Measured by offical exchange rates, the UK military spending is second only to the US in the world. By PPP it is fifth in the world, after the US, China, India and Russia. (See this for details of spending and this for a discussion of PPP for measuring military spending).
In other statistics, many people are pleased that UK Official Development Assistance has increased to about 0.5% GNI, and by 2008/09 may meet the 0.7% target set by the UN.
So, some polls:
Should changes in military spending be considered
Should changes in ODA be considered
Should the UK continue to attempt to be a significant global military power (with the spending that entails)?
Should UK military spending as a percentage of GDP/GNI
|Country||Military expenditure (MER)||Military Expenditure(PPP)||per capita (MER)||per capita (PPP)||2006 population||2006 GDP (CIA MER)||2006 GDP (SIPRI PPP)||Military spending %GDP|
Data is from the Stockhold Institute and CIA world factbook (so does not exactly tally)