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Updated: 2018-03-23T17:31:49+00:00


Guidance: National Security Vetting: CTC and SC completing your security questionnaire


Hints and tips to help you avoid the most common errors on a security questionnaire.

United Kingdom National Security Vetting Counter Terrorist Check and Security Check information leaflet.

Transparency data: MOD: ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings, January to December 2017


Data on gifts that ministers gave and received, their external meetings and any overseas travel.

Updated: Added full set of transparency data for ministers for October to December 2017.

MOD publishes details of ministers’ meetings with external organisations, gifts (given and received), hospitality and overseas travel on a quarterly basis.

Transparency data: MOD: special advisers' gifts, hospitality and meetings, January to December 2017


Data on gifts and hospitality received by special advisers, and meetings they attended with senior media figures.

Updated: Added transparency data for MOD's special advisers' gifts received, hospitality received and meetings for October to December 2017.

MOD publishes quarterly details of special advisers’ meetings with senior media figures and any gifts or hospitality they received on a quarterly basis.

Guidance: Romanization systems


Guidance on the US Board on Geographic Names (BGN)/Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (PCGN) romanization systems.

Updated: Updated a number of the romanization attachments.

Guidance on BGN/PCGN romanization systems jointly agreed by the US Board on Geographic Names and PCGN for the romanization of non Roman script geographical names.

These are the romanization systems and tables of correspondences currently approved by PCGN and BGN. The date on each system is that of its joint adoption by BGN and PCGN. The systems and tables are regularly reviewed and all those listed here are in current use.

The Unicode Consortium For more information on displaying and using letter-diacritic combinations and non-Roman characters.

The United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names established a Working Group on Romanization Systems to consider and reach agreement on romanization systems proposed by national official bodies for the treatment of names in non Roman scripts.

Collection: MOD business appointment rules: index


A collection of summaries of advice given under the business appointment rules to applicants at SCS2 and SCS1 level and equivalents.

Updated: October to December 2017 included.

Transparency data: MOD business appointment rules: applications completed from October to December 2017


Summary of advice given under the business appointment rules to applicants at SCS2 and SCS1 level and equivalents.

Transparency information about outside appointments or employment taken up by former members of MOD at SCS1 and SCS2 level and equivalents (including special advisers of equivalent standing), and which fall within the scope of the business appointment rules contained in the Civil Service management code.

News story: Novichok nerve agent use in Salisbury: UK government response


This page sets out the government's response to the Salisbury attack, where a military-grade nerve agent was deployed in the UK on 4 March 2018.Updated: Prime Minister's meeting with President Macron and Chancellor Merkel addedOn Sunday 4 March Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. Latest updates 22 March the Prime Minister met with President Macron and Chancellor Merkel where the 3 leaders agreed on the importance of sending a strong European message in response to Russia’s actions the European Council issued a press release on its conclusions about the Salisbury attack British Ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, gave a briefing to the international diplomatic community Prime Minister’s latest statement Prime Minister Theresa May gave a statement to Parliament on 14 March. Russia has provided no explanation as to how this agent came to be used in the UK, and there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable for the attempted murder of Mr Skripal and his daughter. This represents an unlawful use of force by the Russian State against the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister stated that the UK government would: expel 23 Russian diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers develop proposals for new legislative powers to harden our defences against Hostile State Activity and ensure those seeking to carry out such activity cannot enter the UK suspend all planned high-level contacts between the UK and the Russian Federation On 17 March the Foreign & Commonwealth Office issued a statement in response to the Russian government’s decision to expel UK diplomats, following the British Ambassador’s meeting with the Russian government. Russian State disinformation Writing for the Telegraph on 20 March, the Foreign Secretary looks at the Russian State’s disruptive behaviour in Russian elections and the Salisbury attack. Russian disinformation Russia’s impact on global security Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wrote an article in the Washington Post setting out Russia’s threat to global security. The Kremlin has positioned Russia in direct opposition to the West Earlier statements On 12 March Prime Minister Theresa May gave a statement in Parliament. Either this was a direct act by the Russian State against our country, or the Russian government lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others. The Foreign Secretary spoke to the BBC and reiterated the Prime Minister’s message. Russian state aggression in the past few years Pattern of Russian state aggression Home Secretary’s initial statement On 8 March the Home Secretary Amber Rudd gave an initial statement on the investigation into events in Salisbury. This followed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s response to an Urgent Question in Parliament on 6 March. International response World leaders On 15 March the leaders of France, Germany, the US and the UK have issued a joint statement on the Salisbury attack. The Prime Minister has spoken with world leaders about the ongoing investigation. Each expressed their solidarity with the UK: call with Japanese Prime Minister Abe on 20 March call with Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki on 18 March call with Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni on 16 March call with Australian Prime Minister Turnbull on 16 March call with French President Macron on 15 March and on 12 March call with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau on 14 March call with Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg on 14 March call with US President Trump on 13 March call with German Chancellor Merkel on 13 March On 13 March the Foreign Secretary also called for a united response with our international counterparts. Find out more about the i[...]

Guidance: Dartmoor firing times


Information on Dartmoor Training Area's firing times, available in 2 file formats so that it is accessible to everyone.

Updated: Updated the Dartmoor six week firing notice.

The firing times are presented in 2 file formats. The PDF format is web browseable and accessible on mobile devices such as Blackberry’s, smart phones and tablets. The CSV format enables the MOD to post information on, and therefore be transparent.

Guidance: DAO qualification handbooks: level 3 courses


Qualifications, learning outcomes and assessment criteria for Defence Awarding Organisation courses.

Updated: Removed the L3 Award in Defence Harassment Investigation handbook as the qualification is no longer offered.

Qualification hand books for Defence Awarding Organisation courses.

Guidance: DAO policies


Defence Awarding Organisation policies, including conflict of interest and equal opportunities.

Updated: Updated the DAO malpractice and maladministration policy and procedure document.

The DAO policies are currently being reviewed and are not in line with our current business practices. If you have any queries please contact the DAO directly on Civilian: 01793 314187 Military: 96161 4187 or email external: