HL Deb 30 January 1990 vol 515 c291WA
Lord Jenkins of Putney

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they recognise the need and opportunity to reduce their defence expenditure to a level nearer the average of other Western European countries.

The Earl of Arran

Defence expenditure will remain at the minimum level consistent with the maintenance of the nation's security and to sustain our responsibilities within the NATO alliance.