HC Deb 20 January 1949 vol 460 cc335-6
58. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the Government's overseas expenditure during 1947, and as estimated for 1948, is accounted for by military expenditure, excluding the cost of occupying ex-enemy territories; and what was the total cost of military expenditure abroad in 1938 and 1921, respectively.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

I regret that I am not in a position to add to the statement given in the White Paper on the United Kingdom Balance of Payments (Command 7520) of Government military expenditure overseas in 1947 and the first half of 1948. Comparable figures for 1938 and 1921 are not available.

Mr. Gallacher

Why is it that the Chancellor furnishes in the White Paper the facts in relation to the financial position of the country, and does not make an effort to get these figures and to place them in relation to the amount of money which is being spent in other directions?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

If the hon. Member will look at the White Paper to which I have referred him, I think he will find most of the figures that he wants are there.

Captain Crookshank

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether any comparable figures to those asked for by the hon. Gentleman are available about Russia and her military expenditure?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

Not without notice.