23 Nov 17. Defence Committee – Locally Employed Civilians.
Tuesday 28 November 2017, Wilson Room.
• Tom Tugendhat MBE MP
• Dr Sara de Jong, Open University
• Baroness Coussins, Member, LEC Assurance Committee
• Marshal of the Royal Air Force the Lord Stirrup KG GCB AFC, Member, LEC Assurance Committee
The Committee is holding a one-off evidence session to follow up its work in the previous parliament on locally employed civilians (LECs) in Afghanistan. Throughout the United Kingdom’s engagement in Afghanistan, UK military and civilian personnel deployed there were heavily reliant on Afghan citizens who were employed to perform a range of key tasks including interpretation. It has been reported that former LECs and their families still in Afghanistan are vulnerable to intimidation and reprisals due to their previous association with British forces.
The Committee is examining the effectiveness of measures that the Government has put in place to provide security and support to LECs in Afghanistan, and whether these measures adequately reflect the crucial role played by LECs in the campaign.
23 Nov 17. Defence Committee. The effects of BAE Restructuring on UK Defence. Tuesday 28 November 2017, Committee Room: The Grimond Room.
• Chris Boardman, MD of UK Military Air and Information
• Bob Keen Head of Government Relations, BAE Systems
• Garry Graham, Deputy Secretary General, Prospect
• Steve Turner, Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union
• Jarrod Rex, BAE Brough, Unite the Union
• Roland Entwistle, BAE Warton and Samlesbury, Unite the Union
On 10 October, BAE Systems announced organisational changes and plans for workforce reductions of 1,915 personnel. The Committee is holding a one-off evidence session to assess the impact of BAE’s reorganisation and the workforce reductions on UK Defence.
Further details of the inquiry can be found on the link: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/defence-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/inquiry4
House of Commons and House of Lords Hansard Written Answers
Asked by Bridget Phillipson
(Houghton and Sunderland South)
Asked on: 16 November 2017
Government Departments: Cybercrime
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps have been taken since publication of the National Cyber Security Strategy to ensure that government departments are adequately protected from cyber-attacks.
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 23 November 2017
We have strengthened government’s cyber resilience through the adoption of our National Cyber Security Centre’s Active Cyber Defence measures, migration away from insecure legacy or unsupported IT systems and the safe adoption of cloud services. We have established a security profession that will continue to deliver a pipeline of cyber security talent to departments.
Cabinet Office will shortly issue new minimum Cyber Security Standards to all central Government departments ensuring comprehensive protection from cyber attacks.