MPs fear Britain’s armed forces ‘have been reduce outside of the bone’ and need to be enhanced in Jeremy Hunt’s Budget – as Ministry of Defence and Treasury deal with fight around £11billion increase
Britain’s Armed Forces have been ‘cut outside of the bone’ and should be boosted at the up coming Budget, MPs explained previous evening.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has demanded an excess £11billion for the Ministry of Defence to include the value of the war in Ukraine and inflation.
The Chancellor is recognized to be resisting the needs, expressing they are unaffordable and pointing to existing jobs which are billions of kilos over spending plan.
Yesterday, Tory MPs explained Jeremy Hunt should ‘stop this nonsense that we can get armed service forces on the cheap’, as they known as for fresh new cash to substitute the billions of lbs . of tanks, missiles and armour despatched to Ukraine.
Following a litany of scandals over MoD squander, they claimed army bosses ought to ‘fess up’ that their procurement program is broken and ‘fix it rapidly’.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has demanded an extra £11billion for the Ministry of Defence to deal with the charge of the war in Ukraine and inflation
It came as it emerged defence bosses had invested £31,000 of taxpayers’ money on overpriced luxury biscuits. The MoD compensated up to 25p for a packet of two Meredith and Drew biscuits – additional than two-thirds more than they price on Amazon, the Sunshine revealed.
The British Military has also overseen the ‘disastrous’ £5.5billion Ajax tank programme, which is shut to becoming shelved after concerns were raised that the ‘high-tech’ autos make crews ill and simply cannot hearth on the move.
Meanwhile, the range of troops in the Army has been lowered from 83,000 in 2015 towards a concentrate on of 72,500 by 2025. Army provides have also been depleted by the £2.3billion of navy assist offered to Ukraine previous year – more than any other country has offered other than the United States.
Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the previous Tory leader who served in Northern Ireland and Zimbabwe in the Scots Guard, claimed: ‘We have reduce the Military beyond the bone. It’s time we stopped this nonsense and pretence that we can get armed forces forces on the affordable. It is not in a in good shape state to combat a Ukrainian-type conflict.
‘The MoD requires extra money, but it will have to make sure what it spends is spent wisely and sensibly on machines that essentially function.’
Previous armed forces minister Mark Francois reported: ‘The MoD is trapped in a jail of its possess building. They undoubtedly require extra money… but they also continue being in denial that their procurement procedure is broken.
‘If they want the further hard cash they have to fess up that their technique doesn’t do the job, and then promise to take care of it rapidly.’