Defence Expenditure (NATO Target) Bill

Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 2:18 pm on 9 January 2015.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch 2:18, 9 January 2015

My hon. Friend makes a compelling point, and I am sure it will find favour with the Government. If the Minister is going to say that he cannot do this because the Liberal Democrat minority do not support the NATO target, let him say it. In any event, I hope that the Conservative party will have no inhibitions about making clear in its next manifesto its commitment to spending in each year of the next Parliament—when it is the governing party—a minimum of 2% of GDP on defence.