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)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Angela Crawley (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence Procurement)
Martin Docherty-Hughes (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence Team Member)
John Healey (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Lord Touhig (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)
Stewart Malcolm McDonald (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence)
Lord Tunnicliffe (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)
Baroness Smith of Newnham (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence)
Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Defence)
Gavin Robinson (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Defence)
Jamie Stone (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence)
Lord Campbell of Pittenweem (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Defence)
Shadow Ministers
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Defence)
Stephen Morgan (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement)
Mr Khalid Mahmood (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Defence)
Stephen Morgan (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Defence)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

4 Aug 2020, 2:12 p.m.
Find out how Flexible Service is helping LCpl Rosemarie Coetzer balance her commitments to her Service with her personal development and family. Read her full story and find out more here 👉 - Link
3 Aug 2020, 12:20 p.m.
📸 Take a look at 11 pictures of a historic moment with British and US airborne soldiers 👇 @16AirAssltBde @usairforce - 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
Jul. 06 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
May. 20 Urgent Questions Use of Torture Overseas
Feb. 26 Westminster Hall Cawdor Barracks
May. 21 Adjournment Debate Christmas Island Nuclear Testing: Compensation
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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 1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 19 Mar 2020, 11:48 a.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
9 Mar 2020
In Force
6 Apr 2020
Ministry of Defence Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order amends the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1983 (“the Scheme”), which makes provision for the payment of pensions and allowances to, or in respect of, civilians who were killed or injured during the 1939-1945 World War.
9 Mar 2020
In Force
6 Apr 2020
Ministry of Defence Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order amends the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/517) (“the 2011 Order”), which provides for benefits to be payable to, or in respect of, a person by reason of injury, illness or death caused wholly or partly, by service in the regular or reserve armed forces.
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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
4 Aug 2020, 10:51 a.m. Unmanned Air Vehicles Baroness Stern


To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent progress they have made on the Zephyr High-Altitude Pseudo-Satellite programme, following the reported mishaps in 2019.

Answer (Baroness Goldie)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is sponsoring a High-Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) Operational Concept Demonstrator (OCD) utilising the Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) Zephyr platform to explore the utility of this cutting edge and novel technology.

There are always setbacks when you push the boundaries of technology to explore future concepts. The unfortunate incidents in 2019 led to investigations being carried out by the relevant authorities and ADS have taken the findings and implemented improvements. ADS planned to demonstrate these improvements during the HAPS OCD this summer, but trials have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The MOD continue to work with Airbus to progress the OCD and to identify further opportunities for demonstration in order to fully explore the utility of HAPS.

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