§ Mrs. Ann Taylor
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what has been the level of defence expenditure for each year since 1950; what percentage of this each year represented capital investment and what percentage was the latter of total gross domestic fixed capital formation for each year; what each year's total defence expenditure represented as a percentage of gross national product; and if he will publish details from international sources available to him of the equivalent figures for France, Germany, United States of America, Japan, the Western economies and the world.
§ Mr. Mason,
pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 24th October 1975; Vol. 898, c. 305], gave the following information:
I would refer my hon. Friend to successive editions of the Central Statistical Office publication "National Incomes and Expenditure", Tables 1 and 58. International comparisons could not be provided 338W without disproportionate time and effort because the figures are not readily available in this form.