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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. You can follow the Committee on X (formerly Twitter) usingĀ @CommonsDefence.

The Committee also has a Sub-Committee to inquire into topics of its choosing.

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Committee news

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General Election 2024 - Select Committees
Following the dissolution of Parliament on 30 May 2024, all select committees have ceased to exist.
30 May 2024
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Chair Sir Jeremy Quin issues statement on the work of the Defence Committee
Chair Sir Jeremy Quin issues statement on the work of the Defence Committee
23 May 2024
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Defence Committee Chair reacts to latest report from Armed Forces’ Ombudsman
The Defence Committee Chair has reacted to the Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces’ annual report, published today
9 May 2024
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Defence Committee reacts to PM’s announcement on defence spending
Defence Committee Chair comments on the Prime Minister’s announcement that military spending would rise to 2.5% of GDP by 2030.
23 April 2024
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Defence Secretary to face questions on Spring Budget
Defence Committee to hear from the Secretary of State for Defence, Grant Shapps
15 March 2024
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UK defence: House of Commons to hold debate on Select Committee reports
Defence and Public Accounts Committees' reports on UK defence to be debated
14 March 2024
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Defence Committee publishes Grey Zone written evidence
Defence Committee publishes written evidence received as part of its inquiry into Defence in the Grey Zone
13 March 2024
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Chair Comment: Defence Committee reacts to Spring 2024 Budget announcement
Chair Comment: Defence Committee reacts to Spring 2024 Budget announcement
7 March 2024
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Call for focus on High-Intensity Warfighting to Increase Deterrence
A report by the Defence Committee concludes that the UK Armed Forces have key capability and stockpile shortages
4 February 2024
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Defence Committee welcomes assurances on HMS Albion and Bulwark
Defence Committee welcomes the news that amphibious assault ships HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark will remain in service well into the 2030s
26 January 2024
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Sir Jeremy Quin elected as Defence Committee Chair
The results of the election were announced in the Chamber this afternoon following a ballot of the whole House
17 January 2024
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Defence Committee announces intention for session on HMS Albion, HMS Bulwark and Royal Marine capabilities
Defence Committee announces intention to hold evidence session on news reports that Defence Secretary is considering retiring assault ships HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark
10 January 2024
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Defence Committee announces next steps in work on Women in the Armed Forces
Defence Committee announces its intention to prepare a follow-up report on women in the Armed Forces
14 December 2023
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Defence Committee launch Sub-Committee on AI in Defence
Defence Committee launch Sub-Committee on AI in Defence
14 December 2023
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Nominations open for Chair of Defence Committee
The Speaker has announced the timetable for the election of the Chair of the Defence Select Committee following the resignation of Robert Courts
12 December 2023
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Defence Committee marks Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday
Defence Committee marks Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday
11 November 2023
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Defence Committee reacts to RAFAT reports
Chairs of the Defence Committee and Defence Sub-Committee on Women in the Armed Forces comments on RAFAT reports
1 November 2023
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Robert Courts has been elected Chair of the Defence Committee
The results of the election were announced in the Chamber this afternoon following a ballot of the whole House
25 October 2023
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Service accommodation: Serving personnel can now submit evidence
Defence Sub-Committee on Service Accommodation publishes a letter from the Ministry of Defence
19 October 2023
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Comment from Defence Committee following media reports in relation to the death of Royal Artillery Gunner, Jaysley Beck
Chair comments on media reports in relation to the death of Royal Artillery Gunner, Jaysley Beck
5 October 2023
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