National Security Capability Review: A changing security environment: Government Response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2017—19

The Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy

The Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy is appointed by the House of Lords and the House of Commons to consider the National Security Strategy.

Current membership

House of Lords

Lord Brennan (Labour)

Lord Campbell of Pittenweem (Liberal Democrat)

Lord Hamilton of Epsom (Conservative)

Lord Harris of Haringey (Labour)

Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill (Labour)

Baroness Henig (Labour)

Lord King of Bridgwater (Conservative)

Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho (Crossbench)

Lord Powell of Bayswater (Crossbench)

Lord Trimble (Conservative)

House of Commons

Margaret Beckett MP (Labour, Derby South) (Chair)

Yvette Cooper MP (Labour, Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)

James Gray MP (Conservative, North Wiltshire)

Mr Dominic Grieve MP (Conservative, Beaconsfield)

Dan Jarvis MP (Labour, Barnsley Central)

Dr Julian Lewis MP (Conservative, New Forest East)

Angus Brendan MacNeil MP (Scottish National Party, Na h-Eileanan an Iar)

Robert Neill MP (Conservative, Bromley and Chislehurst)

Rachel Reeves MP (Labour, Leeds West)

Tom Tugendhat MP (Conservative, Tonbridge and Malling)

Stephen Twigg MP (Labour (Co-op), Liverpool, West Derby)

Theresa Villiers MP (Conservative, Chipping Barnet)


The Committee has the power to require the submission of written evidence and documents, to examine witnesses, to meet at any time (except when Parliament is prorogued or dissolved), to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom, to appoint specialist advisers, and to make Reports to both Houses. The Lords Committee has power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman.


The Reports of the Committee are published by Order of both Houses. All publications of the Committee are on the Internet at

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

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are Simon Fiander (Commons Clerk), Matthew Smith (Lords Clerk), Ashlee Godwin (Commons Committee Specialist), Georgina Hutton (Acting Commons Committee Specialist), Matthew Chappell (Commons Committee Assistant), Breda Twomey (Lords Committee Assistant) and Estelle Currie (Press Officer).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Commons Clerk of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 8586; the Committee’s email address is

Published: 17 October 2018