Question / Navy: Taiwan Strait

Question for Ministry of Defence
UIN 10212, tabled on 4 June 2021

Tobias Ellwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which Minister is responsible for deciding what Royal Navy ships may pass through the Taiwan Strait in 2021.

James Heappey

Answered on
9 June 2021

As with all operational policy, naval deployments are a Ministry of Defence Departmental responsibility under the Secretary of State for Defence. Where Defence activity has broader policy implications for other Government Departments, it is usual for the Defence Secretary to consult with Cabinet colleagues before issuing his direction.