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 Sep 2020, 3:14 p.m.
The Second Reading for the #OverseasOperationsBill will be delivered by @JohnnyMercerUK in Parliament tomorrow. Watch the clip for a summary of what the Bill will aim to do 👇 - Link
21 Sep 2020, 8:30 p.m.
“I’m confident that our men and women will be able to deliver. I offer them to Government on a regular basis and I know the Prime Minister is incredibly supportive.” - @BWallaceMP on the role the Armed Forces played in helping the UK tackle Covid 19. #DefenceOrals - 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
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) 2nd reading: House of Commons

23 Sep 2020

10 Sep 2020, 12:20 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
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
22 Sep 2020, 12:10 p.m. Unmanned Marine Vehicles Jonathan Edwards


To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of countries that (a) have developed and (b) are developing marine autonomous unmanned surface vehicles to detect submarines.

Answer (James Heappey)

The Ministry of Defence audits the integrity of our submarine fleet regularly for all threats and acts to ensure that it maintains the highest possible standards. The oceans are, and will remain, complex and challenging environments in which to conduct large-scale anti-submarine warfare despite technological advancements.

I am unable to make specific comment on the UK's assessment of other countries' autonomous unmanned surface vehicles for the purposes of safeguarding national security as disclosure would be likely to prejudice the defence of the UK and the capability and effectiveness of the Armed Forces.

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