Armed Forces: Investment - Private Notice Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:07 pm on 22nd January 2018.

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Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Labour 3:07 pm, 22nd January 2018

My Lords, there is no starker illustration of the crisis in defence than that the Secretary of State actually allows a head of service to talk about the fact that it needs more resources. I cannot remember that ever happening before, though admittedly I have only been in the Navy for 53 years. This is a really worrying event and reflects what has been said in this House and the other place about defence.

My question relates to our sailors, soldiers and airmen. This uncertainty, the pressure on resources, and the hollowing out that is going on day by day, are affecting the morale of our people. It is causing difficulty in recruiting; people are leaving and it is causing churn because there are fewer people. Is the Secretary of State—or the MoD—going to produce something to tell our people what is going on, what the future looks like, when there will be an SDR, if there is going to be an SDR, and what exactly is happening? At the moment, there is huge confusion and that is bad for our military.