Simon Hughes (Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats; Bermondsey and Old Southwark, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to support conflict prevention; and if he will make a statement.
Gerald Howarth (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence; Aldershot, Conservative)
Together with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development, the Ministry of Defence is a full partner in the Government’s building stability overseas strategy which aims to address instability and conflict overseas. We have been equally involved in its implementation and all work to date, including in such places as Somalia, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan.
We are also working closely with the FCO in the development of our defence engagement strategy. As well as ensuring that the MOD contributes effectively to the building stability overseas strategy, it will set out how we will prioritise our defence diplomacy activities and contribute to the Government’s wider objectives overseas.