Military Capabilities

UK parliamentarians push for defence spending

11 June 2018

Two senior UK House of Commons committee chairs have written an unprecedented joint letter to Prime Minister Theresa May pushing for more defence spending.

Meg Hillier, the Labour chair of the Public Accounts Committee, and Julian Lewis, the Conservative chair of the Defence Committee, expressed concern that the Modernising Defence Programme defence review would “not be able to deliver” the additional capabilities required to respond to new threats and undertake necessary organisational reforms within the existing budget.

“The existing affordability gap affecting traditional defence equipment and support programmes, combined with the intensification of new threats such as cyber, chemical, and biological attacks, risk undermining UK national security as well as our ability to play an effective role in the world,” the letter said.

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