HC Deb 03 April 1979 vol 965 c634W
Mr. Churchill

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the £830 million social expenditure included in the defence budget, Cmnd. 7474, annex A, table 4—none of which relates to the current defence effort—is accepted as meeting (a) the standard NATO definition of defence expenditure and (b) falls under the classification military defence in the national income and expenditure accounts: and if he will make a statement.

Dr. Gilbert

I refer the hon. Member to annex A, table 2 of Cmnd. 7474 which explains the inter-relationship between the defence budget on national definition, defence expenditure on NATO definition and the "military defence" classification in the national income and expenditure accounts. The "social" expenditure referred to by the hon. Member is included in all three definitions.