of State for Defence.

“This is an excellent opportunity for members of four key committees to scrutinise the Government’s track record on arms export controls and the role the MOD plays in exports.”

The witnesses

Ministry of Defence: Thursday, 17 January at 1430 in Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

Des Browne, MP Secretary of State for Defence
Tony Pawson Head of the Defence Export Services
Desmond Bowen Policy Director

Notes for Editors:

  1. Follow committees and parliamentary debates online: www.parliamentlive.tv
  2. Committee website: www.parliament.uk/quad
  3. The Quadripartite Committee consists of four Committees which meet together to consider the control of strategic exports, including weapons. The Committees involved are: Business, Enterprise and Regulatory, Defence, Foreign Affairs and International Development. The Chairman for these meetings is Roger Berry MP, who is a member of the Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Committee.
  4. The Committee’s main job is to review Government policy on licensing arms exports and licensing decisions.  Each year the Government produces an annual report on Strategic Export Controls which the Committee scrutinizes.
  5. News Release: Quadripartite Committee - No. 2.
  6. For further information contact Alex Paterson, Media Officer, on 020 7219 1589.