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Defence Committee

Commons Select Committee

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 Committee has also a Sub-Committee to inquire into topics of its choosing. Currently on the Security of 5G. Find out more about the Defence Sub-Committee.

For information about the work of committees before 2020 please go to inquiries before 2020 and publications before 2020. For information on former committees before 2020, please visit former committees.

Committee news

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The Integrated Review: An Opportunity to Reset the UK’s Defence Posture
Committee publish report In Search of Strategy – The 2020 Integrated Review
13 August 2020
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Defence Committee launches inquiry into foreign involvement in the Defence supply chain
Committee launch inquiry into Foreign Involvement in the Defence Supply Chain
30 July 2020
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Defence Committee to hear from Vodafone and BT in its final evidence session on the Security of 5G
Defence Committee will hear from witnesses from BT Group and Vodafone UK
24 July 2020
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Defence Committee to check the MoD’s progress on the duty of care of Service personnel in training, exercise and selection events
Committee to take evidence for inquiry into Military Exercises and the Duty of Care: Further Follow-Up
17 July 2020
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Procurement and use of Armoured Fighting Vehicles inquiry launched
Defence Committee launches inquiry into Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AVFs)
17 July 2020
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Defence Committee to hold evidence session on Defence’s role in Covid-19 response
Questions will explore Defence's broader role in responding to crises, with specific reference to the ongoing pandemic
10 July 2020
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Defence Committee to question the Chief of the Defence Staff
General Sir Nick Carter will be questioned on a broad range of areas currently being explored by the Defence Committee
3 July 2020
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Defence Committee to hold evidence session on the Security of 5G
Ben Wallace, Secretary of State for Defence, and Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for DCMS, to be questioned
26 June 2020
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Committee to question industry and trade bodies on defence procurement and prosperity
Committee to question industry and trade bodies on defence procurement and prosperity
19 June 2020
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Defence Committee to hold session on security and geopolitics of 5G
Defence Committee to hold session on security and geopolitics of 5G
12 June 2020
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Defence Committee to take evidence from US experts on the geopolitics of 5G
Questions will focus on the international response to Huawei's involvement in 5G setup, and the role of 5G in China's global ambitions
1 June 2020
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Publication of Correspondence with Secretary of State for Defence
Defence Committee publishes correspondence on the Armed Forces’ use of insect repellent as protection against coronavirus
14 May 2020
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New inquiry: Defence’s contribution to the UK’s pandemic response
Committee launches its inquiry into Defence’s contribution to the UK’s pandemic response
14 May 2020
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Committee to question experts on defence procurement and prosperity
Questions will explore procurement policy in relation to UK prosperity
7 May 2020
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Chair Tobias Ellwood writes to MoD seeking clarity on legislation on the prosecution of service personnel and veterans
Letter from Chair in response to Government response demands further clarity on key issues
6 May 2020
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Committee to publish Goverment response
Second Special Report of Session 2019-21 to be published
5 May 2020
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Defence Committee to question cyber security experts on 5G and Huawei in the UK
Questions will explore the risk to the UK's 5G network and infrastructure
24 April 2020
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Secretary of State questioned on Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Defence Committee questions Secretary of State on Coronavirus, the Integrated Review and historical allegations
17 April 2020
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Defence Committee welcomes delay to Integrated Review and announces new inquiry into coronavirus
Pause comes amid Government focus on coronavirus
16 April 2020
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Extension to written evidence submission deadline
Committee extends deadline for written submissions to inquiry
26 March 2020
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