DEF 280404 No 21

Defence Procurement

Evidence Session

The Ministry of Defence and the UK's defence industry are set to come under scrutiny as part of a new inquiry into defence procurement.

The Committee will examine the progress of key procurement projects, hearing from senior British defence industrialists as well as the Chief of Defence Procurement and the Minister for Defence Procurement.

In particular the Committee will be examining:

• The UK government's procurement policy;

• The progress made in implementing the Defence Industrial Policy and the extent to which the expected benefits are being delivered; and

• The steps being taken to improve MoD's equipment procurement performance, in particular developments relating to MoD's Smart Acquisition arrangements.

Details of the first evidence session are as follows:

Wednesday 5 May, 1530, Committee Room 15.

Defence Industries Council:

Sir Richard Evans, Chairman BAE Systems (and Chairman, Defence Industries Council);

Nick Prest, Chairman and Chief Executive of Alvis plc (and Vice Chairman, Defence Industries Council);

John Howe, Vice-Chairman Thales-UK; and

Simon Frost, Chairman, Claverham Ltd.

Details of future evidence sessions will be announced in due course.