Select Committee on Defence First Report


Members participating: Mr James Arbuthnot MP (Chairman), Mr Dai Havard MP, Mr Bernard Jenkin MP, Mr Kevan Jones MP, Willie Rennie MP and John Smith MP.



Sunday 8 July 2007

Basra Air Station

Briefing from Major General the Hon Jonathan Shaw, General Officer Commanding, Multi-National Division (South East)

Command briefing from Colonel Ian Thomas, Chief of Staff, MND(SE), and Major General Shaw

Briefing from HM Consul General, Mr Richard Jones

Briefing from Brigadier James Bashall, Commanding Officer, 1 Mechanised Brigade

Um Qasr

Briefing from Captain Tim Stockings RN, Commanding Officer, Naval Transition Team

Monday 9 July 2007

Basra Air Station

Briefing from Colonel Steve Shirley, Commander Force Support, and Lieutenant Colonel Rob Blackstone RE

Briefing from Group Captain Paul Burt RAF, Commander, 903 Expeditionary Air Wing, Wing Commander Tom Bunnington RAF and Wing Commander Mike Hand RAF

Briefing from Major Phil Oxley RA, Commanding Officer, 20 Battery, 16th Regiment, Royal Artillery

Briefing by Colonel Andy Bristow, Commanding Officer, 10th Iraqi Army Division Military Transition Team, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Wenham, Chief of Staff, and Brigadier General Malik Awaad Ibrahim, Deputy Commander, 10th Division, Iraq Army

Briefing from Major Dom Spencer, Officer Commanding D Company, 1 Royal Welsh, and Officer Commanding Divisional Internment Facility, and Captain Adrian Twining, Army Legal Service

Meeting with Baswari politicians

Counter-IED Briefing from Major Dave Bickles RE, Staff Officer 2 Counter Threat, 1 Mechanised Brigade

Manoeuvre Battle Group Briefing from Lieutenant Colonel James Swift, Commanding Officer, 2 Royal Welsh

Borders North Battle Group briefing by Major Andrew Horman, Second-in-Command, King's Royal Hussars

UK Medical Group Briefing by Lieutenant Colonel Toby Rowland RAMC, Commander Medical

Washup meeting with Major General Shaw


Tuesday 10 July 2007

British Embassy briefing from HM Ambassador the Hon Dominic Asquith CMG and Lieutenant General Graeme Lamb, Deputy Commanding General, Multi-National Force - Iraq

Meeting with the United States Ambassador to Iraq, Mr Ryan Crocker, and General David Petraeus, Commanding General, Multi-National Force - Iraq

Security transition briefing from Major General Mastin M Robeson USMC, Brigadier Neil Baverstock, Colonel Mark Castle, Chief of Campaign Plans, and Colonel J P Jenks, Chief of Intelligence Plans

Iraqi Security Forces briefing from Brigadier Stephen Glendhill

Meeting with Nouri Al-Maliki, Prime Minister of Iraq

Meeting with General Qadir Obeidir, Minister of Defence of Iraq


Wednesday 11 July 2007

British Embassy Briefing from Mr Tim Stew, Chargé d'Affaires, Colonel Geoff Moynan, Defence Attaché, and Mr Jonathan Brown, Second Secretary (Political)

British Military Mission briefing from Brigadier Jamie Mackaness, Commander, British Military Mission, and Lieutenant Colonel Des Norton

Meeting with Sheikh Ali al Sabah, Deputy Head of the National Security Bureau

Meeting with Lieutenant General Fahad Ahmad al Amin, Chief of Staff, Kuwaiti Armed Forces

Meeting with Khalid Jarallah, Under-Secretary, Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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