Defence: UK Military Status - Private Notice Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:19 pm on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Chair, International Relations Committee 3:19 pm, 26th June 2018

My Lords, like the Minister, I am mildly puzzled about why we are discussing this issue now, when we are going to spend the whole afternoon discussing exactly the same one in relation to our NATO contribution. That said, does she agree that the Prime Minister is totally right to question what our top-level and best defence and security package for this nation will fully cost? Is the cost best pushed out in relation to ever more expensive military weapons, or are there more advanced technologies and wider issues which should also attract expenditure in order to keep this nation safe?