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UK defence secretary seeks new Dreadnought spending plan

22 February 2018

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is seeking a rescheduling of spending on four Dreadnought-class ballistic missile submarines as part of his Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review.

Williamson revealed his pitch to the UK Treasury (finance ministry) in testimony to the House of Commons Defence Committee on 21 February.

The need to bring forward GBP300 million (USD420 million) in spending on the Dreadnought programme into the 2017-18 financial year has forced the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to make savings in other areas of its operations, Williamson confirmed.

Lieutenant General Mark Poffley, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff for Military Capability, told the committee that these savings measures were spread across the UK armed forces and included restrictions on military personnel hiring cars and using mobile telephones.

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