Speaking during a debate on the Queen’s Speech in a section entitled ‘Britain in the World’, Keith Simpson highlights the importance of the coming strategic defence and security review to ensure we can match our capabilities with resources.
Mr Keith Simpson (Broadland) (Con): My right hon. Friend has articulated three challenges we now face. May I suggest that he consider a fourth challenge: matching our capabilities with resources? The strategic defence and security review will take place this autumn. Will the savings that the Treasury requires be made before or after the review?
Mr Hammond: The three key immediate challenges that will dominate our foreign policy thinking, which I have set out, are plain to see. The question of how we develop the toolkit to respond to them is an equally valid but different question. To answer my hon. Friend’s specific question, my understanding is that the strategic defence and security review and the comprehensive spending review will take place in parallel and lead to conclusions later this year.