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A Green Paper on the future of UK defence - published ahead of the Strategic Defence Review (SDR), which will take place after this year's general election - was announced in a ministerial statement in the House of Commons by Defence Secretary, Bob Ainsworth MP.
Issues for the review
The Green Paper, 'Adaptability and Partnership: Issues for the Strategic Defence Review', analyses the future for which the Government must plan, sets out some essential principles, and poses six key strategic questions that the review will need to address.
When a government department is considering bringing in a new law or, as in this case, planning a major review of defence, it will often put together a discussion or consultation document known as a Green Paper. The aim is to let people both in and outside Parliament debate the issues and give the department feedback on its proposals. Copies are usually available on the different departmental websites.
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