MoD urged to come clean over ‘balanced budget’ claim

Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson. Pictute: LPhot Ioan Roberts

Defence secretary refuses Treasury demands for military cuts

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THE MoD has been urged to publish its figures after defence secretary Philip Hammond declared he has plugged the £38bn black hole in the military budget.

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock said he was not convinced the government has got to grips with the MoD’s financial mess.

He said: ‘There remain a lot of unanswered questions. I hope Mr Hammond’s optimism is well-founded but we’ve heard it all before. I fear there’s a growing lack of transparency in the coalition.’