MPs’ expenses: defence spending ‘at lowest level for 60 years’


Gordon Brown has been accused of trying to cover up a fall in defence spending under Labour despite the increasing demands placed on the Armed Forces.

The Prime Minister insists that the amount of money given to the Ministry of Defence has risen by more than 10 per cent over the past decade. But an expert on the military pointed out that the quickly rising prices of sophisticated weaponry and transport meant that “defence inflation” was higher than the general rate of increase.

In addition, defence spending as a proportion of Britain’s gross domestic product had dropped to its lowest level since before the Second World War.

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