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Topical Questions

Part of Defence – in the House of Commons on 3rd February 2020.

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Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace The Secretary of State for Defence

My hon. Friend raises an important point. These aircraft carriers are bought and paid for: they have been committed to. One is only on sea trials, and I would urge him to give it a chance—we will finish the sea trials. The aircraft carriers are really important to our strategic reach. We will design them so that we always have one available in a carrier strike group around the world, to be delivered should we need to do so. There are absolutely no plans whatsoever to get rid of them.