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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

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
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
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
Committee to question experts on defence procurement and prosperity
Questions will explore procurement policy in relation to UK prosperity
7 May 2020
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
Committee to publish Goverment response
Second Special Report of Session 2019-21 to be published
5 May 2020
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
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
Defence Committee welcomes delay to Integrated Review and announces new inquiry into coronavirus
Pause comes amid Government focus on coronavirus
16 April 2020
Extension to written evidence submission deadline
Committee extends deadline for written submissions to inquiry
26 March 2020
Government's integrated review of UK's security, defence, development and foreign policy examined.
Defence Committee hears from former senior defence personnel
13 March 2020
Defence Committee launches Military Exercises and Duty of Care Inquiry: Further Follow Up
Defence Committee launch follow up inquiry to predecessor Committee's 2016 report
11 March 2020
Defence Committee revives Procurement and Prosperity inquiry
Committee announces the relaunch of its Procurement and Prosperity inquiry from the previous Parliament
10 March 2020
Committee welcome the Government’s commitment to further incorporate the Armed Forces Covenant into law
Chair Comments on Government's response
9 March 2020
Defence Committee launches Sub-Committee on the security of 5G
Defence Sub-Committee to inquire into the security of the UK’s 5G network
6 March 2020
Defence Committee membership agreed
See the committee membership for Parliament 2019
5 February 2020
Tobias Ellwood is the new Chair of the Defence Committee
The MP for Bournemouth East beat 4 other candidates to the Chair of the Defence Committee
30 January 2020
General Election 2019
Following the Dissolution of Parliament on 6 November 2019, all select committees have ceased to exist
6 November 2019
Defence Committee membership at the end of Parliament 2017-19
View the membership of the Committee at the end of the 2017-19 Parliament
5 November 2019
Committee take evidence on domestic threat of drones
Evidence session on the domestic threat of drones
24 October 2019
Total results 496 (page 1 of 25)