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 John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley 5:45 pm, 26th February 2018

It is clear from the figures provided by the Library that while in most years there was an actual increase in defence expenditure during the years of that Labour Government, since 2010 it has been -1.4%, -1.4%, -4%, -3.3%, -2.4% and -2.9%, and in 2016-17 it did actually go into the positive, +1.4%. My friend should be clear that there was a step-change when the Cameron Government came in that led to year-on-year cuts, and our armed forces are feeling the effect of that.