Iranian Military Action: Deterrence

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons on 20th May 2019.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

May I welcome the Secretary of State to her new job? Some of us will miss her at the Department for International Development, where she really ploughed her own furrow and was very refreshing.

Are our defence forces capable of helping any of our allies, either in the middle east or if someone invaded one of our allies in Europe? We have a minuscule armed forces. The 75-year D-day celebration is in June. We could not defend anyone with the size of the defence force we have at the moment.