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Defence Budget

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the defence budget was for each year between 1987 and 2007. (111357)

Since 1998, defence spending plans have been set as part of the Government’s Spending Review process. Prior to this, spending plans were set on an annual basis. The defence budget, drawn from the outcome of these reviews, is set out in the following table.

Defence budget (£ billion)

1986-87

18.5

1987-88

18.8

1988-89

19.2

1989-90

20.1

1990-91

21.2

1991-92

22.8

1992-93

24.2

1993-94

23.5

1994-95

23.5

1995-96

21.7

1996-97

21.4

1997-98

21.8

1998-99

22.2

1999-2000

22.3

2000-01

23.0

2001-02

23.6

2002-03

29.3

2003-04

30.9

2004-05

29.7

2005-06

30.9

2006-07

32.1

2007-08

33.5

The Government accounting process has changed progressively over this period due to the introduction of Resource Accounting and Budgeting. The terms in which these budgets were set are therefore not directly comparable.