Read transcripts of debates in both Houses
Produced by Commons Library, Lords Library and Parliamentary Office Science and Technology
Search for Members by name, postcode, constituency and party
Learn about their experience, knowledge and interests
Celebrating people who have made Parliament a positive, inclusive working environment
Four staff networks for people to discuss and consider issues.
2018 marks 100 years since some women, and all men, could vote. Find out how you can join in
Sign up for the Your Parliament newsletter to find out how you can get involved
Take a tour of Parliament and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea by the River Thames
See some of the sights you’ll encounter on a tour of Parliament
Book a school visit, classroom workshop or teacher-training session
Access videos, worksheets, lesson plans and games
Oral evidence in progress.
On 25 January the Defence Secretary made a statement to the House of Commons announcing that the Defence strand of the ongoing National Security Capability Review (NSCR) was being separated, and that a new Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) would take its place. The rationale of the MDP remains that the threats facing the UK have become more “complex and intertwined”. Unlike the NSCR, the Secretary of State indicated that he did not intend for the MDP to be a fiscally neutral exercise.
The MDP will be made up of four strands, three of which will look at organisation, efficiency management and business and commercial practices in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), and a fourth focusing on capability and force structure. The department’s intention is to publish the review before the House of Commons rises for its summer recess in late July. The Committee is seeking to take evidence in order to lay out its priorities and expectations ahead of the MDP reporting.
Evidence given by Sir Mark Sedwill KCMG, National Security Adviser
There are currently no public meetings scheduled.
Defence Committee report says programme must address the challenges presented by resurgence of state-based threats