Hammond mocks 'Scots defence force'

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By: Karrie Gillett
The Defence Secretary has attacked ``insultingly vague'''' plans for an independent Scottish defence force. The Scottish National Party's (SNP) proposals do not stack up or come with enough of a spending commitment, Philip Hammond told an invited audience in Edinburgh. Mr Hammond later visited the dockyard in Rosyth, Fife, where the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier is being assembled. While workers looked on, he ceremonially started the final stage of the operation to lower the bridge section of HMS Queen Elizabeth into place.