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Unique Identifying Number – Every written question in the House of Commons has a UIN per Parliament. In the House of Lords each written questions has a UIN per parliamentary session.
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Asked by Jack Lopresti
(Filton and Bradley Stoke)
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 06 July 2020
Ministry of Defence
Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Written Statement of 26 February 2020, Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, HCWS126, whether it remains his policy that the UK will (a) continue to exceed the NATO target of spending two per cent of GDP on defence and (b) maintain the established strength of all branches of the (i) armed services and (ii) armed forces reservists; and if he will make a statement.
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Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 09 July 2020

Her Majesty's Government will continue to exceed the NATO target of spending 2% of GDP on defence and increase the budget by at least 0.5 above inflation every year. The UK is one of only a handful of nations that meets the 2% target, and we remain the largest European Defence spender in NATO. The Integrated Review will consider all aspects of international policy from defence to diplomacy and development. It is too early to discuss specifics, but I can assure you that this country will maintain the strength of our world class Armed Forces.

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Asked by John Healey
(Wentworth and Dearne)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 June 2020
Ministry of Defence
Afghanistan: War Crimes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date was Operation Northmoor concluded by his Department.
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Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 26 June 2020
Holding answer received on 25 June 2020

On 15 July 2019, following consultation with the Director of Service Prosecutions and with the concurrence of the independent persons providing external assurance, the then Provost Marshal (Army) exercised his right as an independent authority to conclude the investigation phase of Operation Northmoor.

In line with normal Service Police practice, anyone interviewed under caution and any affected units were notified, once appropriate, that they would not be referred to prosecutors.

Grouped Questions: 62290 | 62291 | 62292
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Asked by John Healey
(Wentworth and Dearne)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 June 2020
Ministry of Defence
Afghanistan: War Crimes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on what date he announced that Operation Northmoor had been concluded; and how that official announcement made.
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Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 26 June 2020
Holding answer received on 25 June 2020

On 15 July 2019, following consultation with the Director of Service Prosecutions and with the concurrence of the independent persons providing external assurance, the then Provost Marshal (Army) exercised his right as an independent authority to conclude the investigation phase of Operation Northmoor.

In line with normal Service Police practice, anyone interviewed under caution and any affected units were notified, once appropriate, that they would not be referred to prosecutors.

Grouped Questions: 62289 | 62291 | 62292
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Asked by John Healey
(Wentworth and Dearne)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 June 2020
Ministry of Defence
Afghanistan: War Crimes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the conclusions of Operation Northmoor.
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Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 26 June 2020
Holding answer received on 25 June 2020

On 15 July 2019, following consultation with the Director of Service Prosecutions and with the concurrence of the independent persons providing external assurance, the then Provost Marshal (Army) exercised his right as an independent authority to conclude the investigation phase of Operation Northmoor.

In line with normal Service Police practice, anyone interviewed under caution and any affected units were notified, once appropriate, that they would not be referred to prosecutors.

Grouped Questions: 62289 | 62290 | 62292
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Asked by John Healey
(Wentworth and Dearne)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 June 2020
Ministry of Defence
Afghanistan: War Crimes
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what communication Ministers in his Department have had with personnel under investigation as part of Operation Northmoor in relation to the conclusion of that investigation.
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Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 26 June 2020
Holding answer received on 25 June 2020

On 15 July 2019, following consultation with the Director of Service Prosecutions and with the concurrence of the independent persons providing external assurance, the then Provost Marshal (Army) exercised his right as an independent authority to conclude the investigation phase of Operation Northmoor.

In line with normal Service Police practice, anyone interviewed under caution and any affected units were notified, once appropriate, that they would not be referred to prosecutors.

Grouped Questions: 62289 | 62290 | 62291
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Asked by Mary Glindon
(North Tyneside)
Asked on: 31 January 2020
Ministry of Defence
Strategic Defence and Security Review: Trade Unions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2020 to Question 6112, whether his Department is consulting with trade unions representing staff of his Department on the Government's Strategic Defence and Security Review.
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Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 10 February 2020

The Integrated Defence, Security and Foreign Policy review, announced by the Prime Minister in December, promises to be the deepest review of Britain's security, defence and foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. As such, we intend to consult with all necessary stakeholders throughout the process, including with Trade Unions where appropriate.

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(Wallasey)
Asked on: 30 January 2020
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence: Reviews
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the titles of the reviews that his Department is undertaking.
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Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 07 February 2020

The Ministry of Defence constantly reviews its processes and structures to ensure effective operation across the organisation. Our cross-Government Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review has already been announced by the Prime Minister. In addition to this, "Reserve Forces 2030: A Review of the Reserve Service" is also underway and is examining how Reserves can best contribute to Defence and wider HMG objectives by 2030.

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Asked by Dan Jarvis
(Barnsley Central)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 21 January 2020
Ministry of Defence
Strategic Defence and Security Review
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to make an announcement on the Government's Strategic Defence and Security Review.
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Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 27 January 2020

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my noble Friend, Earl Howe, on 8 January 2020 in the House of Lords (Official Report, column 177).

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Asked by Nia Griffith
(Llanelli)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 15 January 2020
Ministry of Defence
Defence
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish his Department's next Strategic Defence and Security Review.
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Answered by: Mr Ben Wallace
Answered on: 20 January 2020

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my noble Friend, Earl Howe, on 8 January 2020 in the House of Lords (Official Report, column 177).

Hansard Extract 8 January 2020 (Word Document, 22.71 KB)
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