Ministry of Defence

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:40 pm on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Paul Sweeney Paul Sweeney Shadow Minister (Scotland) 4:40 pm, 26th February 2018

I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way on that very important point and for his excellent introduction to the debate. Does he recognise the issue of the defence inflation rate, which in recent years has been 3.9%, while background inflation has been just 0.8%, leading to a real depreciation in real purchasing power for defence? Is that not the root cause of the problems we are seeing with the attrition of defence capability?