Defence and Diplomacy

Defence written question – answered at on 19 May 2011.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the relative merits of (a) hard and (b) soft power.

Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review took decisions on defence, security, intelligence, resilience, development and foreign affairs capabilities in the round. Since this Government took office the Ministry of Defence has reinvigorated its focus on the role which defence diplomacy can play in promoting the United Kingdom's interests.

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