§ 2. Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the gross national product it would be necessary to spend to give Great Britain adequate forces to meet existing commitments.
§ Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles
Can the Secretary of State say why and how he feels that he can pin the defence spending to an exact percentage like that, 476 regardless of the commitments with which he may be faced?
§ Mr. Healey
It has been the practice of every Government to make Defence Estimates just before a financial year, to give the best estimate that they can of the cost of the forces required to fulfil their commitments during the following year. This Government is no exception to the rule.
§ Mr. Goodhew
How can the right hon. Gentleman suggest a particular percentage when he does not know what will happen to the gross national product?