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Mediterranean

Volume 928: debated on Monday 21 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what factors which today require the presence of a Nimrod reconnaissance force in the Mediterranean in the estimation of Her Majesty's Government will have disappeared by 1979.

We have concluded from our fundamental reappraisal of our defence commitments in the defence review that when the Maltese military facilities agreement expires in 1979 we should no longer commit British maritime

(£ million at prices ruling at the time)
Financial yearTotal estimated expenditureNavyArmyAir Force
1968–692741013
1969–70264166
1970–71253157
1971–722931313
1972–734213425
1973–7462231029
1974–7594272542
1975–76108265131
1976–77116335627
1977–78108392940

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish in the Official Report the defence expenditure in Great Britain, France and West Germany in each of the years 1956, 1966 and

195619661976
£ million£ million£ million
United Kingdom1,6152,1556,190
France1,5001,9357,300
West Germany6101,8107,950