Defence Board

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Defence Board (MOD)
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Agency overview
Formed1958
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
HeadquartersWhitehall, Westminster, London
Agency executive
Parent agencyMinistry of Defence

The Defence Board or formally Defence Board of the United Kingdom was originally established in 1958 and existed in this form until the passing of the Defence (Transfer of Functions) Act 1964, when its original responsibilities were assumed by a new Defence Council. Today it is the highest committee of the Ministry of Defence, responsible for the full range of defence business other than the conduct of operations. .[2]

History

The Defence Board first met in July 1958 and served as a high level forum for the discussion of major defence policy issues. It met fortnightly when Parliament was in session until its abolition in January 1964. Its members were the Secretary of State for Defence, the First Lord of the Admiralty, the Secretaries of State for War and Air, the Secretary of State for Supply, the Chief of the Defence Staff, the chiefs of staff of the three services, the Permanent Secretary and the Chief Scientist.[3]

initially the Defence Board was the body legally entrusted with the defence of the United Kingdom and its overseas territories and with control over the British armed forces, and is part of the Ministry of Defence. It was established in 1958 and existed in this form until the passing of the Defence (Transfer of Functions) Act 1964, when its responsibilities were taken over by a new Defence Council.[4]

Members

The Defence Board is described as the highest committee of the Ministry of Defence, responsible for the full range of defence business other than the conduct of operations.[5] It meets every month and provides strategic direction and oversight of defence matters.[6]

Members Office Holder Name
Political Secretary of State for Defence (Chairperson) The Rt Hon Ben Wallace
Minister of State for Defence Baroness Goldie
Military Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nicholas Carter
Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Timothy Fraser
Civil Service Permanent Secretary Sir Stephen Lovegrove
Director General Finance Cat Little
Non-Executive Personnel Lead Non-Executive Board Member Sir Gerry Grimstone
Chair of the Defence Audit Committee Simon Henry
Chair of the Defence Equipment and Support Board Paul Skinner
Chair of the People Committee Danuta Grey

Footnotes

  1. at 7:21pm, 24th July 2019. "Ben Wallace Named New Defence Secretary". Forces Network. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  2. "Records of the Defence Board and Defence Council". discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Kew, London: National Archives UK. 1962–2000. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  3. National Archives UK
  4. National Archives UK
  5. "Our Governance". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  6. "How Defence Works (December 2015)" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 18 September 2016.