… the Conservative Party has pledged to launch a Strategic Defence Review after returning to government. In addition, we will introduce a US-style system of quadrennial defence reviews and put this requirement into legislation in order to ensure that any future SDR is taken out of the political cycle. This is the only sensible course of action.
7 May 1996, Mr James Arbuthnot (Conservative), Minister of State for Defence:
I have always believed that the Opposition want to carry out a major defence review because they lack the courage to say what they really want to do ...… and stay the same!