National security concerns lay behind the establishment eight years ago of on ‘oversight board’ to monitor the security of Huawei-supplied equipment in UK communications networks. More recently, the UK Government’s white paper on National Security and Investment, published in July, has set out new processes for dealing with national security risks of particular investments in UK companies, assets, intellectual property or technologies.
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Focus of the meeting
In this one-off evidence session, the day before the consultation on the white paper closes, the Joint Committee will take evidence from industry, experts and Government officials to scrutinise the Government’s approach to combatting those risks.
Likely topics for discussion include: the nature of the technological, economic and geopolitical changes driving the Government’s proposals; the sorts of companies, technologies and sectors being targeted in the proposals; the level of foreign ownership or control of UK assets that entail a security risk; which counties present an ‘acquirer risk’; how national security will be balanced with the need to safeguard investment in the UK economy; and any challenges industry will have with the new systems.
Monday 15 October, Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
- Professor Alan Woodward, Centre for Cyber Security (University of Surrey);
- Ollie Welch, Head of Defence/Aerospace and Security Policy, EEF
- Tim Jarvis, Director in Consumer and Competition Policy, BEIS;
- Paul McCloghrie, Deputy Director (National Risks and Infrastructure), Civil Contingencies Secretariat, National Security Secretariat, Cabinet Office
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