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

Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP
Secretary of State for Defence

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

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

22 Oct 2020, 5:04 p.m.
As the #OverseasOperationsBill goes through the committee stage we're reminded of @BrianWoodMC's past experiences. Watch a clip of his interview with @JohnnyMercerUK below and the full video here: - Link
22 Oct 2020, 4:45 p.m.
.@RoyalMarines from @847NAS have guided a live bombing run in North Scotland for the first time from a @USMC F-35B. #WeAreNATO Take a look at how it played out.👇 - 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
Sep. 21 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
May. 20 Urgent Questions Use of Torture Overseas
Oct. 14 Westminster Hall RAF Valley: Funding and Employment
Oct. 15 Adjournment Debate Ministry of Defence Tenants: Evictions
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Ministry of Defence - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill 2019-21 Committee stage: House of Commons Report stage: House of Commons

3 Nov 2020

22 Oct 2020, 11:44 p.m.
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.

Ministry of Defence - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
8 Oct 2020
In Force
2 Nov 2020
Ministry of Defence Ministry of Defence Police (Conduct, Performance and Appeals Tribunals) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
Explanatory text not available
7 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
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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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
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.

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