§ Mr. Pym
Defence Estimates for 1980–81 are still in preparation and it is, therefore, too early to say precisely how the defence budget for that year will be be allocated. Our intention is, however, to devote the additional funds to strengthen the fighting efficiency of the forces, in particular by pressing ahead with their re-equipment programmes.
§ 42. Mr. Michael Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is his latest estimate of the percentage of gross national product spent on military purposes by (a) the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and (b) the NATO Alliance.
§ 48. Mr. Kilfedder
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a 570W statement about the current level of defence expenditure.
§ Mr. Pym
The original total of defence budget Estimates for the current year was £8,557.7 million at forecast outturn prices. The proposed increases which I explained in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Stretford (Mr. Churchill) on 16 November—[Vol. 973, c. 801–802]—will bring the total defence cash provision for the current year to £9,106.3 million.