Defence Committee

Session 2007-08, 5 December 2007

Publication of Report

Publication of Report

Publication of Defence Committee Report on the UK/US Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty

The Defence Committee will be publishing its Third Report of Session 2007-08, UK/US Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty, HC 107, on Tuesday 11 December 2007 at 00.01 am, with embargoed copies available from 11.00 am, on Monday 10 December 2007.

The Treaty - which establishes a new framework for arms trade and technology transfer between the USA and the UK - was signed by former Prime Minister Blair and President Bush in June 2007, and published on 24 September. In the UK, treaties are ratified by the Government, but are laid before Parliament for 21 days before ratification to allow Parliament to scrutinise them. At the Committee's request, the Government agreed to an extension to the period for Parliamentary scrutiny for this Treaty: it ends on 12 December.

In the US, ratification of the Treaty will be subject to approval by a two-thirds majority in the Senate.


The Committee was nominated on 13 July 2005. The Defence Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Ministry of Defence and its associated public bodies.

The Treaty, and the Government's Explanatory Memorandum, can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website:

The evidence taken by the Committee in this inquiry is at


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