G7 — Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:58 pm on 10th June 2015.

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Photo of Lord Soley Lord Soley Labour 4:58 pm, 10th June 2015

The Prime Minister has been claiming that Britain is going forwards, but in fact a number of US commentators have been saying that we are going backwards. What we want to know, and I think what has just been asked, is whether a clear commitment was given to President Obama that Britain would retain or increase its defence expenditure to 2% of GDP, and maintain that forthwith. That is what we need to know.