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Volume 928: debated on Monday 14 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will publish for each of the last 10 years a breakdown of the major categories of expenditure on the same lines as that in paragraph 155 of Command Paper No. 6735.

The information is as follows:

Forces Pay and Allowances:
£ million4614694777067488298841,0901,2921,452
Forces Pensions:
£ million111121124132147174185233299345
Civilian Pay:
£ million4254404755224925446107799751,077
£ million8528217567689641,2471,2881,5291,9902,350
Buildings and miscellaneous stores and services:
£ million4224154484175035716459171,0761,105

asked the Secretary of State for Defence, in the analysis of local defence expenditure on page 71 of Command Paper No. 6735 what countries are included in (a) other NATO areas, and (b) the Mediterranean.

The Mediterranean in this context covers Gibraltar, Malta and Cyprus. Most of the expenditure in "other NATO areas" occurs in Belgium, Canada, Italy, the United States, the Netherlands and Norway.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence, in arriving at the defence budget for 1977–78, what estimates were made of the increase in percentage terms of (a) pay and (b) other costs compared with 1976 survey prices.

As stated in Cmnd. 6735, Annex A, Table 1, pay and price additions to convert the 1977–78 defence budget from 1976 Survey prices to Estimates prices total £882 million, of which £358 million is in respect of increases in pay, allowances, etc. and £524 million is in respect of increased prices. In percentage terms the two latter figures represent additions of about 14 per cent. and about 18 per cent., respectively.