HC Deb 14 July 1992 vol 211 cc614-5W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 1 July to the hon. Member for Clackmannan (Mr. O'Neill),Official Report, column 656, what additional costs are incurred by his Department from preparing separate forms of statistics on defence expenditures for the annual statement on the defence estimates and the United Nations report on military expenditures.

Mr. Archie Hamilton

The information on defence expenditure provided to the United Nations and that contained within the annual statement on the Defence estimates are both based on information collected within the MoD for financial management purposes. It is not possible to quantify any additional costs.

Mr. Milburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish a table of expenditure on equipment purchased by his Department, cross-referenced to standard regions, showing Greater London as a separate region, for each year since 1987–88 (a) at current prices and (b) at 1987–88 prices.

Mr. Aitken

My Department's expenditure on equipment between 1985–86 and 1990–91 broken down by region, together with estimates of the associated direct employment, is published in table 1.11 of the 1992 edition of "Defence Statistics". Separate figures for Greater London could be provided only at disproportionate cost and effort. The published figures may be recast to the price base desired by the use of published indices.