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Expenditure

Volume 893: debated on Thursday 12 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of Government expenditure was attributable to spending on defence in the financial year 1974–75; and what information he has as to the comparable figures for each of the other members of the NATO alliance, and the members of the Warsaw Pact.

In 1974–75 estimated defence expenditure accounted for some 17 per cent. of central Government expenditure. Comparable figures for other members of NATO and members of the Warsaw Pact are not available because of differences in the definition and scope of Government expenditure.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of Government capital expenditure was attributable to spending on defence in the financial year 1974–75; and how this compared with the situation in other NATO countries.

For 1974–75 defence capital expenditure is estimated to be about 3 per cent. of central Government capital expenditure. Comparable figures for other members of NATO are not available, because of differences in the definition and scope of Government expenditure.