Part of Points of Order – in the House of Commons at 6:20 pm on 18th February 2019.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Labour, Chesterfield 6:20 pm, 18th February 2019

I agree entirely with what the hon. Gentleman is saying about recruitment, but that is only one side of the picture. The other side is the huge number of people who have left the armed forces in the past few years, and people left because they were kind of encouraged to do so by the Government, who made it absolutely clear that they were looking to reduce the size of the British Army. This is not just about recruitment, but about the skills we have lost.