Defence Committee

Session 2007-08, 2 April 2008

Announcement of Inquiry

Announcement of Inquiry

Defence Committee inquiry into UK national security and resilience

The House of Commons Defence Committee is today launching an inquiry into UK national security and resilience. Protecting the UK from terrorism and other threats is a critical responsibility of Government, and the Armed Forces play a vital role in delivering the capabilities required for this. Following the publication of The National Security Strategy of the United Kingdom: Security in an interdependent world last month, the Defence Committee will examine how the MoD and the Armed Forces interact with other departments and agencies to ensure the safety and security of the UK.

The inquiry will include the following issues:

  • What contribution the MoD makes to national security and resilience, and what resources are committed to delivering it;
  • What specific capabilities maritime, land and air forces provide for national security and resilience;
  • What the MoD understands to be the nature and scale of the threat to national security, and how it gathers information;
  • How the changing security agenda has affected Defence Planning Assumptions;
  • How the MoD cooperates with other Government departments and agencies both to determine and, when necessary, to deliver the military component of national security, and how that dialogue is organised.

The Committee would welcome written evidence on these matters. This should be sent to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Friday 16 May. The Committee intends to hold oral evidence sessions beginning in June. Further details and witnesses will be announced in due course.


Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to [email protected] The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. Longer documents should include an executive summary.

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.


The Committee was nominated on 13 July 2005. The Defence Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Ministry of Defence and its associated public bodies.


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