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
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Angela Crawley MP (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence Procurement)
Martin Docherty-Hughes MP (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence Team Member)
Stewart Malcolm McDonald MP (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence)
Gavin Robinson MP (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Defence)
Jamie Stone MP (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Defence)
Nia Griffith MP (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Shadow Ministers
Fabian Hamilton MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Defence)
Wayne David MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement)
Gerald Jones MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Defence)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

29 Jan 2020, 11 a.m.
Two veterans. Two perspectives. With just 100 days to go until the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, two Chelsea Pensioners from @RHChelsea give their first-hand accounts of what they were doing on #VEDay in 1945. #VEDay75 #ThisisYourVictory - Link
29 Jan 2020, 9 a.m.
Today marks 100 days to go until #VEDay75 📣. @PoppyLegion are calling veterans and all those that contributed to the war effort to join the #VEDay celebrations in May. If you know someone who would like to take part, find out more here: @scots_guards - 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
Oct. 21 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Oct. 21 Topical Questions Topical Questions
May. 20 Urgent Questions Use of Torture Overseas
Dec. 20 Written Statements Future Nuclear Deterrent Annual Update
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 Publications

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Jan. 29 Service leavers guide Guidance and Regulation
Jan. 28 FOI responses released by MOD: week commencing 27 January 2020 Transparency
Jan. 27 MOD Schools complaints procedure Guidance and Regulation
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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
7 Jan 2020, 3:27 p.m. Weapons Baroness Anelay of St Johns


To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Humanity International's call for the development of an international political declaration to end the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas and to ensure support for the victims of these weapons.

Answer (Baroness Goldie)

The UK is at the forefront of international discussions on the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas. Officials contributed extensively to the Vienna Conference on Protection of Civilians in Urban Warfare in October 2019, in which steps towards a political declaration were taken. The next round of negotiations will take place in Geneva in February 2020 and we will take an active role in those discussions in order to ensure humanitarian concerns are balanced against operational realities. In the UK's experience, support and assistance to victims of conflict is best provided through integrated social and economic development programmes in affected countries.

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