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Volume 890: debated on Monday 14 April 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what will be the reduction in the strength of the Army element of the specialised reinforcement forces for NATO as a result of the proposed abandonment of the United Kingdom Joint Airborne Task Force and reduction of the United Kingdom Mobile Force to one brigade group.

At present we maintain as specialised reinforcement forces for NATO one division of three airportable brigades with divisional troops and logistic support in the UKMF(L); a parachute brigade of two battalions in the UKJATFOR; one SAS regiment; and our contribution to AMF(L) based on one infantry battalion group, an armoured reconnaissance squadron and supporting units. The changes announced in the recent White Paper on Defence (Cmnd. 5976) will reduce these capabilities to one air-portable formation equivalent to a reinforced brigade group, which we intend will have a limited parachute capability. Our contribution to the AMF(L) will be unchanged. As was stated in answers to the hon. Member on 19th December, it is not our practice to release details of the strengths of these forces.—[Vol. 883, c. 562–63.]

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the United Kingdom contribution to the NATO budget in each of the past 10 years; and how much, in each year, has been attributable to military, civil and infrastructure expenditure, respectively.

The information is as follows:

££
1965–66
Military Budget3,806,230
Civil Budget929,866
Infrastructure4,718,148
9,454,244
1966–67
Military Budget5,293,693
Civil Budget918,998
Infrastructure5,702,636
11,915,327
1967–68
Military Budget6,854,028
Civil Budget1,490,068
Infrastructure6,754,361
15,098,457
1968–69
Military Budget5,263,742
Civil Budget1,086,589
Infrastructure8,004,792
14,355,123
1969–70
Military Budget5,726,293
Civil Budget1,219,000
Infrastructure7,143,533
14,088,826
1970–71
Military Budget6,679,085
Civil Budget1,941,000
Infrastructure7,353,155
15,97 3,240
1971–72
Military Budget7,340,503
Civil Budget1,616,000
Infrastructure5,692,769
14,649,272
1972–73
Military Budget8,523,834
Civil Budget1,738,193
Infrastructure17,876,546
28,138,573
1973–74
Military Budget9,686,549
Civil Budget2,249,102
Infrastructure15,910,276
27,845,927
1974–75*
Military Budget10,829,384
Civil Budget2,776,731
Infrastructure20,613,000
34,219,115
* Estimate. The figures may be subject to adjustment before the Accounts are closed.