§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is his Department's expenditure in England, Wales, Scotland and the United Kingdom, respectively, during the latest year for which information is available.
§ Dr. Gilbert
Firm figures are not available, since Defence expenditure is not accounted for on a regional basis. We do, however, make a broad assessment annually of the initial incidence of expenditure which takes no account of such aspects as contracts let to firms in one area being sub-contracted to other areas. It would involve disproportionate effort to judge the extent of this sort of movement between regions.
Subject to those reservations, the approximate figures for 1975–76 were: England, £4,540 million; Wales, £190 million; Scotland, £430 million; and the United Kingdom, £5,300 million.