Defence Committee Press Notice

Session 2008-09, 22 July 2009



The Defence Committee is undertaking an inquiry to examine aspects of the MoD’s Defence Equipment programme.  It expects to follow up areas of weakness and poor performance identified in its last Report, Defence Equipment 2009 (HC 107), which was published earlier this Session.  The Committee intends to focus on armoured vehicles and the future of the FRES (Future Rapid Effect System) programme, strategic air-lift and maritime capability.

The Committee would welcome written evidence to the inquiry on these or any other issues related to defence equipment.  Written evidence should be sent to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Friday 13 November 2009

Evidence sessions

The Defence Committee is planning to hold at least three evidence sessions in December 2009 with the Chief of Defence Materiel, with representatives from the Defence Industries and with the Ministers for Defence Equipment and Support and Strategic Defence Acquisition Reform. These sessions will all take place at the House of Commons.  More detail on these sessions will be announced in the early Autumn.

Those wishing to attend the meetings should check the exact venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information Office on 020 7219 4272 on the day before the hearing.



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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