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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:48 am on 25th July 2019.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Chair, Defence Committee 11:48 am, 25th July 2019

I thank the Prime Minister for the letter that he sent to the Defence Committee earlier this month, pledging what he called

“an absolute commitment to fund defence fully”.

Does he accept that events in the Gulf have cruelly illustrated the fact that the size of the Royal Navy is now way below critical mass? Will he join the Defence Committee in wishing to reverse the reckless reduction in defence spending by successive Governments from 3.1% of GDP in the 1990s to just 1.8% in like-for-like terms today?