2016

Questions by Officers:

 

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Vice Chair seeks clarification from Ministry of Defence on rules of engagement of UK special forces

 

15th December, 2016

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, Vice Chair of the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict, seeked to clarify from the Ministry of Defence whether the UK special forces adopted new rules of engagement due to results about prosecution from war crimes. 

 

Read the full question here: 

https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2016-12-15/hl4186

 

 

 

 

Debate:

 

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Chair and several members attend Chilcot Debate on Government use of lethal force

 

13th July, 2016

Following the Chilcot report into the Iraq war, which contained valuable lessons on UK policy on its use of armed drones, the APPG Chair and several members participated in the Chilcot debate. The debate provided members with an opportunity to press for the principle of disclosure of legal advice whenever the government uses or proposes to use lethal force. 

 

Read more about the debate and the Chilcot report here:

http://appgdronesmodernconflict.org.uk/drones-and-chilcot-2/

 

 

Legislation:

 

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Officers submit amendment to the Armed Forces Bill focusing

 

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, Vice-Chair of APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict, tabled a probing amendment to the Armed Forces Bill. The amendment focused on reporting the number of civilian casualties every quarter amongst other recommendations.

 

Baroness Smith of Newnham, Vice-Chair of APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict, also tabled an amendment to the Armed Forces Bill which also focused on reporting of civilian casualty figures.

 

Read about the amendment tabled by Lord Hodgson here (3rd March 2016) :

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2016-03-03/debates/9271A22C-0139-4C56-B6C5-410ADC25DE9B/details#contribution-D622D875-10CD-45D1-97F5-A10A4880B794

 

Read the amendment tabled by Baroness Smith here (27th April 2016) :

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2016-04-27/debates/0062984F-41E4-49A7-8471-E7381998CF8F/details#contribution-14920EDE-ECC4-463B-AC98-12F5EE10641D