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Defence Capability

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

23. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects of his proposed reductions in defence procurement expenditure on the UK's defence capability. (246462)

The defence procurement budget has not been reduced. The effect of the examination has been to focus our budget on the delivery of those capabilities of highest immediate urgency for current operations, while allowing us to continue to invest in those capabilities needed to respond to future threats.