§ Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list, in order of strength, the 10 countries understood to have the largest armed forces.
§ Mr. Hanley
It is not the Government's practice to publish their assessments of the strengths of the armed forces of other states. The principal public source of such information is "The Military Balance", issued annually by the International Institute for Strategic Studies and widely regarded as authoritative.