HC Deb 20 July 1936 vol 315 cc14-5

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that the expenditure by Germany upon purposes directly and indirectly concerned with military preparations, including strategic roads, may well have amounted to the equivalent of £800,000,000 during the calendar year 1935; and whether this rate of expenditure seems to be continuing in the current calendar year?

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Chamberlain)

The Government have no official figures, but from such information as they have I see no reason to think that the figure mentioned in my right hon. Friend's question is necessarily excessive as applied to either year although, as he himself would agree, there are elements of conjecture.

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