DEFENCE – TERRITORIAL ARMY CUTS – 10 May 1999

Dr Julian Lewis: What proportion of the Army's Land Command is currently committed to operations?

[SUPPLEMENTARY:] Given the magnitude of that commitment and the possibility of future commitments for the Army in Kosovo, will the Minister reconsider plans for decimating the Territorial Army at such a time? Before he falls back on chanting the usual mantra about the cuts made in the early 1990s by the previous Government, may I point out that there is all the difference in the world between reductions at the end of a cold war and cuts proposed, incredibly, at the possible start of a hot war?