HC Deb 01 December 1937 vol 329 c2079
78. Sir R. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what is the present expenditure of the Dominions upon Naval Defence; and how this compares with the total for 1925 and the immediate pre-war period, respectively?

The Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (Marquess of Hartington)

With my hon. Friend's permission, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT figures showing the expenditure of Australia and New Zealand on Naval Defence for the years in question. The corresponding figures for Canada and the Union of South Africa are not at present in my right hon. Friend's possession, but inquiries are being made, and I will communicate the results as soon as possible to my hon. Friend.

Following are the figures:

1913–14 Actual. 1925–26 Actual. 1937–38 Estimated
£ £ £
Australia 1,991,212 3,575,011 3,694,887
New Zealand 296,030 441,203 734,797