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Defence Committee to hold evidence session on the Security of 5G

26 June 2020

On Tuesday 30 June, the Defence Committee will question both the Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace, and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, as well as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Cyber Security Centre, Ciaran Martin. The session forms part of the Committee’s inquiry into the Security of 5G.

Purpose of the session

This evidence session will focus on the security of the Government’s 5G network policies and will examine the current and potential regulations and legislation. The session will examine the Government’s initial restrictions on high-risk vendors, announced in January, as well as the reported changes to this policy. The session will explore the connection between Huawei and the Chinese state, China’s growing economic involvement in the UK and the possible retaliations from China if Huawei is banned.

Additionally, the Committee will examine the security of Huawei products and the potential technical risks of their involvement in the UK’s network, strategies for diversifying the UK telecoms network and the avenues for international cooperation on 5G including the possibility of D10 alliance of democracies.

Witnesses

Tuesday 30 June

At 2.30pm:

  • The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP – Secretary of State for Defence
  • The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP – Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Ciaran Martin – Chief Executive Officer, National Cyber Security Centre

Further information

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