Just been watching Liam Fox on the Andrew Marr show in which he asked Liam Fox if the Trident replacement would be in the core budget or not, pretty straightforward question.
Were you expecting a straight answer?
Here is what he said
There has always been an understanding that the budget for the nuclear deterrent came from outside the defence budget, the core defence budget, running costs for the detterent have alwas come from inside the defence budget although the capital costs were outside so thats something which are discussing in the run up to the spending review
Sniffing a bit of nonsense Andrew Marr stopped him and asked for a clarifiation,, in or oout
To take the capital costs would make it very difficult to maintain what we are currently doing in terms of capabilities so there is an ongoing debate, as you know, with the Treasury on almost every aspect of the government at the present time
Andrew Marr then asked another straightforward question
If you had to take the capital costs of Trident inside your defence budget what would that mean for things like the army?
The response was less than convincing
Thats rather impossible to say
After a discussion about how the defence review will proceed Andrew Marr comes back again on the question of Trident and the core budget
If you had to take that capital cost and it seems me that it is still up for debate, you may have to to that, then the implications for Trident and the rest of the defence budget are extremely grave
Bloody too right Andrew
Well I think you can leave that to me and the Chancellor to have a discussion about that over the longer period
He then went on to discuss Cold War legacies and cyberspace