Committee to take evidence on the Emergency Services Network (ESN)

22 May 2019

PAC is taking evidence on the Emergency Services Network (ESN) from the Home Office Permanent Secretary and other officials today at 2.30pm.

A PAC report in January 2017 concluded that the ESN programme was high-risk with a timetable unlikely to be met. The NAO’s 2019 report found that implementing ESN is now expected to cost £9.3 billion to 2037, an increase of £3.1 billion (49%) from the 2015 business case.

The ESN is the Government’s preferred option to replace the Airwave system as a means of the emergency services communicating between control rooms and the field.

The Committee will have the chance to follow-up on the progress being made with the programme implementation as well as explore concerns over technology and commercial risks and affordability.


Wednesday 22 May 2019, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 2.30pm

  • Sir Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary, Home Office
  • Joanna Davinson, Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer, Home Office
  • Stephen Webb, Senior Responsible Owner, Emergency Services Network, Home Office 

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