§ Mr. Jopling
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the role and responsibility of the directorate of operational capability; to whom it reports; and what organisation it has replaced in his Department. 
§ Mr. Soames
The directorate of operational capability was formed earlier this year. Its primary function is to provide a strengthened ability to assess defence-wide operational capability through a process of operational audit. This task was previously the responsibility of Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations).
The directorate also provides the military element of the secretariat for the Defence Council. The director of operational capability reports directly to the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Commitments).