HC Deb 05 July 1968 vol 767 c279W
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

—[Vol. 743, cc. 197–8.]