Armed Forces: Overall Size

Part of Defence – in the House of Commons on 6th July 2020.

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

I can confirm that there is no plan to slash the size of the armed forces. The reports in The Sunday Times were completely erroneous, as was made clear to the journalist at the time. Our armed forces should always be defined by the threat we face as a nation, the capabilities we have, and Britain’s global ambition. That is why, in the integrated review, we will deal with those processes rather than start the debate about numbers.