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Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what was the percentage of gross domestic product devoted to defence expenditure in the years 194950, 1959–60, 1969–70 and 1979–80, respectively.

Using the NATO definition of defence expenditure, the figures are as follows

Major Surface Combatant3221719175
"Major surface combatant" is defined as a warship of frigate size or above. A simple numerical comparison over the years in question does not, of course, reflect improved capabilities.