HL Deb 08 March 1984 vol 449 c478WA
Lord Chelwood

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the per capita expenditure on defence in 1983 of each member state of NATO and of Sweden and Spain.

Lord Trefgarne

Figures for theper capita defence expenditure of NATO member states are given in the following table. They are compiled from official returns by individual countries to NATO. Comparable information is not available for Sweden; relevant information is, however, contained in The Military Balance 1983–84, published by the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

country Defence expenditure per capita 1983 (US $)
Belgium 272
Canada 273
Denmark 274(1982)
France 396
Germany 364
Greece 246
Italy 181
Luxembourg 112
Netherlands 294
Norway 401
Portgugal 70
Spain 88 (estimate)
Turkey 50
United Kingdom 435
United States America 962


1. Information based on provisional out-turn figures compiled from NATO sources, except where indicated.

2. The figures are based on 1983 average market exchange rates, (except for Denmark) which do not necessarily reflect the relative purchasing powers of individual currencies.

3. Figures for the 1983 Danish defence budget are not yet available.

4. Iceland does not appropriate funds for defence, but makes a contribution to the NATO military budget.