HC Deb 22 March 1979 vol 964 cc699-700W
33. Miss Maynard

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in view of the increase in real terms in military spending for 1979–80 and 1980–81, and as this is additional public spending to that forecast in the earlier public spending phases, what other areas of services have suffered to accommodate this increase.

Mr. Joel Barnett

A recent White Paper on public expenditure—Cmnd. 7439—included no new plans for increased defence spending. The figures shown for 1979–80 and 1980–81 reflect the plans made during the 1977 survey, and published about a year ago in Cmnd. 7049, for real increases in defence spending of 3 per cent. a year in line with the 1977 agreement of NATO Ministers. Changes on revaluation mean that in fact the latest plans are slightly lower, expressed at 1978 survey prices, than those shown in Cmnd 7049.