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Armed Forces: Deployment

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 8189, tabled on 31 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department uses criteria to decide whether an international deployment of the armed forces is (a) combat and (b) non-combat.

Answered on

5 November 2019

All deployments and situations are different, because of this it would be very difficult to create a defined list of criteria to cover every scenario. Missions can also change over time, for example a deployment to provide humanitarian aid could escalate to civil unrest and the military need to be able to quickly and flexibly respond to those situations.