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Defence of the realm

Defence of the realm
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The Defence Select Committee called for the defence budget to be raised by

£17 billion a year, from just over 2 per cent of GDP to 3 per cent. Some £35.3 billion was spent on defence in 2016/17. How much was allocated to particular operations?

Wider Gulf




Deployed Military Activity Pool

(for unforeseen military activity)


Counter Daesh


Conflict stability and security fund

(various peace-keeping activities)


EU counter migrant-smuggling ops