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House of Commons Defence Committee

The Strategic Defence and Security Review and the National Security Strategy Sixth Report of Session 2010–12 Volume I: Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence Additional written evidence is contained in Volume II, available on the Committee website at www.parliament.uk/defcom Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 20 July 2011

HC 761 Published on 3 August 2011 by authority of the House of Commons London: The Stationery Office Limited £28.70

The Defence Committee 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. Current membership Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Conservative, North East Hampshire) (Chair) Mr Julian Brazier MP (Conservative, Canterbury) Thomas Docherty MP (Labour, Dunfermline and West Fife) Rt Hon Jeffrey M. Donaldson MP (Democratic Unionist, Lagan Valley) John Glen MP (Conservative, Salisbury) Mr Mike Hancock MP (Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South) Mr Dai Havard MP (Labour, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney) Mrs Madeleine Moon MP (Labour, Bridgend) Penny Mordaunt MP (Conservative, Portsmouth North) Sandra Osborne MP (Labour, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock) Bob Stewart MP (Conservative, Beckenham) Ms Gisela Stuart MP (Labour, Birmingham, Edgbaston) The following were also Members of the Committee during the Parliament: Mr Adam Holloway MP (Conservative, Gravesham) Alison Seabeck MP (Labour, Moor View) John Woodcock MP (Lab/Co-op, Barrow and Furness) Mr David Hamilton MP (Labour, Midlothian) Powers 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 via www.parliament.uk. Publications 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/parliament.uk/defcom. A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is at the back of this volume. The Reports of the Committee, the formal minutes relating to that report, oral evidence taken and some or all written evidence are available in a printed volume. Additional written evidence may be published on the internet only. Committee staff The current staff of the Committee are Alda Barry (Clerk), Georgina HolmesSkelton (Second Clerk), Karen Jackson (Audit Adviser), Ian Thomson (Inquiry Manager), Christine Randall (Senior Committee Assistant), Miguel Boo Fraga (Committee Assistant) and Sumati Sowamber (Committee Support Assistant). Contacts All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Defence Committee, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 5745; the Committee’s email address is [email protected] Media inquiries should be addressed to Alex Paterson on 020 7219 1589.

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Contents Report Conclusions and recommendations

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Introduction

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National Security Council

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Status and membership of the National Security Council National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review Whitehall structure A Department for National Security? Minister for National Security and National Security Adviser National Security Council Secretariat The NSC and COBR Parliamentary scrutiny of the National Security Council Attendance of the Leader of the Opposition



National Security Strategy Foundation of the National Security Strategy UK influence in the world Deficit Reduction “Full spectrum capability” Strategy: ends, ways and means National Security Risk Assessment Adaptable Posture