The Defence Committee
The Defence Committee is appointed by the House of
Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy
of the Ministry of Defence and its associated public bodies.
Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Conservative, North
East Hampshire) (Chairman)
Mr David S Borrow MP (Labour, South Ribble)
Mr David Crausby MP (Labour, Bolton North East)
Linda Gilroy MP (Labour, Plymouth Sutton)
Mr David Hamilton MP (Labour, Midlothian)
Mr Mike Hancock MP (Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth
Mr Dai Havard MP (Labour, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)
Mr Adam Holloway MP (Conservative, Gravesham)
Mr Bernard Jenkin MP (Conservative, North Essex)
Mr Brian Jenkins MP (Labour, Tamworth)
Mr Kevan Jones MP (Labour, Durham North)
Robert Key MP (Conservative, Salisbury)
Willie Rennie MP (Liberal Democrat, Dunfermline
and West Fife)
John Smith MP (Labour, Vale of Glamorgan)
The following Members were also Members of the Committee
during the Parliament.
Mr Colin Breed MP (Liberal Democrat, South East
Derek Conway MP (Conservative, Old Bexley and
Mr Mark Lancaster MP (Conservative, North East
Mr Desmond Swayne MP (Conservative, New Forest
The Committee is one of the departmental select committees,
the powers of which are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders,
principally in SO No 152. These are available on the Internet
The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published
by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications
of the Committee (including press notices) are on the Internet
The current staff of the Committee are Philippa Helme
(Clerk), Eliot Wilson (Second Clerk), Ian Rogers (Audit Adviser),
Stephen Jones (Committee Specialist), Adrian Jenner (Inquiry Manager),
Richard Dawson (Committee Assistant), Sheryl Dinsdale (Secretary)
and Stewart McIlvenna (Senior Office Clerk).
All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk
of the Defence Committee, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The
telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 5745; the Committee's
email address is email@example.com. Media inquiries should
be addressed to Alex Paterson on 020 7219 1589.
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