Armed Forces Personnel

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons on 8th July 2019.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

That is quite a complicated question, particularly when we get into the question of readiness and the ability to hold people at the appropriate readiness for the threat that we face. As I have said, technology has changed significantly; for example, not every aircraft we have in the air is now manned by a pilot. We are investing in a number of things which mean that we require less overall manpower to deliver the effect we require in the 21st century.