Ministry of Defence

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:07 pm on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Chair, Defence Committee 8:07 pm, 26th February 2018

I fully understand the direction of my right hon. Friend’s argument and I realise that it has been a great success for him and the new Secretary of State to regain control of the process for the MOD. If, as a result of the MOD’s examinations, the minimum recommendations on what the country needs to be able to deter threats and defend itself successfully require a significant increase in the defence budget—frankly, that is the assumption that has underlain many of today’s speeches—can we rely on the whole ministerial team to stand together as one and say to the Prime Minister, “We simply must spend more on defence”? That is what is required.