Select Committee on Defence Sixth Report


1. The Government's Defence Industrial Strategy (DIS) was published on 15 December 2005[1] with the aim of providing greater transparency to the UK's future defence requirements and, for the first time, setting out those industrial capabilities the UK needs to maintain appropriate sovereignty and operate equipment independently.

2. Following the publication of the DIS we undertook an inquiry and reported on 10 May 2006.[2] During our inquiry we examined the implementation timetable for the DIS and the Minister for Defence Procurement, Lord Drayson, told us that:

    2006 is the year that we seriously implement it [the DIS] to be able to show results…that we really have made a difference…I am in a hurry to show in 2007 that this has made a real difference to our defence capability and the strength of our defence industry.[3]

3. Lord Drayson helpfully provided us with a checklist setting out when the various actions in the different areas were to be completed by, for example, completion of the Maritime and the Research and Technology (R&T) strategies.[4] The vast majority of these actions were to be completed during 2006. Given the importance of the DIS we planned to monitor closely the progress in implementing it and whether the expected benefits were delivered. This inquiry examines the progress made in the first 12 months following the publication of the DIS.

4. In undertaking our inquiry, we took oral evidence on 19 December 2006 from Lord Drayson, Minister for Defence Procurement; Mr David Gould CB, Deputy Chief Executive, Defence Procurement Agency; Mr Amyas Morse, Defence Commercial Director; and Mr Mark Gibson, Director General Enterprise and Business Group, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).[5] We received written evidence from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and others.[6] We are grateful to all those who contributed to our inquiry including our specialist advisers.

1   Ministry of Defence, Defence Industrial Strategy, December 2005, Cm 6697 Back

2   Defence Committee, Seventh Report of Session 2005-06, The Defence Industrial Strategy, HC 824 Back

3   HC (2005-06) 824, Q 289 Back

4   HC (2005-06) 824, Ev 118-120 Back

5   Ev 1-20 Back

6   Ev 21-43 Back

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