Select Committee on European Union Eighth Report


Current Developments in European Defence Policy


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1.  In this Report we make available, for the information of the House, the oral evidence given to the EU Sub-Committee C (Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy) by Mr Andrew Mathewson, Director for Policy on International Organisations, Professor Phil Sutton, Director, General Research and Technology and Captain Richard Stokes, Assistant Director, Defence Equipment Plan, Ministry of Defence, on 29 November 2007; and correspondence from the Ministry of Defence.

2.  Key topics in the evidence are:

  • Deployment and deployability of Battlegroups (QQ 3-8, 36, 53, 55-59, p 16);
  • The Nordic Battlegroup (QQ 8, 57, 58);
  • The UK's state of readiness (QQ 3, 12, 13);
  • Problems of force generation with particular reference to missions in Africa (QQ 5, 54, 55, 68, 69, 74, 75);
  • Availability of helicopters—in-house capability and the airlift market (QQ 9, 10, 59-62);
  • Availability of helicopters and the effects on aid delivery (QQ 43, 44, 49-52);
  • The Strategic Airlift Interim Solution Consortium and the C17 initiative (QQ 9, 58);
  • Purchase of A400M by EU Member States and pooling resources with EU partners (QQ 14-16, 29, 30, p 18);
  • The European Defence Agency (EDA) budget and different attitudes to spending (QQ 18, 23, 28, 29);
  • The EDA's role in the development of capability versus its role as an agent of industrial policy (QQ 24, 31-33);
  • The UK's attitude to Research and Technology (QQ 26, 27, 63-67);
  • The EDA's role in force protection (QQ 33-35, 38, 39);
  • Communications and information systems (QQ 37, 38);
  • Avoidance of duplication (QQ 45-48);
  • The extent of UK engagement in EDA projects (QQ 38-42, p 17);
  • Rapid reaction capability and matching force generation to political commitment (QQ 53-56, 69);
  • Medical facilities for missions (QQ 68, 70, 71, p 17);
  • The proposed EU police mission for Kosovo (QQ 71-73).



 
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