Biosecurity and national security: Government Response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2019–21

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 (Non-affiliated)

Baroness Healy of Primrose Hill (Labour)

Baroness Henig (Labour)

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger (Conservative)

Lord King of Bridgwater (Conservative)

Lord Laming (Crossbench)

Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho (Crossbench)

Baroness Neville-Jones (Conservative)

Lord Reid of Cardowan (Labour)

Lord Strasburger (Liberal Democrat)

The following Peers were also members of the Committee during this inquiry: Lord Campbell of Pittenweem (Liberal Democrat), Lord Harris of Haringey (Labour), Lord Powell of Bayswater (Crossbench)

House of Commons

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

Sarah Champion MP (Labour, Rotherham)

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

Mr Tobias Ellwood MP (Conservative, Bournemouth East)

Richard Graham MP (Conservative, Gloucester)

Darren Jones MP (Labour, Bristol North West)

Alicia Kearns MP (Conservative, Rutland and Melton)

Sir Edward Leigh MP (Conservative, Gainsborough)

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

Sir Robert Neill MP (Conservative, Bromley and Chislehurst)

Bob Stewart MP (Conservative, Beckenham)

Tom Tugendhat MP (Conservative, Tonbridge and Malling)


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.


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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 Lucy Arora (Commons Committee Specialist), Carolyn Bowes (Commons Committee Operations Officer), Simon Fiander (Commons Clerk), Eva George (Lords Clerk), Breda Twomey (Lords Committee Assistant) and Joe Williams (Media & Communications Manager).


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 8092/4043; the Committee’s email address is

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