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The Ministry of Defence is not going to get any additional funding in subsequent week’s Budget, in line with stories.

The Treasury is predicted to argue that strained public funds will restrict spending within the bundle to be unveiled by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt on March 6.

It comes regardless of warnings concerning the state of the Armed forces and mounting geopolitical tensions.

Former defence secretary Sir Gavin Williamson instructed The Telegraph: “What is changing into more and more clear is that the threats that we face, want and require Britain and its allies to step up what it does when it comes to constructing each functionality and mass inside our Armed Forces.

“That goes to require further cash to develop the scale of our Army, Navy and Air Force.

“Without doing that, we will be ill-equipped to face the challenges that our enemies are increasingly presenting us with.”

A funding boost for the MoD announced last spring saw an extra £5billion over two years, with another £2billion a year extra for much of the rest of the decade.

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps had indicated he would be pushing for more cash.

It comes after the head of the British Army warned that under-funding has left it at risk of becoming a “domestically-focused land force”.

In a leaked letter to former generals, General Sir Patrick Sanders said: “For some time, we have asset-sweated the military, compounded by a mismatch between ambition and resource that has been robustly addressed by both National Audit Office and Defence Select Committee reporting.

“Our strategic resilience is at risk, and we might inadvertently reduce ourselves to a smaller, static and domestically-focused land force.

“I’m not certain that that is both the Army the nation wants, or the one which policymakers need.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has promised to lift navy spending to 2.5% of GDP when the financial circumstances permit.

The Treasury was contacted for remark.