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Defence Expenditure

Volume 466: debated on Tuesday 28 June 1949

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asked the Minister of Defence the cost per head of the population of expenditure on the Defence Services and of armaments in the following years 1909, 1914, 1918, 1921, 1930, 1937, 1939, 1945 and 1947.

The following table gives the approximate Defence expenditure per head of the population for the years in question.

YearCost
£s.d.
1909–101100
1914–157150
1918–1923150
1921–223150
1930–31250
1937–385150*
1939–401750*
1945–468050
1947–4816150
* These figures take account of sums provided by issues from the Consolidated Fund in accordance with the terms of the Defence Loans Acts, 1937 and 1939.