Members of the Lords, including a former head of the Royal Navy and former chief of general staff in the British Army, debated maintaining the UK's defence forces at sufficient levels to contribute to global peace, stability and security, in the House of Lords on Thursday 23 November.
This was a balloted debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Lord Soley (Labour), former military serviceman in the Royal Air Force.
Members who took part included:
Earl Howe (Conservative), minister of state in the Ministry of Defence, responded on behalf of the government.