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Military Aid: Coronavirus

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 20th May 2020.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the COVID Support Force in supporting public services.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Defence's COVID Support Force (CSF) was established to provide support, expertise and resilience to the NHS and other Government Departments to assure the continued delivery of public services as part of HMG's response to COVID-19.

In total, Defence has responded to 161 Military Aid to Civilian Authority (MACA) requests, involving nearly 4,000 military personnel. Through the MACA process, Defence has supplied clinical support to the NHS, logistics support to the national PPE distribution effort and support to testing (including the rapid establishment of a Mobile Testing capability), and has provided expert planning support to a number of Government Departments.

Support to the Government's COVID-19 response is the Ministry of Defence's main effort; Defence is committed to supporting the national effort to tackle Covid-19 and continues to aid other Government Departments such as the Department for Health and Social Care whilst ensuring that critical Defence outputs continue to be delivered.

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