Ministry of Defence

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:45 pm on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Labour, Chesterfield 5:45 pm, 26th February 2018

I partly take the right hon. Gentleman’s point, if he is looking back to 1963 and the role of successive Governments from then to now. But it is also true that there was a substantial cut in defence spending in 2010-11, which bears no relationship to what happened in the previous 13 years. If defence spending had carried on increasing in real terms from 2009-10 to the present, £10 billion more would be being spent on defence than is spent under this Government. That is a substantial change from this Government to the previous one.