HC Deb 09 February 1979 vol 962 c307W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department's expenditure was incurred in England, Scotland and Wales, respectively, during each of the last three years for which data are available.

Mr. Mulley

Firm figures are not available, since defence expenditure is not accounted for on a regional basis. However, a very broad assessment of the geographical incidence of defence expenditure, based on the Appropriation Account, is made each year. The approximate proportions spent in each of the years 1975–76 to 1977–78 have remained unchanged at, Wales 3 per cent., Scotland 7 per cent. and England 77 per cent.

Mr. Gwynfor Evans

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will give his estimate of the total identifiable expenditure of his Department in Wales in 1978–79.

Mr. Mulley

This information will not be available until later this year, after the Appropriation Accounts for 1978–79 have been published. However, the figure for 1977–78, based on a very broad assessment of the incidence of defence expenditure on a regional basis, was approximately £250 million.

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