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Defence Expenditure

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 15 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence by what proportion of gross national product he expects expenditure on defence to rise during the current financial year.

As a proportion of gross domestic product, defence expenditure according to the NATO definition is expected to increase from 4.9 per cent. in 1979–80 to 5.1 per cent. in 1980–81.