Select Committee on Defence First Special Report

The Defence Committee is appointed under Standing Order No 152 to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Ministry of Defence and associated public bodies.

  The Committee consists of 11 Members, of whom the quorum is three. Unless the House otherwise orders, all Members nominated to the Committee continue to be members of it for the remainder of the Parliament.

  The Committee has power:

  (a)  to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to adjourn from place to place, and to report from time to time;

  (b)  to appoint specialist advisers either to supply information which is not readily available or to elucidate matters of complexity within the Committee's order of reference;

  (c)  to communicate to any other committee or sub-committee appointed under the same Standing Order (and to the European Scrutiny Committee, to the Committee of Public Accounts, to the Deregulation Committee and to the Environmental Audit Committee) its evidence and any other documents relating to matters of common interest;

  (d)  to meet concurrently with any other committee or sub-committee appointed under the same Standing Order for the purposes of deliberating, taking evidence, or considering draft reports, or with the European Scrutiny Committee or any of its sub-committees for the purpose of deliberating or taking evidence.

The membership of the Committee is as follows:

Mr Bruce GeorgeMr Jimmy Hood
Mr Crispin BluntMr Mike Hancock CBE
Mr Julian Brazier TDMr John McWilliam
Mr Jamie CannMrs Laura Moffatt
Mr Harry CohenMs Dari Taylor
Mr Michael Colvin

Mr Bruce George was elected Chairman on 16 July 1997

Mr Menzies Campbell was discharged, and Mr Mike Hancock was added on 1 February 1999.

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