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)

24 Oct 2020, 9 p.m.
#ICYMI: It's #UNDay, marking 75 years since the @UN began to make a difference across the world. The UK Armed Forces continue to this day to make a difference by helping to stabilise fragile states from crises in Europe, to civil wars in Africa. 🇺🇳 #UN75 - Link
24 Oct 2020, 7:01 p.m.
ICYMI: This week Defence Secretary @BWallaceMP spoke aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth for the Atlantic Future Forum. Leaders from the UK and US military met to discuss the transatlantic alliance and future cooperation between the two nations. - 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
Sep. 21 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
May. 20 Urgent Questions Use of Torture Overseas
Oct. 14 Westminster Hall RAF Valley: Funding and Employment
Oct. 15 Adjournment Debate Ministry of Defence Tenants: Evictions
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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 Committee Debate: 10th sitting: House of Commons 22 October, 2020 (1) (2) Report stage: House of Commons

3 Nov 2020

23 Oct 2020, 4:28 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
8 Oct 2020
In Force
2 Nov 2020
Ministry of Defence Ministry of Defence Police (Conduct, Performance and Appeals Tribunals) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
Explanatory text not available
7 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Ministry of Defence Defence and Security Public Contracts (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations make amendments to the Defence and Security Public Contracts (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (S.I. 2019/697) (“the 2019 Regulations”) and further amendments to the Defence and Security Public Contracts Regulations 2011 (S.I. 2011/1848) (“the 2011 Regulations”).
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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

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
23 Oct 2020, 2:59 p.m. James Gray MP (Conservative - North Wiltshire) James Gray MP (Conservative - North Wiltshire)

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of careers in aviation that will be created by Project TELUM.

Answered by Jeremy Quin - Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)

The number of careers in aviation required to fulfil the Project TELUM requirements will be a matter for the successful bidder for the contract.

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