Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th March 1997.

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Photo of Mr Michael Portillo Mr Michael Portillo , Enfield, Southgate 12:00 am, 11th March 1997

After two months of internal struggle, today the Opposition defence spokesman, the hon. Member for South Shields (Dr. Clark), gave a half-hearted promise about Eurofighter that is not worth the paper that it is not written on. He said nothing about the replacement maritime patrol aircraft, the Leyland orders that my right hon. Friend mentioned or the amphibious assault ships, the missiles, the frigates or any of the other projects that the Government have ordered.

There is time before the general election for people to wake up to what a Labour Government would mean: the destruction of jobs and the elimination of orders that are essential for the defence and security of this country and for the deterrence of threats to this country.