§ 33. Sir D. Renton
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will state the total amount of expenditure on civil defence during the financial year 1968–69; and how this compares with the expenditure estimated.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
Firm figures will not be available until the autumn. The revised estimate of net expenditure on civil defence for Great Britain during 1968–69 is about £10 million. The original estimate was about £12.3 million.
§ Sir D. Renton
But is it not a fact that there is now extremely little to show in terms of planning to defend this country against war emergencies? Will the hon. Gentleman ensure that such money as is spent is much better spent than seems to be the case at present?