Ministry of Defence

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:06 pm on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Labour, Gedling 6:06 pm, 26th February 2018

I completely agree with my hon. Friend. That is the point of the debate on estimates days. For the Minister to be able to say that we will have the capabilities that we need to meet the threats that we will face, we need to be able to say how much those capabilities are going to cost. My hon. Friend raised the issue of frigates; I am using the example of the F-35s. Cannot the Minister go back to the people who plan this and say, “We need some detail on these costs. Otherwise, how can we project forward what the equipment plan or any other plan is going to cost us?”