Speaking to ITV News, the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond did not rule out further cuts to the defence budget. But he said the Government would aim to limit any reductions.
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The event, which was held at the Dorchester Hotel last Thursday, was attended by representatives of some of Britain’s biggest companies.
Reports in the Daily Mail and the Telegraph said published guidance has been changed for 2018 to only fly the Union flag on Remembrance Day.
The author, who explored feminist themes, was best known for her Earthsea books.