§ Lord Barnby
asked Her Majesty's Government:
With regard to the reported 200,000 strength of Nigeria's standing Army, what is the percentage ratio of its defence expenditure to its gross national product; and what is the similar ratio for the United Kingdom.
§ Lord Trefgarne
The latest figures available from the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency refer to 1977 and show that Nigerian defence expenditure was 4.2 per cent. of GNP; while in the same year the figure for the United Kingdom was 4.8 per cent.