Armed forces personnel will receive a delayed pay award for a second year running. Here we look at how pay for the armed forces is agreed, the role of the Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body and the impact on retention. …Read more
This briefing paper details the support available to armed forces veterans in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. …Read more
The UK is sending 250 soldiers to Mali to join the UN peacekeeping mission in 2020. This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the deployment and the situation in Mali.…Read more
Refugees camps are especially vulnerable to serious outbreaks of Covid-19. Here we look at the conditions in the world’s largest refugee settlement, Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled.
The FCO has advised against all non-essential global travel and has urged Britons travelling abroad to return to the UK as soon as possible. MPs have questioned the government’s response. Here we look at what the FCO has done to help British travellers return home and reaction from MPs and the media. The paper provides information on how to access FCO travel advice.
The Government has announced up to 20,000 military personnel will be put on standby to support the public services as part of a new Covid Support Force. This Commons Library briefing paper looks at when the armed forces can be deployed in the UK and how this might apply during the Coronavirus pandemic.…Read more
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘China’s policy on its Uighur population’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 11 March 2020 from 2.30-4:00pm. The debate has been initiated by Mark Pritchard MP.…Read more
The MoD are planning to spend £181 billion on equipment for the armed forces over the next ten years. The National Audit Office has deemed this ‘unaffordable’. We look at the plan and the NAO’s concerns. …Read more
This Commons Library paper provides a short guide to the main recommendations of the defence reviews that have taken place since the end of the Second World War.…Read more
The Government’s Loneliness Strategy was published in October 2018. It set out a wide variety of cross-departmental measures that the Government would take to provide ‘national leadership’ to tackle loneliness in England. As well as explaining the Strategy and the steps taken so far by the Government, this paper also looks at research into the causes and impact of loneliness and possible interventions. Finally, this briefing also briefly outlines the situation in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.…Read more
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘Wales’s contribution to the UK armed forces’ has been scheduled for Tuesday 25 February 2020 at 4.30pm. The debate has been initiated by Fay Jones MP.…Read more
The Commons Library has published several briefing papers in recent years examining surface ship procurement. This short paper looks at the latest developments which include halting the Fleet Solid Support ship competition, a new in-service date for the Type 31 frigates and Sir John Parker’s review of the implementation of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.…Read more
A Westminster Hall debate on ‘UK defence rotary strategy’ has been scheduled for Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 4.30pm. The debate has been initiated by Robert Courts MP.…Read more
The UK armed forces use a range of bases and facilities in the Middle East. This short Commons Library note identifies the main ones.…Read more
The next Strategic Defence and Security Review is due in 2020 and the decade ahead sees some significant milestones…Read more
The UK faces some difficult foreign policy choices. Previously accepted international norms are being challenged. The global balance of power…Read more