Communiqué: UK-French defence co-operation group: fourth meeting

26 October 2012

The parliamentary working group on defence cooperation between the United Kingdom and France held its 4th meeting at the House of Lords on Thursday 18 October in the presence of:

  • For the Senate: Mr Robert del Picchia and Mr Xavier Pintat.
  • For the National Assembly: Madame Patricia Adam; Mr Jean-David Ciot and  Mr Olivier Audibert Troin
  • For the House of Lords: Lord Teverson, Chairman of the EU Sub-Committee for External Affairs and Lord Foulkes;
  • For the House of Commons: Mr James Arbuthnot, Chair of the Defence Committee and Mr Dai Havard.


The group heard from Rear Admiral Rees Ward, Chief Executive of ADS, which represents the UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space Industries, and from Mr Tom KcKane, Director General Security Policy, and Air Marshal Steve Hillier, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Military Capability), Ministry of Defence.  It also held discussions with the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards.

The group discussed a range of issues but focused on progress in the implementation of the 2010 bilateral defence treaties between France and the United Kingdom, co-operation in the defence industry, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones), missiles, especially anti-ship missiles, cyber security, the forthcoming joint exercise Corsican Lion and the Sahel and Mali. 

The next meeting will take place in Paris in 2013.


French Senate: Olivier Delamare Deboutteville, Clerk of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces Committee,
French National Assembly: François-Xavier Carabelli, Clerk of the Defence Committee,
House of Lords: Kathryn Colvin, Clerk of the EU Sub-Committee for External Relations,
House of Commons: Alda Barry, Clerk of the Defence Committee,

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