On Monday 28th March 2022, Andrew Rosindell M.P. asked the Minister of State for Defence Procurement, Jeremy Quin M.P. if he had any plans to increase defence spending?
Andrew's full question to the Minister was: "40 years ago, British sovereignty was violated as Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. This year, Russia has violated Ukrainian sovereignty, as China looks on to Taiwan patiently. Will the Minister agree that it is vital we are prepared for the worst and plan for an uplift in the defence budget to 3% of GDP?"
His response was:
"I hear what my hon. Friend says and I note his concern. As the integrated review made clear, we always look at spending on a threat basis: what is required, we fund. I also remind him that we are the biggest defence spender in Europe and the second biggest in NATO, and we were pleased to receive a £24 billion uplift in the current spending period."