99. The Defence Committee now has a history stretching
back more than 20 years. That has enabled us to accumulate an
archive of knowledge and a body of experience on which each successive
Committee has been able to build. It has also enabled Parliament,
through the Committees, to engage in a constructive (for the most
part) and increasingly well-informed dialogue with the MoD.
100. We hope we have added positively to that legacy.
The 1979 reforms which brought the Defence Committee into existence
seem, in retrospect, to have been revolutionary. Changes to the
system since then have been evolutionary, but profound. We are
sure our successors will continue that record of steady improvement
in the quality of parliamentary scrutiny of the MoD and the Armed
Forces, and will add further depth to the democratic accountability
and control of our Armed Forces, which are fundamental elements
in securing the high regard in which they are held in this country.