§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT a table of figures giving the actual expenditure on defence for each of the years 1964 to the latest convenient complete year; what has been the expenditure in the current year; and what is his estimate of total expenditure.
§ Mr. Healey
Defence Budget expenditure figures, whether actual or forecast, are readily available only for complete financial years. For figures relating to 1965–66 and earlier years I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Merton and Morden (Mr. Humphrey Atkins) on 20th March 1967. The figures for later years are:
£ million 1966–67 … … … 2,138 1967–68 … … … 2,237 (forecast outturn) 1968–69 … … … 2,271 (estimate)
—[Vol. 743, cc. 197–8.]