Nov 09. Defence Committee: Evidence from Defence Secretary. The Committee is to take evidence from the Defence Secretary at 10.30hrs on 24 Nov 09 (postponed from 10 Nov 09) in Committee Room 6. The Committee will initially take evidence for its Inquiry into the MoD’s Annual Report and Accounts. Further evidence is to be taken for the Committee’s Inquiry into the Readiness and Recuperation of the Armed Forces. The Session will also be used to explore the Green Paper process which is expected to lead to a Strategic Defence Review in 2010.
Comment: The earlier Session was postponed because the Defence Secretary was unwell. The venue (Committee Room 6 in the Palace of Westminster) is only provisional and should be checked on the day before the hearing (Tel: 020-7219 5745 for Committee information). (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 09/43, 16 Nov 09)
Nov 09. Parliament: Pre-Budget Report. The Chancellor of the Exchequer proposes to present the pre-Budget Report on 9 Dec 09.
Comment: The pre-Budget Report provides forewarning of possible future Departmental financial plans. However, given the forthcoming General Election (which has to be held by 3 Jun 10) this year’s Report may only be of limited value. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 09/43, 16 Nov 09)