The WHO is negotiating a treaty on pandemic preparedness. The briefing outlines what has been proposed, where negotiations are up to, and what comes next.
The Government published its long-awaited Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy: Global Britain in a Competitive Age on 16 March 2021. That document was followed by a Defence Command Paper, Defence in a Competitive Age, on 22 March 2021.
The Integrated Review lays out the Government’s vision for the UK to 2030. It provides a strategic threat assessment and identifies the UK’s foreign policy priorities for the next decade. The Defence Command Paper focuses on the defence aspects and outlines plans to modernise the armed forces.
The House of Commons Library has written several briefings which examine the main outcomes. Further Library analysis will follow:
Integrated Review 2021: Summary, House of Commons Library, 17 March 2021
Integrated Review 2021: Increasing the cap on the UK’s nuclear stockpile, House of Commons Library, 19 March 2021
Defence Command Paper 2021: Summary, House of Commons Library, 23 March 2021
UK Army to be reduced to 72,500, House of Commons Library Insight, 23 March 2021
Global Britain and the Integrated Review in Parliament, House of Commons Library, 24 March 2021
Integrated Review 2021: emerging defence technologies, House of Commons Library, 25 March 2021
Defence Command Paper: equipment cuts, House of Commons Library, 30 March 2021
Integrated Review: International Development, House of Commons Library, 28 April 2021
Integrated Review: The defence tilt to the Indo-Pacific, House of Commons Library, 11 May 2021
A Westminster Hall debate on Funding levels for diplomatic staff in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is scheduled for Tuesday 24 May 2022, from 9.30am to 11.00am. The debate will be led by Valerie Vaz MP.
The investigation of former British soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles” is receiving a significant amount of media and parliamentary attention as a result of ongoing court cases and the Government's new proposals for dealing with legacy issues in Northern Ireland.