Dr Julian Lewis: Two years ago, the conventional Armed Forces narrowly escaped devastating and irreversible cuts because they had been trapped in a combined Intelligence, Security and Defence Review within a limited financial envelope. To avoid this happening again, will the Leader of the House obtain a statement from the Government that the next Defence and Security combined Review will take place before, and not after, the Comprehensive Spending Round?
[The Leader of the House of Commons (Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg): My right hon. Friend is one of the most well-informed and distinguished figures in this House on matters of Defence, and he served with considerable distinction as Chairman of the Defence Committee. I think his direct application to Ministers will probably have the effect he desires.]