Session 2006-07, 7 February 2007
Announcement of Inquiry
PRIME MINISTER'S CALL FOR DEBATE ON ARMED FORCES' FUTURE ROLE PROMPTS DEFENCE COMMITTEE INQUIRY
The future mission and make-up of Britain's Armed Forces in a world of changing security priorities - and the resources needed to sustain those Forces - are to be the subject of a new inquiry by the House of Commons Defence Committee. The inquiry has been prompted, in part, by the Prime Minister's recent speech on future defence capabilities, which he delivered on HMS Albion on 12 January.
In its inquiry,
"UK Defence: Commitments and Resources", the Committee plans to review whether the assumptions made in the Government's Strategic Defence Review in 1998 and the Future Capabilities White Paper in 2005 still hold good when looking at Britain's place in the world in ten or twenty years time. It will examine how the demands on, and the structures of, the Armed Forces have changed over the past ten years, and whether they are best configured to meet these new demands. In advance of the outcome of the Government's Spending Review 2007, it plans to explore whether current commitments are sustainable without an increase in resources.
The Committee will take oral evidence from the Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, on
Tuesday 6 March (10 am at Westminster).
A further evidence will be held on
Tuesday 13 March. Witnesses will be announced nearer the time.
The Committee would welcome written evidence on these matters. This should be sent to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Wednesday
28 February. (See guidance note below).
NOTES TO EDITORS:
1. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Chairman), Mr David S Borrow MP, Mr David Crausby MP, Linda Gilroy MP, Mr David Hamilton MP, Mr Mike Hancock MP, Mr Dai Havard MP, Mr Adam Holloway MP, Mr Bernard Jenkin MP, Mr Brian Jenkins MP, Mr Kevan Jones MP, Robert Key MP, Willie Rennie MP, John Smith MP
2. News Release: No. 22
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