DEFENCE – MARITIME PATROL AIRCRAFT – 24 November 2014

Dr Julian Lewis: When the carriers are happily operational there will still be one other gap at sea, which will be in marine patrol aircraft. Can the Minister share with the House any moves as to how that gap is going to be filled?

[The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence (Mr Philip Dunne): As my hon. Friend knows from his persistent challenging of the Front-Bench team on this and other equipment issues, we recognise the need to consider how to meet the maritime patrol aircraft capability gap as part of the strategic defence and security review 2015.]