This landing page features a new series of Commons Library briefings on the policies, capabilities and programmes of the nuclear weapon states.
Defence Estate Strategy, Commons Briefing papers CBP-7862, 12 January 2017
The Ministry of Defence holds one of the largest estates in the country and plans to reduce it in size by 30% by 2040. This Commons Library briefing paper outlines the Government’s plans and critical analysis by the National Audit Office.
A Better Defence Estate, Ministry of Defence, November 2016
The better defence estate strategy aims to support military capability by providing a smaller but better estate for the armed forces and their families out to 2040 and beyond.
It is a detailed, long term plan to reduce the defence built estate by 30% and provides a framework for the geographical lay down of our forces in the UK for at least a generation.
The strategy has been developed in partnership with military leaders and sets out where investment will be concentrated and where sites will be sold to deliver a significantly smaller estate which is more efficient and better enables military capability.
Delivering the defence estate, National Audit Office, HC 782, Session 2016-17, 15 November 2016
The MoD has developed a strategy that identifies the estate it needs and the 25% of its estate it can dispose of by 2040. However, the strategy and current funding levels allow only for a partial reversal of the decline in the condition of the remaining estate. There is a significant risk that the poor condition of the estate will affect the Department’s ability to provide the defence capability needed.
Written Statement, 15 December 2016
Oral Statement, 7 November 2016
The next quinquennial Armed Forces Bill is due in 2021. In 2017 the Ministry of Defence commissioned a review of the service justice system in preparation for the Bill. This paper explains what the Service Justice System is, the main outcomes of the review and the Government’s response.
This paper provides details and links for ministerial statements and parliamentary debates (from both Houses of Parliament) that cover international affairs and defence.