§ Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the percentage increase in the defence spending of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states over the period since 1979.
§ Mr. Stanley
The real increases in the defence spending of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation states over the period 1979–84 are as follows:
Percentage Belgium 5.1 Canada 28.6 Denmark 0.9 France 12.6 Germany 6.9 Greece 16.2 Italy 16.4 Luxembourg 36.2 Netherlands 12.6 Norway 10.0 Portugal 5.8 Turkey 5.3 United Kingdom 17.5 United States 38.9
Note: The figures are United Kingdom estimates based on NATO definition of defence spending. In the case of France the figures are indicative only. Iceland does not appropriate funds for defence. Spain was not a member of the alliance before 1982. Care is needed in making direct comparisons as different deflators are used by countries to calculate real growth.