§ Lord Vivian
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Which countries in Europe have agreed to increase their defence spending; and in percentage terms by how much for each country. [HL13]
§ The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean)
For 2001, defence expenditure is expected to increase in real terms in the following European NATO countries: Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the UK. NATO receives detailed figures for defence expenditure from its member countries. However, in order to respect the confidentiality of nations these figures are not published.
Figures for other European Nations are not readily available. However, all NATO aspirant countries are committed to increasing their defence expenditure. These countries are Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.