02 Oct 15. UK Policy on Syria. The Foreign Affairs Committee and the Defence Committee will hold a joint evidence session on UK Government policy on Syria.
Venue: Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
Time: Thursday 8 October at 2.40 pm
A focus for questioning will be the possibility of air strikes by UK aircraft in Syria.
• Lt General Sir Simon Mayall, former Senior Defence Adviser for Middle East, Ministry of Defence
• Elizabeth Quintana, Director, Military Sciences Department, Royal United Services institute (RUSI)
• Professor Marc Weller, Professor of International Law and International Constitutional Studies, University of Cambridge
• Sarah Lain, Research Fellow, Royal United Services institute (RUSI)
• Professor Anoush Ehteshami, Professor of International Relations, Durham University
• Professor Fawaz Gerges, Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics
• Ammar Waqqaf, British Syrian Society
• Dr Rim Turkmani, Research Fellow, Imperial College London
• Rami Abdurrahman, Director, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Proceedings will be webcast live on the Parliamentary website at www.parliamentlive.tv.
House of Commons and House of Lords Hansard Written Answers
Asked by Lord West of Spithead
Asked on: 17 September 2015
Ministry of Defence
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the House of Commons Defence Committee’s conclusion in its report Decision-making in Defence Policy that the Chiefs of Staff should be constituted as the Military Sub-Committee of the National Security Council.
Answered by: Earl Howe
Answered on: 28 September 2015
The Government has made clear in its September response to the House of Commons Defence Committee that we believe the current structure to be sufficient. The Chief of the Defence Staff attends the National Security Council with the remit to present the views of all three Services collectively. The Chiefs of Staff Committee is already the UK’s senior military committee and feeds into the Chief of Defence Staff’s preparation for National Security Council meetings.