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Brown 'guillotined' MoD funding

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The top civil servant at the Ministry of Defence from 2001 to 2005, Sir Kevin Tebbit, has told the Chilcot inquiry that former Chancellor Gordon Brown imposed a ''guillotine" on defence spending.

It amounted to a departmental cash reduction of £1bn just six months after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The former Ministry of Defence permanent secretary told the Iraq inquiry he had run "a crisis budget".

Sir Kevin Tebbit gave evidence on 3 February 2010

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