§ Lord Gisborough
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What proportion of gross domestic product was spent on defence in 1983; and what are the equivalent rates for our major European and NATO allies.
§ Lord Trefgarne
The information requested is set out in the following table:
Country Defence Expenditure as a percentage of GDP at market prices (1983) Belgium 3.4 Canada 2.1 Denmark 2.4 (estimate) French 4.2 Germany 3.4 Greece 7.1 Italy 2.8 Luxembourg 1.3 Netherlands 3.3 Norway 3.1 Portugal 3.4 Spain 2.0 (estimate) Turkey 4.9 United Kingdom 5.4 United States 6.9
Note: Information based on provisional outturn figures, compiled from NATO sources, except where indicated.