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.
Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP
Secretary of State for Defence
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|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.|
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|Ministry of Defence||Defence and Security Public Contracts (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation||Draft affirmative procedure|
|These Regulations make amendments to the Defence and Security Public Contracts (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/697) (“the 2019 Regulations”) and further amendments to the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011 (S.I. 2011/1848) (“the 2011 Regulations”).|
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|Oct. 21||Royal Navy seizes over 450kg in the largest methamphetamine drug bust in the Middle East||News and Communications|
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|22 Oct 2020, 12:38 p.m.||Lord West of Spithead (Labour - Life peer)||Lord West of Spithead (Labour - Life peer)|
Question to the Ministry of Defence:
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications for the Tempest programme of the announcement of an American sixth generation fighter.
Answered by Baroness Goldie - Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
The 2018 Combat Air Strategy confirmed the UK's commitment to a strong and sustainable Combat Air Sector. The Strategy reinforced the importance of effective international partnering in delivering next generation combat air and building on mutual strengths. The Strategy also confirmed that we will seek to maximise interoperability, especially with the United States, wider NATO, European and global allies and partners. The Department will shortly submit the future combat air outline business case, which will down-select the acquisition route.