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

Ministers of State
Jeremy Quin MP - Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
Baroness Goldie - Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
James Heappey MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

18 Sep 2020, 12:20 p.m.
💸 £81m worth of cocaine never to reach the streets of Britain after @RoyalMarines hunted down and stopped drugs smugglers in the Caribbean Sea.💪 Read the story here: Read the full story here: - Link
18 Sep 2020, 12:03 p.m.
Minister for Defence People and Veterans @JohnnyMercerUK appeared on @BBCr4today this morning to discuss the #OverseasOperationsBill ahead of its Second Reading next week. You can listen to the full interview from 1:53:02 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. 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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Ministry of Defence - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
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.

Ministry of Defence - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
9 Mar 2020
In Force
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
In Force
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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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
Sep. 17 Tri-service pension codes: April 2020 Guidance and Regulation
Sep. 17 Recruit trainee survey: financial year 2019/20 Statistics
Sep. 17 Officer Cadet survey: financial year 2019/20 Statistics
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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
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.

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