Press Notice: Ministerial Evidence Session

Committee Office, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
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17 March 2010


The newly-created Joint Committee on The National Security Strategy will hold its first ministerial evidence session on Monday 22 March at 3.30pm. Witnesses will be the Home Secretary Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP, The Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Security and Counter-terrorism), Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Chris Bryant MP.

The meeting will be held in public at 3.30pm in Committee Room 4A in the Palace of Westminster.

Members of the Committee:

Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP (Labour, Derby South) (Chair)

Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Conservative, North East Hampshire)

Rt Hon Lord Cope of Berkeley (Conservative)

Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP (Liberal Democrats, Berwick-upon-Tweed)

Rt Hon Lord Fellowes (Cross Bench)

Rt Hon Des Browne MP (Labour, Kilmarnock and Loudon)

Rt Hon Lord Foulkes of Cumnock (Labour Co-op)

Rt Hon Malcolm Bruce MP (Liberal Democrats, Gordon)

Lord Harris of Haringey (Labour)

Mike Gapes MP (Labour Co-op, Ilford South)

Lord Lee of Trafford (Liberal Democrats)

Rt Hon Dr Kim Howells MP (Labour, Pontypridd)

Baroness Manningham-Buller (Cross Bench)

Peter Luff MP (Conservative, Mid Worcestershire)

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale (Labour)

Rt Hon Paul Murphy MP (Labour, Torfaen)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow (Conservative)

Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP (Conservative, Kensington and Chelsea)

Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean (Labour)

Paddy Tipping MP (Labour, Sherwood)

Rt Hon Lord Waldegrave of North Hill (Conservative)

Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP (Labour, Leicester East)

Note for Editors:

In March 2008, HM Government published The National Security Strategy of the United Kingdom: Security in an interdependent world (CM 7291). The aim of the National Security Strategy (NSS) was stated as being "to set out how we [HM Government] will address and manage this diverse though interconnected set of security challenges and underlying drivers, both immediately and in the longer term, to safeguard the nation, its citizens, our prosperity and our way of life". An update of the strategy was published on 25 June 2009 (CM 7590).

One of the priorities identified in the NSS was " consulting on a joint Parliamentary National Security Committee to help monitor the implementation and development of this strategy". Mrs Beckett was elected Chair at the Committee's first private meeting on 9 Feb 2010.