Strait of Hormuz: UK Shipping

Defence – in the House of Commons on 3rd February 2020.

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Photo of Robert Largan Robert Largan Conservative, High Peak

What steps his Department is taking to ensure the safe passage of UK shipping in the strait of Hormuz.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace The Secretary of State for Defence

The UK is part of the International Maritime Security Construct, which is safeguarding freedom of navigation in the Gulf. It is now under the command of a Royal Navy officer. The Ministry of Defence, with the Department for Transport, is monitoring the situation closely and stands ready to counter threats, should the need arise.

Photo of Robert Largan Robert Largan Conservative, High Peak

Since the signing of the nuclear deal, Iran has continued to test ballistic missiles, finance terror groups, harass shipping in the strait of Hormuz and generally act as a bad influence in the region. What assessment has the Secretary of State made of the strategic threat to both the UK and our allies in the region, including Israel and the Gulf states?

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace The Secretary of State for Defence

Iran’s interference in the region is a strategic threat to its near neighbours and, indeed, to UK interests and her allies. The use of proxy forces, terrorists and the constant incursion against our ships in the strait pose a real problem, which was why we joined the International Maritime Security Construct and will continue to be part of it.