HL Deb 15 May 1989 vol 507 c915
The Minister of State for Defence Procurement (Lord Trefgarne)

My Lords, I wish to make a personal statement.

During Question Time last Friday, and in answer to a supplementary question from the noble Lord, Lord Mayhew, I rejected the noble Lord's assertion that there had been a decline in real terms defence expenditure since 1985. I was, I fear, mistaken. While defence expenditure has indeed grown in real terms since 1979, there was a decline in the years immediately following 1985–8 which I should have acknowleded, and I apologise for not doing so.

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