Ministry of Defence

We protect the security, independence and interests of our country at home and abroad. We work with our allies and partners whenever possible. Our aim is to ensure that the armed forces have the training, equipment and support necessary for their work, and that we keep within budget.

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Secretary of State

Ben Wallace
Secretary of State for Defence

Ministers of State
Jeremy Quin - Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
Baroness Goldie - Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
James Heappey - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

15 Jan 2021, 6:55 p.m.
The latest batch of 113 Somali soldiers has graduated from training where the @BritishArmy taught them marksmanship, patrolling, medical aid and counter-IED techniques. Read more here 👇 - Link
15 Jan 2021, 5:30 p.m.
‘It was weird heading back to school, but helping teachers and students get their testing process off to a good start, was great’. Read about @RoyalAirForce support to Coronavirus testing in Lincolnshire schools here: - Link
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Ministry of Defence Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Dec. 07 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Nov. 10 Urgent Questions Armed Forces: Covid-19 Deployment
Jan. 12 Written Statements Defence Equipment Plan
Dec. 16 Westminster Hall Defence Manufacturing and Procurement: Shropshire
Oct. 15 Adjournment Debate Ministry of Defence Tenants: Evictions
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Ministry of Defence - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Tabled: 18th March 2020

A Bill to Make provision about legal proceedings and consideration of derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights in connection with operations of the armed forces outside the British Islands.

Last Event - 1st reading : House of Lords
Wednesday 4th November 2020
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Lords
Wednesday 20th January 2021

Ministry of Defence - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
17 Dec 2020
In Force
7 Jan 2021
Ministry of Defence Maritime Enforcement Powers (Specification of the Royal Navy Police) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations provide that members of the Royal Navy Police are persons of a specified description, and are therefore law enforcement officers, for the purposes of section 84(3)(g) of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 (c.3). This enables Royal Navy Police to exercise the maritime enforcement powers given to law enforcement officers in Chapter 5 of Part 4 of that Act.
19 Nov 2020
In Force
1 Jan 2021
Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Redundancy Scheme Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order amends the Armed Forces Redundancy Scheme Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/55) and the Armed Forces (Redundancy, Resettlement and Gratuity Earnings (Schemes) (No. 2) Order 2010 (S.I. 2010/832), and establishes a new redundancy scheme for members of the Armed Forces: the Armed Forces Redundancy Scheme 2020 (“the AFRS 2020”).
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Ministry of Defence Select Committee

Ministry of Defence Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.

Ministry of Defence Publications

Ministry of Defence Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
15 Jan 2021, 10:31 a.m. Lord Bishop of St Albans (Bishops - Bishops) Lord Bishop of St Albans (Bishops - Bishops)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Goldie on 3 November 2020 (HL9440), what resources are available for training new officers in the British Armed Forces to identify those under their command who are experiencing financial difficulties caused by gambling.

Answered by Baroness Goldie - Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)

Trainee Officers in the UK Armed Forces are provided with briefing to identify the various indicators that personnel under their command may be experiencing financial difficulties, including those caused by gambling. We also provide our Officers with briefings from the Royal British Legion MoneyForce initiative which aim to assist all Service personnel, their partners, families and dependants, to be better equipped to manage their money and financial affairs. When problem-gambling is identified, Officers are equipped with information and advice on where to signpost their personnel to receive help, including through specialist military welfare staffs (SSAFA), Service charities, the NHS Problem Gambling Clinic, Gamcare, the Gordon Moody Association and Gamblers Anonymous.

Officers can also signpost their personnel to the Joining Forces Credit Union which supplies bespoke products to move Service personnel away from Payday Loan Companies. Joint Forces Credit Union has also set up a specific COVID-19 support package. In addition, The Money and Pensions Service have also run a financial awareness campaign with the British Forces Broadcasting Service to highlight everything from savings/loans to pensions.

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