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)

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12 Dec 2019, 12:46 p.m.
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6 Dec 2019, 2:12 p.m.
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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
Nov. 04 Written Statements Shipbuilding
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

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
5 Nov 2019, 11:55 a.m. Ministry of Defence: Honours Seema Malhotra


To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of staff in his Department in receipt of each category of Honour in (a) December 2018 and (b) June 2019 were (i) from ethnic minority backgrounds and (ii) female aged (A) under 30, (B) 31 to 40, (C) 41 to 50 and (D) aged over 50.

Answer (Mark Lancaster)

The Government is committed to ensuring that the honours system is fully representative of UK society. The proportion of women and people from ethnic minorities receiving recognition on each honours list is available on GOV.UK, and a breakdown of ethnicities of recipients is published on the Ethnicity Facts and Figures website at:

Information on ages is not correlated with other diversity factors. We also publish the proportion of honours by independent committee on GOV.UK. The numbers of honours recipients in the Ministry of Defence are very small and vary from year to year. Releasing the requested data would identify the individuals and they have given permission for their data to be used for statistical purposes only.

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