Defence Committee

Following the Dissolution of Parliament on 12th April, all select committees have ceased to exist unless or until the House renominates them following the election on 6th May. There are no chairs or members of committees. The information on these pages refers to committees and their work before Parliament was dissolved. If there are committee Reports to which Government Responses are outstanding, these may be responded to in the next Parliament.

Welcome to the Defence Committee's website.

We are a Committee of fourteen Members of Parliament, appointed by the House of Commons and drawn from the three largest political parties. Our responsibility is to monitor and to hold to account the Ministry of Defence and its associated public bodies, including the Armed Forces, on behalf of the House of Commons and the people who elect it.

We work principally by undertaking inquiries. We choose our own subjects of inquiry and seek evidence from a wide range of groups and individuals with relevant interests and experience. We then produce a report setting out our findings and making recommendations to the Government. This site contains material relating to the inquiries we have conducted since 1997.

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Reports awaiting Government Response
The contribution of ISTAR to operations
The Defence Committee has published its Report on The contribution of ISTAR to operations, Eighth Report of Session 2009-10, HC 225. See Report and press notice for further details.

The Comprehensive Approach: the point of war is not just to win but to make a better peace
The Defence Committee has published its Report on The Comprehensive Approach: the point of war is not just to win but to make a better peace, Seventh Report of Session 2009-10, HC 224. See Report and press notice for further details.

Ministry of Defence Spring Supplementary Estimates 2009-10: Memoranda
The Defence Committee has received memoranda which covers the Ministry of Defence Spring Supplementary Estimates (SSE) 2009-10.

Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09
The Defence Committee has published its Report on the Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09, Fifth Report of Session 2009-10, HC 52. See Report and press notice for further details.

Helicopter Capability: Government response
The Government has published it's response to the Defence Committee's Eleventh Report of Session 2008-09, as the First Special Report of Session 2009-10, HC 381. See Report for further details.

Defence Equipment 2010
The Defence Committee has published its Report on Defence Equipment 2010, Sixth Report of Session 2009-10, HC 99. See Report and press notice for further details. On the 6 April 2010, the Committee published the Government Response to this Report as the Fourth Special Report of Session 2009-10, HC 516.

Readiness and Recuperation of the Armed Forces: looking towards the Strategic Defence Review
The Defence Committee has published its Report on Readiness and Recuperation of the Armed Forces: looking towards the Strategic Defence Review, Fourth Report of Session 2009-10, HC 53. See Report and press notice for further details. On the 8 April 2010, the Committee published the Government Response to this Report as the Fifth Special Report of Session 2009-10, HC 536.

Afghanistan & the Green Paper
The Defence Committee on 9 February 2010 held a one off evidence session on Afghanistan & the Green Paper, with the Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP, Secretary of State for Defence. See letter from the Chair of the Committee, the Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP to the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP, concerning what the Committee saw while on a recent visit to UK forces in theatre.

National Security and Resilience
The Defence Committee has published its Report on National security and resilience, Third Report of Session 2009-10, HC 149. See Report and press notice for further details. On the 15 March 2010, the Committee published the Government Reponse to this Report as the Second Special Report of Session 2009-10, HC 383.

Ministry of Defence Winter Supplementary Estimate 2009-10
The Defence Committee has published the Ministry of Defence Winter Supplementary Estimate 2009-10, Second Report of Session 2009-10, HC 150. See Report and press notice for further details. On the 17 March 2010, the Committee published the Government Response to this Report as the Third Special Report of Session 2009-10, HC 383.

The Work of the Committee 2008-09
The Defence Committee has published its Report on the Work of the Committee, First Report of Session 2009-10, HC 119. See Report for further details.

Hebrides Range
A memorandum from the Ministry of Defence about the Hebrides Range in response to questions raised following a visit by Robert Key MP in a representative capacity to the Hebrides in October 2009.


Inquiries


Inquiries

UK Defence: commitments and resources
uncorrected transcript - 6 March
uncorrected transcript - 13 March
memoranda




Defence Committee's future programme of evidence




Recent evidence sessions - uncorrected transcripts