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

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

2 Apr 2020, 4:43 p.m.
Our Reservists are ready to help with public services, as part of the #COVIDSupportForce. They will deliver essential support for @NHSuk to ensure they get the stores and equipment they need. Read more 👉 #InThisTogether #Coronavirus - Link
2 Apr 2020, 1:55 p.m.
RFA Argus has set sail for the Caribbean to support British Overseas Territories during the upcoming hurricane season. The ship will also be on hand to support the #Coronavirus response if required. #InThisTogether Statement from Defence Minister Jeremy Quin👇 - 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
Mar. 16 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Mar. 16 Topical Questions Topical Questions
May. 20 Urgent Questions Use of Torture Overseas
Mar. 24 Written Statements Reserve Forces’ and Cadet Forces’ Associations: Annual Report
Feb. 26 Westminster Hall Cawdor Barracks
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
Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill 2019-21 1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 19 Mar 2020, 11:48 a.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.
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

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 Apr 2020, 10:27 a.m. Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill 2019-21 Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick


To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the (1) government of Ireland, and (2) political parties in Northern Ireland, about the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill.

Answer (Baroness Goldie)

The Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill relates to the conduct of the UK Armed Forces outside of the UK. The operation of the UK Armed Forces is a reserved matter and one for the UK Government. The introduction of the Bill in the House of Commons is just the start of the process, and the Ministry of Defence will continue to engage with stakeholders across the UK throughout the Bill’s progress through Parliament.

No discussions have taken place with the Irish Government on the contents of this Bill.

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