Defence Committee

21 June 2006

Attn: [ News Desks / Forward Planning /

Political / Defence Correspondents ]


The House of Commons Defence Committee's annual inquiry into defence procurement will this year focus on smaller-sized projects.

The largest defence equipment projects are examined on a regular basis by the Defence Committee, and by the National Audit Office in its annual Major Projects Report. The focus of the Committee's inquiry this year is the progress of the smaller-sized defence equipment projects that have not been subject to regular scrutiny. The Committee is examining four projects, each with a forecast cost of between £50 million - £100 million:

€ General Service Respirator

€ ASUW Littoral Defensive Anti Surface Warfare

€ Maritime Composite Training System Phase 1

€ Thermal Sighting System for the Self Propelled High Velocity Missile Weapon System

Oral evidence: Tuesday 27 June

The Committee is holding an oral evidence session on 27 June with the MoD officials responsible for overseeing these four projects. At 10.30 am in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House (room subject to change) oral evidence will be taken from the MoD officials responsible for overseeing these four projects.

€ Dr Iain Watson, Operations Director for Information Superiority

€ Dr Andrew Tyler, Director, Land and Maritime

€ Mr Jonathan Lyle, Director, Air and Weapons Systems

A further oral evidence session is to be held on 17 October with the Chief of Defence Procurement, head of the Defence Procurement Agency (DPA). At this session, the Committee will also examine the DPA's performance against its Key Targets.

Written evidence

The Committee would welcome evidence on the matters being examined. This should be sent to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Friday 8 September 2006.


1. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Chairman), Mr David S Borrow MP, Mr David Crausby MP, Linda Gilroy MP, Mr David Hamilton MP, Mr Mike Hancock MP, Mr Dai Havard MP, Mr Adam Holloway MP, Mr Brian Jenkins MP, Mr Kevan Jones MP, Robert Key MP, Mr Mark Lancaster MP, Willie Rennie MP, John Smith MP

2. News Release: No. 51


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