Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 14th November 1996.

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Photo of Mr Michael Portillo Mr Michael Portillo , Enfield, Southgate 3:31 pm, 14th November 1996

On the last point, my hon. Friend will have to wait for the Budget. I remind him that I am committed to stability in the resourcing of our armed forces and I intend to keep my promises. I am particularly grateful for my hon. Friend's support, because I know how much he has thought about the problem and how much he understands the difficulties of such an operation. He has made some typically excellent points about the welfare of the armed forces, and they will receive my urgent attention.