Persian Gulf: Armed Conflict

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of an accidental outbreak of hostilities in the Gulf region; and what plans they have to make military enhancements to UK forces in that region in response to any such risk.

Photo of Baroness Goldie Baroness Goldie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence continually assesses the risk to the UK's interests across the world, including in the Gulf. UK force levels are kept under review to ensure the UK is able to deter and, if required, counter threats to the UK or/and our allies. The UK has joined the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC) in the Gulf and deployed additional resource to ensure maritime security is upheld and the free flow of trade is safeguarded. The UK remains focussed on de-escalation. Meanwhile, the UK maintains a steady tempo of exercises and short-term training with our regional partners, demonstrating our commitment to regional stability.

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