Defence: Expenditure

Defence written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of James Arbuthnot James Arbuthnot Chair, Defence Committee, Chair, Defence Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer from the Prime Minister to the hon. Member for Banbury of 17 March 2010, Official Report, column 869, on what date he was briefed that defence spending had not risen in real terms in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Secretary of State for Defence

The briefings that I have received on this issue as Secretary of State have stated that there has been a sustained increase in the Defence budget since 1997, and that every spending review since that date has provided for a real terms rise in core defence spending over the period it covered.

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Paul Turner
Posted on 31 Mar 2010 4:30 pm (Report this annotation)

I disagree with the person who thinks that the question was not answered. It was and, more importantly, the answer was very revealing!