Tuesday 12 January 2021 / 2:43 PM Defence / John Healey

John Healey comments on NAO report on the Defence Equipment Plan

John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, commenting on the NAOs report of the MoD Equipment Plan showing that the government’s plan for defence is unaffordable, said: 

“For the fourth year in a row, the NAO confirms that Tory Ministers are badly mismanaging the defence budget. This is another damning report showing that the defence equipment plan is becoming more unaffordable and casts doubt on the ability of ministers to break their short-sighted decision making.

“The £17B blackhole weakens the foundations for upgrading Britain’s defences and leaves the Armed Forces scrabbling to find short-term savings. There are big decisions that can no longer be ducked in the Integrated Review, including on tanks, aircraft for our carriers and the size of the Armed Forces. 

“Ministers must now publish the delayed Integrated Review, and set out a strategy to deal with the funding shortfalls built up over the last decade.”