Defence costings that don’t add up

LAST week’s Scotland on Sunday reported that Shadow Secretary of State Jim Murphy would “quote a report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) that says £3.4 billion is currently spent by the UK government on defence in Scotland”.

This was followed by James Arbuthnot MP, the chairman of the Westminster defence select committee, telling the BBC ­Today programme that he agreed the figure is “roughly” between £4bn and £5bn.

Given that the IFS did not report the figure spent in Scotland and the Ministry of Defence has provided parliamentary answers confirming that the amount is less than £2bn, why are both these opponents of Scottish independence so wrong on defence in Scotland?

Sign up to our Opinion newsletter

Sign up to our Opinion newsletter

Rather than leaving defence and security to people who have such a poor grasp of the subject, it’s high time to make better defence and security decisions in Scotland which we can do after a Yes vote in 2014.

Angus Robertson MP,

Westminster SNP leader, London