James Sunderland highlights importance of 2% GDP commitment to defence spending

James Sunderland highlights the importance of committing to spending more than 2% of GDP on defence.

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

The question of whether our armed forces are fit for purpose should centre on whether they can carry out the defence tasks set by the MOD, and I believe that they can. If I may carry on in the same vein as the previous response, does the Minister agree that Labour’s failure to commit to spending more than 2% of GDP on defence presents a much bigger risk to UK security than any matter of objective debate among Members on this side of the House?

The Minister for Armed Forces (James Heappey)

Absolutely. We should urgently achieve 2.5% of GDP; the fiscal situation is improving, and the Conservative party has made that commitment. As the Secretary of State rightly said in an interview the other day, both main parties should strongly consider a further increase in defence spending in the next Parliament.