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Defence Expenditure

Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence on what it is intended to spend the 3ยท5 per cent. increase in the defence budget.

The additional funds are being devoted to strengthening the fighting efficiency of the Armed Forces, in particular by pressing ahead with the re-equipment programme. For a full explanation of the Government's intentions I refer the hon. Gentleman to the "Statement on the Defence Estimates" which was published on 2 April.