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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Nia Griffith Nia Griffith Shadow Secretary of State for Defence 12:00 am, 23rd April 2018

I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. Taking that as a yes, how is it that more than half a million pounds of LIBOR funds has been spent by the MOD in support of armed forces welfare, when the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Ellwood—the Minister for Defence people—has said categorically that

“LIBOR funding should not be used to fund Departmental core responsibilities”?

Is it not time for the Secretary of State to admit that it was a serious misjudgment to use LIBOR funds in such a scandalous way? When will his Department be paying back that money?