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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 Twitter @CommonsDefence.

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The Committee also has a Sub-Committee to inquire into topics of its choosing, currently on the Treatment of Contracted Staff for The MoD’s Ancillary Services.

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Committee news

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Report: Protecting Those Who Protect Us: Women in the Armed Forces from Recruitment to Civilian Life
Defence Sub-Committee on Women in the Armed Forces publishes report
25 July 2021
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Defence Committee launches inquiry into US, UK and NATO
The relationships with NATO and the US are integral to the UK’s defence, and this inquiry will re-examine those relationships
22 July 2021
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General Dynamics and MoD questioned on AJAX programme
The Defence Committee explores progress on the Ajax programme in light of recent reports
16 July 2021
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Treatment of Contracted Staff for MoD’s Ancillary Services examined with academic and unions
The Defence Sub-Committee on the Treatment of Contracted Staff for the MoD’s Ancillary Services holds its first evidence session
9 July 2021
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Experts questioned on Space Defence
Defence Committee examines issues including the threat that China and Russia present in the space domain
9 July 2021
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Committee publishes Government response to pandemic report
Defence Committee publishes Ministry of Defence response to Manpower or mindset: Defence’s contribution to the UK’s pandemic response
9 July 2021
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Defence to hold one-off evidence session on AJAX programme
The Defence Committee will hold an evidence session with the Minister for Defence Procurement
6 July 2021
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Russia sowing the "seeds of division and instability in Europe"
The Defence Committee publishes its report on Russia and Ukraine border tensions
6 July 2021
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Defence to hear evidence from US Lieutenant General (retired) Ben Hodges
Defence Committee will hear evidence from US Lieutenant General (retired) Ben Hodges, former Commanding General of the United States Army Europe
5 July 2021
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US Department of Defense report on sexual assault in the military a ‘step in the right direction’
Chair of the Women in the Armed Forces Sub-Committee, Sarah Atherton MP, has responded to the US Department of Defense’s report “Hard Truths and the Duty to Change: Recommendations from the Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military”
5 July 2021
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Industry experts questioned on Navy and naval procurement
The Defence Committee explores whether naval procurement and support plans are delivering the capabilities the Navy needs
28 June 2021
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Tobias Ellwood issues statement marking Armed Forces Day
Chair of the Defence Committee, Tobias Ellwood MP, has issued a statement to mark Armed Forces Day.
26 June 2021
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Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace, faces questioning from Defence Committee
Ben Wallace, will face questions from the Defence Committee on a range of topics
18 June 2021
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Chair comments on NATO Summit
Chair of the Defence Committee, Tobias Ellwood responds to NATO Leaders' Summit
15 June 2021
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Defence holds one-off session on the Reserve Forces Review 2030
Defence Committee explores the current state of the Reserves and the proposal to expand the role of Reservists
11 June 2021
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Defence Committee hears from former First Sea Lord on future of the Royal Navy
The Defence Committee begins its inquiry into the role of the Navy and what capabilities it needs for its work
4 June 2021
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Defence to launch Sub-Committee on the Treatment of Contracted Staff for the MOD’s Ancillary Services
The intention is for this to become a Sub-Committee, to be chaired by Martin Docherty Hughes.
28 May 2021
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Space in modern warfare inquiry launched by Defence
Committee launches its inquiry into the role of space in modern warfare and security.
27 May 2021
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Defence holds session on French-UK naval co-operation and UK global ambitions
Defence Committee holds one-off evidence session on French-UK naval co-operation and UK global ambitions
21 May 2021
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Tobias Ellwood writes to MoD following publication of AFV Government response
Committee publishes Government response and writes to Jeremy Quin, Minister for Defence Procurement, raising concerns
21 May 2021
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