Lords to Quiz Gerald Howarth on EU Military Capabilities

17 January 2012


Minister for International Security, Gerald Howarth MP, will this week give evidence to the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy as they consider the military capabilities available to the EU.

The future of the EU’s military capability is increasingly important as Member States reduce their own military spending at the same time as the US also reduces defence spending and refocuses its priorities on the Asia Pacific region.

The evidence session is the last of the Committee’s inquiry and they will quiz Mr Howarth on the Government’s position on increased pooling of military resources with other EU Member States and how Member States can develop their military capabilities to meet current rather than Cold War priorities.

The evidence session will start at 10:05am on Thursday 19 January in Committee Room 2A of the House of Lords.

Notes to Editors

1. The evidence session is open to the public. If you wish to attend you should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and allow time for security screening.

2. You can watch the session live on the internet at www.parliamentlive.tv

3. The Committee have been investigating the military capabilities available to the European Union since October and are expected to publish their report in February.

4. For more information on the Lords European Union Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs please see www.parliament.uk/hleuc

5. The Committee is chaired by Lord Teverson to arrange interviews or for other media activity please contact Owen Williams on 020 7219 8659.

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