Ministry of Defence

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:35 pm on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Labour, Gedling 7:35 pm, 26th February 2018

The hon. Gentleman is right to point out the difficulties that we can get into when we rob Peter to pay Paul. The Defence Secretary recently told the Defence Committee, in discussing the £300 million needed to support the development of the at-sea nuclear deterrent and the critically important Dreadnought programme:

“We have had to make sacrifices elsewhere in order to ensure that the programme keeps going”.

That is what this debate has been all about, and the hon. Gentleman is right to make that point.