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.
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 MPsOther Commons Chamber appearances can be:
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.
|Mar. 16||Oral Questions||Oral Answers to Questions|
|Mar. 16||Topical Questions||Topical Questions|
|May. 20||Urgent Questions||Use of Torture Overseas|
|Mar. 24||Written Statements||Reserve Forces’ and Cadet Forces’ Associations: Annual Report|
|Feb. 26||Westminster Hall||Cawdor Barracks|
|Oct. 14||Adjournment Debate||Battle of Arnhem: 75th Anniversary|
|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.|
|Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Act 2018||Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 8 February, 2018||12 Feb 2018, 2:48 p.m.|
|A Bill to make provision for members of the Regular Forces to serve part-time or subject to geographic restrictions|
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.
|Apr. 02||VAPC west Midlands: meeting minutes||Guidance and Regulation|
|Apr. 02||DASA awards £2m to fast-track autonomous vehicles in harsh conditions||News and Communications|
|Apr. 01||FOI responses released by MOD: week commencing 30 March 2020||Transparency|
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.
|2 Apr 2020, 10:27 a.m.||Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill 2019-21||Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick|
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the (1) government of Ireland, and (2) political parties in Northern Ireland, about the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill.
Answer (Baroness Goldie)
The Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill relates to the conduct of the UK Armed Forces outside of the UK. The operation of the UK Armed Forces is a reserved matter and one for the UK Government. The introduction of the Bill in the House of Commons is just the start of the process, and the Ministry of Defence will continue to engage with stakeholders across the UK throughout the Bill’s progress through Parliament.
No discussions have taken place with the Irish Government on the contents of this Bill.