Committee question military personnel on Parliament authorising the use of military force

21 March 2019

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs takes evidence from former military commanders in its inquiry examining the authorisation of the use of military force, on Tuesday 26 March


Parliament has no legal role in authorising the use of military force, however since 2003 it has been asked on several occasions to give its approval. As it continues its inquiry examining the constitutional underpinning for decisions to use military force, the Committee will hear from the former Commander of the Joint Forces Command, Chief of the Air Staff, and Chief of the Naval Staff.

Purpose of the session

The Committee is expected to explore the extent to which Governments and Prime Ministers have decided to authorise military force in different ways, whether there is now an expectation for parliament to vote on military action, and how this has impacted upon the armed forces. It will also examine the extent to which issues of legitimacy and legality are factored into the thinking of military commanders when preparing to deploy forces.


Tuesday 26 March 2019, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

From 10am

  • General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE, former Commander Joint Forces Command
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy GCB CBE DSO, Chief of the Air Staff from 2006 to 2009
  • Admiral The Rt. Hon. The Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC PC, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff from 2002 to 2006

Further information

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