Defence: Expenditure

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proportion of gross domestic product was spent on defence in each financial year from 1997-98 to 2007-08.

Photo of Baroness Taylor of Bolton Baroness Taylor of Bolton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (International Defence and Security), Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (International Defence and Security) (also in Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The percentage of UK gross domestic product spent on defence is set out in table 4.4 of HM Treasury's Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2008 (HC 489) as follows:

Year Percentage of GDP (outturn)
1997-98 2.6
1998-99 2.8
1999-00 2.7
2000-01 2.6
2001-02 2.5
2002-03 2.5
2003-04 2.5
2004-05 2.5
2005-06 2.5
2006-07 2.4
2007-08 (estimated) 2.4

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