Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 2nd March 2017.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to Written Statement HLWS366, on Strategic Defence and Security Review - Army, whether the operations and activities of the Army's new Specialised Infantry Battalions will be subject to parliamentary scrutiny and the War Powers Convention (a) in general and (b) when those battalions are operating alongside Special Forces.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Normal policy and procedures for regular Army units will apply to Specialised Infantry Battalions. Members of regular units are only subject to the same disclosure policy as the Special Forces when they fall under the operational command of the Director of Special Forces.

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