Defence Budget and Transformation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:49 pm on 14th May 2012.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex 2:49 pm, 14th May 2012

I warmly congratulate my right hon. Friend, together with his colleagues in the Ministry of Defence—civilian, political and military—on a remarkable achievement. Will he tell us whether, in the light of the decks having been cleared, it is his intention to start work now on the preparatory work for the next strategic defence review, which comes along much quicker than one thinks?