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Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Kevan Jones: The Government were able to find £1 billion out of fresh air to pass over in their agreement with the Democratic Unionist party in Northern Ireland so that they could stay in power, so why can they not fund the pay of our armed forces?

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Kevan Jones: This year, not last year.

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Kevan Jones: I am sorry, but what the hon. Gentleman is saying is just wrong. Over the past six years, the Government have completely ignored the pay review body. I do not know where he gets the idea—I must have missed this—that the Government are going to accept its future recommendations, because I am not aware of such an announcement.

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that the pay cut over the past seven years will have an ongoing effect throughout these individuals’ lives, as it will affect their final pension?

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Kevan Jones: The Government are nothing if not consistent, as Conservative Governments have been throughout history, in that in opposition they call for more expenditure on the armed forces and argue that they are proud supporters of the armed forces, but when they get into power the first thing they do is cut the defence budget and show no respect for the men and women of the armed forces in terms of...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Kevan Jones: I find that remarkable. The hon. Gentleman is letting down his constituents by not supporting what we are arguing for, which is a fair deal on pay for the members of our armed forces. If I were in his shoes, I would be making sure that I did. The last Labour Government, during which I served in the Ministry of Defence, had a proud record of accepting the recommendations of the pay review body...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Kevan Jones: I thought the Cameron Kool-Aid had been dispensed with. That figure was plucked out of thin air. I recommend that the hon. Gentleman look at the 2010 National Audit Office report that says that there would be a £6 billion so-called black hole over the next 10 years. The Conservatives dishonestly tried to give the impression that there was a £38 billion black hole to be met in 2010....

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Kevan Jones: No, because I am about to finish. I suggest that the hon. Gentleman look at the black hole that exists in the current Government’s procurement plan. I am not suggesting that it is an in-year black hole; this is about the 10-year equipment plan. The hon. Gentleman may want to look at that, the NAO report and the excellent report out today on how the Government are cannibalising...

Opposition Day - [4TH Allotted Day]: Armed Forces Pay (1 Nov 2017)

Kevan Jones: I think that the hon. Gentleman is being completely disingenuous—


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