def061026 - No. 73

Session 2005-06, 26 October 2006

Announcement of New Inquiry

Announcement of New Inquiry


The Defence Committee will be holding an inquiry into the MoD’s FRES programme to provide the Army with a medium-weight armoured vehicle capability. 

The inquiry will focus on progress in delivering the FRES programme. It will examine the  operational requirement for FRES and how the MoD and industry plan to meet it. It will consider how the programme has been managed so far, its current status and the anticipated In Service Date. It will explore how other nations are seeking to meet the requirement for medium-weight armoured vehicles and what lessons could be learnt from their experience.

The inquiry will also consider how the MoD will manage any capability gap between now and the FRES In Service Date including any implications for the  FRES programme of the MoD’s recent announcement to procure additional armoured vehicles for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Committee would welcome written evidence on these issues.  This should be sent to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Friday 24 November. 

The Committee intends to hold two oral evidence sessions in December. Further details and witnesses will be announced in due course.


1. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Chairman), Mr David S Borrow MP, Mr Mr David Crausby MP, Linda Gilroy MP, Mr David Hamilton MP, Mr Mike Hancock MP, Mr Dai Havard MP, Mr Adam Holloway MP, Mr Brian Jenkins MP, Mr Kevan Jones MP, Robert Key MP, Mr Mark Lancaster MP, Willie Rennie MP, John Smith MP

2. News Release No. 73


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