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FOREIGN AFFAIRS – DEFENCE SPENDING – 5 November 2019

Dr Julian Lewis: Congratulations, Mr Speaker [Sir Lindsay Hoyle].

In the light of the Foreign Secretary’s rather dismissive response to his predecessor [Jeremy Hunt] on defence spending, is he aware that the Defence Committee, on which four parties are represented, has recommended 3% of GDP as a realistic medium-term goal? Does he accept that 2% of GDP on defence is a minimum? It is a floor, not a ceiling.

[The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State (Dominic Raab): I pay tribute to all the work that my right hon. Friend has done in this House on security over the years. I certainly hope that I was not dismissive. We have just had one comprehensive spending review. There are competing bids going to the Chancellor on a whole range of issues, but he makes an important point. We are committed, as a stalwart NATO ally, to 2%, and we will certainly consider the report that he referred to as we consider the next CSR.]