Situation in the Gulf

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:06 pm on 22nd July 2019.

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Photo of James Heappey James Heappey Conservative, Wells 5:06 pm, 22nd July 2019

I thank the Foreign Secretary for his earlier answers to my hon. Friend Mr Baron and my right hon. and learned Friend Sir Oliver Heald, with which I completely agree. I know that he is nervous of straying out of lane, but does he agree that the Royal Navy is not just about power projection but has an important diplomatic role as well? Therefore, it is not just our defence policy but our foreign policy that is greatly enhanced by a larger surface fleet.