Defence in the Media: 15 March 2018

Defence news today focuses on Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson's keynote speech at Rolls Royce in Bristol, including the announcement that the UK will build a new £48m Chemical Weapons Defence Centre.

Defence Secretary speech

Ahead of the Defence Secretary's speech at Rolls Royce in Bristol, it was widely reported that he would announce the UK will invest £48m in a new Chemical Weapons Defence Centre at Defence science and Technology Laboratory in Porton Down. This included reporting in The Telegraph, The Times, Daily Mail, The Guardian and Daily Express, as well as coverage across broadcast channels. Following the speech, which was covered live by broadcast media, there has been further reporting of the Defence Secretary's comments on Russia.

Read the Defence Secretary's speech in full here.

Salisbury incident

There is continued widespread coverage today of the investigation into last week's incident in Salisbury, including focus on the Prime Minister's statement yesterday. Coverage includes reference to the UK Armed Forces supporting police.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

Our armed forces have stepped up to support the police in their investigation in Salisbury, building on the vital expertise and information already provided by our world-renowned scientists from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down.

We have the right people with the right skills to assist with this crucial inquiry. This is a dreadful incident and my thoughts remain with the victims and their families.

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