To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment has he made of the effect on the progress of (a) the Tempest and (b) other defence projects for the next 12 months of the (a) suspension of the comprehensive spending review and (b) absence of a fixed multi-year defence budget.
6 November 2020
In light of the decision to change the time period of the Spending Review, the Government is considering the implications for the completion of the Integrated Review, and will provide an update to Parliament in due course.
The Spending Review process is continuing, and the Ministry of Defence is in discussion with the Treasury on the Department's settlement. We will continue to deliver the Equipment Plan, but as always, we will keep under review the relative priority of different capabilities as our understanding of evolving threats and new opportunities develops.