When the Prime Minister makes his awaited announcement, will he recall his speech at Plymouth when he gave, for once, some extremely unequivocal pledges, namely, that we would have a stronger and more effective Navy, that we would forthwith reintroduce the hunter-killer submarine programme and that the Navy had been run down to a dangerous degree? If the latter statement is correct, does he think that we should wait as long as his announcement will take before doing something about it?
We have waited many years, have we not? I certainly remember those particular phrases, and many more besides, in that speech made in Plymouth during the election. The hon. Gentleman will, I think, recognise that we have to present this defence statement in its entirety and that before we can find money for expanding any section of that programme we shall have to cut out the appalling waste which we have discovered in other parts of the defence production problem.