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Unmanned Air Vehicles

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL326, tabled on 13 January 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of lethal drones and their commitment to the rule of law internationally.

Answered on

21 January 2020

The Government's policy is to defend the UK and its citizens against threats to their security. In implementing that policy the Government may draw on a wide range of tools, including, in extremis, the use of military force to remove such threats when there is no other effective option. If the Government does resort to the use of military force then it will act in accordance with the requirements of applicable international law and we expect others to do likewise. This applies equally to Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems or 'drones' as it does to any other military asset or weapon. All UK weapon systems are reviewed to ensure their compliance with international law.