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Nato (Costs)

Volume 19: debated on Monday 1 March 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the change in the share of total NATO costs borne by the European allies over the past decade.

The European share of total defence spending by NATO countries has increased from 27 per cent. in 1971 to 36 per cent. in 1981. The increase is due largely to the lower level of United States defence expenditure following the end of the Vietnam war.