The Defence Committee is appointed by the House of
Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy
of the Ministry of Defence and its associated public bodies.
Mr Bruce George MP (Labour, Walsall South)
Mr James Cran, MP (Conservative, Beverley and
Mr David Crausby MP (Labour, Bolton North East)
Mr Mike Hancock CBE MP (Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth
Mr Gerald Howarth MP (Conservative, Aldershot)
Mr Kevan Jones MP (Labour, North Durham)
Jim Knight MP (Labour, South Dorset)
Patrick Mercer OBE MP (Conservative, Newark)
Syd Rapson BEM MP (Labour, Portsmouth North)
Mr Frank Roy MP (Labour, Motherwell and Wishaw)
Rachel Squire MP (Labour, Dunfermline West)
The Committee is one of the departmental select committees,
the powers of which are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders,
principally in SO No.152. These are available on the Internet
The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published
by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications
of the Committee (including press notices) are on the Internet
at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/defhome.htm. A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament
is at the back of this volume.
All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk
of the Defence Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons,
London SW1A 0AA. The telephone numbers for general inquiries are:
020 7219 5745/6872; the Committee's e-mail address is: [email protected]
In the footnotes of this Report, references to oral
evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question number.
References to written evidence are indicated by the page number
as in 'Ev 12'.