Members of the Lords, including a former Chief of the Defence Staff and a former head of the Royal Navy, debated the current challenges to the international rules-based order, the preparedness of the UK armed forces and the Nato Alliance and the promotion of defence and security interests, in the House of Lords on Tuesday 21 March.
Two motions were considered together: a motion for general debate was considered alongside a motion to approve the Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2017. This statutory instrument (SI) is an annual renewal of provisions under the Armed Forces Act 2006, which established a single system of service law for all three armed services.
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 Earl Howe (Conservative), minister of state in the Ministry of Defence, who also responded on behalf of the government.
Members taking part included: