Missile Defence Systems

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:06 pm on 9th July 2001.

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Photo of Lord Burnham Lord Burnham Conservative 3:06 pm, 9th July 2001

My Lords, the Minister and the noble Lord, Lord Judd, referred to ballistic missile defence in the context of the Strategic Defence Review. When that review was put together three years ago, the BMD was not in consideration. Can the Government assure us that if it is agreed to go ahead with BMD the money will be made available over and above the existing defence budget?