Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 10 July 2023.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the AUKUS partnership; and what plans the Government has for participation in that alliance over the next 12 months.

Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Since the launch of the AUKUS defence and security partnership in September 2021, we have announced the optimal pathway under Pillar 1 of the partnership to provide Australia with a nuclear-powered conventionally armed submarine capability. We are also making rapid progress on AUKUS Pillar 2, delivering a suite of advanced capabilities, with the first AUKUS AI and autonomy trial hosted in the UK in April this year. This is just the start of an unprecedented partnership. All three states are committed for the long term and are convinced AUKUS will benefit our own, Indo-Pacific, and global security.

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