28 Jun 12. Overseas Territories: White Paper. The Foreign Secretary announced publication (28 Jun 12) of a White Paper (or policy document): The Overseas Territories: Security, Success and Sustainability. The White Paper covers: Defence & security issues; Economic diversification; The environment; Good governance and External relations. In the words of the Foreign Secretary: “Today’s White Paper is the first review of the Overseas Territories since 1999 and it demonstrates the importance the Coalition Government attaches to the Overseas Territories”.
Comment: There are 14 UK Overseas Territories, 11 of which have permanent populations. The White Paper is published, as Command 8374, for £29.75. Copies of The White Paper can also be found at the FCO website (www.fco.gov.uk/news). DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS Comment:
Jun 12. Defence Committee: Publication of Report. The Committee will be publishing a report on MoD Main Estimates 2012-13 on Mon 2 Jul 12. The report will be made available on the Committee’s website (www.parliament.uk/defcom) and copies may also be purchased from the Parliamentary Bookshop. DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS Comment:
27 Jun 12. Defence Committee. Select Committee NEW INQUIRY: Defence Implications of Possible Scottish Independence. The Defence Committee announced on 10 May 2012 that it was to embark on a new inquiry into the Defence Implications of possible Scottish Independence. The Committee is announcing the Terms of Reference for the inquiry and inviting written submissions.
The Committee are particularly interested in:
* The current contribution of Scotland to the overall defence of the United Kingdom in terms not only of specific items but of shared facilities and goals;
* the implications for that defence should Scotland become independent, including those for personnel currently serving in the Armed Forces;
* the means and timescale of any necessary separation; whether and how any defence shortfall might be made good;
* the extent to which, and circumstances in which, an independent Scotland might continue to contribute to defence goals shared with other parts of these islands and other countries;
* the possible shape and size and role of Scottish defence forces following independence.
The Committee expects to hold the first oral evidence session for this inquiry before the end of July 2012. and further evidence sessions are expected to take place periodically during the present session leading to a Report in 2013. The Committee would welcome written evidence to this inquiry which should be sent to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Friday 20 July.