Military Aid: Coronavirus

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 18th January 2021.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his oral contribution of 12 January 2021, Official Report, column 194 on reservist training, if he will publish details of other steps his Department has taken to meet financial pressures in the last 12 months; and what savings were made by each of those measures.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

It is a routine aspect of managing the defence budget that many measures are taken during the course of the financial year to ensure that spending remains within levels authorised by Parliament and to allow resources to be reallocated to new and emerging priorities. It would not be appropriate to publish a full list of all such measures taken over the past 12 months as that would reveal information of value to our potential adversaries. The Armed Forces remain fully funded to deliver their core defence tasks and the extra £16.5 billion of investment in Defence announced in the spending review will ensure that they can continue to do so.

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