Defence Committee

Session 2002-03, 8 May 2003

Press Notice No. 20



Following the pattern of recent years, the Committee has decided again to examine defence procurement issues.  As well as certain specific procurement programmes it intends as part of this year's inquiry to examine the MoD's Defence Industrial Policy, published last October.

Evidence sessions that have so far been scheduled for this inquiry are detailed below. The session with Sir Peter Spencer affords the Committee an opportunity to hear from the MoD's new Chief of Defence Procurement, only three weeks after taking up his new post.

Tuesday 13 May 2003, 3pm:  in Committee Room 16

  • Sir Richard Evans, Chairman of the 'Defence Industries Council' (and also of BAE Systems); Mr Nick Prest, Vice-chairman of the DIC (and chairman and chief executive of Alvis-Vickers); Mr Alex Dorrian, chief executive Thales Defence UK; and Mr Colin Green, president Defence Aerospace in Rolls-Royce.

Wednesday 21 May 2003, 3pm: in Committee Room 16

  • Sir Peter Spencer KCB, Chief of Defence Procurement, Ministry of Defence.

It is advisable to ring the office on 020 7219 5745 a few days in advance of these sessions to check which Committee Rooms will be used.