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Defence: Finance

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 13th December 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment his Department has made as to whether the 2 per cent of GDP spending target is sufficient to meet UK defence needs over the next 20 years.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Defence

The commitment to spend 2% of GDP on Defence came after a thorough examination of threats and risks, after which the Government decided on an appropriate level of funding. The 2% commitment should be seen as a base and not a target.

The Government are committed to spending 2% of GDP on Defence until 2022. Commitments on Defence spending beyond this point will be laid out in future Spending Reviews.

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