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.

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)

17 Aug 2019, 2:40 p.m.
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17 Aug 2019, 2:09 p.m.
Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan joined veterans and current service personnel in Lisburn to commemorate those who served to restore peace in Northern Ireland during Op Banner - 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
Jul. 15 Written Statements Chemical Weapons Convention: Declaration of Protective Programme
Jul. 25 Westminster Hall Mental Health Act 1983
May. 21 Adjournment Debate Christmas Island Nuclear Testing: Compensation
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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
Aug. 16 Defence ordnance, munitions and explosives safety and environmental management policy (JSP 520) Guidance and Regulation
Aug. 16 Military laser safety (JSP 390) Guidance and Regulation
Aug. 16 MOD explosives regulations (JSP 482) 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
2 Aug 2019, 1:36 p.m. Armed Forces: Recruitment Lord Campbell of Pittenweem


To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) Royal Navy, (2) army, and (3) Royal Air Force, recruits there were in each of the last five years for which records are available.

Answer (Baroness Goldie)

The number of recruits joining the Armed Forces in the last five years is given in the table below.

12 Months Ending31 March 201531 March 201631 March 201731 March 201831 March 2019
Royal Navy/Royal Marines2,9332,9973,0453,0423,143
Royal Air Force1,8822,1992,0442,1002,357

UK Regular Forces includes trained and untrained UK Regulars, excludes Gurkhas, Military Provost Guard Service, Locally Engaged Personnel, Volunteer Reserve, Serving Regular Reserve, Sponsored Reserve, and Full Time Reserve Service.

The Armed Forces recruitment figures are published in the Armed Forces Quarterly Service Personnel Statistics at the following link:

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