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

Johnny Mercer MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)
Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP
Secretary of State for Defence
Ministers of State
Rt Hon Mark Lancaster MP
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
Stuart Andrew MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

16 Oct 2019, 8:53 p.m.
To mark the launch of the new @VeteransGovUK the @RBLI in Kent hosted @OliverDowden and @JohnnyMercerUK to hear the views of veterans living and working at their amazing facilities. - Link
16 Oct 2019, 7 p.m.
Lance Corporal Kuhn has been deployed on Op CABRIT for the last 7 months, as part of the #NATO Battlegroup out in Estonia. #WeAreNATO Read his story here: 👉 - 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. 08 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 08 Topical Questions Topical Questions
May. 20 Urgent Questions Use of Torture Overseas
Sep. 03 Written Statements Reserve Forces and Cadets Association External Security Team Report 2019
Jul. 25 Westminster Hall Mental Health Act 1983
Oct. 14 Adjournment Debate Battle of Arnhem: 75th Anniversary
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Ministry of Defence Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
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

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

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Oct. 16 Regional Employer Engagement Directors' contacts Guidance and Regulation
Oct. 16 MOD byelaws: North Yorkshire Guidance and Regulation
Oct. 15 New solar panels generate savings at Worthy Down News and Communications
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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
8 Oct 2019, 1:31 p.m. Armed Forces: Training Jim Shannon


To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure the safety of recruits undertaking physical training courses.

Answer (Johnny Mercer)

We take our duty of care to our personnel very seriously, but risk is inherent in many activities carried out by the Armed Forces. This risk is rendered as low as reasonably practicable during training by ensuring that its design and delivery are subject to strict safety procedures and rigorous risk analysis. Training programmes are also subject to internal or external assurance and audit inspections including by OFSTED.

On 1 April 2015, we established the Defence Safety Authority which brings together the Defence Safety Regulators and the Accident Investigation Branch, providing independent assurance to the Secretary of State in accordance with his health, safety and environmental policy statement.

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