SIR NICHOLAS SOAMES’S QUESTION ON THE ENLARGEMENT OF SPENDING ON NATO

9th July 2018

Sir Nicholas Soames’s question to the Secretary of State for Defence on the enlargement of spending on NATO.

Sir Nicholas Soames’s Question to the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP,
on the floor of the House of Commons on the subject of the
enlargement of spending on NATO

Does my right hon. Friend agree that this is the 70th anniversary year of the most successful defence alliance the world has ever seen? Does he agree that, after President Trump has rightly been accorded the respect that is his due for his views on the enlargement of spending on NATO, the most pressing object of the meeting should be the continuation of transformation? Without transformation, NATO cannot give a full account of itself on the battlefield.

My right hon. Friend is absolutely correct in his analysis. We have to make sure that NATO has the ability to respond to the challenges of the future, which is why we are investing more in NATO’s command structure to make sure it can act more speedily against emerging threats.

Hansard
Monday 9th July, 2018
Volume 644
No 168. Column 689