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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:26 pm on 13th January 2020.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Conservative, New Forest East 5:26 pm, 13th January 2020

My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. However, I have found through long experience that although it is a rather crude shorthand, this business of percentages is the one straightforward, simple and clear way of showing to the country what has been happening in relative terms, compared with other high spending Departments, to defence expenditure.