def051220 - No. 14

Session 2005-06, 20 December 2005

Evidence Sessions

Evidence Sessions


The Defence Committee will be taking evidence from the Met Office, in Exeter, on Monday 13 February.

This will be a scrutiny session on the Met Office's work, as part of the Committee's programme of scrutiny of the Ministry of Defence’s Agencies.

The Committee would welcome written evidence on the Met Office’s work in advance of this evidence session.  These should be sent to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Friday 3 February. 


The Defence Committee will be taking evidence from Bill Jeffrey CB, the new Permanent Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, on Tuesday 24 January  at 10.45 am.  This session will take place at Westminster.

This evidence session will focus on MoD’s Annual Report and Accounts 2004/05 and the Government’s Expenditure Plans 2005-06 to 2007-08.

Anyone wishing to draw the Committee's attention to aspects of MoD’s performance in advance of the evidence session should write to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Tuesday 17 January. 


1. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Chairman), Mr David S Borrow MP, Mr Colin Breed MP, Derek Conway MP, Mr David Crausby MP, Linda Gilroy MP, Mr David Hamilton MP, Mr Mike Hancock MP, Mr Dai Havard MP, Mr Brian Jenkins MP, Mr Kevan Jones MP, Robert Key MP, John Smith MP, Mr Desmond Swayne MP

2. News Release: No. 14

3. The Met Office is a Trading Fund within the Ministry of Defence.  Information about its work can be found at

4. The Ministry of Defence’s Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05 was published on 28 October 2005 as House of Commons Paper No. 464.  It is available at

MoD’s Expenditure Plans 2005-06 to 2007-08 (Cm6532) are available at


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