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Military Aid: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 30172, tabled on 16 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what circumstances would the armed forces be deployed to assist public services in dealing with the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

19 March 2020

Defence routinely conducts contingency planning for a wide range of scenarios and we continue to engage with colleagues cross-Government to help identify where we can best provide support. There are long-standing principles that underpin decision making with regards to the provision of military assistance. These principles are laid out in Joint Doctrine Publication 02 UK Operations: The Defence Contribution to resilience and Security, which is available on the website at the following link:

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