HC Deb 23 January 1981 vol 997 cc261-2W
Mr. Golding

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the estimated expenditure for 1980–81 and 1981–82 on the measures to protect civilians, other than Government Ministers, in the event of nuclear attack.

Mr. Mayhew

The purpose of Civil Defence is to protect the civilian population and enhance their prospects of surviving an attack. The total estimated expenditure by the Government on Civil Defence in the United Kingdom in 1980–81 is approximately £21.6 million. Estimated expenditure in 1981–82 will be published in the Supply Estimates for which parliamentary approval will be sought in due course; they will include a proportion of the additional £45 million for Civil Defence over the next three years which my right hon. Friend announced on 7 August 1980.—[Vol. 990, c. 790–804.]