Defence Committee Press Notice

Session 2008-09, 21 July 2009


The Defence Committee is undertaking an inquiry to examine the Ministry of Defence’s Annual Report and Accounts for 2008-09. The Annual Report, published on Monday 20 July, sets out the MoD’s performance against its new Departmental Strategic Objectives (DSOs), and shows whether progress has been made in a number of key areas since last year, such as Joint Personnel Administration, readiness and recruitment and retention.

The Committee would welcome written evidence to the inquiry. This should be sent to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Friday 23 October 2009.

Evidence sessions

The Defence Committee will be taking evidence from Sir Bill Jeffrey KCB, Permanent Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence (MoD), and Jon Thompson, MoD's Finance Director, on Tuesday 10 November 2009 at 10.30 am; and from the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP on Tuesday 24 November at the same time (both sessions will be confirmed in October). These sessions will both take place at the House of Commons.

Those wishing to attend the meetings should check the exact venue by contacting the House of Commons Public Information Office on 020 7219 4272 on the day before the hearing.


  • Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

  • Submissions should be as brief as possible, and paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. Longer documents should include an executive summary.

  • Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this.
  • Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

  • Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.


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 MoD Annual Report and Accounts was published on 20 July 2009 as HC 467-I & II, and is available on the MoD’s web-site here

The Committee has conducted an inquiry each year into the MoD Annual Report and Accounts during this Parliament: the Committee’s previous Reports are available on its web-site here


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