HC Deb 25 April 1983 vol 41 cc261-2W
Mr. George

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the total of receipts from arms sales accruing to the Government for each year since 1974; and what information he has as to the total accruing to industry for the same years.

Mr. Ian Stewart

Receipts from Government defence sales overseas in the years 1974–75 to 1982–83 were:

£ million
1974–75 147
1975–76 159
1976–77 184
1977–78 235
1978–79 285
1979–80 230

construction and underwater warfare and (e) ordnance and other Army equipment; and if he will express each figure as a percentage of the total defence budget.

Mr. Ian Stewart

Details of expenditure on research and development in each of these areas is shown at 1978 survey prices in table A. Table B shows this expenditure as a percentage of the defence budget for the years in question.

£ million
1980–81 256
1981–82 408
1982–83 *450
* provisional.

The value of sales of defence equipment overseas by private industry in these years is estimated to be:

£ million
1974–75 320
1975–76 370
1976–77 415
1977–78 565
1978–79 785
1979–80 955
1980–81 1,345
1981–82 1,540
1982–83 * 1,950
* provisional.

Mr. George

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the value of sales (a) to the Ministry of Defence and (b) abroad from the royal ordnance factories; and if he will express this as a percentage of exports of defence equipment.

Mr. Ian Stewart

The latest forecast of the value of sales by the royal ordnance factories in 1982–83 is £448 million, of which:

  1. (a) £226 million was for sales of equipment to MOD for the Services;
  2. (b) £192 million was for sales abroad; and
  3. (c) £30 million for sub-contract work to United Kingdom commercial firms.

The figure at (b) represents about 8 per cent. of forecast total United Kingdom defence sales in that year.

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