Gambling on ‘Efficiency’: Defence Acquisition and Procurement: Government Response to the Committee’s First Report

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.

Current membership

Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis MP (Conservative, New Forest East) (Chair)

Leo Docherty MP (Conservative, Aldershot)

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP (Scottish National Party, West Dunbartonshire)

Rt Hon Mr Mark Francois MP (Conservative, Rayleigh and Wickford)

Graham P Jones MP (Labour, Hyndburn)

Johnny Mercer MP (Conservative, Plymouth, Moor View)

Mrs Madeleine Moon MP (Labour, Bridgend)

Gavin Robinson MP (Democratic Unionist Party, Belfast East)

Ruth Smeeth MP (Labour, Stoke-on-Trent North)

Rt Hon John Spellar MP (Labour, Warley)

Phil Wilson MP (Labour, Sedgefield)


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 via


Committee reports are published on the Committee’s website at and in print by Order of the House.

Evidence relating to this report is published on the inquiry page of the Committee’s website.

Committee staff

Mark Etherton (Clerk), Dr Adam Evans (Second Clerk), Martin Chong, David Nicholas, Eleanor Scarnell, and Ian Thomson (Committee Specialists), Sarah Williams (Senior Committee Assistant), and Carolyn Bowes and Arvind Gunnoo (Committee Assistants).


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 6168; the Committee’s email address is Media inquiries should be addressed to Alex Paterson on 020 7219 1589.

23 February 2018