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Security: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Prime Minister (1) what additional resources are being made available to support each new initiative in the new National Security Strategy; (196831)

(2) what annual budget has been allocated to monitoring the possibility of nuclear weapons or material or technology falling into the hands of terrorists, as outlined at paragraph 3.12 of the National Security Strategy of the United Kingdom, Cm 7291.

The comprehensive spending review, published on 9 October last year, set out the Government's spending plans for national security.

These plans included details of increased resources covered in the National Security Strategy, including continued rising real-terms investment in the armed forces; increased resources for diplomatic engagement in key areas; more spending on conflict prevention and stabilisation; and more spending on security, intelligence and counter-terrorism, where the budget has doubled since 2001 and will grow to £3.5 billion by 2011.

The National Security Strategy sets out the framework for targeting those resources.