Defence Industry and Shipbuilding

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:34 pm on 11th July 2018.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Chair, Defence Committee 4:34 pm, 11th July 2018

As an immoveable Defence Committee commitment means that I have to leave this debate for a period, though I hope to catch Mr Deputy Speaker’s eye later on, I would not like the Minister to sit down without knowing how much we on both sides of this House appreciate that he has been prepared to speak out as strongly as he has in favour of an increase in the defence budget. I hope that he will continue to press the Opposition to operate on a bipartisan basis in this way, because if we want to invest to keep shipyards open that might otherwise close, surely the logic is that the defence budget must increase.