§ Mr. John Browne
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are his precise global strategic objectives; and what exact manning levels for the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force he is proposing in order to meet those objectives.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
The strategic environment in which the Government set defence policy and take decisions on the defence programme is set out each year in the "Statement on the Defence Estimates" (SDE) which includes manpower statistics for the three services. As stated by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to the House on 30 April, we hope to publish SDE 91 before the summer recess.