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PM to keep defence budget rises

David Cameron will honour his commitment to above-inflation rises in the defence budget after 2015, senior sources have indicated.

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Cameron 'still committed' to defence budget rises

A spokesman for the Prime Minister has said that he "does not resile" from a commitment he made in 2010 to above-inflation rises in the defence budget after 2015.

Downing Street insisted today that he had always been referring to 2016 onwards.

David Cameron told the House of Commons, when the Strategic Defence Spending Review was published and laid out plans for the military up until 2020, that his "strong view" was that the defence budget "will require year on year real terms growth in the years beyond 2015."

There is pressure within the Coalition Government to make further budget cuts across departments, as negotiations begin over the 2015-16 spending review.

Today, the Defence Secretary announced £159bn in military equipment spending - which makes up about half of the defence budget - until 2022.

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