2019

Oral Questions:

 

APPG on Drones Vice Chair questions UK involvement in drone activities in Yemen

 

2nd April, 2019

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, Vice Chair of the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict, asked the Ministry of Defence for their assessment of UK involvement in drone activity in Yemen. This question comes following the ruling of the Higher Administrative Court in Münster in the case of bin Ali Jaber vs Germany.

 

Read the full question here: 

https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2019-04-02/hl15003

 

 

APPG on Drones Vice Chair Presses UK Government on the Protection of Civilians in Syria

 

8th July, 2019

Alex Sobel MP, Vice Chair of the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict, asked the Foreign and Commonwealth Office what steps the UK government is taking to ensure the effective protection of civilians, rescue workers, and medics in Idlib.

 

Read the full question here: 

https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2019-07-08/274628

 

 

APPG on Drones Co-Chair asks Ministry of Defence to review military training for countries with record of human rights abuse

 

24th October, 2019

Stewart McDonald MP, Co-Chair of the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict, questioned whether the Secretary of State for Defence would review Department policy on training military officers from countries with a record of human rights abuse.

 

Read the full question here: 

https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2019-10-24/5051

 

 

APPG on Drones Co-Chair questions UK white phosphorous sales to Turkey following allegations of civilian attacks

 

28th October, 2019

Stewart McDonald MP, Co-Chair of the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict, pressed the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Office on assessments to stop UK sales of white phosphorus to Turkey following reports that it had been used in attacks in north-east Syria.

 

Read the full question here: 

https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2019-10-28/6444

 

 

 

Debate:

 

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Co-Chair Contributes to Debate on UK Partner Assistance to Saudi Arabia

 

10th April, 2019

Stewart Mcdonald MP, Co-Chair of the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict, contributed to a debate on UK-Saudi Arabia joint military exercises. During the debate, Stewart Mcdonald MP pressed the Secretary of State on Saudi Arabia’s record of human rights abuses.

 

Read the full debate here: 

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2019-05-20/debates/03CEF83E-938B-4D64-A7CF-F52B9BAB282C/UK-SaudiArabiaJointMilitaryExercises#contribution-403173BE-3862-4357-B511-7F4C9E502AF6

 

 

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Vice Chair Participates in Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Conflict

 

18th June, 2019

Alex Sobel MP, Vice Chair of the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict, participated in a debate on the importance of international humanitarian law in protecting civilians in conflict. During the debate, Alex Sobel MP affirmed the importance of the UK showing clear leadership in the area of civilian protection.

 

Read the full debate here: 

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2019-06-18/debates/5C4FC6AD-EC73-4BC7-8943-C61E25BF332B/InternationalHumanitarianLawProtectingCiviliansInConflict#contribution-149700EA-F958-483B-9EB1-6A97AFA962F7

 

 

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Vice Chair Participates in Debate on Khashoggi Killing and UK-Saudi Arabia Assistance

 

27th June, 2019

Baroness Smith of Newnham, Vice Chair of the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict, participated in a debate on the repercussions of the extrajudicial killing of Mr Jamal Khashoggi for UK-Saudi Arabia relations. During the debate, Baroness Smith of Newnham raised the issue of UK arms sales to Saudi in the absence of a human-rights compliant regime, and asked for the Minister’s reassurance that no surveillance tools were being sold to the Saudi state. 

 

Read the full debate here: 

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2019-06-27/debates/8EC0BA92-6E36-4A88-85DA-500DCBBC895B/JamalKhashoggiUnitedNationsReport#contribution-5B6EAD2E-9D4E-412E-BFC5-4FA1AAB83BDC

 

 

 

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Guides Intelligence and Security Committee Debate 

 

9th September, 2019

During an Intelligence and Security Committee Debate on the work of the committee, Lord Anderson of Ipswich referred to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones and Modern Conflict’s warnings regarding the UK’s use of ‘assurances’ from partner states as the main form of assessing whether assistance is used lawfully; and the need to give full information regarding ministerial decisions and access to all necessary witnesses to the Intelligence and Security Committee.

 

Read the full debate here: 

https://hansard.parliament.uk/lords/2019-09-09/debates/314D293A-DD29-49FB-AC53-73A792328F9E/IntelligenceAndSecurityCommitteeOfParliament

 

 

Submissions to Committee Inquiries:

 

APPG on Drones submits evidence to the PACAC Inquiry on Parliament’s role in authorising military force

 

20th March, 2019

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones has provided written evidence to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) Inquiry: ‘The Role of Parliament in the UK Constitution: Authorising the Use of Military Force’.

 

Read the APPG’s submission in full on the PCAC website here. 

 

APPG on Drones Submission to Defence Committee Inquiry on Domestic Threat of Drones

July, 2019

The APPG on Drones has provided written evidence to the Defence Committee’s inquiry which aimed to examine the risk of terrorists maliciously using drones within the UK. Submitted evidence by the APPG showed that a cross-departmental policy would be central to a timely and effective response to the malicious use of drones.

 

Read the full submission of evidence here:

http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/defence-committee/domestic-threat-of-drones/written/101821.html