Armed Conflict (Parliamentary Approval)

Part of Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:19 pm on 15th May 2007.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark 4:19 pm, 15th May 2007

The point that gives me difficulty is the use of the word "substantial". In our current experience, wars do not start with the massing of forces on borders. Instead, they evolve in dribbles. When do we decide that parliamentary permission is needed for a substantial deployment? Does "substantial" refer to firepower or to manpower?