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Committee to question experts on defence procurement and prosperity

7 May 2020

The Defence Committee's inquiry is examining the defence industrial policy of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), exploring procurement policy in relation to UK prosperity and the Department's impact on the defence supply chain.

Purpose of the session

In this first evidence session the Committee will question a panel of academics and experts on the effectiveness of the Department's approach to procurement and prosperity. It will provide an overview of the relationship between MoD and industry, the gaps between policy and implementation and explore the impact of Covid-19 on current programmes.

The session will also consider the recommendations from Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP, in his report Growing the contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity and what progress has been made by the Department since its publication in 2018.


Tuesday 12 May 2020

At 2.30pm:

Panel 1

  • Professor Trevor Taylor, Professorial Research Fellow in Defence Management, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

  • Francis Tusa, Defence journalist, Defence Analysis

  • Sir Mark Poffley KCB OBE, former Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Military Capability) at MoD (2016-18)

Panel 2

  • Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP, former Minister for Defence Procurement (2015-16), author of ‘Growing the contribution of defence to UK prosperity'

Further information

Image: UK Ministry of Defence 2019 at