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Sub-Committee to hear from Nadhim Zahawi and Jeremy Quin

10 December 2020

On Monday 14 December, the Defence Sub-Committee on Foreign Involvement in the Defence Supply Chain will hold its final evidence session, hearing from Nadhim Zahawi, Minister for Business and Industry, and Jeremy Quin, Minister for Defence Procurement.

Content of the session

The Sub-Committee will likely examine the National Security and Investment Bill with the Minister for Business and Industry, exploring the powers within the Bill, comparative international regimes, whether foreign direct investment will be impacted and how the ‘Investment Security Unit’ will operate.

The Sub-Committee will also question the Minister for Defence Procurement likely on the effect recent geopolitical trends will have on foreign investment in defence and the extent of hostile foreign involvement within the defence supply chain, citing specific examples.

The Sub-Committee is likely to discuss the impact of covid-19 on defence supply chains and the defence industry, including civil aerospace.


Monday 14 December

At 3.15pm

Panel 1

  • Nadhim Zahawi MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Business and Industry), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Dr Sarah Mackintosh, Deputy Director for National Security and Investment, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

At 4pm

Panel 2

  • Jeremy Quin MP, Minister of State (Minister for Defence Procurement), Ministry of Defence
  • Huw Walters, Director Economic Security and Prosperity, Ministry of Defence
  • Air Marshal Richard Knighton, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Financial and Military Capability), Ministry of Defence
  • Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull OBE, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Ministry of Defence

Further info

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