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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 Tobias Ellwood MP (Conservative, Bournemouth East) (Chair)

Stuart Anderson MP (Conservative, Wolverhampton South West)

Sarah Atherton MP (Conservative, Wrexham)

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

Richard Drax MP (Conservative, South Dorset)

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

Rt Hon Kevan Jones MP (Labour, North Durham)

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck MP (Labour, South Shields)

Gavin Robinson MP (Democratic Unionist Party, Belfast East)

Rt Hon John Spellar MP (Labour, Warley)

Derek Twigg MP (Labour, Halton)


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 www.parliament.uk.


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Committee reports are published on the Committee’s website at www.parliament.uk/defcom and in print by Order of the House.

Committee staff

Matthew Congreve (Second Clerk), Mark Etherton (Clerk), Lucy Petrie (Committee Specialist), Sascha Sajjad (Committee Operations Officer), Eleanor Scarnell (Committee Specialist), Ian Thomson (Committee Specialist) and Sarah Williams (Committee Operations Manager).


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 / 3113; the Committee’s email address is defcom@parliament.uk. Media inquiries should be addressed to Joe Williams on 020 7219 8878 | 075 4651 7626 or Toni McAndrew-Noon on 075 6243 5286.

You can follow the Committee on Twitter using @CommonsDefence.

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