§ Mr. Eden
No additional expenditure will fall on the United Kingdom in the period up to 30th June, 1953. Negotiations on the contribution from the German Federal Republic to Allied defence costs in 1953–54 have not yet taken place.
As I made clear in the debate on Germany on 31st July, if as a result of these negotiations additional expenditure should fall on the United Kingdom, reductions in other spheres would have to be made, in order to ensure that the total 7 level of our defence expenditure in terms of external payments remains within our capacity.
§ Sir R. Acland
Would it be possible to negotiate or arrange a reduction of our defence burdens elsewhere without any damage to our safety? Why could that not be done now in order to reduce the burden on this country?
§ Mr. Nicholson
Is this such a new development that it was not envisaged by the last Administration?