MIL-OSI UK: Committee questions Secretary of State

Source: British Parliament News

18 January 2019
The Committee holds a further evidence session with the Secretary of State for Defence on his priorities for the Ministry of Defence following the oral evidence session of 29 October 2018 having been cut short.

The session will cover the remainder of the areas of policy which were not reached in October including NATO, UK-US relations, threats and the protection of former and serving personnel from historic allegations. This session will be the first opportunity for the Committee to take evidence following the publication of the Modernising Defence Programme document in December 2018. Matters that have arisen since October, such as the airport drone incidents and the US announcements on the INF Treaty and the Middle East will also be discussed.
Tuesday 22 January 2019, The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
At 3.30pm
Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Secretary of State for Defence
Lieutenant General Richard Nugee CVO CBE, Chief of Defence People
Air Marshal Richard Knighton CB, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Financial and Military Capability)
Angus Lapsley, Director General Strategy and International
Further information
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MIL-OSI UK: Committee further explore protection of Veterans

Source: British Parliament News

07 January 2019
This is the third evidence session of the Committee’s inquiry into the question of how former service personnel can be protected from the spectre of investigation and re-investigation for events that happened many years, and often decades, in the past.

This session takes evidence from Martyn Day, the senior partner and co-founder of Leigh Day solicitors.
Tuesday 8 January 2019, The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
At 11.45am
Martyn Day, Senior Partner, Leigh Day
Further information
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MIL-OSI UK: Defence Secretary gives statement on the Modernising Defence Programme

Source: British House of Commons News

18 December 2018
Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson, has given a statement in the House of Commons on the Modernising Defence Programme.

Following a review into how to modernise the UK’s armed forces, the Defence secretary said, “we can be proud of what we’ve achieved since 2015 but we must also be vigilant.”
Following the announcement of an additional £1.8billion for defence in the 2018 Budget, the Minister set out three broad priorities for defence – mobilisation, modernisation and the transformation of how the UK conducts business related to defence.
Concluding his statement Williamson said,

“The capability, investments and policy approaches set out with the extra £1.8billions worth of defence funding will help us keep on track to deliver the right UK defence through the challenging decade ahead. Without a shadow of a doubt there is a lot more work to be done as we move towards next year’s spending review. We must sustain this momentum if we are to realise our long-term goals of increasing the lethality, reach and mass of our armed force”

The Shadow Defence Secretary, Nia Griffith, responded to the Government’s statement on behalf of the Opposition.
Criticising the delay to the review, she said

“Given the amount of time it’s taken […] it is staggering that the end result is so underwhelming”

She went on to question the announced funding and the Government’s past and ongoing strategy for defence.
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MIL-OSI UK: Lords debates reconciliation in British foreign policy

Source: British House Of Lords News

13 December 2018
Members of the Lords, including a member of the Lords International Relations Committee and the Labour spokesperson for international development, will debate the role of reconciliation in British foreign, defence and international development policy, in the House of Lords on Friday 14 December.

This is a general debate. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government’s attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury (Bishops).
Members expected to take part include:
Earl Howe (Conservative), minister of state in the Ministry of Defence, will respond on behalf of the government.
Further information
Image: House of Lords 2018 / Photography by Roger Harris