Ukraine: UK and NATO Military Commitment

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:40 pm on 20th June 2022.

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Photo of Julian Lewis Julian Lewis Chair, Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament 3:40 pm, 20th June 2022

As the expenditure on all the equipment that we have rightly been supplying is operational, will the Minister confirm that it is coming from the Treasury reserve and not from the normal annual defence budget? I gently remind him and the House that, in the first half of the 1980s, we were spending not 2.3% or even 3% of GDP on defence; we were spending between 4.7% and 5.1% of GDP on defence.