"Statement on the Defence Estimates 1987"

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th February 1987.

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Photo of Mr Ian Wrigglesworth Mr Ian Wrigglesworth , Stockton South 12:00 am, 24th February 1987

asked the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish the "Statement on the Defence Estimates 1987."

Photo of Mr George Younger Mr George Younger , Ayr

No decision has yet been taken. As in previous years, however, I hope that it will be possible to publish in the spring, in good time for an examination by the Select Committee on Defence and a full debate in the House before the summer recess.

Photo of Mr Ian Wrigglesworth Mr Ian Wrigglesworth , Stockton South

Will the Secretary of State make it clear to the House that the expenditure on Trident will make it difficult to sustain proper expenditure on the Navy, Army or Royal Air Force conventional forces?

Photo of Mr George Younger Mr George Younger , Ayr

The hon. Gentleman is entirely wrong on that matter. The Trident programme is good value for money. If any single programme was going to make it more difficult to buy other conventional equipment, it would probably be the Tornado programme rather than the Trident programme.