I think the Government is flying on a wing and a prayer with their determination not to re visit the Strategic Defence Review. It was carried out soon after the Government took office and it was done with indecent haste but the retrenchment of the western powers, the financial problems and the instability in the Midle East suggests we need an urgent review. Frankly Europe has to face up to its military responsibilities. It is not just Libya on the doorstep of Europe but just recall that in the crisis in the Balkans where ethnic cleansing on a grand scale was only stopped by military intervention the bulk of the air operations were carried out by the USA. Europe was only able to provide less than 20% of the aircraft involved.
France and the UK have taken a lead in libya but in a very uncertain and unstable world we cannot pretend that Europe is able to deal with a crisis on its borders. Hence my question to the Minister : http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201011/ldhansrd/text/110628-0001.htm#11062854000523