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.
Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP
Secretary of State for Defence
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|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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|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.|
9 Mar 2020
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
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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|17 Sep 2020, 2:32 p.m.||Armed Forces: Crime||Carol Monaghan|
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for each case in which a (a) veteran or (b) member of the armed forces has been convicted of a crime which took place during an overseas operation over the last 20 years, what length of time passed between the criminal act and conviction.
Answer (Johnny Mercer)
As this data is not held centrally it is taking some time to compile, and I will write to the hon. Member shortly.