2021

Prime Minister Questions:

 

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Chair Questions the Ministry of Defence on Drone Usage

 

5th, July, 2021

Stewart McDonald MP, APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Chair, presses the Ministry of Defence on the impact, effectiveness, and regulation of large drones flying in the UK. 

 

Read the full questions here: 

  • On the impact of military drone flights

 

 

 

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Co-Chair Presses Ministry of Defence on Misconduct by Armed Forces

 

11th, January, 2021

Baroness Stern, APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Co-Chair, seeks clarification on the terms of reference and timelines for judge-led reviews into how allegations of wrongdoing by military personnel are raised and investigated.

 

Read the full question here:

 https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-01-11/hl12010

 

 

 

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Vice Chair Question on Civilian Protection in Armed Conflict

 

12th, October, 2021

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle, Vice Chair of the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict, questioned the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on the funding allocated for national and international protection of unarmed civilians.

 

Read the full question here:

https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-10-12/hl2994

 

 

 

 

 

Submissions to Committee Inquiries:

 

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Written Submission to the Foreign Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into UK policy in Afghanistan

 

The APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict submission to the Foreign Affair Committees Inquiry: UK Policy on Afghanistan outlined key lessons to be obtained from Afghanistan and provided recommendations on the immediate and long-term response

 

Read more about the submission here: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/40652/pdf/

 

 

 

Legislation:

 

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Vice-Chairs Contributions to Debates on Armed Forces Bill

 

September-December 2021

Baroness Smith of Newnham, Vice Chair of the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict, participated in a series of debates on the Armed Forces Bill, aiming to strengthen the legislative basis of the Armed Forces Covenant.

 

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle, Vice Chair of the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict, also contributed to debates on the Armed Forces Bill, emphasising the disproportionate effect on women that the inappropriate behaviour of armed forces outside the chain of command has. 

 

Read Baroness Smith of Newnham’s Contributions to Debates here:

Read Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle’s Contribution to Debate here:

 

 

 

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Vice-Chair Contributions to Debates on Autonomous Weapons Systems

 

1st November, 2021

Baroness Smith of Newnham declared an interest in debates surrounding autonomous drones and other AIs as an officer of the APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict.

 

Read Baroness Smith of Newham’s Full Contribution to the Debate here:

 

 

 

APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Vice-Chairs Contributions to Debates on Overseas Operations Bill

 

20th January, 2021 and 26th April, 2021

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle, APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Vice-Chair, warns of the possible reputational costs of the Overseas Operations Bill and its potential to inhibit the UK’s plans to become “a leading force for peace and democracy”. 

 

Baroness Smith of Newnham, APPG on Drones and Modern Conflict Co-Chair, additionally speaks in support of Lord Dannatt’s Amendment to the Overseas Operations Bill to establish a “duty of care” standard for service personnel.

 

Read Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle’s Full Contribution to the Debate here:

 

Read Baroness Smith of Newham’s Full Contribution to the Debate here: