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Armed Forces: Redundancies — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:29 am on 20th June 2013.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour 11:29 am, 20th June 2013

My Lords, the Minister is aware that the Chief of the General Staff and the Secretary of State for Defence are both on record as saying that any further cuts would dramatically impact on our military capability. All of us who have any knowledge of the MoD know that there is insufficient funding for Future Force 2020, to which the Minister referred. Notwithstanding this and assuming that there will be further cuts, have we conducted a detailed analysis—rather like the highly regarded global strategy paper that was produced—looking at the true impact of these forced reductions on our Armed Forces’ ability to conduct the military operations that our nation has a right to expect of them?