§ 15. Mr. Cunliffe
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on defence expenditure in the next two years. 
§ Mr. Portillo
Under the latest spending plans, defence expenditure will be £21,822 million in 1997–98 and £22,276 million in 1998–99. These plans reflect the Government's commitment to strong, capable and properly resourced armed forces.