asked Her Majesty’s Government:
Further to the Statement by the Secretary of State for Defence, Des Browne, (Official Report, col. 1140) that they “will do what any Government can to ensure that when Parliament is in recess information on a wide range of issues” will be “communicated appropriately to those who need to know”, on what principles Members of the House of Lords will be selected and identified as needing to know; and what methods of communication will be used. [HL6949]
If Her Majesty's Government need to make any defence-related announcements, or to provide an update on any significant defence issues while Parliament is in recess, I will write to Front Bench spokespersons, my noble friend Lady Dean, Chair of the House of Lords Defence Group and to any noble Lords who may have expressed a strong interest in the specific issue at hand. I would expect to draw any major development to the attention of the ex-Chiefs of Staff, for example. Written Ministerial Statements made in the other place in September will be repeated in the House of Lords.