Armed Forces: Overall Size

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

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Photo of Khalid Mahmood Khalid Mahmood Shadow Minister (Defence)

I would like to start by commending our excellent armed forces for their exemplary service to the public during the covid-19 period.

Over the past decade, this Government have severely cut the size of our armed forces. We have had three very good questions from my hon. Friends the Members for Blaenau Gwent (Nick Smith) and for Bradford South (Judith Cummins), and from the Chair of the Defence Committee, Mr Ellwood, yet the Secretary of State has refused to answer the real question, which is this: will he increase the recruitment and retention of armed forces personnel—yes or no?