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 Philip Hammond Philip Hammond The Secretary of State for Defence 2:49 pm, 14th May 2012

I am not willing to specify a precise budget. I must correct the hon. Gentleman on a point of detail: I think that the Apache was due to go out of service without life extension in 2025—we will have aircraft carrier capability long before that—and this programme will extend its life beyond 2025. However, I cannot give him the individual line item budget.