HC Deb 23 May 1978 vol 950 cc457-8W
18. Mr. Norman Atkinson

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will state the aggregate in £ sterling spent on defence by all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members and France, compared with the estimated amount in £ sterling spent by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and its Warsaw Pact allies; and if these statistics can be broken down as representing land, sea and air forces.

Mr. Mulley

Total defence expenditure by NATO countries in 1977 was about £96 billion at average 1977 prices and exchange rates. This figure includes France but excludes Greece and Turkey, for which recent figures are not available. No reliable figures are available for expenditure by the Warsaw Pact. I regret that breakdowns by land, sea and air forces are not available.

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