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Expenditure

Volume 889: debated on Tuesday 25 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of total Government expenditure has been spent in defence in each of the years 1960 to 1975.

The percentage of total public expenditure accounted for by the Defence Budget for the years 1960–61 to 1974–75 is set out below. The figure for 1973–74 is provisional and the figure for 1974–75 is an estimate:

  • 1960–61–17 per cent.
  • 1961–62–16 per cent.
  • 1962–63–16 per cent.
  • 1963–64–15 per cent.
  • 1964–65–15 per cent.
  • 1965–66–14 per cent.
  • 1966–67–13 per cent.
  • 1967–68–12 per cent.
  • 1968–69–12 per cent.
  • 1969–70–11 per cent.
  • 1970–71–11 per cent.
  • 1971–72–11 per cent.
  • 1972–73–11 per cent.
  • 1973–74–10 per cent.
  • 1974–75–10 per cent.