A report from the Conservative-led Commons Defence Committee is the latest warning against more defence cuts in the Spending Review for 2015/16, which is being drawn up in Whitehall.
George Osborne, the Chancellor, is seeking to trim public spending by £10 billion, and Treasury officials are considering additional reductions in the defence budget, on top of the current round of cuts.
Those cuts will see the Armed Forces lose 30,000 and leave Britain without a working aircraft carrier for much of this decade. It was revealed this week that restructuring will also leave the Desert Rats, the celebrated tank unit, without any tanks.
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Promise to end defence cuts leaves PM red-faced as Downing Street admits spending will only rise after 2016 | Mail Online
A surprise promise by David Cameron to rule out further defence cuts unravelled today, with Downing Street forced to admit spending will not rise until after 2016.
Travelling in Algeria, the Prime Minister told reporters military spending would rise in real terms after 2015.
But Defence Secretary Philip Hammond today insisted the promise was only that equipment spending would rise by one per cent a year, but other areas would be cut.