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Unmanned Air Vehicles

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 126975, tabled on 6 February 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Government’s policy is on the use of drones overseas outside of conflict zones.

Answered on

20 February 2018

As the Government has stated previously there is no policy or guidance on the use of force outside of an armed conflict. Rather it has a policy to protect the UK and its citizens against both armed attacks and imminent threats of armed attack. In implementing this policy it may draw on a wide range of options including, in extremis, the use of lethal force. As such a decision to use lethal force outside of an armed conflict would be conducted on a case by case basis but always in accordance with applicable UK and International Law.

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