United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:16 pm on 21st March 2011.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Conservative, New Forest East 4:16 pm, 21st March 2011

I have supported humanitarian interventions in the past, and I am minded to do the same in this case, but the reason why we are expected to intervene, rather than others, is that we are stronger than others. The right hon. Gentleman knows that there has been a huge hole in the defence budget. Does he know from his conversations with the Government whether the funding for what could be a very long-term and expensive operation will be added to the core defence budget, or taken from it?