Press Release

For immediate release: 8 July 2015

Commenting on today’s Budget, Simon Whalley, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, said:

“The Government’s commitment to meet the two per cent NATO target for minimum defence spending beyond the end of this year is an important step towards maintaining a strong national defence capability in light of the increasingly unpredictable nature of the external environment.  It will also reassure our global allies that we remain a reliable partner in international security efforts.

“We now look forward to the Strategic Defence and Security Review for the Government to set out its view of the UK’s position in the world and national security objectives, as well as how the necessary air power capability will be funded.

“As for the proposed Apprenticeships Levy, we welcome the initial details of the proposed funding arrangements for the creation of three million new apprentices, which are essential to helping to close growing skills and capacity gaps in the aerospace industry.  We look forward to receiving more details that set out how the money will deliver the high-quality apprenticeships the sector and wider economy need.”


Simon Whalley
Tel: 020 7670 4362


Notes to Editors:

1. The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) is the world’s only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. The Society promotes the highest professional standards in all aerospace disciplines; provides specialist information; acts as a central forum for the exchange of ideas; and plays a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters. Visit for more information.

2. Simon Whalley is available for further comment and interview.

3. A copy of the RAeS’ full Briefing on the July 2015 Budget is available here


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Emma Bossom
8 July 2015