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Defence Budget

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the defence budget, both in real terms and in percentage of gross domestic product, goes to the provision of (a) education for the children of Service men and officers overseas and in the United Kingdom, (b) medical facilities for families (c) married quarters and (d) any other service which in the case of civilian families would be provided by local authorities or other Departments of government.

I refer my hon. Friend to table 6.9 of the "Statement on the Defence Estimates 1980". For the categories listed there, the percentages of GDP in 1980–81 are:

Medical Services0·08
Married Quarters0·05
Service Pensions0·24

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the defence budget both in real and percentage terms, goes in (a) tax on petroleum, (b) value added tax, (c) rates or (d) any other tax or impost.

(a) Tax on petroleum—£.22 million or 0·2 per cent. of 1980–81 Estimates; (b) VAT—£518 million or 4·8 per cent. of 1980–81 Estimates; (c) Rates—Less than £10 million or 0·1 per cent. of 1980–81 Estimates.Details of other minor taxes and imports are not held centrally.