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Volume 927: debated on Tuesday 8 March 1977

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Allaun asked the Secretary of State for Defence at constant prices, what was the sum spent on defence by Great Britain for each of the years 1973–74, 1974–75 and 1975–76; what is the sum for 1976–77 following the Supplementary Estimates voted, at the same constant prices; and what are the forward estimates for 1977–78 and 1978–79, following the reductions announced recently; at the same constant prices.

I would refer my hon. Friend to Table 2.1 in the Public Expenditure White Paper (Cmnd. 6721, Part II). The figure shown for 1976–77 in the first line represents the original Estimates at 1976 Survey prices. The outturn is expected to show some underspending in real terms.