Select Committee on Defence Seventh Special Report


SEVENTH SPECIAL REPORT

The Defence Committee has agreed to the following Special Report:—

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE FOR SESSION 2000-01 AND PROPOSALS FOR FUTURE WORK

1. Under Standing Order No. 152 of the House of Commons, the Defence Committee is made responsible for monitoring the expenditure, policy and administration of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and associated bodies. It has become our practice during the current Parliament to produce an annual report for each Session, which sets out for the information of the House and others how we have sought to fulfil this task.[8] This practice has now been adopted by the other departmentally-related select committees in response to an initiative by the Liaison Committee.[9]

2. The decision to call a general election and the subsequent dissolution of the House will bring to an end this Committee's activities before a normal full parliamentary session has been completed. We are therefore producing this progress report now, both to ensure that the record of our activity in this Parliament is complete and to provide our successor committee with an indication of the areas of inquiry which we have not had an opportunity to consider (or reconsider) and which we believe merit their attention in the new Parliament.


8  See First Special Report, Session 1998-99, Annual Report of the Committee, HC 273; First Special Report, Session 1999-2000, Annual Report of the Committee, HC 219; First Special Report, Session 2000-01, Annual Report of the Committee, HC 177 Back

9  First Report from the Liaison Committee, Session 1999-2000, Shifting the Balance: Select Committees and the Executive, HC 300, paragraphs 51-55 Back


 
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