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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:17 pm on 13th January 2020.

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Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire 4:17 pm, 13th January 2020

Does my right hon. Friend not agree with me that there have been many security and defence reviews over the years and they have all been hampered by one thing in particular, which is that they happened at precisely the same moment as a comprehensive spending review? I very much welcome his announcement of this very extensive review—it is the right time to do it—but does he not agree that it must be done independently of the Treasury? We must decide what Britain is for and what assets we need to achieve that, and then only subsequently—a year later—should the Treasury become involved.