Decision-making in Defence Policy - Defence Contents


The following witnesses gave evidence. Transcripts can be viewed on the Committee's inquiry page at

Tuesday 16 December 2014  Question number
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO, former HM Ambassador to Kabul, and former Special Representative to the Foreign Secretary for Afghanistan and Pakistan Q1-25
Brigadier (Retd) Ed Butler Q26-49
Lieutenant General (retired) Sir Robert Fry KCB CBE and Mr Desmond Bowen, former Director General of Policy, Ministry of Defence Q50-75

Tuesday 6 January 2015
Dr Kim Howells, former Foreign Office Minister Q76-117
Pauline Hayes, former Head of Office in Afghanistan 2010-12, Department for International Development Q118-177

Wednesday 14 January 2015
Rt Hon Lord West of Spithead, former First Sea Lord Q178-236
Sir Nick Harvey, former Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence Q237-279

Wednesday 21 January 2015
Major General (retired) Christopher Elliott, author of "High Command: British Military Leadership in the Iraq and Afghan Wars" Q280-351

Tuesday 3 February 2015
Baroness Neville-Jones, former member of the National Security Council Q352-405
Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, former Chief of the Defence Staff Q406-445

Wednesday 4 February 2015
Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Vice Chief of Defence Staff, and Peter Watkins, Director General Security Policy Q446-556

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