Defence Spending

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Lord Marlesford Lord Marlesford Conservative

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.

Photo of Lord Bach Lord Bach Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Procurement)

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.

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