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Defence has been heralded as the ‘first duty of government’. The question of whether defence expenditure is commensurate with such a claim is therefore an important one.
Evidence given by Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence, Air Marshal Sir Steven Hillier KCB CBE DFC RAF, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Capability), and Peter Watkins CBE, Director General for Security Policy, Ministry of Defence
Evidence given by Professor Julian Lindley-French, Senior Fellow, Institute of Statecraft, Jonathan Parish, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning, NATO, and General Sir Richard Shirreff KCB CBE, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
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Defence Committee questions Secretary of State on defence expenditure and 2% pledge