A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the underspend reflected better control of equipment projects and a conscious decision not to spend money on contracts until needed.
Rather than rushing money out of the door for the sake of it within a financial year, we are committing money as and when projects require it.
We make no apologies for having a proper grip on the equipment plan and running a tight ship with a cautious approach that, with the support of the Treasury, allows us to roll forward cash to next year, thereby ensuring the money will still be spent on equipment.
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