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26 March 2024 - One-off session with the Secretary of State for Defence - Oral evidence

Committee Defence Committee
Inquiry One-off session with the Secretary of State for Defence

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Start times: 2:45pm (private) 3:15pm (public)

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Defence Secretary to face questions on defence spending and readiness

The Secretary of State for Defence Grant Shapps faces questions from the Defence Committee on defence spending and readiness. The Secretary of State for Defence will appear alongside the Permanent Secretary and Strategic Finance Director in the Ministry of Defence (MOD).  

Meeting details

At 3:15pm: Oral evidence
Work One-off session with the Secretary of State for Defence (Non-inquiry session)
Secretary of State at Ministry of Defence
Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Defence
Strategic Finance Director at Ministry of Defence
Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Financial and Military Capability) at Ministry of Defence

The Committee is likely to question the Secretary of State about the funding and readiness of the UK’s Armed Forces, in light of his comment that the UK is moving from a ‘post-war’ to a ‘pre-war’ world.

The session will explore whether the current defence budget is sufficient given the level of global threats to UK interests, the budgetary impact of the Spring statement on military capability, and warfighting readiness in terms of personnel numbers, the UK’s industrial base and the National Defence Plan. Questions are likely to cover uncertainty over the time scale for meeting the target of 2.5% of GDP on defence, the future of military aid to Ukraine and plans to improve recruitment and retention.  


The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

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