11 May 16. Defence Committee – New Inquiry: SDSR2015 And The Army.
The SDSR2015 set out the Government’s strategy for the Army for the next 10 years and builds on announcements made in SDSR2010 and the Army 2020 plan of 2012. The Committee has agreed to hold an inquiry, and is seeking evidence, into the outcomes of SDSR2015 for the Army focusing on the following matters:
• Progress in the delivery of the Army 2020 programme.
• What change is yet required in the Army to meet the requirements of the SDSR’s Joint Force 2025, and other changing strategic circumstances.
• The ability of the Army, by 2025, to deliver a land division with three brigades as part of the 50,000 strong force envisaged by SDSR2015, including the provision of suitable equipment for land forces.
• How the Army is employing Regular, Reserve and other personnel as part of the MoD’s Whole Force Concept; its ability to maximise talent in its ranks, and the suitability of its career structures and terms and conditions of service.
• Whether the training programme for the Army is sufficient to meet the broad and varied requirements of its likely future commitments.
• The structure, flexibility and institutional resilience of the Army to provide both conventional defences against state-based threats and the need to counter threats that do not recognise national borders.
The inquiry will also assess the MoD’s strategy for the Army against the Committee’s checklist of potential threats and vulnerabilities contained in its First Report: A flexible response? An SDSR checklist of potential threats and vulnerabilities.
Written submissions for this inquiry should be submitted via the inquiry page on the Defence Committee website. The deadline for written submissions is Monday 6 June 2016.
Submissions should state clearly who the submission is from e.g. ‘Written evidence submitted by
Submissions must be a self-contained memorandum in Word or Rich Text Format (not PDFs). Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference and the document should, if possible, include an executive summary.
Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.
Please bear in mind that the Committee will not consider individual cases or matters currently before a court of law, or matters in respect of which court proceedings are imminent. If you anticipate such issues arising, you should discuss with the Clerk of the Committee how this might affect your submission.
The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
The personal information you supply will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of attributing the evidence you submit and contacting you as necessary in connection with its processing. The Clerk of the House of Commons is the data controller for the purposes of the Act.
11 May 16. Defence Committee, Publication Of Lariam Report. The Defence Committee will be publishing its Report, An acceptable risk? The use of Lariam for military personnel on Tuesday 24 May at 00.01am.
This will be the Committee’s Fourth Report of Session 2015–16 (HC 567).
The Report will be on the Committee’s website, www.parliament.uk/defcom from 00.01 am on Tuesday 24 May.
House of Commons and House of Lords Written Answers
Asked by Mr Graham Allen
Asked on: 29 April 2016
Ministry of Defence