Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th November 1988.

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Photo of Mr George Younger Mr George Younger , Ayr 12:00 am, 29th November 1988

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The cost of the Trident programme works out over its life at about 3 per cent. of the total defence budget. In no other way could such a sum of money, spent on some other means, produce security the like of which the Trident programme will give us.

On the question of neglect of the conventional forces, as my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Colchester, North (Sir A. Buck) knows, the Government's spending on conventional defences is £21 billion greater than it would have been if the previous Government's programme had continued.