asked Her Majesty's Government:
What the total government expenditure on defence in the years 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03 and what are the expected totals for 2003–04 and 2004–05, expressed in a table showing the figures in current and constant terms and indicating the percentage of gross domestic product for each year.
Defence spending for these years in current and constant terms can be found in Table 6 of the Government's Expenditure Plans 2003–04—2005–06 for the Ministry of Defence (Cm 5912).
Defence spending as a percentage of GDP for the period 2000–01 to 2004–05 is:
2000–01: 2.4 per cent
2001–02: 2.4 per cent
2002–03: 2.3 per cent
2003–04: 2.3 per cent
2004–05: 2.3 per cent
The Ministry of Defence plans to publish updated figures in the Government's Expenditure Plans 2004–05—2005–06 for the Ministry of Defence in May 2004.