Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:15 pm on 1st July 1982.

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Photo of Mr Ioan Evans Mr Ioan Evans , Aberdare 5:15 pm, 1st July 1982

The White Paper has been overtaken by the Falklands crisis. My right hon. Friend referred to the intervention of the hon. Member for Ashford (Mr. Speed) and the intervention in the Trident debate—which must be spelt out again—when the Secretary of State was asked why £3 million could not be spent to defend the Falklands yet the Government were prepared to spend £8,000 million on Trident. Did they not make a complete hash of Britain's contribution to Western defence and is that not why we should have a new White Paper today?