Defence Budget and Transformation
Philip Hammond (The Secretary of State for Defence; Runnymede and Weybridge, Conservative)
I am not sure whether the right hon. Gentleman was here last Thursday when I made a statement, which I hope he would regard as good news on carrier strike. I announced that the first carrier will be delivered in 2017 and that the first aircraft will fly off it in 2018. We are embarked on the process of patching up the hole that the previous Administration left us.