Sunderland seeks confirmation that Red Sea action is focused on Houthi groups directly attacking shipping

Following the Defence Secretary’s statement on the situation in the Red Sea, James Sunderland seeks confirmation that the focus is on Houthi targets directly engaged in attacking international shipping and that this action will result in increased security in the Red sea.

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

The Defence Secretary cannot comment specifically on target acquisition, but will he please confirm to the House that our intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance is focused on those Houthi capabilities directly engaged in the attacks on international shipping? Is it reasonable to assume that further degradation of those capabilities will result in increased security in the Red sea?

The Secretary of State for Defence (Grant Shapps)

My hon. Friend asks a good question that has not yet been asked. The answer is yes. We are looking carefully, and the locations chosen on this occasion were indeed from a combination of US and UK intelligence.