asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list for every year since 1945 (a) the total defence budget and (b) spending on defence per capita of the population, both expressed in constant 1970 prices.
The information is as follows:
|Year||Defence Budget Estimates (£m. at 1970–71 Estimates prices)*||Defenc Estimates per head of population (£.at 1970–7 Estimates prices)|
|* Because of changes in the content of the defence programme, the revalued figures in the earlier years are only an approximate indication of what the programme planned in those years would have cost at 1970–71 prices.|
|† Revised Estimates figure taking into account the introduction of the Military Salary.|
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the capital expenditure on defence, per capita of the population, in each NATO country at the latest available date.
Expenditure per head of population on major equipment for each of the NATO countries during the calendar year 1977 is estimated to be:
|Federal Republic of Germany||40|
|Luxembourg||(less than 5)|
|Portugal||(less than 5)|
|United States of America||100|
|*(current prices and exchange rates)|
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has yet produced more reliable and up to date figures for the direct employment effects of defence expenditure than the 1976 figures produced in the Minister of State's reply to the right hon. Member for Farnham's questions of 15th May; if these have been produced, if he will publish them in the Official Report under the Standard Industrial Classifications; and if, more recent figures are not yet available, whether his Department will take steps to prepare some at the earliest possible opportunity.
I hope to produce figures for 1977 in the autumn, but unfortunately the necessary data will not be available before then.